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DraftKings NFL DFS Cheat Sheet: Preseason Week 1 Expert Lineup Picks

Nathan Joyce

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Today, we kick off Week 1 NFL preseason in earnest, with a two-game slate featuring the New England Patriots taking on the Washington Football Team and the Philadelphia Eagles facing the Pittsburgh Steelers. As always, Awesemo has you covered from top to bottom with NFL DFS picks today, as well as strategy, advice and how to go about building winning lineups. Our DraftKings NFL DFS cheat sheets will be FREE all season long, with expert NFL DFS Picks from the Awesemo lineup optimizer. As of right now, Cordarrelle Patterson looks like a top play in today’s DraftKings cheat sheet.

DraftKings Cheat Sheet: Preseason Week 1 NFL DFS Picks

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Check out this excerpt from Matt Gajewski’s in-depth Preseason Week 1 NFL DFS breakdown for DraftKings and FanDuel lineups. Read the full Preseason Week 1 article and be sure to check out Awesemo’s ALL NEW Preseason NFL DFS Projections.

Running Back

Antonio Williams — Buffalo is currently carrying seven backs on the roster, but Zack Moss and Christian Wade are dealing with injuries. Reggie Gilliam is a fullback and does not project for any carries. Devin Singletary does not project for much work with his role on the first team, and Taiwan Jones is an important special teams player. That leaves Matt Breida and Williams to handle most of the work. Williams started for North Carolina back in 2018. He initially played at Ohio State and subsequently lost his starting job to Javonte Williams and Michael Carter in 2019. In his lone season as the starter, he averaged 5.5 yards per carry and caught 16 passes with the Tar Heels.

Caleb Huntley — An undrafted free agent rookie out of Ball State, Huntley could see ample playing time on Friday. Mike Davis and Cordarrelle Patterson are not expected to play much with their solidified roles. Qadree Ollison continues to deal with an injury, leaving Huntley, Javian Hawkins, fullback Keith Smith and recently signed D’Onta Foreman. Falcons beat reporters suggested that Huntley and Hawkins will play a ton this preseason. Huntley rushed for over 1,000 yards in his two healthy seasons with Ball State. He projects for a sizable portion of the early down work.

Javian Hawkins — Undrafted rookie Hawkins should also play a lot based on those reports. Hawkins rushed for 1,525 yards in 2019 before opting out halfway through 2020. Between the two primary Atlanta backs, Hawkins should handle pass catching.

Matt Breida — Breida is another excellent option from the Buffalo backfield. He has worked ahead of Williams to this point, but he is not a lock to make this roster. He primarily worked with the third team until Moss’ injury. He should see ample opportunities in tonight’s game.

Jermar Jefferson — Detroit projects to have the five available running backs with D’Andre Swift continuing to battle injury. Behind Swift, Jamaal Williams should only play a few snaps before the backups come in. Jefferson is a seventh-round rookie out of Oregon State. He rushed for 1,380 yards as a true freshman in 2018. He also caught 25 passes that year, giving him a three-down skillset. He will complete mainly with Dedrick Mills from Nebraska, but he looks quite likely to make the roster. Javon Leake was signed this week, Godwin Igwebuike played defense in college, and Jason Cabinda is a fullback.


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