Camp Notes – Preseason Week 3 – Thursday Slate – NFL DFS

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Welcome everyone to the ninth overall edition of Camp Notes ahead of the Thursday night main slate of Preseason Week 3! My name is Alex Krall (@AlexKrallDFS) on twitter), and as DPA’s head of football content, I’ve dug up preseason reports on every relevant skill position player for all 12 teams in action tonight!

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New York Giants

1st Class Plays: QB | Daniel Jones, WR | T.J. Jones, WR | Bennie Fowler, WR | Cody Latimer

2nd Class Plays: WR | Russell Shepherd, WR | Reggie White Jr., WR | Alonzo Russell, RB | Paul Perkins, RB | Rod Smith, WR | Darius Slayton

Suggested Stack: Daniel Jones with T.J. Jones

  • QB | Daniel Jones the Giants 6th overall pick has drawn rave reviews from Giants camp as he went 5/5 with a TD in his first ever game last week against the Jets, only to follow that up with another solid showing against the Bears. I’m hearing rumors that Eli plays close to a half, and then hands the ball to Jones the rest of the way. This would make him one of our top QBs of the slate. Jones is averaging 12 yards per throw and a QB rating of 151.3 in the preseason, both are league highs.
  • RBs | Rod Smith and Paul Perkins will continue to battle it out for the RB3 spot. With Wayne Gallman just returning to practice on Sunday, I anticipate the Giants play both RBs heavily.
  • WR | Cody Latimer has been the biggest standout at camp so far, and caught two passes for 60 yards in his first preseason action against the Bears. He has looked sharp.
  • WR | T.J. Jones stepped up in a big way after just having been signed by the Giants a few days into camp hauling in 6 receptions for 72 yards and a TD on 28 snaps in his 1st game as a Giant. Scored another TD on 3 catches for 32 yards against CHI last week.
  • WR | Bennie Fowler has gotten many more 1st team snaps, and is projected as the WR4. Secured two passes for 25 yards and a TD (his second TD in as many weeks).
  • WR | Darius Slayton, the Giants 5th round pick this year, is set to play in his first preseason game this Thursday. I think they give him an extended look here.
  • WR | Alonzo Russell has stood out as has Reggie White Jr. (mentioned below) who is now running with the 2nd team offense. Russell has established rapport with Daniel Jones and was 2nd amongst Giants receivers with 32 snaps in Week 1.
  • WR | Russell Shepherd has documented rapport with Daniel Jones, and caught a TD in his first game. Still on the bubble and likely to see time in the 2nd half.
  • WR | Reggie White Jr, a 2019 UDFA, made his presence felt with 4 rec. for 60 yds receiving in the opener. Should get plenty of 2nd half reps in this one. Led Giants receivers with 28 snaps in Week 2.
  • TE | C.J. Conrad a former basketball player and UDFA has a “strong chance to make the team.” Expect snaps and red zone opportunities throughout the preseason. Gets special teams time too. Led all Giants skill position players with 36 snaps in Week 2.

Cincinnati Bengals

1st Class Plays: QB | Ryan Finley, RB | Jordan Ellis, WR | Damion Willis

2nd Class Plays: TE | Drew Sample, RB | Rodney Anderson

Suggested Stack: Ryan Finley with Damion Willis 

  • QB | Ryan Finley, the Bengals 4th round pick in 2018, was once a 1st round draft prospect after stellar play at NC State. He impressed against the Redskins, going 20/26 for 150 yards passing and 2 TDs. If he plays as much as last week then we like him a lot.
  • RB | Trayveon Williams, a 6th round pick out of Texas A&M, is out for the rest of the preseason with a foot injury.
  • RB | Jordan Ellis will be the beneficiary of extended snaps with Trayveon Williams sidelined. Ellis has played great in the presason, rushing 10 times for 104 yards over two games. Elis also caught 5 passes in game 2.
  • RB | Rodney Anderson, Cincinnati’s 6th round pick in 2019, will make his debut against the Giants. We expect an extended look seeing as he has yet to see the field.
  • 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 in game 1, then stepped up catching 5 balls for
  • 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. Caught a TD on two receptions for 25 yards in the Bengals second preseason outing.

Baltimore Ravens

1st Class Plays: RB | Justice Hill, WR | Miles Boykin, WR | Chris Moore

2nd Class Plays: QB | Trace McSorley, WR | Jaleel Scott

Suggested Stack: Trace McSorley with Miles Boykin or Chris Moore

  • QB | Trace McSorley didn’t play particularly well in either preseason game, yet he still has big time rushing upside. With that said, he will be considered a tier 2 play unless he becomes projected for massive playing time by tomorrow.
  • RB | Justice Hill has made his presence felt as a 4th round pick in the 2019 draft. Hill has led the Ravens in carries (20) and rushing yards (82) and a TD over both weeks. We expect similar usage in Thursday’s game, making him another CORE option.
  • WR | Chris Moore has TD catches in consecutive weeks to start the preseason, and has also led the Ravens in receiving yards both weeks (102 total). Firmly in play on Thurs.
  • 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 a whopping 9 targets in the first game, and has shined so far throughout camp.
  • 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 in Week 1. Scott showed improvement in the game 2, securing two catches for 23 yards.

Philadelphia Eagles

1st Class Plays: WR | J.J. Arcega-Whiteside

2nd Class Plays: RB | Miles Sanders, WR | Marken Michel, WR | Greg Ward Suggested Stack: N/A

  • 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. Thorson played 91% of snaps in Week 2, but we expect that to regress as Josh McCown was just signed and with Cody Kessler clearing concussion protocol.
  • 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 beyond a deep GPP dart throw.
  • 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.
  • 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 off Mack Hollins for the 6th WR spot.
  • WR | Greg Ward is also battling Michel and Mack Hollins to be the Eagles WR6. Ward caught a 38 yard TD pass last week, and should serve as a friendly target out of the slot for young QB Clayton Thorson.
  • 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.
  • TE | Dallas Goedert was the most impressive Eagle in preseason Week 1, catching 3 balls for 50 yards in a defeat to the Titans. Still TBD if he plays on Thursday.

Washington Redskins

1st Class Plays: WR | Terry McLaurin, WR | Robert Davis, WR | Kelvin Harmon

2nd Class Plays: QB | Dwayne Haskins Suggested Stack: Dwayne Haskins with Terry McLaurin / Robert Davis / Kelvin Harmon

  • QB | Dwayne Haskins played a little better in the Skins second game, but still wasn’t great. We would love to pair him with Terry McLaurin as a priority stack in this preseason game if McLaurin plays, as both had rapport excelling together last season at Ohio State.
  • 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. Has only played one snap in the preseason, so if he plays, we expect a solid showing as a top tier play.
  • WR | Robert Davis caught a 46 yd TD pass in the skins first game, and a 55 yard TD in game 2. Has demonstrated the upside to take down a slate at low ownership.
  • WR | Kelvin Harmon led the ‘Skins skill position players with 37 snaps in Week 2. Has had a solid preseason by all Redskins beat reporter accounts.
  • 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.

Atlanta Falcons

1st Class Plays: RB | Qadree Ollison, TE | Jaeden Graham

2nd Class Plays: RB | Brian Hill, WR | Christian Blake, WR | Olamide Zaccheaus Suggested Stack: Matt Schaub with Christian Blake / Olamide Zacchaeus

  • 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.
  • RB | Qadree Ollison rushed 8 times for 41 yards and a TD in game 2 against the Dolphins. The 5th round pick leads the Falcons with 23 carries through three games.
  • WR | Russell Gage won’t play Thursday.
  • 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 in week 2, but has the tools to win the WR6 role. Has averaged about 30 snaps per game as well, and will get long look returning kicks which could translate to playing throughout the game and a higher snap count.
  • TE | Jaeden Graham, a product of Yale, led the Falcons catching four passes for 55 yards against the Jets. Could be the reason why the Falcons traded Eric Saubert to the Pats.

Carolina Panthers

1st Class Plays: RB | Reggie Bonnafon, RB | Jordan Scarlett, RB | Elijah Holyfield

2nd Class Plays: WR | Curtis Samuel, WR | Terry Godwin, WR | Rashad Ross, QB | Cam Newton, WR | Andre Levrone

Suggested Stack: Cam Newton with Curtis Samuel

  • QB | Cam Newton is expected to play 3-4 possessions, and we are projecting a quarter to a quarter and a half of playing time.
  • RB | Reggie Bonnafon had a nice first preseason game. He is known more as a pass-catching RB, but can make an impact quickly on a PPR site like DraftKings, and proved that by catching 7 passes to go with 7 carries through 2 games (8.9 DKP /game).
  • RB | Jordan Scarlett is expected to play after returning to practice this past Sunday. Carried the ball 8 times for 35 yards on 28 snaps in game 2. Should see reps tonight.
  • RB | Elijah Holyfield scored two TD’s in Panthers first game. Coach Ron Rivera has said “we’ve really got to see Jordan Scarlett and Elijah Holyfield a lot. We have to see what those guys are made of, and if they have the ability to help us.”
  • WR | Curtis Samuel has been the team’s preseason MVP, and should see a better workload as starters generally play more in the team’s third preseason game.
  • WR | Andre Levrone impressed with a 4 catch 51 yards receiving performance in Game 1 – leading the Panthers in both categories. Should be considered tonight.
  • WR | Aldrick RobinsonRashad Ross and Terry Godwin are the other three WRs I would consider playing from the Panthers tonight, with Ross getting the most hype in camp, and Terry Godwin with the 2019 draft pick pedigree, and Aldrick a former preseason hero.
  • TE | Ian Thomas (Questionable) is second on the Panthers depth chart, but he was a force in the red zone last preseason, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see more of him against Buffalo as the 1st/2nd team sees more action. Was a 2018 2nd round pick.
  • TE | Chris Manhertz is currently positioned at 3rd on the Panthers depth chart and had a “great camp” according to Panthers beat writers.

New England Patriots

1st Class Plays: WR | Jakobi Meyers, QB | Jarrett Stidham, RB | Damien Harris

2nd Class Plays: RB | Nick Brossette, WR | Braxton Berrios, TE | Matt LaCosse

Suggested Stack: Jarrett Stidham / Tom Brady with Jakobi Meyers

  • QB | Jarrett Stidham went 14/24 for 179 yards and a TD in his first game as a Patriot only to follow that up with a 14/19 193 yards passing and 1 TD performance in game 2. Stidham is one of our favorite QB options on Thursday night.
  • RB | Damien Harris, the 2019 3rd round pick out of Alabama, made the most of his 34 snaps against the Titans, rushing 14 times for 80 yards and nearly scoring a TD. Harris still has more to prove and will likely lead a dynamic Patriots offense for most of the game on Thursday.
  • RB | Nick Brossette drew an insane workload in Week 1 with Damien Harris out, by carrying the ball a whopping 22 times for 66 yards and a TD. Brossette saw another 25 snaps in game 2 by way of 9 carries for 19 yards. We prefer Harris on Thursday.
  • WR | Jakobi Meyers was an absolute stud last game, catching 6 passes for 69 yards and two TDs while drawing more targets than anyone from TB12 in Patriots camp (29). Shined in Game 2 catching 6 balls for 82 yards, and played a wild 54 snaps. Meyers is our top overall play of the Thursday night slate.
  • WR | Braxton Berrios didn’t catch a pass in game 2 despite catching 3 for 45 in the first preseason outing. Tom Brady benefits from speedy slot receivers which could see Berrios seeing a better output on Thursday.
  • TE | Matt LaCosse caught two passes for 37 yards in the opener, and just returned to practices from injury. With Ben Watson starting the season suspended, look out for Lacosse to earn the starter’s role in his absence with more looks on Thursday.

Jacksonville Jaguars

1st Class Plays: WR | Tre McBride, QB | Gardner Minshew, RB | Thomas Rawls, TE | James O’Shaughnessy

2nd Class Plays: WR | C.J. Board, WR | D.J. Chark, WR | Terrelle Pryor, WR | Chris Conley,

Suggested Stack: Gardner Minshew with Tre McBride

  • QB | Nick Foles and WR | Dede Westbrook are expected to play tonight, and the two have formed a very strong rapport throughout training camp.
  • 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 of playing time on Thursday. Minshew threw for over 200 yards in 50+ snaps in preseason week 2.
  • RB | Thomas Rawls is the most talented RB that will suit up on Thursday, and we expect an increased workload for him as Alfred Blue has been ruled out already.
  • 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. Also has a strong connection with Nick Foles as both players played together in Kansas City in the past.
  • WR | Terrelle Pryor was having a great training camp before missing the last two games with a hamstring injury. Pryor is back now, and has a lot of ground to gain with Tre McBride currently the favorite for the WR6 spot. Expect both Pryor and McBride to go all out in what has become one of the best preseason battles at Jags camp.
  • WR | D.J. Chark, the Jags 2018 2nd round pick, has been wowing Jags staff and was the Jags MVP of minicamp and OTAs. Chark will be one of our sleeper WRs on Thursday.
  • WR | Tre McBride has tallyed 7 receptions for 89 yards over two games for the Jags. As a bubble player, we expect to see a similar workload here tonight.
  • WR | C.J. Board has 6 receptions for 59 yards over two games, with 5 of those catches and 54 of those yards coming last week against Philly.
  • TE | James O’Shaughnessy is not a flashy player by any means, but he will see increased work with Geoff Swaim and Josh Oliver set to miss tonight’s game. O’Shaughnessy did lead all Jaguars TEs in receiving during the 2018 campaign.

Miami Dolphins

1st Class Plays: WR | Preston Williams, RB | Patrick Laird, QB | Ryan Fitzpatrick

2nd Class Plays: QB | Josh Rosen, RB | Kalen Ballage

Suggested Stack: Ryan Fitzpatrick with Preston Williams

  • QB | Ryan Fitzpatrick is expected to receive more work than QB | Josh Rosen in the 3rd game as Rosen has dominated snaps throughout the first two games. The word is that Fitz is in line to start, and HC Brian Flores will put him out there for extended time to see how he runs with the 1’s tonight.
  • RB | Kalen Ballage is pushing Kenyan Drake for 1st team reps. Had two 40 yard TD runs in joint-practices with the Bucs on Wednesday, and should be one of our preferred RBs on this slate pending playing time news.
  • RB | Patrick Laird has led the Dolphins in carries (13) and rushing yards (75) as the ‘phins 4th RB on the depth chart. He also caught a receiving TD last week. We can expect another 7 carries and a reception or 2 again tonight, which is solid for preseason.
  • WR | Preston Williams, a CSU alum, has absolutely “lit up” training camp and the preseason as a whole. Stud DB Xavien Howard has gone on the record as saying he has the potential to be a “special player.” There were question marks about character issues which led his draft stock to slide, but he put up 4 receptions for 97 yards in the first game as one of our featured core plays in last Thursday’s Red Zone Report.
  • WR | Brice Butler had a nice start with the Dolphins catching 5 passes for 51 yards through his first two games. Look for more consistency against the Jags again tonight.
  • TE | Mike Gesicki, the 2018 2nd round draft pick, has struggled in camp. Will be a fade for us tonight for that reason.

Green Bay Packers

1st Class Plays: RB | Dexter Williams, WR | Darrius Shepherd, WR | Allen Lazard

2nd Class Plays: TE | Robert Tonyan, WR | Jake Kumerow, WR | Trevor Davis

Suggested Stack: Deshone Kizer with Darrius Shepherd / Jake Kumerow

  • RB | Dexter Williams will reap the benefits of Aaron Jones playing only a series, and Jamaal Williams most likely out. Williams carried the ball 17 times for 67 yards through two games, but saw a major decrease in workload from game 2 to game 1, which presents a cause for concern. If he sees work similar to game 1, he’s a top RB option. Still led the Packers RBs in week 2 snaps with 20.
  • WR | Darrius Shepherd has been beating Packers starting CBs in practice. Scored a TD in consecutive games and led Packers WRs with 28 snaps in game 2. Look for him to get more opportunity Wk 2 as another productive Green Bay receiver on the bubble.
  • 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, and has received 7 targets through two games despite limited snaps. Has caught 5 balls for 79 yards so far.
  • WR | Allen Lazard has a 6’5″ frame that allows to create separation from receivers and pose a major threat in the red zone. Lazard hauled in his first Packer TD in game one and has 4 receptions over his first two games. The young WR was also GB’s highest graded offensive player against the Ravens according to Pro Football Focus.
  • WR | Trevor Davis is just returning from injury and has yet to see any live action. I expect the Packers coaching staff to give him a good run for a proper evaluation tonight.
  • WR | J’Mon Moore is playing for his job right now, which could light a fire under him to produce on Thursday. He is nothing more than a GPP flier at this point however.
  • TE | Robert Tonyan will be one of the most athletic TEs on this slate, possessing 4.5 (40 yard dash) speed. Has 4 catches for 40 yards through two games and led the Packers TEs in snaps with 25 in the second game.

Oakland Raiders

1st Class Plays: QB | Nathan Peterman, RB | Dwayne Washington, WR | Keelan Doss

2nd Class Plays: TE | Foster Moreau, WR | Keon Hatcher, WR | Marcell Ateman

Suggested Stack: Nathan Peterman with Keon Hatcher / Keelan Doss

  • 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. Has gone 17/20 passing with 69 rushing yards on six carries.
  • RB | Dwayne Washington has 10 carries for 38 yards rushing through two games, while also reeling in 3 catches for 56 yards. As a fringe player still on the bubble, I expect him to see the majority of the work tonight.
  • RB | James Butler, despite averaging a measly 3 YPC over two games, has led the Raiders with 19 carries for 61 yards. That type of workload is justifiable on any slate.
  • 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 week 1, which means Raiders must view him as a starter. If that holds true, Renfroe is unlikely to play.
  • WR | Keelan Doss is another receiver the Raiders like a lot. He led the Raiders with 5 receptions last week for 38 yards receiving, and is very much a bubble player. We expect a healthy amount of second half reps for Doss tonight.
  • 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 and led the Raiders WRs in snaps in preseason game 2 with a total of 29.
  • WR | Marcell Ateman had 27 snaps last week, and played well during the 2018 regular season. Wouldn’t be surprised to see a heap of snaps for him in the middle quarters.
  • 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.

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