Football is back! Well, sure, it’s just the preseason, but don’t tell DFS players that. FanDuel and DraftKings started last week with the Hall of Fame Game and Panthers-Texans in a two-game slate, but Thursday brings the real deal, with seven games on the docket. SB Nation will be bringing you the top options on virtually all preseason slates through the end of August. As is always, keep a eye on Twitter throughout the day on game days, as injury and lineup news is always coming in, turning popular plays into fades and lifting obscure plays into tournament-winning position.
Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett, New England Patriots vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
The only reason for not plugging either of these quarterbacks into your lineups is that everyone else is likely to do the same. There is simply no better setup on the slate than for the Patriots QBs, as the Jaguars have put up feeble resistance against the Pats’ offense during a week of joint practices, and it’s been noted that Garoppolo was not having a great camp — until he started scrimmaging against the Jags and became Johnny Unitas.
Again, the issue here is ownership. Both QBs could get about a half’s worth of run. Brissett has not been as effective in camp, so his ownership should be lower. But if you’re OKk with QB chalk, go Jimmy and don’t look back.
Brett Hundley, Green Bay Packers vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Hundley is expected to get the start for the Packers, but unlike most other starters in preseason games, Hundley should see extended run before giving way to Joe Callahan. Hundley missed much of the preseason in 2016 with an injury, so he should get a long look this time around. He is the top pivot off the Patriots QBs on this slate.
Nate Sudfeld, Washington at Baltimore Ravens
Colt McCoy will be the first off the bench for Washington, and he will also be popular. My money is on Sudfeld, who was a DFS darling back when college football slates were available. The guy was an…