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Sunday, August 26, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL PRESEASON WEEK 3 WRAPUP

-If Indianapolis Colts tight end Eric Ebron was on any other team without a fellow competent pass-catching tight end, the 5 catches for 54 yards and a score he picked up Saturday night would make more of an impact in the fantasy football world.  Be that as it may, Ebron remains a high former first-round talent who seems to be meshing well with QB Andrew Luck.  The presence of Jack Doyle though serves as a roadblock toward Ebron gaining his optimum fantasy football impact and his past reputation for running very hot and cold each week will likely continue.

-Just like with Adrian Peterson in Washington, it looks like retread veteran Alfred Morris has some juice left in the tank after he rushed for 84 yards on 17 carries Saturday night.  With the San Francisco 49ers having lost THREE running backs to injury already this summer, Morris was signed off the street so that his power running can be put to use,.  Having flashed as a decent enough RB 2 at times in standard formats in his career, Morris is still likely going to take a firm backseat to Jerrick McKinnon and Matt Breida return from their injuries.  

-Houston Texans QB DeShaun Watson has barely played this summer as the coaching staff wants to save him for the regular season as the former Clemson star comes off a second ACL tear.  Watson completed 3-of-6 throws for 15 yards and an INT but that is likely the last of his on-field work before Week 1.  While we have major concerns about Watson's durability, we think he can be a top fantasy football QB when he is out there on the field this season.

-Despite an earlier concussion this summer, Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger looks ready to go for the regular season as he completed 11-of-18 throws for 114 yards and a 32-yard score to Justin Hunter Saturday.  We always have to worry about the injury woes of Big Ben but he will be as productive as any QB in fantasy football for as long as the health cooperates.  

-Tennessee Titans second-year wideout Corey Davis failed to catch a single pass Saturday night as the offense looks completely out sync.  This is a valid concern with a new coaching staff in place and so far we are dealing with just potential and little in the way of numbers so far for Davis.  Given what we have seen, Davis can't be depended on as much more than a WR 4.

-Taywan Taylor has become a popular sleeper receiving target this summer but he managed to snag just one pass for 9 yards while also returning kicks.  Taylor has a bit of Torre Smith in him in terms of being and all-or-nothing wideout but the ugly state of the Tennessee offense makes them risky to invest in no matter who the player is.  

-Speaking of the ugly Titans offense, QB Marcus Mariota was brutal Saturday as he completed just 5-of-8 throws for 43 yards and one pick.  Mariota was miserable last season and so far what we are seeing now is not very promising.  This means Mariota is nothing but a QB 2 in deeper leagues.  

-Lamar Jackson gave a tantalizing glimpse of his massive potential to the Baltimore Ravens coaching staff Saturday as he completed 7-of-10 throws for 98 yards and a touchdown; while also adding a second touchdown on 39 rushing yards on 3 carries.  While the Ravens are not prepared yet to unleash Jackson, it won't take long for the team to make such a move if veteran Joe Flacco struggles to begin the season.

-Despite all of the talk about the Miami Dolphins planning to use a committee at running back, Kenyan Drake continues to show the intriguing skills that put him on the fantasy football map a year ago.  Drake rushed for 32 yards on 4 carries; while adding one catch for another 36 after Frank Gore started the game.  The Miami coaching staff seems to have an infatuation with Gore which hurts Drake's overall value but in PPR formats the latter looks like a decent RB 2 upside play.


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