NFL Preseason, Week 2: Getting Closer To Your Draft

Part 3

   With the season fast approaching, fantasy football drafts are happening. Hopefully, this breakdown of the second preseason week helps you win in your leagues. It probably won’t, but it may change how you think about a guy you were or weren’t considering.

Next week’s third preseason games are all about getting the starters prepared for the regular season, but this week was not about that at all. This week was a job interview week, much the same as week 1 is and week 4 will be. This is what I perceived happened this week (for the Jaguars, Vikings, Raiders, Rams, Bengals, Cowboys, 49ers, and Texans).

Jaguars

Blake Bortles would worry me if I was the Jaguars coaches. He can be so erratic at times, yet so poised and great at other times.

Leonard Fournette is getting warmed up. He is going to be a beast in 2018, and it seems he is going to get a lot more targets this season too.

Fournette’s value is only diminished ever so slightly by the really sick performance by TJ Yeldon! I’ve never seen Yeldon move like that before, have you? Curiouser and curiouser.

Austin Seferian-jenkins landed awkwardly in practice, so we didn’t get to see him, yet.

Marqise Lee, Dede Westbrook, Donte Moncrief, DJ Chark, and Keelan Cole are all looking for targets on a run heavy, defensive team. I don’t want any of them because there are better flier options with less competition.

Jaguars Defense is still amazing.

Vikings

Kirk Cousins, in his limited play, didn’t look as good against the formidable Jaguars Defense as he did last week against a pretty damn good Denver defense. Let’s see how Captain Kirk does in game 3.

Latavius Murray fumbled twice, but it was turned over once.

The only fantasy relevant “player” on the team that did anything positive was the Vikings Defense.

Otherwise, Mike Boone continued to provide evidence for making the team alongside Roc Thomas, who have been having a fantastical preseason, thus far.

Raiders

Mmmmmmmhmmm. Uh, I don’t have…errr…Running Back Chris Warren was pretty good.

Rams

Just like the Raiders, the Rams didn’t play their starters.

We got a great look at Running back John Kelly, who should be considered by everyone who drafts Todd Gurley (and has a decent sized bench, 6 plus). I’m not saying go out of your way to put this handcuff on your roster. Just be aware that he’s really talented and if Gurley had an injury, it would be his backfield, not Malcolm Brown’s.

Bengals

Joe Mixon wasn’t in the game much, but he had a few decent plays.

John Ross should be heavily targeted in this offense. He’s the number two target on this team right now, and he’s really, super fast. Plus, he returns the ball too.

Cowboys

Dak Prescott didn’t have a bad play. I am rising on Dak because I think he can add value in the run game, but he is talented enough to throw first, run second, which will open up this offense and give more fantasy relevance to the Receivers than is expected.

Once again, Rod Smith was great. He would start on many other teams, but Ezekiel Elliott commands attention with his talents, so he’ll continue to work hard, learn and wait for his turn. If his opportunity arises, he’ll be a fine fantasy asset with one of the best offensive lines to run behind. Injury to Right Guard Zack Martin isn’t significant, and he should be ready for the season opener.  

Both Terrence Williams and Michael Gallup will be showered with targets this season.

The only other target on the team beside Zeke, who is supposedly going to be more involved in the passing game, and the above mentioned receivers, is Tight End Blake Jarwin. I’m not sure if either rookie tight ends are ready. Between Jarwin and Geoff Swaim, there should be a good 100 targets available. I wonder if they’ll use both or one? I lean towards Blake winning the job, based on what I’ve seen so far.

Texans

Deshaun Watson will be everything we expect him to be and more. I don’t know what more means, really, but more!

Lamar Miller was mediocre on a few touches, but there are no challengers. No, Alfred Blue isn’t going to challenge Miller for touches.

Ryan Griffin was successfully targeted several times.

Bruce Ellington should see some usage in this offense in 2018 because he’s making the case in preseason with great performances.

49ers

Jimmy Garoppolo is ready to lead this team. I still don’t think this team has an identity, which may seem inconsequential, but it is important. Their running game is going to be lackluster, which means they will have to be a pass heavy team, putting a lot of pressure on their Defense. This is not a good look for NFL play, but it’s great for fantasy because Garoppolo will have to toss the ball a ton. He might not be a bad draft in the late late rounds. In the early draft season, Jimmy G was going much higher. Perhaps his value was more correct then, than it is now?

If Running Back Jeremy Mcnichols is the best the Niners are going to do at running back behind Jerick Mckinnon, who will not handle a 3 down workload, and is currently injured, then no opponent will fear their running game. At all. Nor will currently injured and underwhelming Joe Williams add anything exciting here. I stay away from the running game and pick up some of their passing pieces.

Marquise Goodwin should see 120 plus targets this season, along with Pierre Garcon. Dante Pettis is right there behind them at 80-ish.

George Kittle has a shoulder injury and is expected to be back for the first game. Kittle might be the third Target on the team ahead of Dante Pettis.

Preseason week 2, part 4 will be up in a few hours to finish off the second preseason week’s games. I hope you are enjoying the information. Happy Drafting!

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2018-08-21T18:11:58+00:00

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