Friday, August 25, 2017


-Miami Dolphins QB Jay Cutler is still looking to wing the football down the field as ever before as he completed 5-of-8 passes for 105 yards and a 72-yard TD to DeVante Parker.  By now it has become obvious that Cutler and not Matt Moore will be the Miami starter in Week 1 but the same theme as always applies to his fantasy football value in terms of him being mostly for two-QB formats.

-Blake Bortles came in behind Chad Henne for the all-important third preseason game but he played decently in completed 12-of-16 throws for 125 yards with a TD and an INT.  Rumors were that Henne would get the start in Week 1 but he was shaky prior to Bortles coming in so Doug Marronne has an interesting decision to make here.  Both men however should not be owned in 2017 fantasy football.

-Jonathan Stewart showed he was not ready to fade off into the sunset as he rushed for 39 yards on just 5 carries.  Stewart is a problem for anyone who is using a third round pick on rookie Christian McCaffrey as he will likely get goal-line work and at least half of the overall carries.  While this hurts McCaffrey, Stewart as we all know by now is nothing but a backup fantasy football running back veteran.

-Speaking of McCaffrey. the Stanford rookie rushed for 21 yards on 7 carries, while also catching one pass for 12 yards.  McCaffrey is the darling of the fantasy football community and this is especially true of those who take part in PPR formats but again Jonathan Stewart is a problem that is not going away anytime soon.  Outside of PPR formats, McCaffrey looks like a reach in Round 3.

-Torrey Smith showed he still has the wheels to make plays deep as he caught a 50-yards TD pass from Carson Wentz for the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday.  This has always been Smith's game and his all-or-nothing approach to fantasy football makes him nothing but a WR 4/5 who you avoid altogether in PPR.

-Julius Thomas caught a TD pass for Miami as part of his two catches for one yard very modest night.  While his move to the Dolphins was supposed to be a big deal for QB Ryan Tannehill, Jay Cutler has not been known in his career as someone who throws heavily to the tight end.  Thomas seems to always have a knack for scoring touchdowns but his days as a starting fantasy football tight end have been done for awhile now.

-Wendell Smallwood won the battle over LeGarrette Blount Thursday night in terms of showing the Eagles coaching staff who should be starting.  Smallwood picked up 28 yards on 4 carries and it seems almost certain now he will split work with Darren Sproles when the season begins.  While we don't believe the rumors that Blount will get cut, he should not be touched in fantasy football drafts right now.

-Cam Newton make a quick cameo appearance Thursday night as he completed 2-of-2 passes for 21 yards and a TD.  As far as drafts are concerned, Newton has been his stock crash which actually now makes him a decent enough buy low candidate.  However with head coach Ron Rivera now wanting Newton to run as much as he has in the past to lessen his risk of injury, the fantasy football numbers may still not flow as much as anticipated.

-Alshon Jeffery caught 2 passes for 35 yards and a TD for the Eagles Thursday night as he looked to be getting into sync with Carson Wentz.  The talent is always there in a WR 1 sense for Jeffery but he simply has not been able to stay on the field both through constant injuries and a stupid PED suspension.  While both are probably related, Jeffery should be drafted as a WR 2 who has the chance to move up to 1 status.

-DeVante Parker caught two balls for 78 yards and a TD for the Dolphins as the hype continues to grow here.  The ADP on Parker has moved northward steadily since Jay Cutler's arrival and I myself have bought into the hype since I picked him in the Experts League in anticipating big things.  We shall see.

-Jay Ajayo was an animal rushing the football Thursday night as he picked up 53 yards and 2 touchdowns on just 9 carries.  This is the Ajayi that led me to use a second round pick on him in the Experts League draft as the workload will be huge and the opportunities to score plentiful.  Big things on the horizon here.


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