The preseason has finally arrived, and the Hall of Fame Game kicks off the action Thursday night. Preseason DFS creates an unique environment where information reigns supreme. Digging through the practice reports helps indicate which players will see the field most. This year’s Hall of Fame game features the Las Vegas Raiders and the Jacksonville Jaguars, and this piece will dig into each team’s roster ahead of this historic game. For Showdown-specific purposes like the Hall of Fame Game, defenses and kickers generally score better than any other position because they’re the only ones guaranteed a full game. Kickers also score well as long as they aren’t in battles. From there, quarterbacks, running backs, receivers and tight ends should be prioritized in that order, with a strong preference towards players receiving the most playing time.
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QB1 — Trevor Lawrence — 15 snaps, 34 snaps, 17 snaps — Won’t play in the Hall of Fame Game.
QB2 — C.J. Beathard — 0 snaps, 15 snaps, 12 snaps — Beathard made his return to practice Aug. 1, but is still dealing with injury. He threw for 309 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in 2021. He has been awesome in previous preseasons but will not play in the Hall of Fame Game.
QB3 — Jake Luton — 16 snaps, 0 snaps, 38 snaps — Luton came out of Oregon State in 2020 as the 189th pick in the sixth round. Luton was the No. 3 quarterback last year, but he has already benefited from Beathard missing time in early camp. He threw for 190 yards and two touchdowns last year. He will start the Hall of Fame game and potentially play most of the game with Beathard still dealing with injury.
QB4 — Kyle Sloter — He played 112 snaps in 2017 with Denver, 109 snaps with Minnesota in 2018 and 125 snaps with Minnesota in 2019. Sloter started in the USFL for the New Orleans Breakers. He completed 57.7% of his passes for 6.2 yards per attempt, while throwing nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Sloter is a longshot to make the roster and likely plays less than Luton.
RB1 — James Robinson — 7 snaps, 16 snaps, 10 snaps — Robinson is coming off a torn Achilles, but he is practicing. Robinson won’t play in the Hall of Fame Game.
RB2 — Travis Etienne — 13 snaps, 3 snaps, 0 snaps — Etienne is full go in camp and working with the first team. He has allegedly been excelling in camp. Etienne will not play in the Hall of Fame Game.
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RB3 — Snoop Conner — Conner is a rookie out of Ole Miss, drafted with the 154th pick in the fifth round. He rushed for 647 yards on 130 attempts last year. He also caught 14 receptions. Conner is expected to split the bulk of the work with Armstead.
RB4 — Ryquell Armstead — He played 57 snaps in the 2019 preseason and had a rough battle with Covid-19 in 2021, but he’s back. He’s been playing with the Luton group and expects to receive plenty of work.
RB5 — Nathan Cottrell — 9 snaps, 19 snaps, 18 snaps — Cottrell came out of Georgia Tech as an undrafted free agent in 2020. He has been playing with the Sloter group.
RB6 — Mekhi Sargent — Sargent was a 2021 undrafted free agent out of Iowa. He spent the 2021 preseason with Tennessee. He played 86 snaps there. He is working with the Sloter group.
WR1 — Christian Kirk — Starters might receive a series or two.
WR2 — Marvin Jones -Starters might receive a series or two.
WR3 — Zay Jones — Starters might receive a series or two.
WR4 — Laviska Shenault — 9 snaps, 24 snaps, 13 snaps — Shenault now enters his third year after coming out of Colorado with the 42nd pick in Round 2. He is battling for the WR3 role with Zay Jones and working with the 1’s. He worked off to the side on Aug. 1 with a heavy wrap on his ankles. Returned to practice Aug. 2.
WR5 — Jamal Agnew — 9 snaps, 5 snaps, 0 snaps — Agnew is primarily a special teamer and he is coming off hip surgery this offseason. He still isn’t a full participant and won’t play in the Hall of Fame game.
WR6 — Laquon Treadwell — 23 snaps, 27 snaps, 26 snaps — Treadwell has been practicing with Lawrence/Luton.
WR7 — Lujuan Winningham — Winningham is a 2022 undrafted free agent out of Central Arkansas. He caught 42 passes for 700 yards in seven games last year. He has been playing with Luton, but he has drawn rave reviews from beat reporters. Winningham should be among the snap leaders at wide receiver.
WR8 — Marvin Hall — 1 snaps, 0 snaps, 0 snaps — Hall is a longtime journeyman who didn’t record any stats last year in the preseason. However, he did play 13 snaps in Week 11 last year in the regular season. He has been working with the Luton group. Hall should be among the snap leaders at wide receiver.
WR9 — Jeff Cotton — 20 snaps, 14 snaps, 33 snaps — Cotton is a 2020 undrafted free agent out of Idaho. He has been working mostly with Luton, but he received some snaps with Lawrence. He caught seven receptions on 10 targets for 116 yards and a touchdown in 2021. Cotton should be among the snap leaders at wide receiver.
WR10 — Tim Jones — Jones is a 2021 undrafted free agent out of Southern Miss. He caught 30 passes for 480 yards in seven games in 2021. He didn’t play in the 2021 preseason. He has been playing mostly with Luton but received a few snaps with Lawrence. Jones should be among the snap leaders at wide receiver.
WR11 — Kevin Austin — Austin is a 2022 undrafted free agent out of Notre Dame. He was a one-year wonder at Notre Dame and caught 48 passes for 888 yards and seven touchdowns. He has been playing with the Luton group and the Sloter group.
WR12 — Willie Johnson — Johnson is a 2022 undrafted free agent out of Marshall. He caught 32 passes for 625 yards in 2021. He played six years in college and won’t make this roster. He has played almost exclusively with Sloter.
WR13 — Ryan McDaniel — McDaniel is a 2022 undrafted free agent out of North Carolina Central. He caught 52 passes for 678 yards and four touchdowns. He has played almost exclusively with Sloter.
TE1 — Evan Engram — Engram isn’t expected to play much, if at all.
TE2 — Dan Arnold — 0 snaps, 8 snaps, 16 snaps — He played the preseason with Carolina before coming over via trade. He also shouldn’t play much here.
TE3 — Chris Manhertz — 7 snaps, 15 snaps, 8 snaps — Manhertz should be the third string tight end after playing 388 snaps last year. However, 280 of those snaps were blocking.
TE4 — Luke Farrell — 18 snaps, 24 snaps, 27 snaps — Farrell played 255 offensive snaps for Jacksonville last year. He spent 145 of them blocking and 110 running routes.
TE5 — Gerrit Prince — Prince is a 2022 undrafted free agent out of UAB who caught 36 passes for 699 yards and 10 touchdowns last year. Prince has worked with all three groups so far (Lawrence, Luton, Sloter), but most of his work has come with Luton.
TE6 — Grayson Gunter — Gunter is an undrafted free agent out of Southern Miss. He is caught 15 passes for 182 yards last year. He blocked on 365 of his 613 snaps in college. Gunter has played with all three groups and worked some with the Lawrence group as well.
K1 — Elliott Fry — Fry is in a kicking battle. He isn’t in the DraftKings player pool.
K2 — Ryan Santoso — Santoso is in a kicking battle with Fry. He figures to split kicking opportunities.
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Las Vegas Raiders
Note — New England used their starters more in the preseason than Las Vegas last year and now Josh McDaniels comes over as the new head coach.
QB1 — Derek Carr — Didn’t play at all last preseason and won’t play here.
QB2 — Jarrett Stidham — Didn’t play at all last preseason. He should handle limited work in this game.
QB3 — Nick Mullens — 12 snaps, 23 snaps, 31 snaps with the Eagles last year. He completed 55.2% of his passes for 129 yards, zero touchdowns and three interceptions last year. He actually had a decent season with the 49ers previously, but his last preseason was horrific. Mullens should play the bulk of the Hall of Fame game.
QB4 — Chase Garbers — Garbers is an undrafted free agent out of Cal. He completed 64.3% of his passes for 7.3 yards per attempt, 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also rushed for 456 yards on 104 carries. He will handle the cleanup work.
RB1 — Josh Jacobs — Jacobs didn’t play last preseason.
RB2 — Kenyan Drake — Drake didn’t play last preseason.
RB3 — Ameer Abdullah — 18 snaps, 27 snaps, 15 snaps — Rushed for 85 yards on 17 attempts. Abdullah is a special teamer and potential Drake insurance. As a veteran, he shouldn’t receive much playing time.
RB4 — Zamir White — White was the 122nd overall pick in the fourth round out of Georgia. He rushed for 856 yards on 160 carries last year, while catching nine passes. He played in the same backfield as James Cook. Missed the first week of camp but returned July 31. White is expected to play quite a bit.
RB5 — Brittain Brown — Brown was the 251st overall pick in the seventh round out of UCLA. He rushed for 615 yards on 102 carries (6.0 yards per carry) and caught 18 passes last year. Missed practice Aug. 1.
RB6 — Brandon Bolden — Bolden was a pass catching specialist and special teamer with New England. He is also a veteran and unlikely to play much here.
RB7 — Austin Walter — 10 snaps in Week 1 of the preseason last year. He handled four carries for negative-3 yards with the Jets last year. He previously played with the 49ers in 2019. He was originally an undrafted free agent out of Rice. He could play a decent amount if Brown misses the Hall of Fame game.
WR1 — Davante Adams — Adams isn’t expected to play.
WR2 — Hunter Renfrow — Renfrow isn’t expected to play.
WR3 — Demarcus Robinson — 10 snaps, 29 snaps, 11 snaps with the Chiefs last year. He is unlikely to play more than a few series.
WR4 — Keelan Cole — 21 snaps, 20 snaps, 17 snaps with the Jets last year. He caught three passes for 28 scoreless yards. He is unlikely to play more than a few series.
WR5 — Mack Hollins — 19 snaps, 35 snaps, 0 snaps with the Dolphins last year. He caught 6 of 7 targets for 69 scoreless yards last year. Hollins has been praised a lot at camp and could play a decent amount here.
WR6 — Tyron Johnson — 19 snaps, 39 snaps, 47 snaps — Johnson caught 9 of 15 targets for 54 scoreless yards last year. He was an undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma State. Another guy having a solid camp. Robinson, Cole, Hollins and Johnson are all battling for WR3/WR4 duties.
WR7 — Jordan Veasy — 15 snaps, 25 snaps, 23 snaps — He caught 5 of 8 targets for 51 yards and a touchdown with Indianapolis last year. He is a 2018 undrafted free agent out of Cal.
WR8 — D.J. Turner — 36 snaps, 32 snaps, 31 snaps — Turner caught 11 of 13 passes for 77 scoreless yards last year. He is a 2021 undrafted free agent out of Pittsburgh.
WR9 — Isaiah Zuber — 13 snaps, 25 snaps, 44 snaps — Zuber caught 6 of 9 targets for 71 yards and a touchdown with New England last preseason. He is also a veteran of the USFL, where he played for the Houston Gamblers.
WR10 — Justin Hall — Hall is an undrafted free agent out of Ball State. He is only 5-foot-9, but he caught 61 passes for 613 yards and five touchdowns with Ball State last year. He also handled 37 carries for 255 yards. He had 30 carries in back-to-back seasons.
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WR11 — Dillon Stoner — On .PUP
TE1 — Darren Waller — Hasn’t practiced much in camp and isn’t expected to play.
TE2 — Foster Moreau — Didn’t play last preseason.
TE3 — Jacob Hollister — 28 snaps, 28 snaps, 27 snaps — Hollister caught 4 of 6 targets for 53 scoreless yards last preseason with Buffalo. He ran 101 routes on 174 snaps last regular season.
TE4 — Nick Bowers — 50 snaps, 19 snaps, 24 snaps — Bowers ran 32 routes on 93 snaps last preseason, but he caught 5 of 5 targets for 45 yards and a touchdown with the Raiders.
TE5 — Jesper Horsted — 20 snaps, 29 snaps, 30 snaps — Horsted caught 6 of 8 targets for 113 yards and three touchdowns with the Bears last preseason. He ran 49 routes on 79 snaps. He profiles more as a receiving tight end.
TE6 — Cole Fotheringham — Fotheringham is an undrafted free agent out of Utah. He only ran 114 routes on 476 snaps in college last year and was used primarily as a blocker.
K1 — Daniel Carlson — Carlson will handle all of the kicking for Las Vegas.
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