While FanDuel did offer preseason contests that included the Hall of Fame game, for most fantasy players the real action kicks off with Thursday night’s 7 game slate.
Preseason Week One QB Picks
All reports out of Berea, Ohio have Osweiler lighting up the Browns training camp. He has officially been named the starter for this game, and will likely see several series of action on Thursday. The Saints are one of the rare NFL defenses that are bad enough to give up a ton of points to any offense, in any setting. They gave up 34 points to a Brady-less Patriots in their preseason opener last season.
Brett Hundley absolutely lit up the 2015 preseason, but was hurt for last season’s preseason action, and Joe Callahan lit it up in his absence. The Packers offensive system breeds production, and their loaded receiving corps should allow Hundley to rack up yards against an Eagles defense that will likely get their starters out of the game after a series.
Preseason Week One RB Picks
Henderson is in position to get a bunch of carries for a powerful run offense in a favorable matchup. Danny Trevathan is recovering from a torn patellar tendon, and the Bears defense is totally different without him. The Broncos RB depth chart should be pretty slim for the opening preseason game with no Jamaal Charles or Devontae Booker, and C.J. Anderson will likely see limited (if any) work.
Terron Ward is a talented running back, that can put up big numbers in a hurry in the Falcons offense. Don’t expected the now well-paid Freeman or oft-injured Coleman to see much work here, so Ward could flash the upside we saw last season when he put up 151 yards 162 yards on just 32 touches.
Sankey is another RB that is in line to see a decent amount of work this preseason. Sankey has impressed throughout camp, and 2 of the 3 guys ahead of him on the depth chart are injured. We know Sankey can produce as both a runner and pass catcher, and young QB’s tend to want to check down in these early preseason games.
Preseason Week One WR Picks
The Browns have a ton of receivers in camp right now, but Osweiler seems to have a great connection with Louis. We know he will likely run with both the first and second units, and if he is able to get a full quarter with Osweiler against the Saints, they may be the top stack in this slate.
While I want to buy the hype around Michael Clark, I’m going to stack Hundley with a proven commodity in Trevor Davis. Davis is a speed receiver with size, and his experience should allow him to produce in what should be a bigger role than he saw last season when he was competing with Jared Abbrederis and Ty Montgomery for snaps with the second unity.
Both Grant and Caroo are solid plays this week. Gase will have the Dolphins offense ready to go for this preseason matchup, and getting an extended run with a proven starter like Jay Cutler wouldn’t hurt both guys value. Grant has big play ability, and could be a difference maker this week if he is able to break a long touchdown.
Preseason Week One TE Picks
Burton is a guy that we were huge on last preseason, but he didn’t see as much playing time as we would have liked. That was likely due to the fact that he wasn’t a starter, Pederson was installing a new system, and his roster spot was locked in. If we get an extended look at Burton here, you will see an athletic tight end that is ready to start and contribute in a big way.
The Redskins obviously love making tight ends a focal point of their offense. They have talked all season about running more 13 personnel (three tight ends), and are excited about Sprinkle’s upside. Veterans Reed, Paul, and Davis shouldn’t see too much action, and the Redskins will likely want to get a good look at this rookie out of Arkansas.