Welcome one and welcome all to the first edition of Camp Notes for the Thursday Classic slate of Preseason Week 2. My name is Alex Krall (@AlexKrallDFS on twitter), and as DPA’s head of football content I’ve dug up preseason and training camp reports on ALL relevant skill position players for every team competing on Thursday’s 5 game main slate.
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1st Tier Plays: QB | Cody Kessler, WR | J.J. Arcega-Whiteside
2nd Tier Plays: WR | Carlton Agudosi, QB | Clayton Thorson
Preseason Week 1 Top Performers: WR | JJ Arcega-Whiteside 2 rec for 22 yards, TE | Dallas Goedert 3 rec for 50 yards, WR | Marken Michael 1 rec for 75 yard TD
- WR | Carlton Agudosi has gotten plenty of reps early in camp, and will need to make an impression in preseason games to beat out a stacked Eagles receiving core.
- QB | Clayton Thorson, a 2019 5th round pick out of Northwestern, should see plenty of action in Eagles 2nd game with Nate Sudfeld sidelined. Throws great deep ball and has “looked like Dan Marino” in practice by some accounts. That said, he was an absolute train wreck in Week 1 and will need to prove himself in the Eagles second game as he splits reps with Cody Kessler.
- RB | Miles Sanders, the Eagles 2nd round pick has drawn comparisons to a young LeSean McCoy. Has impressed in camp, but due to the logjam at RB the Eagles have, its hard to justify playing him.
- WR | J.J. Arcega-Whiteside hauled in an 80 yard TD in practice and made his presence felt in the Birds first game, hauling in two chunky receptions. Not expected to see a ton of work early on in the regular season, which makes him appealing for preseason DFS purposes. Has the high draft pick pedigree to support his cause.
- TE | Dallas Goedert was the most impressive Eagle in preseason Week 1, catching 3 balls for 50 yards in a defeat to the Titans. Will miss week 2 vs Jags with calf injury.
- WR | Marken Michel, brother of Pat’s RB Sony Michel, caught a 75 yd TD in the Eagles’ 1st preseason game. Will look to replicate this success as he fights Mack Hollins for the 6th WR spot.
- QB | Cody Kessler should see a ton of playing time with both Wentz and Sudfield ruled out of this game. Will get snaps as Eagles look to try him out as their QB2.
1st Tier Plays: N/A
2nd Tier Plays: QB | Gardner Minshew II, WR | Tre McBride, WR | Tyre Brady, RB | Thomas Rawls
Suggested Stack: Minchew – McBride/Brady
Preseason Week 1 Top Performers: WR | Tre McBride 3 receptions for 42 yards
- WR | Chris Conley (current WR4) was reportedly the “best Jags receiver” at OTAs and is looking to lock down a spot as a top 3 spot with a strong preseason.
- QB | Gardner Minshew II, the Jags 2019 6th round pick is currently slated to be Nick Foles’ primary backup and expected to get about a half (or more) of playing time on Thursday with Foles expected to sit out.
- RB | Thomas Rawls could be one of only 3-4 Jags RBs healthy on Thursday. That news coupled with his NFL experience should secure him as a solid RB option on this slate.
- WR | D.J. Chark, the Jags 2018 2nd round pick, has been wowing Jags staff in camp.
- WR | Tre McBride caught 3 receptions for 42 yards in last week’s game.
- WR | Tyre Brady has established a strong connection with Minshew and wowed during camp. Didn’t have a catch in game 1, so eyes will be on him to step up his game here.
1st Class: QB | Ryan Finley, RB | Jordan Ellis, WR | Damion Willis
2nd Class: RB | Quinton Flowers, TE | Drew Sample, RB | Trayveon Williams (Q)
Suggested Stack: Finley – Willis
Preseason Week 1 Top Performers: QB | Ryan Finley 13/18 for 102 yards 1 TD 1 INT RB | Jordan Ellis 5 receptions for 44 yards and RB | Traveon Williams 1 TD WR | Auden Tate & WR | Stanley Morgan 3 receptions for 42 yards each
- QB | Ryan Finley, the Bengals 4th round pick in 2018, will compete with Jeff Driskel for the QB2 role, and we’re currently projecting him for about a half of playing time tonight. Was once a 1st round draft prospect after stellar play at NC State.
- RB | Trayveon Williams, a 6th round pick out of Texas A&M, rushed for 1,760 yards (3rd overall in FBS), and scored 18 touchdowns (5th overall) in 2018. Listed as questionable so we are unsure how much he would play.
- RB | Quinton Flowers / RB | Jordan Ellis would see a ton of playing time if Williams is out tonight.
- WR | Damion Willis has generated the most buzz out of any receivers in Bengals camp. Willis is a huge target that should win contested ball situations in the red zone. Saw more snaps than any receiver last game, but could be huge sleeper tonight as he didn’t see any receptions.
- WR | Stanley Morgan was ranked as the Bengals best UDFA according to Bleacher Report. Had 2,747 receiving yards at Nebraska.
- WR | Josh Malone, Alex Erickson, Auden Tate each saw 20+ snaps in opener.
- TE | Drew Sample, the Bengals 2nd round pick this year played 32 snaps in the opener. Looking to make his mark on the passing game to rise up the depth chart.
1st Tier Plays: WR | Darwin Kidsy, RB | Samaje Perine
2nd Tier Plays: QB | Dwayne Haskins, WR | Terry McLaurin, WR | Robert Davis
Suggested Stack: Haskins – McLaurin/Kidsy
Preseason Week 1 Top Performers: WR | Darwin Kidsy: 5 receptions for 86 yards
- WR | Terry McLaurin (2019 3rd round pick) has stood out and has a good shot at unseating Josh Doctson for a starting WR role on the perimeter.
- RB | Samaje Perine figures to play a lot with injuries to Guide and AP and Thompson both limited. Not the best RB, but should have more chances to run this week.
- QB | Dwayne Haskins – Terry McLaurin will be a priority stack in this preseason (Haskins will play Thursday) as both had rapport excelling together last season at Ohio State.
- WR | Robert Davis caught a 46 yd TD pass in the skins first game, and is likely to see plenty of action as a bubble player in preseason week 2.
- WR | Darwin Kidsy reeled in 5 receptions for 86 yards in game one, and is a candidate to see equal playing time / opportunity as he continues to form rapport with Haskins.
- RB | Shaun Wilson, the UDFA out of UNC looks quick and impressive so far and could feature in a “Chris Thompson-like” role on Thursday.
- QB | Case Keenum will start Thursday with Dwayne Haskins to follow.
1st Tier Plays: QB | Trace McSorley, WR | Jaleel Scott, WR | Miles Boykin
2nd Tier Plays: TE | Hayden Hurst, RB/WR | Tyler Ervin
Suggested Stack: McSorley – Boykin/Scott or KR Tyler Ervin with Ravens D/ST
Preseason Week 1 Top Performers: WR | Miles Boykin: 4 receptions for 39 yards
- QB | Trace McSorley didn’t play particularly well last week, but is projected for a ton of playing time in Week 2 with RGIII out. Also possesses big time rushing upside. Will be one of our CORE plays at QB on this slate.
- RB | Tyler Ervin made noise as a kick returner last week, and is currently slotted in as the 4th Ravens RB.
- WR | Miles Boykin was the talk of Baltimore after a big first game reeling in 4 catches for 39 yards. Was PFF’s highest rated receiver in the first game, and will be a priority player on tonight’s slate. Saw 9 targets in the first game.
- WR | Jaleel Scott the 2018 4th round pick has been awarded the most improved training camp designation after appearing faster and more confident at Ravens camp. Despite note recording a catch, Scott was the second highest PFF rated Ravens player. I expect him to have a larger impact after not making an impact in the first game.
- TE | Hayden Hurst, a 2018 1st round pick, is in line to see ample opportunity as he looks to ascend the depth chart after a somewhat disappointing first season despite his pedigree.
Green Bay Packers
1st Tier Plays: WR | Jake Kumerow, RB | Dexter Williams, WR | Darrius Shepherd
2nd Tier Plays: QB | Deshone Kizer, RB | Tra Carson, WR | Ja’Mon Moore, TE | Robert Tonyan
Suggested Stack: Kizer – Shepherd
Preseason Week 1 Top Performers: RB | Dexter Williams – 14 carries for 62 yards, WR | Jake Kumerow 2 receptions for 27 yards
- RB | Dexter Williams will reap the benefits of Aaron Jones, and Jamaal Williams being out. Expect a heavy workload for the 2019 6th round pick. Prefe
- RB | Tra Carson will be guaranteed heavy usage along with Dexter Williams.
- WR | Jake Kumerow, a preseason darling in 2018 preseason, has been the talk of Packers camp. With that said, he is closer to the top of the depth chart than the bottom, but should see a hefty amount of playing time early on.
- WR | Darrius Shepherd has been beating Packers starting CBs in practice. Scored a TD last week and has been very impressive. Looking for him to get more opportunity Wk 2.
- QB | Deshone Kizer is likely to receive the bulk of the work again tonight
- WR | Ja’Mon Moore played awful in week one but followed that up with his best practice of the year on Sunday. Will need more days like that to make the team, starting tonight.
- TE | Robert Tonyan will be one of the most athletic TEs on this slate, possessing 4.5 (40 yard dash) speed.
New York Jets
1st Tier Plays: RB | Elijah McGuire, RB | Trenton Cannon, QB | Sam Darnold
2nd Tier Plays: WR | Greg Dortch, WR | Deontay Burnett, WR | Tim White
Suggested Stack: Luke Falk – Dortch/Burnett
Preseason Week 1 Top Performers: WR | Greg Dortch 4 receptions for 20 yards, RB | Elijah McGuire 6 receptions for 38 yards and a rec. TD
- RBs Elijah McGuire and Trenton Cannon likely to split the bulk of the work tonight with Powell, Montgomery, and Le’Veon unlikely to see action. Cannon is my preferred play out of both of them as he has proven less at the NFL level.
- WRs Deontay Burnett and Greg Dortch both expected to play a lot after starters come out. Both are fringe “bubble players expected to see healthy workloads.
- QB | Sam Darnold expected to play a full quarter, and could do damage in that time.
- WR | Tim White was a star in training camp but has since dimmed. Will need to play hard tonight to stay in contention for bubble WR spot.
1st Tier Plays: RB | Brian Hill, WR | Christian Blake, WR | Olamide Zaccheaus
2nd Tier Plays: WR | Calvin Ridley, WR | Russell Gage, RB | Qadree Ollison
Suggested Stack: Schaub – Blake/Zacchaeus
Preseason Week 2 Top Performers: RB | Qadree Ollison 41 ru. yds and a TD RB | Brian Hill 23 ru. yds and a TD, WR | Olamide Zaccheaus 2 rec. 35 yds, WR | Russell Gage 3 rec. 33 yds, WR | Christian Blake 3 rec. 19 yds
- WRs Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage will get to play with Matt Ryan today for about a quarter. Rated under Blake and Zaccheaus as the depth players will see more snaps.
- RB | Brian Hill scored a TD in the HOF game and is breathing down Ito Smith’s neck for the RB2 job. Hill led ATL with 11 carries for 57 yards and a receiving TD in the opener, and followed it up with another TD in the second game.
- WR | Christian Blake led Falcons in receiving in the HOF game and is a bubble player that will be asked to prove himself. Has seen 30+ snaps in each of the 1st two games.
- WR | Olamide Zaccheaus disappointed last week, but has the tools to win the WR6 role. Has averaged about 30 snaps per game as well.
- RB | Qadree Ollison rushed 8 times for 41 yards and a TD last week.
- QB | Matt Schaub threw the ball 19 times (completing 12 passes) for 172 yards in Game 2.
1st Class: WR | Keon Hatcher, QB | Nathan Peterman
2nd Class: WR | Hunter Renfroe, TE | Foster Moreau
Suggested Stack: QB | Nathan Peterman – WR | Keon Hatcher
Preseason Week 1 Top Performers: QB | Nathan Peterman 9/12 66 yds passing 1 TD and 56 yards rushing WR | Keon Hatcher 2 rec. for 45 yards
- QB | Nathan Peterman is viable despite god awful regular season play with the Bills, and is almost certain to play a full half on Thursday which is more than can be said for most QBs on this slate. Gruden has said he wants him to throw down field and take more shots in this game. He will be a core player tonight.
- WR | Hunter Renfroe, the Clemson standout and Raiders 5th round draft pick is currently projected to be the starting slot WR. Didn’t play at all last week, which means Raiders must view him as a starter.
- WR | Keon Hatcher broke the slate scoring 3 TDs in a Raiders preseason game last season. Expected to see a bulk of snaps in the 2nd half. Had 45 receiving yards game 1.
- TE | Foster Moreau, the Raiders 2019 4th round selection, should see an expanded workload as a newcomer to Jon Gruden’s offense. Should see more time as those near the top of the depth chart expected to see more run here.
- WR | Marcell Ateman is expected to see a decent workload, and also possesses NFL experience as a starter for the better part of the 2018 season.
1st Tier Plays: WR | Keesean Johnson, TE | Ricky Seals-Jones, WR | Hakeem Butler
2nd Tier Plays: QB | Kyler Murray, QB | Brett Hundley, RB | Chase Edmonds
Suggested Stack: QB | Brett Hundley – WR | Keesean Johnson
Preseason Week 1 Top Performers: QB | Brett Hundley 10/14 for 104 yds and a TD
- QB | Brett Hundley went 10/14 for 104 yards and a TD in Week 1. Should see similar usage tonight as he tries to cement the QB2 job in the desert.
- RB | Chase Edmonds was another 2018 preseason prospect that bears upside in tournament play. Seeing as he is 2nd on the depth chart he should see more than the 2 carries he got in Week 1.
- WR | Keesean Johnson is the “clear” Cardinals WR3 so far. Played 27 snaps in the first game, and should see a fair amount of run tonight as well. One of our favorite WRs tonight.
- WR | Andy Isabella will debut tonight – the 2nd round pick needs to prove himself in order to earn playing time.
- WR | Hakeem Butler has the highest ceiling of possibly any Cardinals receiver possessing downfield speed and a wide catch radius. Butler is the cardinals best preseason red zone threat, but drops a lot of balls.
- TE | Ricky Seals-Jones should get ample playing time tonight and carries NFL experience into tonight’s game.
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