Preseason NFL Preview: Friday August 12th

Miami Dolphins @ New York Giants


QB: The Dolphins are pretty deep at the quarterback position, boasting four players on their depth chart. Ryan Tannehill has the starting role sealed up, and Matt Moore is the established backup. That leaves us with Brandon Doughty and Zac Dysert. Expect to see a lot of Doughty tonight, as the Dolphins want to see what they really have in the rookie. He has played well during camp, but head coach Adam Gase has stated that he needs to improve his progression. Doughty should see the majority of the work, and has a lot to prove, especially if he wants to remain on the roster as the third string quarterback.

RB: out – Kenyon drake, arian foster Running backs that have been announced to not play tonight include veteran Arian Foster and rookie Kenyon Drake. That leaves us with four running backs left on the depth chart. Jay Ajayi thought he was the solidified starter at the beginning of the offseason, then Miami went and signed Arian Foster, making Ajayi’s spot a little more unclear. Even though he is technically a starter, I have quite a bit of interest in Ajayi tonight, as he should come out with a chip on his shoulder and do all he can to prove he deserves to be the team’s No. 1 starter. Although he might not play too much, I just have a feeling that he at least scores us a touchdown.

WR: The Dolphins are deep at the receiver position, listing 10 players on their depth chart. Jarvis Landry won’t see more than one series, if that, and same can be said for DeVante Parker. Kenny Stills is currently listed as the team’s last first-team receiver, but he hasn’t looked too sharp during camp so far. There are three receivers listed behind the starters that really intrigue me, though; Leonte Carroo, Griff Whalen, and Jakeem Grant. Grant will see more than just time as a receiver, as the team hopes that he can be their primary return man. If we’re lucky, we might be able to get a return touchdown out of him, as he has proven to be fantastic in the open field so far this training camp. Carroo is playing to establish himself as the fourth wide receiver on the roster, with the opportunity to challenge Kenny Stills and his third receiver position. For Whalen, he was originally signed to be on special teams, along with helping provide depth at wide receiver. However, the Dolphins went out and grabbed Grant to be their special teams guy, forcing Whalen to have to perform well.

TE: The tight end position for the Dolphins is too deep to be interested in. There are better teams on today’s slate to target, so I won’t even bother with going into depth here.

New York

QB: The Giants have three quarterbacks listed on their depth chart, with Eli Manning the established starter. Coach Ben McAdoo said in a press conference that starters will see approximately 15 snaps, leaving the rest of the game for Ryan Nassib and Logan Thomas. I’m not overly excited about either quarterback, but Nassib would be my favorite of the two.

RB: The running back situation is similar to the quarterback situation, with Rashad Jennings expected to see almost all of the team’s carries this season. There are four other players listed behind him, but my two favorite targets are that of Orleans Darkwa and Paul Perkins. Both players should see a large number of carries as they fight to try and take the No. 2 running back position from Andre Williams.

WR: The Giants are DEEP in the wide receiver position, with 12 receivers currently listed on their depth chart. Victor Cruz won’t be playing tonight, and Odell Beckham won’t see too much action, himself. That still leaves us with 10 receivers, though. There are way too many players vying for a roster spot for me to confidently say to target a specific one, so I would suggest just fading this situation.

TE: Another interesting situation here, as there is one certified starter in Larry Donnell, with Will Tye the most likely backup. There isn’t much here to like after them, so once again, fading this situation is probably the best bet.

Detroit Lions @ Pittsburgh Steelers


QB: The Lions are set with their first and second string quarterbacks in Matthew Stafford and Dan Orlovsky. Expect Orlovsky to see about a quarter and a half of snaps, giving us an extended look at rookie Jake Rudock. However, I prefer Orlovsky here as he should still see a good amount of time, and with his experience, should be much more efficient.

RB: The Lions are working with seven running backs on their depth chart right now, with Ameer Abdullah most likely to sit, we’re looking at six. The only two viable options from those six, however, are Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner. There are other situations I like better today, but either play isn’t a bad choice.

WR: The Lions are loaded at the wide receiver spot, but we can expect Golden Tate, Anquan Boldin, and Marvin Jones to sit after a drive or two. After they sit, my favorite targets are Jay Lee and Quinshad Davis. Both players have been extremely impressive during camp, with Lee showing off during the team’s mock game last week.

TE: Both Eric Ebron and Brandon Pettigrew will not be playing tonight, leaving us with a whopping five other players on the depth chart. Even with such depth, I like Cole Wick, who has taken some first team reps at camp, but is still pretty deep on the depth chart.


QB: Steelers’ starter Ben Roethlisberger will not be playing tonight, leaving way for Bruce Gradkowski to draw the start. How long he will play is questionable, but I prefer Landry Jones here, as he has some preseason experience and should be more efficient than any other option.

RB: The top two running backs for the Steelers, Le’Veon Bell and DeAngelo Williams, will be sitting out this game against the Lions. They still have five other players listed on their depth chart here, so I wouldn’t necessarily recommend any one player of the other, as they are all vying for a roster spot. Fitzgerald Toussaint saw time in last year’s preseason, and has the ability to break out and reach value, but that’s obviously tough to predict.

WR: Starter Antonio Brown will be sitting tonight, and Markus Wheaton should barely play, if at all. The Steelers still have a pretty deep list here, but the two players that have been shining in camp so far are Eli Rogers and Sammie Coates. Both players should see a good amount of reps tonight, with my favorite target of the two being Sammie Coates.

TE: Starting tight end Ladarius Green will not be playing tonight, which opens up extra time for backup Jesse James. Coach Tomlin has explicitly stated that James will see a good amount of reps today because he needs the extra work. This is probably my favorite tight end target on tonight’s slate.

Minnesota Vikings @ Cincinnati Bengals


QB: This is a very disinteresting position for the Vikings, although they only have three quarterbacks that can play tonight. Teddy Bridgewater shouldn’t play too long, leaving the rest of the game for Shaun Hill and Joel Stave. Stave is the best option of the group, but only because he should see more snaps than the other two quarterbacks.

RB: Don’t even think about rostering any of the Vikings’ running backs, as they have about four players that will split carries pretty evenly. I know that it’s preseason, but the Bengals still have a good run defense, which makes me dislike any options more.

WR: Receivers Stefon Diggs and Charles Johnson have the starting jobs basically locked up. My favorite option from the rest of the depth chart is rookie Laquon Treadwell, who should see a good amount of work with the first string team, but is also a red zone and deep threat for the team.

TE: There are five players listed as tight ends on the Vikings depth chart, but you should only look at MyCole Pruitt, as he played well last season and should see a good number of reps.


QB: The Bengals have four quarterbacks listed on their depth chart, but we can expect starter Andy Dalton to see very little time. I don’t like that three players will split the rest of the game, but AJ McCarron has the skill and talent to perform the best, so he would be my top choice here.

RB: This is a somewhat crowded situation for us tonight, as Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard should see less than a quarter of work, leaving us with four running backs left to choose from. That is three quarters of work for four backs, who should all see pretty even reps. The running back position as a whole is pretty slim tonight, but there isn’t much to offer here.

WR: There is one receiver that has gotten all the praise at camp so far this offseason, and that is second-round pick Tyler Boyd. Boyd offers a ton of skill at the receiver position, and should get a good amount of reps tonight so the coaches can see what he can do in an actual game situation.

TE: Tight ends Tyler Eifert and Tyler Kroft are battling injuries, so both should see barely any time on the field, if any. The player I would target here is CJ Uzomah, a player that needs the reps so that the coaches can see what he can truly do.

Cleveland Browns @ Green Bay Packers


QB: This is another situation to just avoid completely. Robert Griffin III has the starting job, but there are still three quarterbacks on the depth chart. Coach Jackson has said that he wants all quarterbacks to get reps, but we don’t know how many reps exactly. There are just too many unknowns to safely target any quarterback.

RB: Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson are set to receive the bulk of the carries this season, which leaves us with three other running backs on the Browns’ depth chart. I have interest in both Raheem Mostert and Terrell Watson, who should see most of tonight’s carries.

WR: I’m not sure who to specifically target here, even though Corey Colemand, Andrew Hawkins, and Josh Gordon are all ruled out tonight. Quarterback turned wide receiver Terrelle Pryor is my favorite option, mainly because he needs all the reps he can get before the season starts in a true game setting. The rest is really a toss-up as there are still eight players left on the depth chart here.

TE: This situation is too overpopulated for me, and there is just no one player I can recommend over the other. There are better options tonight, like Jesse James or MyCole Pruitt.

Green Bay

QB: No need to look at Aaron Rodgers or Brett Hundley tonight, as Rodgers will barely play and Hundley has an ankle injury. That leaves two other quarterbacks for us to target, with my favorite being Marquise Williams out of the University of North Carolina. He is a dual-threat option and should see about two quarters of action tonight.

RB: We can look passed Eddie Lacy and James Starks, as they should barely see any playing time. That leaves us with three running backs to choose from, with my favorite being John Crockett. Crockett had a great performance last preseason, and with only two players behind him, don’t see why he doesn’t see a good amount of action tonight.

WR: There are too many options here to have to consider, even with Jordy Nelson out and Randall Cobb poised to see very little action. There are still ten players left to choose from here, but Jeff Janis and Jared Abbrederis are my favorite targets, as they should see reps with both the first and second team offenses.

TE: Again, there are just too many players on the Packers depth chart here, so I would suggest just grabbing one of the tight ends I previously listed.

Oakland Raiders @ Arizona Cardinals


QB: No need to look at Derek Carr, as he is the team’s starter. That leaves us with two other options, but Matt McGloin is my favorite choice. He and Connor Cook should see similar playing time, and with McGloin playing behind the second and third string offenses, he just has a better set-up for success.

RB: Running back Latavius Murray won’t see much, if any, action tonight, and rookie Jalen Richard most likely won’t play. One of the best targets on the slate is running back DeAndre Washington, who will be playing not just for a roster spot, but to hopefully be the No. 2 back come the start of the season.

WR: The Raiders are set with their No. 1-4 receivers, but one player does peak my interest. Wide receiver Johnny Holton is competing for the No. 4 receiver spot, so he is the only player I would look towards here.

TE: There are better options at tight end tonight, and with not much to like here, I would be looking elsewhere.


QB: The Cardinals have their first and second string quarterbacks set in Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton. The majority of the snaps after them will be handled by Matt Barkley, who is trying to make a case for the Cardinals to keep a third quarterback on their roster.

RB: There are just too many running backs on the Cardinals’ depth chart, I suggest looking elsewhere for production tonight.

WR: The only two wide receivers I am interested in is Jaron Brown and Chris Hubert. Hubert will probably see more action on the field, which makes him my favorite of the two.

TE: There are just too many options at tight end here to confidently target one or the other. I suggest looking elsewhere to fill your tight end position.

Kyle Olson

I have been playing season long fantasy sports for the last 10 or so years, and finally transitioned to daily fantasy almost 3 years ago. I have always loved numbers and statistics, and being able to use statistics to gain an advantage was what I really loved about DFS. I now contribute MLB material here at DFSDatalytics, along with being the Lead NFL Analyst. If you have any questions or comments, you can find me on Twitter @kzolson19

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