Preseason Picks: Matthews Gets His Shot

Thursday marks the final day of preseason football, and that typically means two things:

  1. Starters and anyone with more than a scratch will sit out
  2. Fourth and fifth stringers you’ve probably never heard of will be playing their tails off for a shot at making the team.

As a result, it’s important to listen to what the coaches say in their press conferences about playing time and who will actually suit up and play. It’s also important to note the position battles from team to team, as those players are likely to get equal shots to show what they can do. Here are five sure-things to consider for tonight’s games:

Chris Matthews (WR) gets at least 2 receptions

Matthews was penciled in as the No.3 wideout heading into the first preseason game and an ACL injury sidelined him until Tuesday. Now back at practice, he should be ready to take the field Thursday night against Oakland. The Raiders will trot out their backups for most of the game and have been one of the worst defenses in the league in recent years. At this point Matthews is going to need a good showing to solidify a roster spot and the Seahawks should give him plenty of snaps, which should guarantee you some Points.

Suggestion: 25 Points

Jarryd Hayne (RB) gets at least 5 yards per carry

This selection might seem a bit odd at first glance, given that Hayne rushed for 0 yards last preseason game on two attempts. However, he wasn’t allowed to get into the flow of the game with the starters handling the majority of the reps. This last preseason game will be much different as the starters play little and Hayne should handle a good workload. For those that don’t know him, he averaged 12.6 and 6.8 yards per carry over in each of his first two-preseason games respectively, showing a tremendous upside, and with a decent Offer on this Pick, you’re guaranteed some good returns. .

Suggestion: 25 Points

Andre Davis (WR) gets at least 4 receptions

First, to win this you would just need him to replicate what he did in the Bills’ last preseason game when he hauled in four catches for positive yards. However, in this game he should be on the field more and see an increase in targets from last game (5) with the Bills evaluating their last few WR spots. His performance during the preseason games and during camp likely has him as the “No.1 wide receiver” for Buffalo, at least for this game. While getting an offer of 1.90:1 return on the Points here seems too good to be true, take the bait and guarantee yourself some Points.

Suggestion: 25 Points

Tom Savage (QB) has at least 2 passing touchdowns

The Houston Texans have been fun to watch on “Hard Knocks” and it was interesting to watch them break the news about Brian Hoyer getting the starting QB job. With Ryan Mallett waiting in the wings should Hoyer falter, there’s no reason for the team to play either one in tonight’s matchup. Therefore, it appears that Savage will be the signal caller and likely play the whole game. He’s posted some solid numbers over three preseason games going 28-for-45 with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Savage’s roster spot isn’t in jeopardy but the coaches will likely want to see how the backup wide receivers perform as they vie to make the team. Don’t be surprised to see Savage throw a lot. Put some Points against it paying off with a pair of touchdowns and you’re almost a lock for a good return.

Suggestion: 15 Points

Chris Johnson (RB) gets at least 10 carries

This is taking a coach’s word, as Bruce Arien’s stated he wanted to get Johnson 10 or 12 carries to see how he looks. It’s tempting to go over four yards per carry as his average (2:1) but it’s possible Johnson is tentative hitting the hole after nursing a hamstring injury. It’s likely the Cardinals are cautious using him and will give him touches over multiple series as opposed to trying to get all of his carries in over a series or two. After a less than impressive camp from David Johnson, Arizona is going to want to get a good look to see if CJ2K has any gas left in the tank.

Suggestion: 10 Points

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Written by Kevin Payne
Kevin has been playing fantasy sports for the last 20 years and got into DFS five years ago. He's been a regular contributor at Rotowire.com for over a decade and covered football, baseball, basketball and soccer. Kevin has had several "big hits" doing DFS over the last several years and continues to play heavily in both DFS and season-long league. At glutton for punishment, he roots for his hometown Bills, Sabres and the New York Yankees.