What I learned from the NFL Preseason: Week 1
This is what I learned about each fantasy relevant player in the NFL after week one in the preseason.
Saquon Barkley started the game with a 39 yard run. I am not surprised, but I am not overblowing it either. Two thumbs up Saquon.
I have a better appreciation for Eli Manning’s skills after seeing him anticipate getting crushed to death, and avoiding it, a few times.
Otherwise, the rest of the Giants main cast were quiet. I’ll be paying close attention to the offensive line in the next preseason game. The defense as a whole seems improved, especially the run D, but it’s so hard to tell much about defenses in preseason.
Jarvis Landry is going to be a force this season despite the buzz about his target share decreasing. That may be true, but he’s on a surprisingly more talented offense in the Browns this season, which should lead him to score more.
I wish we could’ve seen some Flash Gordon action.
Chubb is not ready for the NFL just yet, which means Carlos Hyde should be the starter this season, but I’ll reserve complete judgement until at least week 3 of the preseason.
Baker Mayfield is ready for the NFL. He looked confident. He was accurate. He did exactly what you would want him to do.
We didn’t get to see Tyrod Taylor too much. He’s really good too. He will start this season. He may even finish this season. We need to see more Tyrod to make a better judgement as to the likelihood of Baker starting in games this season.
Antonio Callaway is a STUD! Njoku is no joke! I want both of them on my team.
The Browns seem stacked without Gordon. If they fail this time, then they should get a new game plan together because something isn’t working.
Fournette is great, no question. I think he’ll get more receptions this season.
DJ Chark looked Spry in his limited action.
Corey Grant was impressive in the receiving game.
Moncrief and Westbrook looked like the best receivers on the team. Although, I don’t think Lee had many opportunities.
Bortles can be a good quarterback, but he can be a bit too erratic at times. It seems he’s holding back or something, like he’s worried or anxious. His trainers need to introduce him to meditation and mindfulness.
Ingram will be a big part of this team when he comes back from his suspension in week 5, then he goes on bye in week 6.
Kamara seemed annoyed. He seemed rusty and stiff. He’s a hell of a running back, but we’ll have to wait for the next game to see some Kamara action.
Michael Thomas is an incredible receiver. He’s gonna get fed in 2018!
Dallas running backs are top notch. Rod Smith is a really good running back. Scarbrough is pretty damn good too.
Michael Gallup(ed) into my heart. Where are all the targets going to go? Gallup is going to get a heavy dose of targets as a rookie,120 plus.
Terrence Williams may finally have a shot to be fantasy relevant this season.
Blake Jarwin may win the TE competition, which presents crazy value as an undrafted fantasy TE.
I cannot see how Jerick Mckinnon is going to be an every down back. Unless, they don’t plan on rushing the ball much, and they will just use Mckinnon as a receiver out of the backfield.
Joe Williams was just ok, but he may be the future starter after they realize that Mckinnon is a great passing down back, but Joe Williams may be better suited for that main rushing role.
Breida is not ready to be the 2, maybe not even the 3. Mostert looked better than Breida, to me – as he did last season too.
Petis is good. I liked what I saw, even though it was limited. Same goes for Goodwin and Aldrick Robinson.
Marlon Mack is hungry! He impressed me. He’s got nice moves yo, but he injured his hammy, which tends to linger all season.
Turbin looked really good, but he’s suspended 4 games, and at the moment buried behind Hines and Wilkins, who will have at least 4 games to give reasons to why they should have more touches than Turbin.
Hines was just ok.
To the extent of Macks injury and usage on the team, Wilkins looked like he was ready to lead the team in rushes this season.
It was nice to see Luck throw real balls or whatever the joke is. He was really rusty. You could see it, but he’s a competitor. He wants to win. He wants to prove he can come back from his injury. I think he will and he does.
Russell Wilson is amazing. So, nothing new to report here.
Chris Carson did more than I anticipated. He looked really good, but now we have a fantasy problem on the seahawks. Who do you draft at RB? Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny, or Mike Davis?
After watching film on Penny, I thought surely it was a no brainer for the Seahawks to be starting him because he’s absurdly talented, but they have other talent in Chris Carson…and apparently different plans for their RB crew. It seems that it will most definitely be a running back by committee approach in Seattle. Add to the mix CJ Prosise and JD McKissic, who have done their share of positive things not to be left out of the touches conversation. So, for now, Rashaad Penny is in a crowded backfield.
Nick Vannett is the pass catching TE for the team, and should be involved often.
The team needs some talent at the wide receiver position considering Baldwin is injured at the moment and there’s no else known behind him beside Lockett, who only had one reception for 14 yards. Stringfellow may be a rookie who can contribute in 2018.