Welcome to this week’s Preseason Weekly Analysis.
In today’s article, we have Week 1 and Wednesday’s Week 2 games to recap, and then we will move on to previewing the rest of Week 2.
Well, I apologize if you were expecting a huge, elegant introduction, but I assume that you would prefer if I just got into the good stuff. So, shall we?
Preseason Weekly Analysis
Preseason Weekly Recap
Here, we will have two categories: For Real, and Not For Real. The three “For Real” players are ones whose preseason performances (good or bad) actually may, at least to some extent, be indicative of what is to come for them. The three “Not For Real” players are then obviously ones whose performances (good or bad) aren’t indicative of much at all. With the explanation out of the way, let’s start with the “For Real” section.
Kenny Golloday, WR, Detroit Lions
vs. Colts: 3 catches for 53 yards and 2 touchdowns
Currently sitting at third on the depth chart, Kenny Golloday is a player who I believe could have a very good season. I think he could push 800 receiving yards and 4-6 touchdowns, which makes him a great player to own in deep leagues.
Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
vs. Buccaneers: 6 carries for 31 yards, 1 reception for 11 yards
Don’t worry, Joe Mixon is in fact good at football like we thought. The rookie should be the starter this year, and while Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill will provide competition, Mixon should be a stud and a sure RB2 this season.
Joe Williams, RB, San Francisco 49ers
vs. Chiefs: 7 carries for 60 yards
Even though Carlos Hyde is the unquestioned starter, Joe Williams is a player who I believe could make noise this year. If he keeps showing off like this and Carlos Hyde keeps struggling like he did in the same game, Williams could start gaining some ground on the starting role.
Not For Real
Corey Grant, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
vs. Patriots: 8 carries for 120 yards and 1 touchdown
This was a great game by a player that I like for one reason: speed. He is a great guy to have returning kicks and punts and giving you the occasional spark, but he still is fourth in line for carries behind Leonard Fournette, T.J. Yeldon, and Chris Ivory.
Carlos Hyde, RB,
vs. Chiefs: 2 carries for 0 yards
I know that I wrote above that I loved Joe Williams performance and think that he is the real deal. That is true, but don’t count out Hyde yet. He is talented, and still has a big lead on the starting role. He will be given every chance to succeed this year before the 49ers decide that they have to move on. Even though he has disappointed in the past, this really could be the year.
All of the Wide Receivers that Topped 100 Yards
Damore’ea Stringfellow, Jacob Hollister, Tommylee Lewis, Kasen Williams. I don’t want to waste my words by saying anything other than “don’t.”
Preseason Weekly Preview
For the preview, we have several different categories, and each one is pretty self-explanatory, so let’s just jump right into it.
Matchup of the Week
Cowboys vs. Colts
Now, obviously preseason games don’t matter, but if you want to pick any game to watch just for the football, then it is this one. Here at SCFE, we don’t care to analyze why this is a good game, but we want to see why it can be relevant for Fantasy purposes.
This game is interesting for Fantasy purposes in many ways. First off, I am personally intrigued by the Colts CJ field this year. Frank Gore is the starter, but he is getting old. Marlon Mack and Robert Turbin could both cut into Gore’s workload this season and eventually take over the starting role. It will be up to Gore to prove that he hasn’t lost it.
However, the top story line is one that we have to save for later in the article, so stay tuned to find out what that is.
Story To Watch For
Ty Montgomery’s Ankle
Last week I talked about Jamaal Williams and his upside if he were to take over the starting role in Green Bay, and the likeliness of that happening. That number got a lot higher now that Montgomery will be out for some time with an ankle injury. Depending on how long he is out, it could be enough time for Williams to impress the coaches enough to give him the starting job. We shall see.
Position Battles to Watch
Darren McFadden vs. Alfred Morris, RB, Dallas Cowboys
This was the story that I was referencing earlier when talking about the Game of the Week. Ezekiel Elliott is obviously out for the first six games of the season, and with the Cowboys offensive line, anyone can be plugged in and have success. McFadden and Morris will be battling it out to see who can be a Top-15 running back in the first six weeks of the season. While the Cowboys are showing loyalty to McFadden, I believe that Morris is the superior back and could win the job. I would suggest grabbing Morris and not McFadden because of their respective ADP’s, but either way, you should pay close attention to this battle.
Spencer Ware vs. Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
I know this was on last week’s list as well, but it had to make it on here again. I believe that both backs here are very talented, come at a cheap price, and play in an offense where running backs can enjoy success. Also, I think that both of them have real shot at the starting role. You will want to watch this battle and have whoever wins on your Fantasy team.
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