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NFL Preseason Week 1 DFS Lineup Advice: Friday (8/12)

by John Supowitz
Aug 12, 2022
Trace McSorely

As we enter the first week of the preseason, we’re all just excited to see football back. We’re more excited to build our first DFS lineups even in these exhibition games.

Building a DFS roster in the preseason is difficult as we just don’t know who’s starting or how much playing time everyone will get. Here are some players you should have in your lineup for Friday and a couple to take a shot on.


Trey Lance (QB – SFO)

Trey Lance will be out to prove the 49ers got it right when they traded up to grade the former North Dakota State. He should see a significant amount of playing time in this game, and he’s shown his talents in the limited time he played last year. We will see both his arm and legs on display, and he will put up some good stats in his limited start.

Trace McSorley (QB – ARI)

Trace McSorley was named the starter for this game as we won’t see Kyler Murray or Colt McCoy suit up. Although he saw very little playing time in his two years with the Ravens, he’s shown his ability as a dual-threat quarterback at Penn State. We’ll see that athleticism for a good portion of the game as the only other rostered quarterback behind him on the depth chart is Jarrett Guarantano.

Tyler Allgeier (RB – ATL)

The fifth-round pick out of BYU has been getting a ton of hype throughout training camp. The Falcons know what they have in Cordarelle Patterson. So we won’t see much of him, giving Tyler Allgeier a good amount of work.

Tyler Goodson (RB – GB)

The Packers will likely sit Aaron Jones and AJ Dillion for this first game. This leaves Tyler Goodson and BJ Baylor the most likely to see a significant amount of snaps. While Baylor is the better overall runner, Goodson has better athletic abilities. He can also be utilized in the passing game, seeing production on the ground and in the air.

Brandon Aiyuk (WR – SF)

Brandon Aiyuk has emerged as a leading receiver and Lance’s favorite target through training camp. These two have built a connection, and as they get some time together on Friday, they will show chemistry quickly.

Punt Plays

These are low-percentage drafted players to take a shot on:

Andy Isabella (WR – ARI)

The Cardinals are electing to sit most of their starters, including DeAndre Hopkins, Marquise Brown and A.J. Green. This allows Andy Isabella the opportunity to see a lot of playing time, and he’s worked with McSorely and Guarantano in training camp. The former second-round pick has had flames but has yet to break out, and this could be an important game to keep a roster spot.

Zonovan Knight (RB – NYJ)

The Jets should give Breece Hall and Michael Carter the first-team snaps, but Zonovan Knight will likely get one quarter of work. After that, it’s Tevin Coleman and La’Mical Perine who were on this team last year, leaving Knight as the back who may get an opportunity to try and fight for a roster spot.

Kennedy Brooks (RB – PHI)

The current running back roster depth for the Eagles is very thin. We should see Miles Sanders get some playing time, but with Boston Scott and Kenneth Gainwell missing time with injuries, we likely won’t see them in this first game. This leaves Kennedy Brooks next in line and should get a significant amount of playing time.


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