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Sunday, August 20, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL PRESEASON WEEK 2 WRAPUP: SATURDAY

-Well look what we got here.  With presumptive starter Mike Gillislee sitting out with an ongoing hamstring injury, Bill Belichick favorite Rex Burkhead was the featured runner in the team's Saturday night preseason game as he rushed for 20 yards on 7 carries, while also grabbing 3 passes for another 50 yards.  Keep in mind that for all the Gillislee rosy projections, it was Burkhead who Belichick himself chased in free agency which speaks volumes.  Throw in the high workload tonight and we could have something here in terms of Burkhead fighting through the murky waters that was the crowded New England backfield.  Move Burkhead up your rankings.

-It was Bilal Powell and a whole lot of nothing for the New York Jets offense Saturday as the PPR maven rushed for 32 yards on 9 carries, while also chipping in with 2 catches for another 14 yards.  Matt Forte sat out with a nagging hamstring injury which paved the way for a heavy workload from Powell but the latter is clearly the better player and the one to won for fantasy football.  The Jets look comically bad on offense but there could be a lot of dumpoffs to Powell this season which makes him a decent PPR RB 2.

-Ugly night for Washington Redskins running back Rob Kelley who picked up just 9 yards on 9 carries.  Kelley is on the short list in terms of being one of the worst starting running backs in fantasy football and it seems only a matter of time before rookie Samaje Perine is moving into the prime rushing seat.

-Kirk Cousins was just all right for the Redskins as he completed 14-of-23 throws for 144 yards and a score.  The Redskins offense looks primed for a ton of passes once again but it could take Cousins a few weeks to get into sync with an almost completely new wide receiver corps.  Still we are well past the point now where Cousins is a locked in every week starter.

-Pat Mahomes completed 10-of-14 throws for 88 yards and 2 scores for the Kansas City Chiefs against the second-team Cincinnati Bengals defenders but it was an impressive performance nonetheless.  Mahomes already looked like a terrific long-term investment for the Chiefs but they will give it one more shot with Alex Smith as the starter.  This is a non-story unless something happens to Smith during the season in terms of health.

-Boy does Christian Hackenberg suck.  He completed just 2-of-6 passes for 14 yards as he showed he has no place in the NFL.  It is only a matter of time before the Jets move into position to draft Sam Darnold.

-Tom Savage had it going for the Houston Texans as he completed 8-of-9 passes for 98 yards and a score.  The big question mark for the Texans as a whole and in terms of the fantasy football value of WR DeAndre Hopkins is whether or not Savage has the goods to be an effective passer and this outing was at least encouraging.

-Jamaal Williams got the start for the Green Bay Packers Saturday in place of the injured Ty Montgomery and he was pretty mediocre in rushing for just 15 yards on 5 carries.  Be that as it may, Montgomery best be getting himself back onto the field real soon in order to firmly cement his status as the team's starter.

-Marlon Mack did a nice job in his debut Saturday in rushing for 45 yards on 5 carries, while also adding 2 receptions for another 14 yards.  Mack showed burst that veteran Frank Gore doesn't have anymore and on big-play ability alone, he should be a late round pick in drafts.

-Derrick Henry is a must-own handcuff for all DeMarco Murray owners as he picked up two rushing scores Saturday as part of a 16 for 36 rushing performance.  The average was poor but Henry has been the talk of camp for the Tennessee Titans and he could become a major story if Murray pulls up lame during the season.

-Christian McCaffrey will start taking on a cult following real soon the more he plays like he did on Saturday.  Rushing for 33 yards and a score on just 3 carries, while also catching 2 balls for another 39 yards, McCaffrey did it all.  He has major PPR upside and could be a nice RB 2 in standard if he gets enough scoring chances.

-Dez Bryant was back to scoring touchdowns in an NFL game as he grabbed two balls for 55 yards and a score.  While Bryant has battled injuries the last couple of seasons, he showed down the stretch in 2016 that he can be a prime WR 1 again.

-Dak Prescott looked smooth Saturday as he completed 7-of-8 throws for 106 yards and a score.  This is where the magic all began for Prescott a year ago and so far he looks as locked-in as ever.  He looks ready for top-12 QB status again.


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