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Monday, August 18, 2014

FANTASY FOOTBALL PRESEASON WRAPUP WEEK 2: SUNDAY

                                                        

The second preseason games are wrapping up and of course fantasy football drafts are fully underway.  Let's see what took place on Sunday in order to stay on top of all the latest developments and happenings from around the league.

-Travis Kelce is a name that is starting to gain some following for 2014 fantasy football as the tight end-loving Kansas City Chiefs offense seems to be making it a point to target him in the passing game.  Kelce was the offensive star for the team Sunday after catching four balls for 63 yards and a score from rookie QB Aaron Murray.  While Anthony Fasano continues to be labeled as the team's starter at tight end, Kelce and his solid receiving ability is something that could be looked into more often on a team that lacks weapons on that side of the offense.  Kelce has caught a touchdown in each preseason game and has six catches total for 136 yards.  Add to the watch list.

-Jonathan Stewart has been nothing but a phantom menace the last three seasons.  Yes he is still a player on the Carolina Panthers but you wouldn't know it based on how much time he has missed during that time with injuries.  However the Panthers didn't address the running spot in the offseason, choosing to come back with veterans' Stewart, Mike Tolbert, and the aging DeAngelo Williams.  If all three are healthy (a big "IF"), Stewart figures to get the majority of the work and this is clearly the case in the red zone based on his usage Sunday.  Stewart rushed for two touchdowns during the team's game against the Kansas City Chiefs as part of 4 rushes for 26 yard day.  For a guy who is going on undrafted and thus far is healthy, Stewart is a very good bench option for bye weeks.

-C.J. Spiller really needs to beg out of Buffalo.  The very talented but underutilized speedster was not on the field for any third down plays or in the red zone Saturday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.  With newcomer Bryce Brown having a big preseason and oozing with potential; and with veteran Fred Jackson still very capable of scoring from in-close and catching passes, Spiller looks like the odd man out.  There was talk that maybe Spiller could break out as a post-hype candidate but this is not looking good again this season.  With the game as solid evidence, Spiller may not be more than a low end RB 2 in PPR and a bench guy in standard leagues.

-Cam Newton is not for everyone and yours truly is on the side of not being interested in drafting him.  It is not that I don't appreciate Newton's uncanny running ability and knack for rushing touchdowns.  Instead it is the fact that the Panthers have arguably the worst collection of wideouts in the league and Newton doesn't compile enough in the way of passing touchdowns and yardage for my liking.  He was a mixed bag Sunday in leading for two scores but missing some open guys.  I have been on record in placing Newton 10th in the QB rankings which I know is lower than most other lists this season.

 

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