NFL DFS preseason picks: Falcons vs Lions line-up advice, captain’s pick, values
Week 1 of the NFL preseason continues tonight and Game 1 kicking off tonight will feature the Atlanta Falcons hitting the road to meet the Detroit Lions. As with all of these games, you can line up and score big in DraftKings daily fantasy Captain’s Showdown mode.
Pre-season games can be difficult to predict given how each team decides to distribute snaps between their starters and substitutes. However, we’ve got you covered and picked out a few players to consider for the Falcons-Lions tonight.
DFS Strategy Lions-Falcons DraftKings Showdown
Captain’s Choice (all prizes $11,400)
Desmond Ridder, QB, Falcons
Both coaches have indicated they will face their respective starters and one imagines they would get about a quarter of the action. For the Falcons, that means we’ll most likely see a lot of Desmond Ridder under center after starter Marcus Mariota gets a few series under his belt.
The rookie will get his first taste of NFL action and has been impressive at camp according to various reports. He’ll be in the game long enough to possibly have a few standout campaigns and warrant captain’s consideration tonight.
Jermar Jefferson, RB, Lions
Jefferson made a sporadic number of rookie appearances last season and currently shares RB3 duties with Craig Reynolds according to the Lions’ first unofficial depth chart. He is improving, however, as head coach Dan Campbell cited him as one of the sophomores who made a significant leap from last season.
Once the starters filter through, I would expect to see a lot of Jefferson in the second half and it’s possible he could hit a touchdown if the Lions get to the red zone.
Value Games (all prizes $7,600)
Maurice Alexander, WR, Lions
The Lions brought in Maurice Alexander last week after Quintez Cephus suffered a leg injury. Alexander was last seen in the USFL with league runners-up Philadelphia Stars serving as both wide receiver and special teams weapon.
It’s a perfect place for Detroit to find out what they have in this wide game, so expect plenty of action tonight.
Quadree Ollison, RB, Falcons
The depth of Falcons running back behind Cordarrelle Patterson is a huge question mark and one guy who could potentially transition into that RB2 role is Qadree Ollison. The fourth-year veteran is the biggest running back in the room at 232 pounds and has used his size to his advantage in camp so far.
Expect to see a lot of Ollison starting in the second quarter in this game as the Falcons try to settle the depth of their skill position.