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Sunday, August 14, 2016

FANTASY FOOTBALL PRESEASON WEEK 1 WRAPUP; SATURDAY

-It was Spencer Ware and not Charcandrick West who got the start in place of the recovering Jamaal Charles in the Kansas City backfield Saturday night.  This is telling in that it shows that it is Ware and not West who is the primary backup to the oft-injured Charles and who will likely get a decent amount of work in spelling the veteran.  Still Ware should only be drafted if you own Charles as a backup. 

-Add the Seattle Seahawks backfield to the Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Tennessee Titans, New York Jets, and New York Giants as completely muddled and a mess for fantasy purposes.  While Thomas Rawls was seen as the starter after his big debut in 2015, head coach Pete Carroll went public and said he and Christine Michael will form a strong 1-2 punch.  Carroll has gushed over Michael all summer and Rawls is far from a proven commodity and also his health is shaky.  I was not a Rawls fan from the start and even now the Seattle backfield is best left avoided outside of PPR members picking up rookie C.J. Prosise as a receiving option along the lines of Theo Riddick.

-Some are buying into a bounce back for San Diego Chargers running back Melvin Gordon after a historically pathetic rookie debut in 2015.  Gordon has big speed at the very least and he showed it in catching a pass in Saturday's game and took it to the house for 44 yards.  He rushed for only 12 yards on 3 carries and still has much to prove.  In standard formats you can bad Gordon as a RB 3 but in PPR avoid as Danny Woodhead will get most of the receptions there.

-The Tennessee Titans have both DeMarco Murray and rookie Derrick Henry as vialble starting options for 2016 and they both did their part on Saturday night.  Murray ran for a 93 yards and a score on only six carries, while Henry went for 74 yards and a score on 10 touches.  Both guys clearly have power running skills and both have the ability to be prime running options.  That makes them both part of a likely timeshare, with perhaps Henry getting goal-line work and Murray handling most of the receptions.  Again the big story here is how drastically poor Murray's stock has fallen since his monster 2014.  Now he is nothing but an afterthought. 

-I guess the Dallas Cowboys don't need to look for a backup QB.  Rookie Dak Prescott opened up a slew of eyes Saturday night as he torched the Los Angeles Rams defense by completing 10-of-12 throws for 139 yards and two touchdowns.  Prescott had the reputation as being a project coming out of college as more of an athlete then a pure passer but that didn't seem to be a problem last night. 

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