Last week we previewed the Hall of Game through a DFS lens — and actually did OK — recommending the formidable Bears QB-WR stack of Tyler Bray and Tanner Gentry, which connected on a late touchdown at frenzied Tom Benson Hall of Fame stadium (hey, you try writing about preseason football).
The piece was well received, so we're back again with our DraftKings picks for Bears-Bengals. Of course, PFW Chicago's got all the Bears expert advice you need (but you say he's just a friend). However, a special thanks goes out to our pal Jim Owczarski of the Enquirer for dishing on a few Bengals suggestions.
A quick DraftKings refresher: DFS players get $50,000 to build a complete lineup consisting of a QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, 1 TE, 1 FLEX, 1 PK and 1 D/ST. And also a reminder that preseason DFS is nothing like the regular season. Rostering on A.J. Green and Jordan Howard is unlikely to do you much good — unless, that is, they soak up points in the roughly 10-15 snaps they receive before making way for a lot of guys who, with all due respect, probably have a brighter future in the AAF or XFL than the NFL. Those latter guys are the ones we're drawn to like a moth to a flame over the next couple of weeks.
QB: Bengals QB Jeff Driskel ($5,500)
The most athletic quarterback on either club who's likely to get extended run Thursday, Driskel's preseason debut last year included converting 8-of-9 for 97 yards and a touchdown and rushing for another 34 yards and a score on five carries. There's more comfort here than taking Bengals rookie Logan Woodside or Bray, who'll share more reps not only with Chase Daniel, coming off a woeful Bears debut, but starter Mitch Trubisky, who'll get at least a series or two.
Driskel, like last preseason opener, is No. 3 on the Bengals QB depth chart and could be in line for something close to the 35 snaps he played (compared to 28 combined for Andy Dalton and AJ McCarron).
Bengals' Mark Walton ($5,500): Our Greg Gabriel had a third-round grade on Walton, the home run hitter from Miami who went one round later but has NFL starting qualities including explosiveness, forward lean and receiving chops. He's been quiet in Bengals camp but can maximize whatever touches he gets more than Tra Carson and Brian Hill.
Bears' Ryan Nall ($5,500): He only parlayed them into 18 yards from scrimmage, but Nall's touches (8) and total snaps (53) were the most by any offensive player in the Hall of Fame game. Like Walton, whose chances could be curtailed by Carson and Hill, Nall must contend with Taquan Mizzell and Benny Cunningham.
Bears' Javon Wims and Bennie Fowler ($5,500): Fowler followed up a poor preseason opener that included a couple of drops with a strong week of practice in Bourbonnais. He needed it, too, after Javon Wims, against whom Fowler is competing for perhaps the final WR roster spot, was one of the Bears' most impressive performers against the Ravens. Wims led all receivers in Canton on Saturday with 10 targets, seven grabs, 89 receiving yards and 53 snaps.
Bengals' Auden Tate ($5,500): The seventh-rounder from Florida State has flashed repeatedly early on in camp and has the kinda of size (6-5, 228) to make an erratic quarterback look good. Meantime, Chicago's reserve CBs are on the smaller side and could have their hands full similarly to the way Baltimore struggled to contain Wims last week.
Bears' Adam Shaheen ($5,500): We dug a bit too deep last week with Colin Thompson, who didn't appear ready for the preseason stage following a solid start to camp. But Shaheen, who was held catch-less on 11 offensive snaps, might be in a battle for the starting 'Y' spot with Dion Sims, who surprisingly suited up last week and now won't make the trip to Cincinnati because of an undisclosed injury. Regardless, the Ashland product, Shaheen, still needs all the reps he can get and will be as imposing a red-zone target as anyone who could still be on the field come the second quarter.