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Friday, August 18, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL PRESEASON WEEK 2 WRAPUP: BLAKE BORTLES COULD BE RELEASED

-Barely even into the second week of preseason and already there are QB rumblings from around the league, starting in Jacksonville where it looks like incumbent starter Blake Bortles might finally be running out of chances to be the team's starter.  Reports have surfaced Friday suggesting Bortles could be cut outright as new president of operations Tom Coughlin has no loyalty ties to the QB and after he performed horribly Thursday night in completing 8-for-13 throws for 65 yards as he missed open receivers all night.  Bortles is also coming off a horrible 2016 campaign where he threw 23 TD passes and 16 interceptions and again struggled reading defenses and with accuracy.  Chad Henne is the veteran backup and he could start Week 1 but overall this is bad news for ace wideout Allen Robinson in terms of his prospective fantasy football value and could even hurt Leonard Fournette at running back as the Jags could face a ton of 8-man fronts.

-Tyrod Taylor did himself no favors with new head coach Sean McDermott as he tossed two interceptions Thursday night and completed just 8-of-18 throws overall.  Taylor is more athlete than QB anyways and McDermott seems to have little interest in having him as the team's starter going into the future.  Rookie Nathan Peterman threw well in replacing Taylor but it would be a big stretch to think the former would be out there Week 1.  Again LeSean McCoy could be seeing a bunch of 8-man fronts this season and combined with his age (29), he carries more risk than you think.

-DeVante Parker could be the next Brandon Marshall or Alshon Jeffery in terms of being a heavily-targeted number 1 wideout of QB Jay Cutler.  Cutler has a long habit of obsessing over one receiver and Parker was that guy Thursday night as he was targeted four times in limited action.  I have said from the beginning that Jarvis Landry will be hurt this season due to head coach Adam Gase obsessing over the run and also for Cutler being more apt to wing it down the field.  Parker carries decent fantasy football sleeper appeal.

-Doug Martin ran well for the Tampa Bay Buc's in rushing for 30 yards on just 5 carries, while also hauling in 2 balls for 11 more yards.  While he is suspended for the first three games of the season, Martin has good buy low upside as the expected bellcow back for the Buc's.

-LeGarrette Blount is making no friends in Philly as he has just 17 yards on 9 total carries through two preseason games and he fumbled on one of his two catches last night.  The Eagles have no loyalty to Blount and he is expected to work in a committee anyways which further detracts from his value.  Avoid unless as a RB 4.


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