Teddy Bridgewater (Vikings)
Bridgewater has looked terrific in preseason and been one of my favorite players to watch. He’s completed over 70% of his throws thus far and looks like he’s built confidence off his solid end to 2014. Teddy gets the now Orlando Scandrick-less Cowboys, and their secondary should be ripe for the plucking. Teddy’s scheduled to play a full half and possibly into the 3Q in this one. He’s one of my top choices on this slate.
Kirk Cousins (Redskins)
Robert Griffin is out and his return is unknown meaning Kirk Cousins is going to start and possibly play most of this game. Cousins has once again looked good in the preseason and started a debate about whether he should be starting over RGIII. I expect Cousins to run with this opportunity and put up big numbers. He should be one of the better bets to get a lot of work on Saturday.
Andy Dalton (Bengals)
The Bengals looked horrible in their second preseason game, and with this being the final dress rehearsal for the starters before the real thing I am expecting a bounce back in week 3. Dalton should get at least a half and possibly more than that. He’ll also be at home against one of the worst defenses in the league. Expect him and AJ Green to reconnect in this one.
Brett Hundley (Packers)
The former UCLA Bruin Hundley is slated to get the bulk of the work in the Packers contest on Saturday vs the Eagles. Backup Scott Tolzien has a concussion and The Packers are holding out many of their starters. Aaron Rodgers will only play a series or possibly even sit entirely. Hundley should get at least a half and possibly more. Hundley hasn’t looked great in preseason but he can run and so I like him as a gpp play in this one.
Charles Johnson (Vikings)
Johnson and Bridgewater started to build some chemistry in week 2 when Teddy hit him with a perfect back corner fade. I think you could see an even better performance put on by these two in week 3 as the Vikings get the Cowboys who just lost one of their top DB’s. Johnson is playing like he’s the top WR in Minnesota right now (ahead of Mike Wallace) and this could be the game that cements that status.
Julio Jones (Falcons)
Considering everyone is the same salary on DraftKings why not try and roster one of the most elite players at his position? Julio may not play a full half in this one, but considering he can rack up the points so quickly, even a full quarter might be enough for a big game. I’d bet on Matt Ryan trying to hook up with Julio in the end zone at some point in an effort to put a nice bow on both their preseasons.
AJ Green (Bengals)
The other elite WR I’d consider targeting is AJ Green. Green got embarrassed last week when he basically volley-balled a football into the hands of an opponent for an easy pick-6. The Bengals have struggled in weeks one and two but are at home now and should be well motivated for a big week. I expect Green to really bounce back and have big game.
Jarvis Landry (Dolphins)
The Dolphins starters are confirmed to be playing at least a half. Landry has turned into Tannehill’s go to man in the slot and given the amount of short crossing routes the Fin’s like to employ Landry should see a ton of targets in this one. The Falcons were generous against the WR position in 2014 and Landry will have a decent chance in this one to close out his preseason with a bang.
Pierre Garcon (Redskins)
With Kirk Cousins playing QB Garcon should see far more steady play from his QB and also a far more steady dose of targets. Desean Jackson will not be suiting up leaving Garcon as the unquestioned number 1 target for Cousins. As Cousins tries to win the starting job once and for all expect him to feed Garcon a lot and hope for a big outing.
Tevin Coleman (Falcons)
OK this is it, the moment I’ve been waiting for. Exciting rookie Tevin Coleman is finally going to see the field in this one and I’m hopeful for a big performance. Coleman had some huge plays while at Indiana and I think the spread formations often employed by Atlanta should suit him very well. He’s a great gpp target and the potential for an explosive fantasy night definitely exists.
Jarryd Hayne (49ers)
Hayne is a former rugby player from Australia who has been lighting up preseason. The 49er’s haven’t been playing their starters a ton and Hayne looks poised to grab a spot on the active roster as a return/RB/special teams player. I would once again expect him to get time in the second half and possibly sooner. He’s someone else who can rack up yardage and fantasy points for you in a short span.
Buck Allen (Ravens)
With backup Lorenzo Taliaferro out for multiple weeks rookie Buck Allen will be in line for more work in this one. I doubt the Ravens play starter Justin Forsett much in this one since they already have injuries at RB. Expect Allen to get a big workload.
Doug Martin (Bucs)
Martin was one of the most impressive players for me personally in week 2. He ran with a lot more power and speed than I saw at any time from him the past two seasons. Martin’s a tad slimmer than he was a year ago and also in a contract year. I expect you’ll see Martin get close to a half of work in this one as he looks to cement the starting job in Tampa.
Duke Johnson (Browns)
Rookie Duke Johnson makes his debut this week and the fans and coaches in Cleveland both seem excited. Johnson was drafted to be the change of pace back in Cleveland but considering both Terrence West and Isiah Crowell are average at best he could actually see a big workload in this one as the coaches determine if he’s ready for a more significant role. For that reason, I like Johnson as a fantasy play for this slate.
Jimmy Graham (Seahawks)
Graham has seen the field consistently in each of the first two games and caught multiple passes in each as well. My prediction is that this trend continues and Wilson tries to end preseason with a td to his new target. The starters in Seattle are slated to play for up to 3Q’s of action so Graham should be your number one target at this position.
Jordan Cameron (Dolphins)
Cameron just missed a big play with Ryan Tannehill last week and I’m thinking that this week the two might connect for a more meaningful play. Cameron is going to be a red zone favorite for Miami as their receivers are not super tall. I expect him to get at least a half of work here and to be one of the top producers at his position on Saturday.
Richard Rogers (Packers)
With Jordy Nelson gone one of the main benefactors in the Green Bay offense for fantasy purposes will be Richard Rogers. Rogers has been involved in the passing game in both preseason contests and might get even more work in this one. Many of starters in Green Bay won’t play much but Rogers will probably still see half a game, leaving him even more possible targets. I like him as an under the radar play on this slate.
Martellus Bennett (Bears)
Bennett should have a big year ahead of him in Chicago and could have a big game this week too. Kevin White is done for the year and Alshon Jeffrey is out for this particular game meaning Bennett should pick up the slack. He might be the most reliable option of the entire group.