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Friday, August 26, 2016

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 3 WRAPUP: THURSDAY

-All it took was a few snaps in the all-inmportant third preseason game to start taking about injuries with Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo.  After getting bent back awkwardly just a few plays into the game, Romo was in visible pain as he was forced to the sidlines and then soon had his night officially ended when Jason Garrett refused to allow him to go back in.  Romo was seen throwing on the sidelines a few minutes after exiting the game and appeared to be pleading go return but Garrett was having none of it after the scare.  Right now it looks like a scare as owner Jerry Jones went so far to say Romo was not injured after the game.  What a scare it was though as it is a clear reminder that at 36, Romo is one of the least dependable "name" passers in 2016 fantasy football and is impossible to depend on as your every week starter.  Yes the value is there as Romo's draft price has plummeted and the numbers have been excellent and clear top ten among QB's when he is healthy but two broken collarbones and a series of back injuries in his career have made Romo radioactive.  However if Romo goes down again we could have something interesting at bay in the form of preseason MVP Dak Prescott.  I say MVP because the rookie from Mississippi State has been nothing short of sensation this summer, bringing his TD/INT ratio to a sparkling 7/0 after completing 17-of-23 throws for 116 yards and a score replacing Romo in Thursday night's game.  It is amazing how comfortable Prescott has looked since the biggest knock on him coming out of college was that he was more of an athlete than a passer.  Based on what we have seen, I would even consider using a last round pick on Prescott based on the inevitability Romo gets hurt.

-Staying with the Cowboys, there was finally some good news to talk about with rookie running back Zeke Elliott as he the kid rushed for 48 yards on only 7 carries, showing burst and decisiveness in the holes.  Alfred Morris continued to run wild this preseason and looks primed for a comeback campaign but right now Elliott figures to be involved heavily.  Where this leaves Darren McFadden is anyone's guess.  Ultimately I continue to suggest avoiding Elliott in Round 1 as Morris and McFadden will play enough to hurt the totals for the Ohio State star and there are still off-the-field issues to sort out.

-Yeah so this Christine Michael thing is happening.  Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has no choice but to ride Michael who is having a preseason running back version of what we are seeing from Dak Prescott at QB.  In other words, everything is going right as Michael rushed for 58 yards on only 7 carries Thursday night and for the preseason has averaged a ridiculous 6.5 a touch.  It could be one of those things here where Michael finally got serious about football after some early ugly play in his career but the opportunity is golden right now as he has only the untested and injured Thomas Rawls in front of him.  Michael seriously needs to be moved up a lot on cheat sheets if you haven't drafted yet, especially in standard leagues.  The receiving skills are not good which makes Michael more dicey in PPR formats but the arrow is pointing upwards.

-While Michael and Rawls don't catch the ball, rookie Notre Dame product C.J. Prosise does and he should be in line to be the third down back to open the season.  Prosise looked spry himself Thursday night as he rushed for 23 yards on 4 carries and more importantly showed his hamstring is fine.  I think there are too many heads to feed in the Seattle backfield hierarchy for Prosise to get enough to be impactful but in PPR he needs to be watched closely in case injuries open up some more carries.

-Arian Foster scored a rushing touchdown and had some big receptions Thursday night for the Miami Dolphins as he had the type of outing that has to give head coach Adam Gase the greenlight to start him.  Jay Ajayi simply has not shown much of anything going back to 2015 and Foster's ability in the receiving game make him one to target in PPR formats as a potential decent value.

-Tyler Lockett should be the number 2 receiver behind Doug Baldwin for the Seattle Seahawks this season.  Lockett caught three passes for 41 yards and a touchdown Thursday night but the Seahawks do figure to dial back on the amount of passes this season in trying to balance the offense.  Again Baldwin is the guy to own in this offense but Lockett is a late round pick with upside.

-Kenny Stills had a decent night in the Miami Dolphins passing game Thursday night, grabbing 4 passes for 46 yards.  The bigger news is that Stills looked to be ahead of second-year man and sleeper DeVante Parker.  Not a big fan of either Stills or Parker as Ryan Tannehill continues to be shoddy under center and Jarvis Landry is the guy as the clear number 1 target in the passing game.

-Owners of Atlanta Falcons ace wideout Julio Jones got a major scare Thursday night when he exited with an ankle injury after getting tangled up going for a deep ball.  All signs point to it being a precautionary move which is a huge bit of news with the season right around the corner.  Jones had a reputation of being injury prone coming out of college and his early two seasons in the NFL included more trouble on the health front.  However Jones has been durable the last two seasons and his numbers put him in a clear tier 1 with Odell Beckham Jr. and Antonio Brown.

 

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