Preseason Notables Week 1
Author: Jair Oglivie
Welcome to Preseason Notables! It is how it sounds, after every week of preseason games, I will write up a short guide of showed out and determine whether or not their performances mean anything for your fantasy team this season. Let’s go!
Bengals v. Chiefs
Darwin Thompson (KC RB): 6 touches, 51 yards, TD
Thompson definitely showed up for his first NFL game action. He took a slant 29 yards to the house in a showing that could be giving fantasy owners notice for a late round flier. He could be in store for a Darren Sproles-type role in this high flying chiefs offense. He is a no risk-potentially high reward stash to add to your team in the late rounds, especially if you have invested in Damien Williams or Carlos Hyde already. Not to mention a great addition to a dynasty roster.
Buccaneers v. Steelers
James Washington (PIT WR): 4 receptions, 81 yards, TD
You already know the incredible pedigree the Steelers hold when it comes to drafting and developing receiving talent. Enter: James Washington. A tall, strong, second year receiver who will have every opportunity to make a mark as Pittsburgh’s number two option this season. With Antonio Brown gone, someone needs to fill the role previously held by Juju Smith-Schuster. Pick up James Washington and reap the benefits.
Jets v. Giants
Elijah McGuire (NYJ RB): 12 touches, 51 yards, TD
You’d find it tough to find a player our man @NickZylakFFA has been higher on in the last couple years than Eli McGuire. Sad to say, it is tough to see McGuire have any kind of a role in the Jets up and coming offense barring an injury to star signing Leveon Bell. However if you are a Bell owner, I see no reason not to grab McGuire in the last round of your draft as a potentially very valuable handcuff. Stash him Bell owners.
Redskins v. Browns
Rashad Higgins (CLE WR): 5 receptions, 98 yards, TD
Higgins certainly flashed in this performance. But he has flashed before when the Browns wasn’t as good as we expect it to be this coming season. If he couldn’t latch onto a consistent role before, why should we believe he can now when the offense is suddenly loaded with talent? There is no way Higgins can see enough targets in an offense with Jarvis Landry, Odell Beckham Jr., David Njoku, AND Nick Chubb all getting consistent looks. It’s fun to think about his potential as a WR3 for the Browns but its tough to see him as fantasy relevant this season in my opinion. Stash worthy if you want but I’ll be looking elsewhere.
Patriots v. Lions
Nick Brossette (NE RB): 22 touches, 66 yards, 1 TD
A nice performance for Brossette for the Patriots in their first preseason contest but it’ll be tough for him to even make the team with a RB group of Sony Michel, James White, Rex Burkhead, and incoming third round rookie Damien Harris. If anything he’ll make it as a special teamer, so don’t even bother.
Jakobi Meyers (NE WR): 6 receptions, 69 yards, 2 TDs
Quite a statement for the undrafted rookie trying to make a Patriots squad who could use someone to step up at the wide receiver position. It is Julian Edelman and a bunch of question marks at that position, leaving Meyers and Harry, among others, a wide open shot to make an impact. We will have to wait and see how the other preseason games go but he isn’t a bad stash for the moment.
Until next week, thanks for reading, and happy drafting!
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