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Fantasy Football: NFL Preseason Week 3 Sunday DFS Cheatsheet

Aug 23, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) throws an incomplete pass over New Orleans Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport (92) during the first half at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

With Week 3 already underway and more preseason DFS lineups to set, let’s dive into the fantasy-relevant details of Sunday’s four-game slate, featuring a smorgasbord of NFL teams with different approaches to the exhibition contests. Some teams plan to rest their starters while others are playing for victory. Either way, there’s no better way to absorb NFL football that doesn’t count than with skin in the game!


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*Be sure to check back in on my Twitter account @AndrewErickson_  before kickoff for any last-minute updates. Feel free to follow my Twitter lists of beat reporters to stay updated on player news. Also, for those testing the preseason DFS waters for the first time: click here for a breakdown of strategy and game theory.

WHO’S PLAYING THEIR STARTERS? 

Before the positional breakdown, it’s best to touch on how each team plans to deploy its starters in the final set of preseason games.

Game 1

Jacksonville Jaguars – playing starters. The Jags’ first-team offense has not looked great, so Urban Meyer can’t afford to let them rest. Expect at least a half of action from Trevor Lawrence and company.

Dallas Cowboys – resting starters. Cooper Rush should get the start, and he will likely be replaced by Garrett Gilbert.

Game 2

Las Vegas Raiders: resting starters. Nathan Peterman has taken every snap for the Raiders in the preseason.

San Francisco 49ers: playing starters. We’ll probably see Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance split reps in the preseason finale, and the latter is the more desirable fantasy option.

Game 3

Miami Dolphins: resting starters. Tua Tagovailoa will not play along with the majority of the team’s starters.

Cincinnati Bengals: playing starters. Joe Burrow will play a limited number of snaps with the entire starting unit. It won’t be enough to make any Bengals starter DFS-worthy, but it makes second/third string options less appealing.

Game 4

New England Patriots: playing starters. The Patriots have not been shy about playing their guys this preseason. Expect both quarterbacks to play but for Mac Jones to see the most snaps.

New York Giants: playing starters. Daniel Jones will play for the first half along with the other healthy starters on offense.

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