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Friday, August 19, 2016

FANTASY FOOTBALL PRESEASON WEEK 2 WRAPUP:

Week 2 in the preseason is here and we got fantasy football items to discuss.  Let's get right to it.

-We already have spoken about how muddled the Seattle Seahawks backfield looks but that grows by the week as Christine Michael continues with his resurgence and challenge to the hobbled Thomas Rawls.  Michael did more of the same Thursday as he rushed for 55 yards on just 10 carries while also catching one pass for 9 more yards.  With Rawls working his way back from injury and rookie C.J. Prosise fading from contention due to a hamstring issue, Michael actually now looks like the best bet for fantasy numbers in the Seattle backfield.  It is stories like this where you should hold your drafts as close to the season as possible as those who picked Rawls in July are no looking at a declining value.  Also Michael is a very adept receiver so those in PPR should be especially intrigued. 

-With the New England Patriots backfield decimated by injury, it was veteran LeGarrette Blount who carried the load Thursday night as he rushed for 69 yards and a score on 11 carries.  We all know the story with Blount by now:  a standard league play all the way who can score touchdowns but who is a zero in the passing game.  Should be the same deal for 2016 as he is a RB 2 in standards and a backup in PPR. 

-Cincinnati Bengals rookie wideout Tyler Boyd continues to show that he can bea player in 2016 fantasy football as he caught two passes for 38 yards and a score against the Detroit Lions.  Boyd is replacing Marvin Jones in the Cincy passing game and he will get a bunch of single coverage with star A.J. Green on the other side.  While I still think Sterling Shepard will have the best rookie wideout fantasy football numbers, Boyd should be close behind. 

-I said in the Fantasy Sports Boss Fantasy Football Draft Guide that Marvin Jones is one of the best sleeper wideouts in the game as he moves into the WR 1 spot vacated by the retired Calvin Johnson.  Jones showed why I hyped him so much as he caught 4 passes for 65 yards against his old team Thursday night.  While I won't go so far as to say Jones is a WR 1 already, he has the ability to get there. 

-With Tom Brady suspended the first four games of the season and now dealing with some sort of laceration on his hand, it is going to be the Jimmy Garapolo Show the next month-plus.  Garapolo did a decent job Thursday night in completing 16-of-21 throws for 181 yards and a touchdown.  Garapolo has made it a tradition to star in preseason games and clearly he has some ability.  Now I am not saying in a fantasy football sense but Garopolo at least should be monitored in two QB formats. 

-I wrote the other day that Robert Griffin III was a QB you should target in drafts this season and that had to surprise many since I have had him on the bust list for years and rightly so.  However like with Mark Trumbo in baseball this season, I am now going the other way due to the "fresh start" angle in Cleveland and for the fact Griffin's draft price has fallen so much that he actually has value again.  So far so good on the field as well as Griffin had another good game Thursday night in completing 6-of-8 passes for 96 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Griffin connected with tight end Gary Barnridge and Terrell Pryor for scores and at the very least, he should be considered as a good backup. 

-Finally it looks like John Fox is settling on Jeremy Langford as the primary ball carriers for the Chicago Bears as he dominated touches Thursday night by carrying the ball 8 times for 55 yards and a score.  Langford has looked very good all summer and his draft spot should be elevated some more. 


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