Peyton Manning is going to play this week but I’d still recommend Brock as a play. I doubt Peyton plays much more than a quarter and so Osweiler should be in for a good half or so of work. Not only will he get to work exclusively against second teamers this week but he should still have Virgil Green and Cody Latimer to throw too. You could see some fantasy points from this trio once again.
Given the looming suspension over Tom Brady, you have to think Bill Belichek will do everything possible to get Garoppolo on track this week, even if it means playing him well into the second half. It’s unclear exactly if or how much Tom Brady will even play in this game but regardless, I still like Garoppolo. He’s reportedly looked better in practices this week and should improve on a pretty muted week 1 performance here.
McGloin had an excellent week 1 and is locked in a camp battle with Christian Ponder for backup duties. Of the two I like McGloin and he’s shown he can have big games against weaker foes. He’s developed a chemistry with some of the Raiders second string WRs (see Butler below) and should be able to capitalize on that connection once again. He’s probably a good under the radar play if you’re making a gpp team.
Nassib didn’t do much in week 1, but I’m going to give him another shot this week. Nassib tore up preseason last year and has the tools to be a starting QB in this league. Again, I doubt many people will be on him this week as the starters get a little more playing time but it’s conceivable that Nassib gets almost an entire half to himself this week to show what he can do. Pairing him with WR Corey Washington didn’t pay off last week but it might this time around. The two are a lock to see time together against second stringers.
Mallet is actually going to be starting this game for the Texans and so it appears as if there’s a bit of a QB controversy brewing. Mallet has reportedly looked good this week at practice and it probably prompted this move from Bill O’Brien. Normally I’d target backups who get softer matchups but Mallet is fighting for the starter’s position and will get to play with DeAndre Hopkins and Cecil Shorts so you could see some big plays as a result. I like him this week for the Texans but would also consider third stringer Tom Savage who looked good last week in garbage time.
Others to consider: Tom Savage (Texans)
Robinson’s a rookie power runner who showed well in his first preseason contest. The “bowling ball” should continue to get more carries as the Colts really have zero reason to give veteran Frank Gore more than one or two snaps. He’s a good candidate to get the most carries and sets up well as the redzone back too so the chance of a td is good.
Taliaferro showed well in the first week and got a lot of work in Mark Trestman’s RB centred offense. The second year back currently projects as the number 2 RB. I doubt the Ravens will want to over work Justin Forsett and so Taliaferro should once again work as the feature back for a good chunk of this game. This means passes as well as carries. I like the potential volume here and the fact that Taliferro is a decent power runner who will also be able to push in a short td.
Hillman has been getting praise from the media and his head coach for his week one performance. Right now the Bronco’s RB position projects as a possible timeshare with CJ Anderson leading the way and Monte Ball as the number 2 but things can change quickly. Hillman is perhaps the most versatile and explosive of the group and should see time in this game against second and third stringers. I like the potential once again for a decent game and possible big play.
Williams is in the lead for number two duties behind Lamar Miller. He looked the superior of the rest of the group in the first week and projects to get more work here against the second string. Williams is also a nice pass catcher and will probably get a few targets thrown his way which is a nice boost on DraftKings.
The other Miami back you might want to consider is rookie Jay Ajayi. If Ajayi is healthy he’d be my preferred play as I think the Dolphins will give him a lot of work in garbage time and he has the talent to take advantage. However as of writing this I couldn’t 100% confirm he would be playing (he’s been out with injury). Check the news at game time before you roster him.
Others to consider: Taiwan Jones (Raiders)
Ted Ginn Jr
Kelvin Benjamin is done for the season and rookie Devin Funchess is skipping this game with an injured hammy. I really think that leaves the door open for Ted Ginn Jr to have a good game this week. Ginn is still one of the fastest players in the league and he has chemistry with Cam based on them playing together in 2013. Ginn’s going to get starters reps in this game and should see some quick screens as well as an expanded route tree. I think it’s plausible he has a big game here against his former team.
Boyce did not have a great opening week but he did have a couple things going in his favour. The first is that he got a ton of playing time and should get close to the same amount this week. Aaron Dobson, Brandon LaFell and Julien Edelman all appear to be out. Boyce is a true athletic freak with a sub 4.4 40m time who has not quite put it all together on the field yet. He was getting some good reviews from Pats beat writers and could be in for a better game this week, I like the upside.
With the Pats wide receivers all banged up the other beneficiary should be Brandon Gibson. Gibson actually looked OK in week 1. He’s probably going to get another long look in this game as he and Boyce continue to battle for a roster spot. I think playing one and possibly even both of these Patriots WR’s is a decent option this week. The team is very thin at WR right now and both should play at least a half and maybe more.
Latimer played a ton in the first game due to the starters sitting. He might cede a few snaps to Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders in this game but he should still get a ton of playing time and see a lot of second string defenses as well. Latimer just missed a few big plays in week one and I think he’s poised to stack up a couple big preseason games before the real season starts.
Brice Butler is a great talent that’s just languishing on Oakland’s depth chart. Butler’s a big body at 6’3 with serious wheels and he showed off his ability in garbage time in week one with 6 catches and a td. The Oakland wide outs still aren’t all fit and I think it’s likely the coaches reward Butler for his good play by letting him see the field for more snaps. I like him as a sneaky gpp play on this big slate of games.
Patterson continues to essentially work as the 4th wide receiver in this offense. This may not be good for the regular season outlook on Patterson but for preseason I’m fine with it. The Vikings are using preseason to try and get Patterson more involved and he’s a player who can regularly burn second stringers if given the chance. He had a nice td last week where he got a full two yards of separation on the corner covering him. I think he could have another big game this week.
Others to consider: Phillip Dorsett (Colts), Corey Washington (Giants)
Harbour came through for me last week with a td and with Julius Thomas now out he should continue to see more of the field in the preseason. Harbor is a very underrated, athletic TE who can do it all. He played with both Henne and Bortles last year as well and so should have some trust with the QBs. Definitely one of my top picks at this thin preseason position.
Sims is the backup in Miami but he’s big and runs well for his size. I doubt Jordan Cameron will play much due to his injury history and so Sims should once again see more work. The Dolphins have a decent backup quarterback so while there’s not a huge chance for a td Sims should get some quality targets in this game.
Rudolph has clearly built up some chemistry with starting QB Teddy Bridgewater as he’s seen multiple targets in both preseason games from Teddy in very limited action. I think this trend continues this week and with the fact that Rudolph/Bridgewater will see more of the field the chance for a score is much higher than past weeks. Rudolph is somewhat td dependant but should have a good shot at one in his third preseason contest.
Green played almost the entire game in week one and showed off his athleticism. Even if Owen Daniels plays in this game he is not going to play much and so Green should work fairly deep into this game. Green is a big and runs well (4.64 40m) for his size, he has a legitimate shot at being the starting TE for the Broncos this year at some point and I assume the Bronco’s will want to give him as many targets as possible this preseason. Keep riding the Green train this week.
Others: Maxx Williams (Ravens)