NFL 2017 Preseason Week 4 (FREE)

We have reached the final week of the preseason. This is the week where most of the starters, if not all, will rest and teams evaluate their backups as they make final cuts to reach their 53-man rosters. In addition, a lot of the position battles will be decided after Thursday night’s performance, so it is very important to know who is playing for a specific role.

Before we jump into some players to target on this slate, I want to go over what I look for in preseason. It is fairly simple, opportunity trumps all in the preseason. You want players who are going to be on the field and getting touches or targets. Being that there is a lot of variance in the preseason, targeting players who will receive more opportunities is the approach I like to take. I like to target players who are fighting for a role, backup spot, or even a job. These are the situations to focus on as they will get you ahead of the field and put you in a good spot. With that said, let’s jump right into some of tonight’s targets.

Quarterback

Mitchell Trubisky – Bears

Trubisky will start on Thursday against the Browns. He has been impressive thus far in the preseason, completing 34-of-48 pass attempts for 354 yards and three touchdowns in three games. The Browns defense is not good at all and I fully expect Trubisky to be able to shred them. Keep an eye on how much time he is expected to play, but I do not see why the Bears would not give their rookie plenty of snaps in this one.

Others I like: Sean Mannion – Rams; Jeff Driskel – Bengals; Kyle Sloter – Broncos

Running Back

Alvin Kamara – Saints

Kamara is averaging 10.7 yards per carry in the preseason, rushing nine times for 96 yards and a touchdown, while also catching one pass for 22 yards. He is also averaging a smidge under 10 fantasy points per game. He has displayed his big-play ability and explosiveness, and will likely receive plenty of run in the preseason finale. It only takes one play for Kamara to have a big night, providing huge upside for those who roster him.

Matt Breida – 49ers

In two games this preseason, Breida has rushed for 69 yards on 18 carries and has caught all three of his targets for 19 yards. Beat reporters suggest that he has been better than Joe Williams this spring and that San Francisco is considering Breida as the backup to Carlos Hyde. Breida will be striving for a big game here and should receive plenty of run.

Others I like: Dwayne Washington – Lions; Terron Ward – Falcons; Terrell Watson – Steelers; DJ Foster – Patriots; David Fluellen – Titans

Wide Receiver

Jamaal Jones – Chargers

San Diego has announced that they will bench all their starters, which should create plenty of opportunities for their backups. Jones leads the Chargers this preseason in targets and is tied for first in both receptions and touchdowns. In addition, he has a 50% catch rate and has scored twice. The Chargers could give him plenty of reps tonight as they take a nice long look at their young receiver.

Bryce Treggs – Eagles

After a promising Week 1 of the preseason, Treggs missed Week 2 and did not do much last week. This is a big week for Treggs as he is trying to compete for a roster spot. He displayed his upside in the preseason opener and gets a nice matchup against the Jets on Thursday. I expect him to see plenty of playing time in this contest for a chance to prove himself.

Others I like: Shawn Wynn – Jaguars; Daikel Shorts – Bills; Austin Carr – Patriots; Tommylee Lewis – Saints; Titus Davis – Bears

Tight End

Sean Culkin – Chargers

As I mentioned above, the Chargers will sit their starters on Thursday, which should create some extra opportunities for Culkin who is on the roster bubble at this time. Culkin leads all of San Diego’s tight ends this preseason in targets and receptions, catching 6 out of 8 passes for 56 yards. The undrafted rookie made some big plays in camp and has shown good hands in the preseason. A nice outing on Thursday could earn him a roster spot.

Others I like: David Njoku – Browns

It is very important that you monitor news closely on Thursday as we could receive a lot of information on how much players are expected to play. Good luck to all!