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Fantasy Football: Preseason DFS Cheat sheet — New England Patriots vs. Washington Football Team, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Foxborough, MA, United States; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (50) during training camp at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

After a year-long 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 two-game slate featuring the Washington Football Team vs. the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers 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.


With Cam Newton entrenched as the New England Patriots starting quarterback, expect to see plenty of Mac Jones on Thursday night. The rookie quarterback should get the bulk of work and plenty of opportunities to throw the ball. Recall that Jarrett Stidham finished second in passing yards (731) and dropbacks (110) as a rookie for the Patriots back in the 2019 preseason.

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