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Saturday, August 18, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL PRESEASON WEEK 2 WRAPUP

-While we have dealt with reports throughout training camp regarding the high amount of turnovers committed by second-year Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes, Friday was a good day in the team's second preseason game as the kid completed 8-of-12 throws for 138 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT.  Mahomes showed his big arm by connected on a 69-yard TD with wideout Tyreek Hill but the interception was a reminder of how we are dealing with an inexperienced QB.  Add in the fact Andy Reid will lean toward the run and Mahomes is looking a bit overrated from this peanut stand.

-The hype is really going to grow for Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey who had a monster game Friday in rushing for 92 yards and a score on 5 carries; while also adding 4 catches for another 28.  We already know McCaffrey is a monster PPR weapon given his immense receiving numbers but now it looks like head coach Ron Rivera is set to use him more heavily in the run game despite the addition of C.J. Anderson.  Yes, McCaffrey struggled running the ball as a rookie in 2017 but he got better as the season went along and the former Stanford star remains with decent upside on that front.  Right now if you can snag McCaffrey in Round 2, it looks like a swell pick.

-Atlanta Falcons rookie wideout Calvin Ridley took advantage of the fact star Julio Jones sat out to rest Friday as he caught three balls for 49 yards and a score.  Ridley looks like a decent WR 3 pick with upside given the fact Jones will be drawing a bunch of double-coverage on the other side of the field and he was a star wideout during his Alabama days.

-Fully taking advantage of the fact prized rookie Saquon Barkley was sidelined due to a hamstring strain, second-year New York Giants running back Wayne Gallman showed he should perhaps move ahead of Jonathan Stewart in the team's depth chart as he rushed for 26 yards and a score on 5 carries; while also adding 2 catches for 9 yards and another score.  It is still puzzling to this day why the Giants gave a two-year deal to the aging Stewart during the offseason as Gallman flashed very good receiving and decent running potential as a rookie a year ago.  While this is still going to be the Saquon Barkley show, Gallman is showing he is a big add if his teammate were to miss time during the regular season.

-Already one of the worst teams in the NFL on paper, the Buffalo Bills saw their QB plans go up in smoke Friday night as prospective starter A.J. McCarron suffered a broken collarbone after going 3-for-6 for 12 yards.  Finally being given the chance to start after years as a backup in Cincinnati, you have to feel for McCarron somewhat as the former Alabama star went the way of Aaron Rodgers a year ago.

On a related front, Bills rookie QB Josh Allen played well behind McCarron as he completed 9-of-13 throws for 60 yards and a score.  We all know the arm is massive here but it was nice to see Allen show decent accuracy since that is the biggest question mark here.  Nightmares of Kyle Boller pop in the head when you talk about top QB prospects from the past who had accuracy problems that completely held them back but it is now looking like a lock Allen will be under center Week 1 ready or not.

-Christian Kirk showed a good rapport with Josh Rosen Friday night as the Arizona Cardinal rookies hooked up for a TD.  Overall Kirk caught 4 balls for 49 yards and a score.  Having struggled coming into the game, it was a nice sign that maybe Kirk is getting up to NFL speed somewhat.  Be that as it may, he is not looking very fantasy football-friendly to begin the season.


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