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Saturday, August 12, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL PRESEASON GAME 1 WRAPUP: FRIDAY

-It didn't take long for rookie Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon to show the flash and dash that makes him such an exciting rookie.  Mixon made the most of his six carries by rushing for 31 yards and also added an 11-yard catch.  What is obvious is that Mixon has explosive ability and can take it all the way whenever he touches the football.  Jeremy Hill did get the start but we continue to think this is just window dressing and that Mixon will be the guy real soon.  The only possibly negative is Hill stealing goal-line work which he is seems accustomed to doing but that would only knock Mixon more in standard formats.  Still keep Mixon in your high RB 3 plans.

-Pat Mahomes showed off his big game in his NFL debut as he completed 7-of-9 passes for 49 yards and a touchdown for the Kansas City Chiefs.  There is little to talk about here in terms of fantasy football as Alex Smith is the firm starter barring injury but Mahomes has the cannon arm that could lead to some big numbers in his future.

-It was all Spencer Ware with the first-team unit on Friday night as he rushed for six yards on four carries and scored a touchdown.  Ware also added three catches for 20 yards as he did a nice PPR performance in front of rookie Kareem Hunt.  Speaking of Hunt, he barely touched the football as he rushed for once for no gain and caught one measly pass for 9 yards.  While Hunt could be a factor if Ware gets off to a slow start, it looks like the veteran will get the lion's share of the work early on.

-Carlos Hyde rushed for zero yards on two carries and caught one ball for 3 yards in a short cameo on Friday.  While there were rumblings about Hyde's standing on the San Francisco 49ers on the new coaching staff under Kyle Shanahan, he is clearly the best back on the team and will be the likely workhorse starter.  That has some appeal in fantasy football obviously but Hyde doesn't catch passes and is ALWAYS injured which means drafting him is quite stressful.

-Already we are hearing that Orleans Darkwa has a chance to steal work from Paul Perkins in the New York Giants backfield and Friday night should reinforce that thought.  Perkins was listless as he rushed for just 3 yards on 5 carries, while Darkwa has shown decent running/receiving ability in the past which has kept him around as a factor.  Something to watch here moving into Week 2 of the preseason.

-Mike Evans looked in midseason form already as he caught 4 balls for 58 yards on two series.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston loves zeroing in on Evans like Matt Ryan does Julio Jones and so this could be a 100-catch hookup in 2017.


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