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Fantasy Football: Preseason DFS Cheatsheet — 2021 Hall of Fame Game

After a yearlong hiatus, NFL preseason DFS on DraftKings has returned. For those new to the contest, winning preseason DFS is all about who is actually suiting up and playing the games. Talent? Overrated. Player values? Nope, because every player is priced the same. Coach speak based solely around playing time and volume? Bingo.

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Snaps, opportunities and attempts are the key factors for taking home cash on an NFL preseason DFS slate. Ten to 12 touches from a scrub are better than one to two touches from an elite player. Relevant information is announced very close to kickoff, unlike regular season weeks when teams are required to list who is active or inactive. 

Knowing details about players' roles is essential to preseason DFS, so I've designed this handy preseason DFS cheat sheet to lay out all the actionable items needed to set preseason lineups.

Without further ado: everything you need to know about Thursday Night’s Hall of Fame Game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys to help with DFS lineup construction. 

*Be sure to check back before kickoff for any last-minute updates. Feel free to follow my Twitter lists of beat reporters to stay updated on player news.


Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin announced Mason Rudolph will start on Thursday. According to The Athletic’s Mark Kaboly, Rudolph will play into the second quarter, followed by Dwayne Haskins Jr. and then Joshua Dobbs.

Haskins is expected to get the majority of reps during the first half two-minute drill, which does lend itself to passing rather than strictly hand-off duties. 

The former Washington Football Team quarterback has reportedly been making his case for the QB2 job during the offseason, so there’s a non-zero probability Haskins posts better numbers than Rudolph in Week 1. 

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