Preseason Notables Week 4
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. This is the final article, which means the Preseason is over! Week 1 is right around the corner so make sure you have your drafts all done so we can get started! Last week of Preseason Notables; Let’s hop in.
It’s tough to write the Week 4 edition of this series because as you are watching the games you’re not too sure who will be on the final roster once the final cuts are made. For the purposes of this article, I did my best to exclude any players who were cut by their teams, regardless of their performance, for obvious reasons. I hope you’ve enjoyed this series, and will check out my weekly under-performers series once the season kicks off.
Lions v Browns
Dontrell Hilliard (CLE RB): 14 touches, 78 yards, 1 TD
Kareem Hunt is out of the picture for at least 8 games. The Browns are on a bye during week 7 so that means he is not even relevant until at least week 10 and at that point who knows how useful he’ll be since he will have had to be away from the team during all that time. What I’m getting at is, the backup job in Cleveland looks wide open and Hilliard’s performance this preseason certainly helps his cause. He is the handcuff you want for Nick Chubb without a doubt, especially with the trade of Duke Johnson to Houston.
Travis Fulgham (DET WR): 3 receptions, 80 yards
Fulgham appears to be a talented player but for this season its just tough for me to see a way for him to become fantasy relevant, especially with Detroit’s insistance on running the football. Don’t bother with Fulgham for now.
Chargers v 49ers
Jeff Wilson Jr (SF RB): 21 touches, 108 yards, 1 TD
This touchdown run behind the lead block of C.J. Beathard (that was fun to type) was incredibly exciting to watch, and presents a sneak peek into what we could see if Jeff Wilson Jr receives any type of opportunity in San Francisco. Tevin Coleman appears to be the favored #1 back, with Matt Breida breathing down his neck, but if anything were to happen to either of those players, Jeff Wilson Jr may run away with the job. He’s got the talent and people are certainly taking notice. Keep an eye on him if you are a Coleman or Breida owner, and scoop him up in dynasty if you can.
Update: Jeff Wilson Jr. has signed to the 49ers practice squad.
Ravens v Redskins
Jaleel Scott (BAL WR): 6 receptions, 87 yards, TD
Scott faced an uphill battle to make this Ravens squad given the nature of their run-focused offense and the receivers they took in the draft, but he made it impossible for them to let him go. It’s unlikely he’ll be fantasy relevant this season because of the reasons I just listed, but he’s an interesting add in a deeper dynasty or keeper league. Mostly just happy he got to stay on the team as he definitely showed out and earned his spot. Hard work pays off kids.
Until next week, thanks for reading, and happy drafting!
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