Eagles vs Dolphins
- DeVante Parker has distinguished himself as Cutler’s favorite receiver. Cutler is willing to take shots to Parker.
- Jay Cutler helps Jay Ajayi. Not only does Cutler target his RBs, he takes shots downfield, which results in higher chances of Ajayi scoring touchdowns. In this game, Cutler took a shot into the end zone, got a pass interference call, and Ajayi ran it in from the 1-yard line. He had two goal line touchdowns, and could have had another if Cutler didn’t throw a goal line TD to Julius Thomas. Ajayi also looked good in this game, bouncing off a few tackles and breaking a few as well.
- Carson Wentz and Alshon Jeffery chemistry is apparent. This is the second game in a row where Wentz is able to find Jeffery a few times while the starters were out there. I’m higher on Jeffery than I was after watching this game. I believe he can have a weekly solid floor in this high-volume passing offense.
- Wentz and Zach Ertz also showed a lot of rapport with each other. Ertz is a great late TE to target in PPR leagues.
- This Eagles backfield is a mess. Blount played, got a few carries, but it was Smallwood who got majority of the work. Neither looked good. Corey Clement also got a lot of work. Darren Sproles will be coming back to make this even more messy.
Jags vs Panthers
- This backfield is a complete split between Jonathan Stewart and Christian McCaffrey. I thought we might see McCaffrey line up as a WR while Stewart was in the backfield, but we didn’t see that in this game.
- No matter who the QB is for the Jags, this offense is going to struggle.
- Kelvin Benjamin had another touchdown in this game game. He will probably be touchdown dependent this year, and not get enough volume to have a safe floor. His 5th round ADP is fair.
Patriots vs Lions
- Dion Lewis, James White, and Mike Gillislee all got work in the backfield with the first team. No one stood out. James White got a near-goal-line carry, didn’t get it, and Gillislee came in and got the TD.
- Chris Hogan had two touchdowns in two possessions from Brady. He had one short, redzone TD, and one long TD over the top.
- Ameer Abdullah was very involved in both facets of the game. Great RB2 in PPR.
- Marvin Jones and Matt Stafford showed a very similar rapport to the one they had last preseason, which carried over to the 2016 regular season. I expect it to continue into the 2017 season as well, and hopefully it lasts longer than it did last year. It won’t cost you too much draft capital to find out. Two touchdowns to Marvin Jones in the last two games. He looks really good. We know he has the potential to put up WR1 numbers, but he needs to sustain it over the course of the season.
- Julian Edelman is out for the year with a torn ACL. We need to draft Danny Amendola and Chris Hogan to find out if either of these two benefit to a point where we can start them on a weekly basis.
Chiefs vs Seahawks
- With Thomas Rawls out, Chris Carson and Eddie Lacy shared the load. Carson looked great in both facets of the game. Lacy looked slow. Carson is involved in the Seahawks’ first team offense, so this backfield just got messier.
- Spencer Ware hurt his knee and is out for the year. Kareem Hunt will be the workhorse going forward. Hunt looked capable of handling the load. He should be drafted in the late 2nd-3rd round, depending on your league.
- Tyreek Hill got targets, but he dropped three of them. He should be fine.
Jets vs Giants
- Matt Forte started with the first team on all three downs for a few series before Bilal Powell came in. There are some reports that the Jets are trying to trade Forte. Powell takes a bit of a bump just in case that happens. If that happens, Powell takes a huge bump into the 3rd round. Forte looked okay, and is still very capable in both facets of the game. Him starting and taking a few series could have either been a declaration of him as the starter, or an audition for other teams. We’ve seen how heavily used Sammy Watkins and Jordan Matthews were right before they were traded.
- Evan Engram is involved in this passing offense, and looks good. I don’t know if I can expect him to be a startable fantasy TE because of all of the other weapons, but keep an eye on his usage and production throughout the first few weeks of the season.
- Orleans Darkwa had the second series with starters. Not sure if it was because Paul Perkins did enough and the Giants are declaring him the starter, or if they want to see what Darkwa can do with the first team. I don’t think this is Perkins’ job alone. He did a lot better in this game, but I can’t trust this performance alone.
Bills vs Ravens
- Tyrod Taylor didn’t play that long in this game. Charles Clay was targeted a bunch, but Jordan Matthews didn’t play.
- Danny Woodhead has a hamstring injury, so Buck Allen did some work alongside Terrance West. Allen becomes very PPR relevant if Woodhead remains out; he’s a very capable pass-catcher.
Steelers vs Colts
- Knile Davis started for the Steelers and got a lot of work with the first team. He looks pretty good, and seems like a nice fit in this offense. Fitzgerald Toussaint also came in and shared a bit of the load. Couldn’t tell if there’s a Le’veon handcuff on this team worth rostering.
- Frank Gore had all the work in the red zone with the starters, including goal line carries, including one for a TD.
- Starting WRs for the Steelers: Antonio Browns, Martavis Bryant on the outside, and Eli Rogers in the slot.
- Scott Tolzien threw a bad interception and isn’t particularly good. If Andrew Luck doesn’t play Week 1, feel free to stream the Rams defense at home against the Colts.
Falcons vs Cardinals
- Chris Johnson had 2 fumbles on first drive. Lost the second near the goal line. David Johnson means so much to this team.
- John Brown caught two touchdowns; one from Carson Palmer, the other from Drew Stanton. Incredible catches. The question is whether he’s going to get significant playing time in this offense with his re-occuring sickle-cell symptoms. He’s fallen in drafts, so he’s a great late-round flier because he still has the high-end WR2 appeal.
Bucs vs Browns
- Jacquizz Rodgers played on 3rd down on first series. Sims came in on 2nd down with 1st series. Seems like Sims might get a little bit of work with Jacquizz. Not convinced Jacquizz will see every down work while Martin is out. Sims also came in on a few 3rd downs.
- Jameis Winston looked great, then horrible. He throws some really bad interceptions, including one that he threw into the end zone while targeting Cameron Brate for a TD.
- When Doug Martin was in, he played on 3rd and long. He could be an every down back when he gets back.
- Corey Coleman and Deshone Kizer had great chemistry, so much so that Coleman moves way up my draft board. He is a guy I’m targeting in the double digit rounds, as early as the 9th or 10 as a flier that should pan out as long as Kizer remains the QB. Coleman looks like the clear #1 and his talent along with the targets Kizer is giving him will make him a very useful WR, especially in PPR.
- We did see Duke Johnson in the slot for a couple of snaps while Crowell was in the backfield on 3rd down. Good for both guys, especially Crowell. Duke Johnson had a bad fumble in the red zone when he replaced Crowell.
Saints vs Texans
- Ted Ginn had a huge carry on the first play for like 40 yards. He is starting opposite Michael Thomas in 2 WR sets and is very involved with the first team. He can actually be a PPR asset the way that he’s being used. He’s currently going in the 12th round in drafts, and I think he’s a great late round value.
- Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson were both involved with the first team offense. Ingram got the start, and was involved in both the running and passing game, and Peterson wasn’t that involved. Ingram seems like the guy to own on this offense in PPR leagues. In standard it might be Peterson because of goal line carries.
- Lamar Miller played on every down while he was in the game.
Cowboys vs Raiders
- Darren McFadden has an every down role, and looks good in both the running and passing game. Made a few nice catches out of the backfield. Great add if you drafted Zeke, or if you want a RB1 for however long Zeke ends up being suspended for.
- Dak Prescott looks very poised when making his throws.
- Jason Witten still very involved, and I expect him to be a PPR asset. Dak also looks for him in the red zone.
- Ronnie Hillman played ahead of Alfred Morris.
- Cordarrelle Paterson was very involved in the Raiders first offense in this game.
Chargers vs Rams
- Travis Benjamin looks good this preseason. He caught two long bombs this summer for touchdowns, one from Philip Rivers in this last game and one from Kellen Clemens in the first preseason game. It also seems like he’s on the field most of the time with the starters in 2 WR sets. Just keep in mind that Tyrell Williams did not play.
- Todd Gurley didn’t play; Malcolm Browns took the starting snaps, including 3rd down.
- Jared Goff had a few careless mistakes, including a fumble and a bad interception.
- Keenan Allen was very involved. Rivers seems very comfortable with Allen is on the field. Should be a PPR machine, and could end up with 100 catches if he stays healthy.
Packers vs Broncos
- Jamaal Charles played behind CJ Anderson. Charles came into the game on the first series because CJ Anderson went down on the sideline and told the coaches or whoever to let the next guy in. CJ Anderson came back in when he was ready, and looked fine and had an every down role. Charles also looked good for someone we didn’t see in a while. He made some cuts and is only relevant if Anderson gets injured.
- Ty Montgomery started the game for the Packers and is getting carries and targets. He lined up as a WR as well. Jamaal Williams did come in and spell Montgomery here and there, including a 3rd down. I’m concerned about Montgomery’s role on 3rd down because of pass protection, but we’ll see how it plays out. Montgomery did have a goal line carry from the 2 yard line and converted. Williams looked adequate, but I don’t think he brings everything that Montgomery brings.
Bears vs Titans
- Jordan Howard is playing on 3rd down. It was a bit of a concern after the Bears brought in a few pass-catchers, and after Howard had a bad catch rate last year. Howard did correct his vision and worked on passing catches, and since he’s already a good pass protector, I think he’s safe in an every down role. Howard value goes way down if he’s not in on 3rd downs, so I’m glad we got some validation in this game. He played very well and looks like a real workhorse. The other guys, including Cunningham, Langford, and Cohen, spelled him a bit but nothing to be concerned about.
- Kendall Wright and Kevin White were pretty involved, but not sure if either can shoulder a load big enough for fantasy value. Kevin White would be the guy I’m targeting late in PPR leagues to see if we can at least have a volume-based start.
- DeMarco Murray playing every down while he’s in. Derrick Henry only came in once Murray was done for the day. Henry looked a lot better in this game.
- Marcus Mariota was really spreading the ball around. Decker wasn’t playing, and Corey Davis is still out, so we saw him favor Rishard Matthews. Too bad we won’t know how the target share will play out until the regular season starts.
Redskins vs Bengals
- Josh Docston didn’t play in this game.
- Jeremy Hill got the start and a red zone carry for a touchdown. Joe Mixon came in while Hill was still getting snaps. Mixon fumbled a handoff and Gio Bernard saw some action on the following series. Hill hurt his ankle, so maybe this can be a chance for Mixon to grab more work if the injury keeps Hill out a while.
- Terrelle Pryor did not look in sync with Cousins all preseason, including this game. He had a bunch of drops. It seems like his route running needs some work.
49ers vs Vikings
- Pierre Garcon targeted a bunch. Hoyer is finding him. Good to confirm his PPR relevance in the preseason.
- Marquise Goodwin got open deep and caught a long TD.
- Carlos Hyde is the every-down workhorse. Matt Breida seems like the #2 on this team.
- Latavius Murray is back but didn’t spell for Cook. He came in after Cook had an every-down role and was done for the night.
- Laquon Treadwell was pretty involved, and Bradford was looking for him.
- Adam Thielen is playing the slot now, and Diggs has moved to the outside. Thielen has become more valuable than before in PPR leagues because of the volume increase he should get coming out of the slot. He had 5 catches on 5 targets.