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Sunday, August 19, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 2 PRESEASON WRAPUP

-Already high on everyone's fantasy football sleeper list, the hype figures to only grow for Chicago Bears tight end Trey Burton who went wild in the team's second preseason game Saturday night.  Being used in the slot for a decent amount of snaps which by itself is very fantasy football-friendly, Burton hauled in 4 passes for 45 yards and a touchdown. With fellow tight end Adam Shaheen having been carted off with an ankle injury, the tight end show looks to be all to Burton and rightfully so.  We saw glimpses of how good of a receiver Burton can be when he spelled an injured Zach Ertz with the Philadelphia Eagles a year ago and now he looks to be the number one target of QB Mitchell Trubisky which makes sense given how young passers tend to rely on the tight end.  This could be a real show.

-Speaking of the hype train getting to crazy levels, add Denver Broncos rookie running back Royce Freeman to that class.  Splitting time in the first half with fellow Broncos back Devontae Booker, Freeman rushed for 20 yards on 6 carries and scored a touchdown.  By the looks of things right now, it likely will be a setup where Freeman will handle the majority of rushing attempts, while Booker works on third down to be the primary receiving back.  That it a bit of a knock down in value for Booker in PPR formats but not too much since Kareem Hunt came out on third downs last season and look how many passes he caught.  Right now Booker is making a strong move toward the third round of drafts and count this peanut stand in thinking he deserves any hype he receives. 

-With Delanie Walker and Rishard Matthews hobbled of late, Tennessee Titans big-play wideout Tywan Taylor showed what he is capable of Thursday night in catching 4 balls for 95 yards and two touchdown.  Taylor is really putting together a big summer and looks to be moving toward WR 1 status with QB Marcus Mariota and he having gotten onto the same page.  While Chris Davis continues to get the attention given his first-round pedigree, Taylor seems to be the best bet right now to put up useful fantasy football numbers.

-While it doesn't affect him directly, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott may be hurt by the injury of Pro Bowl guard Zack Martin who is headed for testing on his knee.  An MRI is being ordered which is very concerning and since Martin is arguably the best offensive lineman in football, his loss can only hurt the quality of running lanes seen by Elliott.

-Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Peyton Barber continues to see his value trend upwards this summer, with the latest being the knee injury suffered by pass catching back Charles Sims Saturday.  With rookie Ronald Jones struggling in all facets of the game this summer and Sims now looking at a multi-week absence, Barber is moving closer to RB 2 status on workload alone.

-The Houston Texans got a bit of a longer look at QB DeShaun Watson on Saturday and they had to look what they saw as he completed 5-of-8 throws for 73 yards with a TD pass to wideout Bruce Ellington.  So far, so good with the recovery from last season's torn ACL and so Watson is seeing his value being propped up even more in the fantasy football community.  There is no question there is a boatload of talent here but the risk remains given Watson's shaky injury past. 


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