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Saturday, August 9, 2014

FANTASY FOOTBALL PRESEASON WEEK 1 WRAPUP: FRIDAY

                                                    

More preseason games to discuss as 2014 fantasy football moves ever closer.  Let's take a look at the noteworthy performances.

-Perhaps the most eye-opening performance of the night came from Atlanta Falcons rookie RB Devonta Freeman who was already on the fantasy football radar with a broken down Steven Jackson the only individual standing in the way of rookie numbers.  While Freeman served as the number 3 running back against the second-string Miami Dolphins defense, he opened eyes with 107 total yards (10 carries for 50 yards and a 57-yards reception) which showed off his all-around game.  With Jackson remaining out with a hamstring injury, Freeman has a prime opportunity to stake a claim to at least the speed portion of a platoon.  Before this game Freeman was going undrafted in the majority of leagues.  That should change right away.

-A lot has already been made about Philadelphia Eagles rookie WR Jordan Matthews dropping three passes Friday night to which I say "big deal."  There clearly were rookie jitters at work here but the second-round pick has some intriguing sleeper appeal due to being the hand-picked choice of Chip Kelly to join his explosive offense.  With DeSean Jackson now in Washington and the always fragile Jeremy Maclin never a guarantee to stay healthy, Matthews has the chance to catch 60 balls as a rookie.

-It was a tale of two outings for rookie QB's Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles.  Bridgewater struggled in going 6-for-13 for only 49 yards while Bortles looked very calm and decisive in completing 7-of-11 for 117 yards.  Both men face uphill battles to unseat Matt Cassell and Chad Henne respectively for Week 1 and even if both make the field at some point, their fantasy football value is minimal.

-The same thing can't be said of Carolina Panthers rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin who caught a TD pass in his first professional game.  Benjamin is a matchup nightmare for opposing DB's and even though he is very raw with limited college experience, Benjamin is worth a late round pick, especially in standard formats, due to his TD upside.

-Not the best start to the preseason for Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles who was picked off twice among his 9 throws.  Foles looked a little indecisive at times as the offense seemed a bit of out sync.  Obviously this is a very small sample size and still preseason game number 1 so don't go crazy with this.  I have always been high on Foles and remain so despite the loss of field-stretching wideout Jackson.  Yes his loss is significant and no way does Foles go 27-2 with his TD/INT ratio again but Zach Ertz is primed to be a big time part of the offense and Maclin is back to help out as well so the numbers will still be sweet.  Tough call however on who should be picked ahead of the others among Foles, Andrew Luck, Matt Ryan, and Cam Newton. 

-I wrote in the 2014 Fantasy Sports Boss Fantasy Football Draft Guide that Tannehill was primed to be the QB outside of Luck (who some would argue is already there) to make the jump to upper echelon status.  It was a miracle that Tannehill was able to throw 24 TD's with arguably the worst offensive line in the league in front of him a year ago and he began the preseason razor sharp with a touchdown among his perfect 6-for-6 line for 62 yards.  At the very least Tannehill should be at the top of the list among backup fantasy football QB's in single-passer setups and the upside is there for every week status as well.  Get on board there.

That's all for now.  As always let us hear what you opinions are.

 

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