Saturday, August 25, 2018


-Once again the curse that is the preseason reared its ugly head and this time it claimed New York Giants emerging tight end Evan Engram who suffered a concussion during the first half of the team's game versus the New York Jets.  With two weeks to go before Week 1, Engram has some time to get cleared by this is not what his fantasy football owners want to be dealing with so close to the start of the season.

-Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen looks to be on the comeback trail after a washout 2017 due to injury as he caught 4 balls for 44 yards Friday night.  Olsen was the model of durability prior to last season so we can give him a mulligan on the broken foot and he remains one of the best receiving tight ends in the game. 

-We had mentioned for two weeks now how Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook was going way too early in fantasy football drafts coming off last year's torn ACL and it appears the team is now going to be very cautious here.  As a result, veteran Latavius Murray got the lion's share of touches Friday as he rushed for 24 yards and a score on 10 carries; while adding 3 catches for another 32.  Murray has always been a very capable back who has had consistent RB 2 status going back to his Oakland Raiders days and so he should be pushed up a bit to begin the fantasy football season.  On the flip side, Cook got just two carries early in the game and it looks like he may even begin the season behind Murray on the depth chart.  Not the way Cook's owners anticipated this going. 

-Another issue I talked a lot about this summer was how I thought Stefon Diggs and not Adam Thielen was the most valuable Minnesota Vikings receiver to own.  Diggs had the big-play ability that Thielen does not and he showed those skills all summer which included catching four balls for 51 yards Friday night from new QB Kirk Cousins.  Cousins has lauded about how good of a rapport he has had with Diggs and so the latter could easily attain WR 1 status; with Thielen likely getting there too in PPR formats. 

-Lots of buzz about Denver Broncos wideout Emmanuel Sanders having a comeback year as he seems to have gotten quickly on the same page with new QB Case Keenum.  Sanders looked good Friday night as he caught 4 balls for 61 yards and also added a 27-yard rushing core of all things.  We have seen some nice PPR performances by Sanders in the past and he could move back up toward WR 2 status in those leagues again this season.

-Another game and another big outing from Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey Friday as he rushed for 48 yards on 12 carries; while also two catches for 12 more yards.  McCaffrey has been the single most impressive offensive player this summer in terms of fantasy football and he looks primed to be a monster RB 1 in all leagues.  This is why I obsessed about owning McCaffrey so much in the Experts League but unfortunately missed out on him by a few picks. 

-Courland Sutton would be earning so much more pop for 2018 fantasy football if he hadn't had both Sanders and Demaryuis Thomas ahead of him on the Broncos depth chart.  Still, Sutton has been terrific as he caught 3 passes for 45 yards Friday night.  Be that as it may, Sutton has little fantasy football value as long as Sanders and Thomas are in one piece. 

-Well it looks like Adrian Peterson still has some fantasy football life left in his for at least the start of one more season.  Having just been signed by the RB-needy Washington Redskins, Peterson rumbled for 56 yards on 11 carries in showing some nice burst.  In standard leagues you can try the veteran out once again. 

-Once again Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson knows how to open eyes in the preseason.  Having been given the starting job ahead of first-round rookie Rashaad Penny in what can only be described as an upset, Carson is showing he is up to the task as he rushed for 26 yards and a score on 7 carries; while adding 2 catches for another 20 yards.  Already having showed the ability to contrbute both as a runner and as a receiver, Carson clearly is the back to own right now in Seattle and he could be moving toward low-end RB 2 status if he can hold off Penny enough in terms of workload.

-With New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles saying he will ride the hot hand this season in terms of running back, veteran Bilal Powell looks to be the main beneficiary as he rushed for 24 yards and a score on 10 carries Friday.  Be that as it may, Isaiah Crowell was not signed to ride the bench and a split still seems likely.  Crowell also could net the goal-line work as well so don't go crazy running to pick up Powell. 

-Having been outplayed by Philip Dorsett last night, it looks like Eric Decker will not be making the New England Patriots roster this summer.  Injuries have completely derailed what was once a very promsing career and Decker catching just two balls for 12 yards Friday night shows he just doesn't have the athletic abilith he once did. 

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