Preseason Notables Week 2
Author: Jair Oglivie
Welcome to the Preseason Notables! It is how it sounds, after every week of preseason games, I will write up a short guide of who showed out and determine whether or not their performances mean anything for your fantasy team this season. Let’s go!
Jets v Falcons
Ito Smith (ATL RB): 8 touches, 58 yards, TD
Listen. I’m as much on the Devonta Freeman train this season as anyone. It may seem counterintuitive to take Freeman with an ADP around round 3 when we on FFA preach to minimize risk in your first four rounds. Freeman definitely represents a risk with a considerable injury history. However, if you do like the prospect of taking Freeman that high (preferably as your second RB) then you should definitely insure yourself by taking Ito Smith later in your draft. 2019 is likely a ultra productive year for the falcons offense. They have 13 games in a dome this season and injured defensive talent from last season returning. This means that if Freeman does what he seems to always do, get hurt, Smith gives you rb1 value on a good, maybe great, offense for cheap. Take Smith late as one of the most valuable handcuffs in fantasy.
Bills v Panthers
Cole Beasley (BUF WR): 5 receptions, 44 yards
I’m not completely sure how this pairing is going to work out to be honest. In Dallas, Beasley was quite effective as a move the sticks, third down option and given that he’s now got a young quarterback he may be asked to play that role again. The ceiling of this offense is not very high but I wouldn’t blame you for taking a late shot on Cole in a deeper league.
Patriots v Titans
Jakobi Meyers (NE WR): 6 receptions, 82 yards
Two weeks, two standout performances from Meyers. Its interesting to wonder how he fits in with Josh Gordon returning to the fold and taking away targets. He is still definitely worth stashing in a deeper league and in dynasty leagues but its something we will have to monitor as the season moves on.
Seahawks v Vikings
Mike Boone (MIN RB): 22 touches, 111 yards
Boone is an interesting piece in Minnesota’s running back room and he certainly has loads of potential. I still think however that Mattison is the must own handcuff to Dalvin Cook owners. Should anything change however, Boone would be a hot add. Leave him on the wire for now, but keep an eye out just in case there’s an injury.