The first multi-game DFS slate of the NFL season is unofficially upon us. The dog days of summer are winding to an end as NFL teams wrap up training camp and prepare for preseason action as they seek to widdle their rosters down to only the 53 most deserving players. While the preseason certainly pales in comparison to regular season action, some football is better than no football at all, and some football means there is an opportunity for DFS players to make money in contests offered on both DraftKings and FanDuel. The approach, however, differs wildly from the typical NFL DFS approach many are familiar with in regular season contests.
Preseason dfs approach
NFL preseason DFS is an extremely risk-filled venture, and for that reason a more GPP-focused approach is recommended. While there are certain plays that are "safer" than others, very few if any are actually "safe" enough to warrant any significant investment in cash games. Early in the preseason snaps are thinly across first, second, and third team offenses and defenses. Identifying which skill position players are poised to see the highest snap counts is the most important forecast to make when playing preseason DFS. Typically, these players are either on depth charts with limited alternate options at the position or those who have earned additional reps through impressive training camp performances. Much more of the data is qualitative rather than quantitative in preseason DFS, which is the polar opposite from a sharp regular season DFS approach. Following along with beat writers throughout the week, as well as on gameday, is especially important to know who is and is not active, as well as how much that may impact each player's playing time. Without further ado, here are the top targets across each position for the season's first preseason DFS slate: