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NFL Preseason DFS Picks: Week 3 Sunday DraftKings & FanDuel Plays | 8/29

Matt Gajewski

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NFL preseason DFS Week 3 action continues with a showdown slate and a full slate of action on Sunday. Unlike normal NFL DFS, NFL preseason DFS pricing is flat. With the current pricing structure, playing time is the most important variable to consider. This breakdown will analyze each team and point out potential edges within these teams. Be sure to check out the Awesemo NFL DFS projections and ownership projections for each preseason slate. And for those looking at a comprehensive preseason guide, make sure to check out our preseason primer.

Sunday Week 3 Preseason NFL DFS Picks

Quarterback

Nathan Peterman — The Raiders will use one quarterback today, instantly thrusting Nathan Peterman to the top of the quarterback list. He completed 16 of 24 passes for 172 yards and a score last week in the same role. He also rushed five times for 35 yards.

Feleipe Franks — Atlanta will not play Matt Ryan. A.J. McCarron hit injured reserve, leaving Franks and the newly signed Josh Rosen to handle quarterback duties. Franks played 38 snaps last week. He completed four of nine passes for 46 yards and an interception as Atlanta decided to run the ball incessantly. Luckily, Franks has dual threat ability and rushed three times for 32 yards himself.

Mac Jones — The Patriots will use three quarterback today, but Mac Jones continues to receive extended playing time in the preseason. Jones has played 33 and 42 snaps in consecutive weeks. He completed 13 of 19 passes for 146 yards last year.

Trey Lance — San Francisco will use three quarterbacks today. However, they continue to give their rookie Trey Lance extended run. Lance has played 29 and 34 snaps in consecutive weeks for the 49ers. Last week, he completed eight of 14 passes for 102 yards and a pair of scores. He also rushed for eight yards.

Running Back

Trey Ragas — Las Vegas projects to sit Josh Jacobs and Kenyan Drake. This will again leave just Ragas and B.J. Emmons to handle the work. Ragas has played 40 and 24 snaps in consecutive weeks. He carried six times for 1 yard last week.

B.J. Emmons — Emmons is in the same situation as Ragas for Las Vegas. He played 18 and 15 snaps in back-to-back weeks. Emmons carried eight times for 34 yards last week. With more efficiency, this backfield should produce more usable fantasy scores today.

J.J. Taylor — The Patriots will give Damien Harris and James White little, if any, playing time today. This leave Taylor and Rhamondre Stevenson to handle most of the work. Taylor played 16 and 26 snaps in consecutive weeks this preseason. He carried 12 times for 93 yards last week while adding three receptions for 18 yards.

Rhamondre Stevenson — Stevenson played 15 and 25 snaps this preseason. He carried 15 times for 66 yards and a pair of scores while adding a reception for 8 yards last week.

Qadree Ollison — After injury kept him out of preseason Week 1, Ollison returned to play 18 snaps in Week 2. He carried seven times for 21 yards. Atlanta has since cut Javian Hawkins, reducing the backfield to three players. Caleb Huntley is also an option in GPPs.

D’Ernest Johnson — Allegedly, “select starters” will play in this game. Baker Mayfield was mentioned by name, but Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt are a mystery. If they continue to receive veteran treatment, Johnson could be an option again today. Johnson played 24 and 25 snaps in back-to-back weeks for Cleveland. He carried four times for 36 yards last week while adding four receptions for 23 yards.

Demetric Felton — Felton could benefit from a thin Cleveland backfield as the pass-catching specialist. He played 26 and 16 snaps this preseason. Last week, he carried eight times for 25 yards while adding a catch for 12 yards.

Wide Receiver

Dillon Stoner — Las Vegas has not played Henry Ruggs, Hunter Renfrow, Bryan Edwards, John Brown, Willie Snead or John Brown for meaningful snaps at all this preseason. With roster cuts downs, Las Vegas has five available receivers on the roster. Willie Snead and Zay Jones played two and three snaps last week, basically reducing this to a three-man show. Stoner led the team with 40 snaps. He caught one of three targets for seven yards.

D.J. Turner — Turner is in the same situation as Stoner. He caught both of his targets for 19 yards yesterday. He played 34 and 32 snaps in this year’s preseason. Keelan Doss would be the third option to target from this offense.

Kristian Wilkerson — New England is thin at receiver, with N’Keal Harry and Gunner Olszewski banged up. Wilkerson has played 32 and 39 snaps in consecutive weeks as he battles for a roster spot. He caught all three targets for 36 yards last week.

David SillsKenny Golladay, Sterling Shepard, Kadarius Toney, John Ross and Austin Mack all project to miss this game. Even Darius Slayton missed practice time this week and should be considered questionable. This should allow Sills to get extended run again in Week 3. Sills has played 32 and 40 snaps this preseason. Last week, he caught three of five targets for 31 receiving yards.

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Davion Davis — Even with starters expected to play a little bit here, Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry should not see the field for Cleveland. Davis has been a focal point of Cleveland’s attack this preseason, playing 24 and 33 snaps in consecutive weeks. Last week, Davis led the team in receiving with three catches for 45 yards on four targets.

Jalen Hurd — Hurd could make his debut today. Hurd looks like a lock to make the roster, despite an injury-riddled career. He has performed well in past preseasons, putting him in play for GPPs.

Frank Darby — Atlanta barely threw the ball last week and they will play this game with seven healthy receivers. Darby played 32 and 21 snaps the last two weeks. He caught both of his targets for 27 yards last week and should continue to get evaluated in Week 3.

Tight End

Devin AsiasiHunter Henry, Jonnu Smith and Matt LaCosse have all been banged up in Patriots camp, leaving Asiasi as the only healthy tight end in New England. He played 52 snaps last week but went catchless on one target. He should best those numbers today.

Jordan Franks — Cleveland played Franks for 42 snaps last week. With Connor Davis hitting injured reserve, Franks may play even more here. He caught three of seven targets for 18 yards last week.

John Raine — Atlanta is thin at tight end, but the worry is their run-heavy tendencies this preseason. Raine went catchless on one target last week, but he ran the most routes among tight ends for Atlanta. He is a GPP consideration.


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Matt Gajewski graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Economics. Matt has worked in the fantasy industry for the past four years, focusing on DFS and Sports Betting. Matt specializes in NFL, College Football, College Basketball, XFL, and MMA. With GPP victories across the major sports, Matt also qualified for the DraftKings 2020 Sports Betting Championship and won a seat to the College Basketball Tourney Mania final.

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