Preseason Picks: Colt’s Under Center

The final week of the preseason is all about players trying to carve out roles, or prove that they should stay when teams are forced to slim down to their 53-man roster. Established starters and veterans will largely take Thursday off. With that in mind, our Picks for this week focus on some athletes trying to make the most of their time.

Colt McCoy (QB) has at least 25 Pass Attempts

McCoy is an athlete who should thrive against what will likely be Jacksonville Jaguars backups —he’s a six-year veteran with plenty of NFL experience playing against athletes just trying to make the team.

Washington has already said McCoy will play the entire game, and nothing is more important when looking at preseason Picks than guaranteed playing time. McCoy will have it in spades against a defense that hasn’t been great, and likely doesn’t have much depth. It’s safe to say McCoy should put up big numbers, and a Pick of at least 25 pass attempts will capitalize on that.

Suggestion: 20 Points

Zach Zenner (RB) has at least 100 yards rushing

One of the most intriguing players of the preseason, Zenner will be in line to prove himself with extended reps on Thursday. Joique Bell is healthy and Detroit might look to get him a few snaps along with another flashy rookie, Ameer Abdullah, but Zenner will get the bulk of the carries on Thursday against the Bills.

Now, this won’t be the Mario Williams, Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams Buffalo Bills. Zenner will be facing a defensive front that doesn’t include any big-name athletes outside of, maybe, defensive tackle Red Bryant. This will be Zenner’s chance to prove he can stay and contribute. The undrafted free agent has led all players with 162 yards rushing in the preseason, and he’s averaging 6.48 yards per carry. He can build on his impressive debut tonight, which could mean big returns for you.

Suggestion: 25 Points

Brett Hundley (QB) has at least 250 passing yards

Hundley was a hot prospect two years ago at UCLA before he dropped to the fifth round where Green Bay drafted him. Now in the preseason, Hundley has a 112.6 quarterback rating, completing 69 percent of his passes for 394 yards and three touchdowns. Hundley should get a lot of playing time Thursday against a porous New Orleans secondary, where he’ll likely put up big stats. Make the most of those with a Pick that plays to his strengths.

Suggestion: 20 Points

Justin Trattou (DE) has at least one sack

Trattou, a fourth-year player, hasn’t had many opportunities to showcase himself in the regular season, but he has pass-rushing ability and will be facing the backup offensive line for the Tennessee Titans. Trattou is just the type of player with NFL experience and something to prove who could abuse players not yet ready for NFL action. Put some Points behind him capitalizing on his opportunity with at least one sack.

Suggestion: 15 Points

Montee Ball (RB) has at least 75 yards rushing

If you’re looking for a player who NEEDS Thursday, look no further than Ball. The former second-round pick has fallen down the depth chart in his third season and was the fourth running back used by Denver in last week’s game.

C.J. Anderson is entrenched as the starter and Ronnie Hillman has looked good this preseason to secure a spot as the top backup. Juwan Thompson received the third spot last week and scored a touchdown. Ball, the former Wisconsin Badgers star and Heisman Trophy finalist, was fourth in line and has underwhelmed with a 2.6 yards-per-carry average this preseason, rushing 16 times for 41 yards.

Hard to believe just two years after being the third running back selected in the draft, but Ball could be trying to secure his spot on the roster. A motivated Ball, who has shown talent in the past, will face the backup Arizona Cardinals defense. Thursday is his chance to keep himself relevant, and that should pay off with some decent stats. Use this to your advantage and lowball him for a good offer.

Suggestion: 20 Points



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Written by Brian Hall
Hall has spent the past 13 years as a reporter in the Twin Cities, covering every professional team along with the University of Minnesota. For the past four years, he was a regular beat reporter covering the Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Wild for He's been an avid fantasy sports player for years and has caught the daily fantasy sports bug like so many others.