Many will be watching the Hall of Fame Game tonight between the Jets and Browns simply because football is back, but others will be tuned in for fantasy purposes. We will have various DFS lineup recommendations throughout the preseason, starting with five players we would consider for tonight. [Note: all salaries are $12,000 on FanDuel.]
MVP: Dorian Thompson-Robinson, CLE QB
Cleveland disclosed their quarterback plans earlier this week with Kellen Mond set to start and then Thompson-Robinson taking over for the second half—and the rookie out of UCLA will be doing whatever he can to move the ball and try to earn a roster spot. A tough and fearless runner with a whip of an arm, “DTR” should put up numbers both through the air and on the ground.
FLEX: Kellen Mond, CLE QB
Mond is also a very capable runner, and he will have the benefit of a stronger supporting cast with guys like third-round pick Cedric Tilllman and David Bell likely playing to start the game. For what it’s worth, Mond totaled 300+ passing yards in each of the past two preseasons (when he was in Minnesota).
FLEX: Chris Streveler, NYJ QB
Streveler can easily be switched to the MVP slot, and there is a chance he takes the vast majority of snaps after Zach Wilson draws the start for New York. Last year, Streveler was a preseason stud with five passing touchdowns in three games, so we’ll see if the magic is back this month.
FLEX: Demetric Felton, CLE RB
The skill-position players are always a bit more unpredictable in exhibitions, and Felton could see limited action if he’s set to be the team’s primary returner in the regular season. He could also be unleashed if on the roster bubble, though, and we think Felton can have a big night if featured on offense.
FLEX: Israel Abanikanda, NYJ RB
Abanikanda is a home run waiting to happen at running back, and the Jets should give him quite a bit of action as they look to see what they have in the rookie with Dalvin Cook looming as a potential signing. If the aggressive defense of Jim Schwartz leaves a running lane open, watch out.