Friday, August 8, 2014



Fantasy football 2014 moves closer as the first batch of preseason openers for various teams got underway.  Let's take a look at some of the more notable performances. 

-The potentially big news that New York Jets RB Chris Ivory had suffered some sort of rib injury for a short time boosted the stock of Chris Johnson who successfully converted a goal-line carry for a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts.  However after the game Ryan said that X-rays showed no breaks and that Ivory likely just suffered a bruise.  That means the original plan of Ivory taking the goal-line work remains, while Johnson carries some PPR value between the 20's.

-Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce both split work with the first team Thursday night against the San Francisco 49ers which doesn't lend much initial clarity to what the setup could be in the season.  Rice was pretty solid in rushing for 17 yards on three carries and looks slim and quicker.  However Pierce got the goal-line work which makes this situation an even bigger mess.  Overall Rice stands a decent chance of making a small comeback now that he is not currently dealing with a hip injury but Pierce has earned raves with his camp work.  Running back 3's all around outside of Pierce being a 2 the first two games of the season with Rice suspended.

-Ryan Matthews rushed for 19 yards on 5 carries but lost a fumble at the goal-line.  The three-headed San Diego attack with Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown combine to hurt Matthews' overall value with relation to his receptions.  Also more of Matthews fumbling near the goal-line could get Brown involved there.

-Carlos Hyde looked good in his professional debut with 39 rushing yards on 5 carries in place of the resting Frank Gore.  Hyde is in line for a good amount of work this season, especially near the goal-line as Jim Harbaugh looks to lessen Gore's workload at 31 years old. 

-Philip Rivers went 4-for-4 for 61 yards in his limited work Thursday against the Dallas Cowboys.  The Chargers moved up and down the field at will against the awful Cowboys defense which means two things.  One is that get overly excited when your offensive players go up against the Cowboys (plusses to all Eagles, Giants, and Redskins skill-position weapons) and two is that Tony Romo and company will see a boost in their numbers as far as being in constant shootouts.

There you have it.  As always let us hear your thoughts.


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