NFL 2015 Quarterback Rankings

NFL 2015 Quarterback Rankings

1. Andrew Luck IND
2. Aaron Rodgers GB
3. Drew Brees NO
4. Peyton Manning DEN
5. Ben Roethlisberger PITT
6. Tom Brady NE
7. Russell Wilson SEA
8. Tony Romo DAL
9.  Philip Rivers SD
10. Matthew Stafford DET
11. Matt Ryan ATL
12. Eli Manning NYG
13. Cam Newton CAR
14. Jay Cutler CHI
15. Joe Flacco BALT
16. Carson Palmer ARZ
17. Ryan Tannehill MIA
18. Nick Foles ST L
19. Sam Bradford PHIL
20. Derek Carr OAK
21. Teddy Bridgewater MIN
22. Colin Kaepernick SF
23. K Cousins WASH
24. Blake Bortles JAX
25. Alex Smith KC
26. Andy Dalton CIN
27. Brian Hoyer HOU
28. Josh McCown CLEV
29. Tyrod Taylor BUFF
30. Ryan Fitzpatrick NYJ
31. Marcus Mariota – Rookie Tennessee
32. Jameis Winston – Rookie Tampa Bay
33. Jimmy Garoppolo NE
34. Matt Cassel BUFF
35. Mike Glennon TB
36. Mark Sanchez PHIL
37. Colt McCoy WASH
38. Zach Mettenberger TEN
39. Ryan Mallett HOU
40. Brock Osweiler DEN
41. Geno Smith NYJ- Out 6-10 Weeks broken jaw
42. A.J. McCarron CIN
43. J Manziel CLEV
44. Christian Ponder OAK
45. RG3 WASH
46. Tom Savage HOU
47. Austin Davis STL
48. Aaron Murray KC
49. Ryan Nassib NYG
50. Logan Thomas ARZ

•Utter-Fantasy’s Preliminary 2015 Running Back Rankings
•Utter-Fantasy’s Preliminary 2015 Wide Receiver Rankings
•Utter-Fantasy’s Preliminary 2015 Defense Rankings
•Utter-Fantasy’s Preliminary 2015 Tight End Rankings

2015 Player Rankings Tight Ends

2015 Player Rankings Tight Ends by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

1. Rob Gronkowski- Patriots
2. Greg Olsen – Panthers
3. Jimmy Graham – Seahawks
4. Martellis Bennett – Bears
5. Jason Witten – Cowboys
6. Travis Kelce – Chiefs
7. Jordan Cameron- Dolphins
8. Dwayne Allen – Colts
9. Ben Watson- Saints
10. Owen Daniels – Broncos
11. Ladarius Green – Chargers
12. Coby Fleener – Colts
13. Delanie Walker – Titans
14. Zach Ertz – Eagles
15. Kyle Rudolph – Vikings
16. Heath Miller – Steelers
17. Charles Clay – Buffalo
18. Larry Donnell – Giants
19. Jordan Reed- Wash
20. Josh Hil- Saints
21. Austin Seferian-Jenkins – Bucs
22. Richard Rodgers – Packers
23. Jordan Reed – Washington
24. Mychal Rivera – Raiders
25. Brent Celek – Eagles
26. Rob Housler – Browns
27. Maxx Williams- Rookie- Ravens
28. Jacob Tamme – Falcons
29. Tyler Eifert – Bengals
30. Jared Cook – Rams
31. Julius Thomas – Jaguars- Out until likely Week 5 ( finger) then Bye Week 8
32. Garrrett Graham – Texans
33. Antonio Gates – Chargers- suspended four games
34. Eric Ebron – Lions
35. Luke Wilson – Seahawks
36. Jace Amaro – Jets
37. Jermaine Gresham – Bengals
38. Anthony Fasano – Titans
39. Andrew Quarless – Packers
40. Clive Walford – Rookie
41. Lance Kendricks – Rams
42. Troy Niklas – Cardinals
43. Jordan Reed- Washington
44. Gavin Escobar – Cowboys
45. Brandon Myers – Bucs
46. Joseph Fauria – Lions
47. John Carlson – Cardinals
48. Marcedes Lewis – Jaguars
49. Tony Moeaki – Falcons
50. Dion Sims – Dolphins
51. Jeff Cumberland – Jets
52. Crockett Gilmore – Ravens

 

•Utter-Fantasy’s Preliminary 2015 Quarterback Rankings
•Utter-Fantasy’s Preliminary 2015 Running Back Rankings
•Utter-Fantasy’s Preliminary 2015 Wide Receiver Rankings
•Utter-Fantasy’s Preliminary 2015 Defense Rankings

NFL 2015 Player Rankings Defenses

 

NFL 2015 Player Rankings Defenses by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Here are the Top preseason NFL 2015 Player Rankings Defenses ranked for the upcoming NFL season based on their success in 2014. It also takes in account every NFL team’s strength of schedule for the upcoming season. In 2014, the seattle seahawks were ranked #1 for NFL defense, while the Atlanta Falcons were ranked #322, dead last in the NFL

NFL 2015 Player Rankings Defenses

1. Seattle Seahawks – #1 NFL ranked defense 2014
2. Houston Texans
3. Arizona Cardinals
4. Buffalo Bills – #4 NFL ranked defense 2014
5. St Louis Rams
6. Green Bay Packers
7. Carolina Panthers
8. Denver Broncos- #3 NFL ranked defense 2014
9. Baltimore Ravens
10. New England Patriots
11. New York Jets
12. Miami Dolphins
13. Kansas City Chiefs
14. Detroit Lions- #2 NFL ranked defense 2014
15. Dallas Cowboys
16. Philadelphia Eagles
17. Minnesota Vikings
18. Pittsburgh Steelers
19. Cleveland Browns
20. Indianapolis Colts
21. New York Giants
22. Cincinnati Bengals
23. San Francisco 49ers
24. Tampa Bay Bucs
25. Chicago Bears
26. San Diego Chargers
27. Atlanta Falcons- #32 NFL ranked defense 2014
28. Tennessee Titans
29. Washington
30. Jacksonville Jaguars
31. New Orleans Saints
32. Oakland Raiders

•Utter-Fantasy’s Preliminary 2015 Quarterback Rankings
•Utter-Fantasy’s Preliminary 2015 Running Back Rankings
•Utter-Fantasy’s Preliminary 2015 Wide Receiver Rankings
•Utter-Fantasy’s Preliminary 2015 Tight End Rankings

About Utter-Fantasy Football

About Utter-Fantasy Football by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

1987. There was one game on TV. Kansas City Chiefs vs the Los Angeles Raiders. I didn’t have anyone playing. I almost got Raider Craig Ellis, who had a big game, but Hotujac freakin’ took him right before my pick. I swear he read my mind. So now I am hoping that the RB I ended up getting, did well on Sunday, Pittsburgh Steeler Earnest Jackson. I won’t know until Monday however, when I walk up to the corner gas station and get a newspaper out of the vending box. That’s how it went back then. Watch what little you could on Sunday, then check the newspaper Monday morning ( and even then you didn’t know how you did the league, because the letter from the commish, who added up all the scores each week, wouldn’t come in the mail, until Friday.)

You young punks out there are so spoiled now. Scores rolling across ESPN every minute, instant updates on CBS Sportsline and countless APPs. In 1987, your Sunday Ticket was to see Lethal Weapon at 1:00 pm at the Cinema. Of coarse, you young punks helped to make FF as popular as it is right now, so kiss my butt for being spoiled and thank you for playing.

And unlike most of you young punks, I happen to be in a position where I can retire (a little) and spend some of my time now, doing what I love. I have 4 loves actually, and they are the NFL football, talking about NFL football, fantasy football (FF) and art. (Drinking alcoholic beverages should be listed in there somewhere, but I am trying to be a better roll model.) Put all these together, and you get a new fantasy football website. Sure, there already are some, but with my buddy Phil E. Stake, we think there’s room for another. A better one, Utter-fantasy.com. A site barely alive. But gentleman, we can build it. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world’s first bionic fantasy football website. Better, stronger, faster. (OK, maybe not bionic or faster, but funnier…definitely funnier)

We are not all chuckles and grins however. I take my FF very serious as well. I have won more leagues than I have lost, and I think that what I have to say might help you and your teams. I also think that I can learn something from all of you as well, so together, lets kick some ass.

Players Whose Team Will Miss Them

Players Whose Team Will Miss Them by Utter-Fantasy writer & illustrator Doug Bowles

 

 

Dear ___________ (player’s name here)

I remember how it used to be 
when nothing else mattered but you and me

music, country roads, and Super Bowl dreams.

I miss you, I wish you could see
 that without you here, I miss you and me.

Love,
Coach
Utter-Fantasy’s Top 10 Missed Players:

#1) Jimmy Graham – Oh, the players the Saints had to part with, to make sure Drew Greed got all of the $100 million he demanded.
 ( Remember, he held out of camp and the team has gone down since) Graham is a FREAK, and he made teams afraid. I do not like that he went to Seattle however. He won’t be the same fantasy star there unfortunately.

#2) Revis/ Browner – I know Belichick is a wizard at getting the most from players, but New England’s defense took a big hit, no matter what. Their weak division however, will likely make this manageable.

#3) Andre Johnson – Andre clearly was sick of being a Texan with lousy quarterbacks, so the move was excellent for him, and I love that he is in Indianapolis ( WR Sleeper), but the Texans now have a receiving corps full of young kids, albeit talented ones, and I think his veteran leadership will be missed most.

#4) Frank Gore – I remember watching a game Nov. 30th, 2010, where he came out injured in early second half, and since I had him on my fantasy team I desperately wanted him back in. Gore was clammering to get back in on the sidelines, so I was screaming at the TV/ HC Singletary to let him. Turns out he had a broken hip. That guy had a broken hip and wanted back in!  You want guys like that on a team. Love him now in Indy as well. ( RB Sleeper)

#5) Brandon Marshall – Despite all the trouble he created in his early years, Marshall has since become quite the mentor, and not unlike Houston, Chicago has now a receiving corps full of young kids, albeit talented ones, and I think his veteran leadership will be missed most. He won’t do much as a Jet.

#7) Jeremy Maclin– Chip Kelly has gotten too big for his too big britches. You can’t cast off every talented person because you think you’re a creative genius, because maybe you’re not. You haven’t won anything, not even a playoff game. I would have sucked up some humility and I would have kept Maclin, and I would have kept McCoy. We’ll see how 2015 plays out.

#8) Dwayne Bowe – I do not include him because I think he’s great- he’s not. But he is a talented wide receiver in the NFL, and for the life of me, I will never understand KC’s ridiculous stubbornness to avoid having TWO good wide receivers on a KC roster. Finally…..Bowe gets some to line up opposite him, when good bye Bowe, you’re off to Cleveland. Welcome to KC Maclin, but I bet you’ll hate it there.

#9) Julius Thomas – I do not think Denver will miss Julius, just the opposite, and had to put this in. Of all the players to find new teams, I think Julius Thomas will miss his old team the most. Remember that game when he caught his 2nd TD, and was heard yelling “This is too easy!” Bet you 20 bucks he never yells that in Jacksonville.

#10) Brian Hoyer – Think what you want, but the Browns were winning until that spineless head coach caved, and put in Mr. Rehab Manziel. They could have gone to that playoffs that season. I think Hoyer is a gamer ( not heading to Canton mind you, but decent) and I don’t think McCown is the answer ( and certainly Manziel clown isn’t )

BONUS) Trent Richardson– Just kidding- The Browns don’t miss him, the Colts don’t miss him, for now the Raider’s don’t miss him and I wouldn’t miss him if he left the NFL altogether. Rough I know, but he stinks! ( McFadden does too! I wouldn’t miss him either)

NFL Preseason Week Three Fantasy Review

NFL Preseason Week Three Fantasy Review by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator & Doug “happy it’s finally started” Bowles

The Dress Rehearsal

WASH vs BALT ( 31-13 )

• WASH QB K Cousins started with RB A Morris and out performed injured quarterback RG3 and Out. K Cousins threw 20/ 27 for 190 yards with an interception and a one flukey touchdown. QB C McCoy came in for the 2nd half- HC J Gruden has named QB Cousins the starter for 2015
• WASH starting WRs were A Roberts, Ryan Grant and P Garcon with TE Jordan Reed. WR Garcon was held without a reception- WR R Grant was targeted often by QB Cousins-
• WASH RB C Thompson came into the game after RB Morris, but it was RB Matt Jones who again, came in for WASH later and added a spark- He is one to watch
• WASH’s first TD of the preseason came in the 2nd qtr when QB K Cousins pass from the 22 yard line was deflected by WASH Roberts, right into the hands of WASH Crowder’s hands who then easily ran into for essentially a 22 yard TD pass

• BALT QB Flacco started with RB Forsett and vet WR Steve Smith. Flacco still has a cannon for an arm and was very accurate in this game- ( anyone ranking one of these rookie QBs ahead of him…… is laughable)
• BALT WR Steve Smith put on a show before being tossed out of the game near the end of the first half- WASH player #52 Robinson illegally piled drived BALT WR Aiken and caused an on-field fight between the teams- ( Even HC Harbaugh and HC Gruden got into with words) – #52 Robinson WASN’T ejected but this cheap shot will get it in the wallet for certain
• BALT WR K Aiken started opposite Steve Smith- Rookie Perriman did not play
• BALT WR Steve Smith’s 63 TD pass and 2 Tucker FGs were the only Balt scores
• BALT RB Forsett played much of the 1st half, ending with 8 carries for 19 yards

PITT vs BUFF ( 19-43 )

• PITT QB Roethlisberger started- he only attempted 4 passes- completing 2 for 30 yards-  QB M Vick came in after Roethlisberger- his first pass went for 63 ards to WR M Bryant ( Bryant is suspended for the 1st 4 games)
• PITT WR was targeted often but only came away with 1 catch- 20 yards
• PITT LeVeon Bell was in with the 1dt stringers for a very short time, before giving way to DeAngelo Williams. Williams showed burst of speed and will have the 1st two games of the reg season as the starter- He went 3/15 yards and 1 TD run- he also had one reception for 10 yards

• BUFF QB EJ Manuel made his case to reclaim the starting job by going 7 of 8 for 170 yards and two touchdowns in a 43-19 preseason win over the Steelers on Saturday. Manuel hit TE Charles Clay for 67 yard TD pass near the end of the 1st qtr
• BUFF RB Fred Jackson started behind QB manuel and his 1st run went for 41 yards. Jackson loves to play and loves to play hard. It wouldn’t be surprising if he go most of the goal line carries- RB McCoy did not play
• BUFF WR Sammy Waktins- Rovert Woods and ( Of Course) Percy Harvin did not play- the starters were WRs Andre Davis and M Goodwin
• BUFF started their 1st string O-Line into the 3rd qtr
• BUFF K D Carpenter is struggling this preseason

MINN vs DAL ( 28-14 )

• MINN QB Teddy Bridgewater continued his impressive preseaosn by going 7 for 7 for 76 yards ( I still don’t get how he throws “better” with gloves on, but he does)- He played 3 series, one ended with a other two in FGs
• MINN RB Peterson did not play- Some sites have this guy as their #1 overall- I don;t get that either- I know the child abuser is a super human athlete, but he hasn’t played a down since Week One of 2014 and it’s not like he hasn’t been injured before- Too risky for me for 1st pick, even first round
• MINN RB McKinnon stared- nothing great for sure- 6 carries for 10 yards- Later RB M Asiata had 3 carries for 2 yards
• MINN WR Charles Johnson had been QB Bridgewater’s favorite target in previous games, but wasn’t targeted in the Preseason Week 3 game. WR Wallace had 3 receptions for 50 yards

• DAL QB Tony Romo played 5 series. He hit WR T Williams on a beautiful slant that went 60 yards for a TD ( over half YAC)
• DAL WR Bryant has dealt with a strained hamstring throughout camp and hasn’t played since signing his new $70 million, five-year contract in mid-July
• DAL O -Line did not look like the O-Line that was making giant holes for RB DeMarco Murray last year
• DAL TE J Witten started but was held without a catch
• DAL WR Cole Beasley heard it from QB Romo on the 2nd series for running the wrong route, but made up for it later with a 40 yard punt return- WR C Patterson in the 2nd qtr had a 107 kickoff return TD run
• DAL QB Vaughan came in for Romo in the 2nd half, as well as QB J Showers- QB Weeden did not play

ARI vs OAK ( 30-23 )

• ARI QB C Palmer started with RB Ellington, WRs Larry Fiyz and John Brown – with TE D fells- WR M Floyd did not play- Coach Bruce Arians is “optimistic” Michael Floyd (fingers) will play Week 1
• ARI QB Palmer threw 2 interceptions and was sacked three times in a rough first half – 8/22 for 103 yards- Game of FGs the entire first half
• ARI RB Chris Johnson did not play
• ARI back up QB Drew Stanton fared OK against Oakland’s starting defense, going 8 for 9 for 58 yards in his only drive and threw an 8-yard TD pass to rookie Davis Johnson

• OAK 2nd year QB Carr also struggled- 18/34 for 213 yards and one INT-
• OAK RB Lat Murray also started and couldn’t find any room- 7 carries for 1. You know you had a bad day when back up RB Trent Richardson out rushes you ( 5 for 19 yards) even if Richardson was against 2nd-3rd string DEF
• OAK right tackle Menelik Watson Out for the season to a ruptured Achilles.
• OAK WR Amari Cooper had four catches for 62 yards, his longest went for 36-yards- WR Crabtree started opposite Cooper- 1 catch for 6 yards
• OAK K S Janokowski kicked 5 field goals in the first half

HOU vs NO ( 27-13 )

• HOU QB B Hoyer was given the start- he attempted 11 passed, completing 7 for 82 yards- No TDs. His first series ended with a RB A Blue 1yd TD run- QB B Hoyer played into the 3rd qtr- He was followed by QB R Mallett- ( RB A Blue con’t to play w/ Mallett
• HOU A Blue had 4 carries for 12 yards- 1 TD run. 1 reception
• HOU starting WRs were De Hopkins, Cecil Shorts and Nate Washington ( WR Sleeper)
• HOU WR rookie J Strong had a 6 yard TD pass from QB Mallett in the 3rd qtr

• NO Brees played only one series, which ended with a Z Hocker FG
• NO QB L McCown followed Brees and went 8/14 for 117 yards – No TDs- No INTS
• NO RB M Ingram started and has been featured plenty in the Saint’s passing game ( Ingram gets a bump in PPR legaues)
• NO offense isn’t the same without big threat TE Jimmy Graham- New Orleans’ first two trips inside Houston’s 20 produced only 3 points
• NO Wr B cooks is having an outstanding preseason and is shaping up as a true #1-#2 WR
• NO K Z Hocker and D Hopkins are battling for the Saint’s kicking job-Dustin Hopkins has a stronger leg and has been more accurate and is outperforming Zach Hocker so far

SF vs DEN ( 12-19 )

• SF QB C Kaep started and struggled mightily vs a tough DEN defense- he went2/5 for 143 yards and no TDs- No INTs- He did have 3 nice runs for 53 yards, but his job is to throw the ball, and he’s not doing it
• SF RB C hyde did his best with an O-Line that looks bad ( which is a big part of QB Kaep’s problems) Hyde did go 4 carries for 28 yards and was targeted in the passing game but held without a reception
• SF RB K Hunter was rotated in occasionally with RB Hyde- RB Reggie Bust Bush had his first preseason work- 1 carry
• SF WR Torrey Smith had one reception for 5 yards- WR A Boldin stared opposite WR T Smith and was held without a reception- hard to get excited about this offense

• DEN QB P manning started and was 14 for 21 for 124 yards and was sacked three times- there is no zip on his passes at all, and Peyton may struggle to be a top 15 QB this year
• DEN offense, with HC Kubiak, is now a run first team, and they seem committed to #1 C J Anderson, then #2 R Hillman- RB M Ball is only getting carries at the end of preseason games
• DEN WR Emmanuel Sanders did not play. WR starters were Dem Thomas, Andre Caldwell. J Norwood and Cody Latimer. With P Manning struggling, Dem Thomas will struggle to come anywhere close to his stats in 2014- Emmanuel Sanders (hamstring) is expected to resume practicing next week
• DEN WR J Norwood seems to have grown into the “Wes Welker” role for the Broncos
• DEN TE O Daniels had only 1 catch for 3 yards despite QB Manning playing the entire first half

TENN vs KC ( 10-34 )

• TENN M Mariota started for the Titans and got off to a slow start for Tennessee missing on his first three throws. The first-round pick went 7 of 8 for 99 yards the rest of the half
• TENN RB B Sankey couldn’t add to his preseason week 2 success, going 6 carriesfor 17 yards and 1 fumble. Fantasy owners should not have taken his preseason week 2 success as anything but a fluke
• TENN starting WRs were K Wright, H Nicks and J Hunter with TE Delanie Walker- TE Walker was targeted on a deep pass which was incomplete- K Wright ended the game with 3 receptions for 60 yards
• TENN offense only scored a Fg and a 2yard TD run by RB A Andrews, all in the 2nd qtr- With a rookie QB and an RB no defense is afraid of, this offense will likely struggle all season

• KC QB A Smith threw for 171 yards and two touchdowns in less than a half- Smith targetd WR J Maclin early and often- The first drive ended with a TD pass to Maclin for 29 yards
• KC RB J Charles started behind QB Smith an quickly chalked up 41 total yards on 5 touches ( 3 runs, 2 receptions)- RB K Davis was rotated in with the starters
• KC TE T Kelce finally showed up for anxious fantasy owners- 2 catches for 42 yards and a TD pass from QB Smith
• KC WR A Wilson stared opposite WR Maclin- 1 catch for 16 yards
• KC second year QB Aaron Murray was QB Smith’s back up and secured the win- 15/20 for 146 yards and 2 TDs

CLEV vs TB ( 31-7 )

• CLEV QB J McCown stared against his former team and was impressive- 17 for 23- 117 yards and 2 TDs- No INTs. McCown played into the 3rd qtr, hitting TD passes to WR B Hartline and TE Gary Barnidge- He also had 3 runs for 20 yards
• CLEV RB I Crowell started in the ridiculous RB music chairs that HC pettine has been famous for since getting the coaching job- Pick an RB already!- QB McCown likes to target RB Crowell in the passing game
• CLEV WR D Bowe finally decided to play and Dwayne Bowe failed to catch any of his three targets in the Browns’ third preseason game- WRs T Gabriel and T Benjamin each had 4 catches
• CLEV RB T West came in later and had 7 carries for 26 yards- 1 reception- CLEV scored 4 TDs in this game

• TB QB J Winston struggled as a rookie will and was 6 of 15 for 90 yards. He threw one interception and was sacked four times before leaving after one series in the third quarter- He should be ranked #32 QB and nothing higher
• TB RB Doug Martin built on his previous preseason success, running the ball 9 times for 40 yards and a TD run ( 19 yards)- no receptions- RB martin’s TD run was Tampa Bay’s only score-
• TB RB C Sims had a quiet day- 3 carries for 9 yards- 1 reception for 12 yards
• TB WR V Jackson had 2 receptions for 38 yards- WithQB Winston under center, both TB star receivers should be dropped in rankings- WR M Evans did not play
• TB has signed former DEN K Connor Barth due to K P Murray’s recent struggles

DET vs JACK ( 22-17 )

• DET QB M Stafford completed 11 of 15 passes for 173 yards and 2 TDs in his start vs the Jags- Stafford played the entire 1st half
• DET RB A Abdullah got the start with QB Stafford and wasn’t as impressive- 3 carries for 8 yards- 1 reception for 21 yards- DET insists that QB J Bell is still their starter
• DET WRs in the 1st half were WR G Tate, Greg Salas and J Ross- Detroit played without star WR Calvin johnson for the third consecutive game
• DET RB Zenner- co MVP with G Tate for the preseason will likely make the team and play special teams for the most part

• JACK QB B Bortles is having a great preseason and has excelled in his 2nd year- He completed 20 of 29 passes for 245 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for 38 yards, including two third-down scrambles that kept scoring drives alive
• JACK RB T J Yeldon– welcome to the NFL- 8 carries for only 10 yards, but he did have a 1 yard TD run
• JACK WR A Hurns had a 13 yard TD pass from QB Bortles-  Wr A Robinson started opposite WR Hurns and caught 2 balls for 14 yards in the Jaguars’ third preseason game. (Robinson caused a scare when he briefly left the game with a first-half shoulder “contusion” (bruise)
• JACK TE Julius Thomas once again did not play
• JACK had 14 players record a reception in Preseason Week 3- Although it was a mix of 1st-2nd-3rd stringers, they do spread the ball around in that offense

SEA vs SD ( 22-17 )

• SEA QB R Wilson played into the 3rd qtr but only threw 7/15 for 56 yards – No TDs- No INTs- SEA back up QB later came in for Wilson and threw almost identical stats
• SEA RB M Lynch stared but barely played – 2 carries for 6 yards- SEA RB R Turbin came in for Lynch as he has done all preseason. RB C Michael always come in after Turbin
• SEA WR starters were D Baldwon and J Kearse with TE J Graham- Graham had 2 rec- 24 yds in Preseason Week 3 & on a missed throw by QB Wilson, Graham looked VERY frustrated- I doubt he’s happy this year in SEA
• SEA WR rookie T Lockett is tearing it up special teams in this preseason and took another punt return to the house- 67 yard TD
• SEA K Hauschka nailed a 60 yard FG in the 4th qtr

• SD QB P Rivers was efficient as always- 13 for 19- 140 yards- No TDs – No INTS
• SD RB Melvin Gordon wasn’t spectacular— 14 carries for only 34 yards- No TDs
• SD RB D Woodhead was featured once again in the SD offense, getting 9 total touches- SD RB B Oliver had an impressive 70 yard TD pass from back up QB K Clemens in the 3rd qtr
• SD TE L Green has been a disappointment this preseason- only one catch in this game- QB Rivers doesn’t look for him like he has Gates

ATL vs MIA ( 19-43 )

• ATL QB Matt Ryan played the entire first half- In the 4 series that Ryan played, 4 ended with punts and 1 FG- Ryan was 3/7 for 49 yards- No TDs- No INTs
• ATL RB rookie Tevin Coleman started RB D Freeman did not play- Coleman found no running room because of Miami’s stout defense led by N Suh- Coleman had 4 carries for 2 yards- no receptions- RB T Ward saw some action late
• ATL WRs that started with QB Ryan were Julio, L Hankerson ad Devin Hester- Julio did not have a catch- Hankerson had the most yardage ( 50 yards receiving )
• ATL offense only managed 3 FGs by K M Bryant

• MIA QB R Tannehill played most of the first half- He was productive going 15/19 for 145 yards and 1 TD pass- no INTs- Like ATL, the first half was filled with plenty of Miami punts- ( 5)
• MIA RB L Miller was featured for much of the 1st half- 6 carries for 22 yards and 5 receptions for 31 yards- He’s a must own in PPR leagues
• MIA WR Jarvis “Greg” Landry is by far and away QB Tannehill’s favorite weapon, and Landry had some great plays in this game- 5 catches – 84 yards
• MIA TE Jordan Cameron did not get his first target/catch until QB Tannehill’s  3rd series- he ended the day with 1 catch
• MIA WR K Stills was not in the game until late in the first half- 2 catches-26 yards- WR DeVante Parker did not play

IND vs STL ( 24-14 )

• IND QB A Luck started with Rb Dan “Boom” Herron as tailback- RB F ore did not play- Luck was 12/21 for 161 yards and 1 TD pass ( to WR Andre Johnson)
• IND RB B Herron ran 9 times for 25 yards- 1 catch for 10 yards
• IND TY Hilton started opposite WR A Johnson, and sustained a concussion in this game- Hilton had 3 receptions for 44 yards
• IND TE D Allen had 2 receptions for 25 yards- I do not think I have seen TE C Fleener play once this year- The Colts are expected to play more “three- and four-receiver formations” this season, so TE Fleener’s role could be cut drastically
• IND D Moncrief spent time with the 1sr string, particularly on 3rd downs- his role has been cut drastically with the signing of WR Andre Johnson

• STL QB N Foles was in control of the offense thru the first half although he did not atttempt anything deep until the the 3rd series- Foles reminds me of QB Flacco with his accuracy and arm strength
• STL RB T Gurley did not play again, which gave the start to RB Tre Mason- Mason was 4 carries for 12 yards ( 2 catches for 19 yards) before suffering leg injury right at the end of the 1st qtr- STL RB B Cunningham took over
• STL WR C Givens, on the very first play of the 3rd series, caught a nice 44 yards pass in the endzone thrown by QB Foles- Givens ended this game with 2 catches
• STL TE J Cook was the starting TE- 1 catch for 5 yards- STL usually has a TE produce a great game every 4-5 games during the regular season- They become waiver wire darlings, the do nothing for the next 4 games
• STL offense’s only other score was a 3 yard TD run by back up RB T Watts in the 3rd qtr

NE  vs CAR ( 17-16 )

• NE QB Tom Brady played the first half, and wasn;t very good until the last series when he lobbed a nice 18 yrad TD pass to TE Scott Chander with a minute left in the 2nd qtr- His 3rd series was the first time this preseason that QB Brady led the offense even across mid-field. Brady ended 7/13 for 84 yards- 1 TD and 2 INTs
• NE RB J Gray started with QB Brady and averages 2 yards a carry- 5 for 11 yards- RB B Bolden wa rotated in- RB L Blount did not play until the 3rd qtr when QB J Garoppolo took over ( maybe HC Belichick wants Blount playing with the QB that will likely be starting Week 1)
• NE players that did not dress for this game were WRs Edleman and LaFell- TE Gronk
• NE WR Reggie Wayne was targeted a couple times, but looked lost in this offense- no receptions

• CA QB Cam Newton started and it was obvious he missed WR K Benjamin- His chemistry with everyone else ( except Olsen ) wasn’t there
• CAR RB J Stewart had 7 carries in the first half, that totaled 12 yards. He had no receptions
• CAR TE Greg Olsen dropped a couple passes but still ended the game with 6 receptions for 51 yards which was by far the most of any CAR receiver
• CAR WR J Cotchery may not be flashy or a big name, but he is going to get targets- WR Corey Brown was terrible in this game, and may have cost himself playing time – WR Ted Ginn Jr will be their #3-#4 Wr and return man
• CAR rookie RB C Artis-Payne hasn’t been impressive- 6 carries for 15 yards vs 2nd-3rd string defenses

PHIL vs GB ( 30-23 )

• PHIL QB S Bradford looked sensational in his 1st start and was 10 of 10 for 121 yards with 3 TD passes-backup QB M Sanchez in the second quarter for Philadelphia (3-0).
• PHIL RB DeMarco Murray started with QB Bradford nad had 6 carries for 28 yards. PHIL DeMarco Murray fantasy owners should be concerned however- RB Murray was taken out -3 of 3 times when Eagles were inside the 10 in Preseason Week 3- Twice for RB Ryan Matthews and once for RB D Sproles- RB Sproles had a 8 yard TD reception from QB Bradford in the very first series
• PHIL WR J Matthews was targeted often by QB Bradford- 3 catches for 51 yards
• PHIL rookie WR N Agholor had his first reception in the 4th series, thrown by QB Sanchez

• GB QB Aaron Rodgers did not play, allowing 5th rd rookie QB Brett Hundley to get a lot of playing time- He went 22/31 for 315 yards and 2 TD passes. He had 1 INT
• GB RB Eddie Lacy started, but only played one series. RB J Starks came in one the 2nd series and scored a TD run from the 1 yard line
• GB WR R Cobb left after landing on his right arm while trying to catch a pass near the sideline on Green Bay’s first offensive series, but it isn’t reported to be serious
• GB WRs in the 4th series were Janis, Ty Montgomery and M White. All had receptions in this game. 2nd year player WR M White ended the game with 9 receptions for 89 yards. 2nd year player WR J Janis ended the game with 3 receptions for 72 yards and a TD from back up QB Blanchard
• GB TE R Rodgers started this game and had 1 catch for 10 yards

NYJ vs NYG ( 28-18 )

• NYJ QB Ryan Fitz started and went 9/14 for 127 and 2 TDs. He did not throw an INT. QB Fitz 1sts series ended with a punt- His 2nd series began with strong running by RB C Ivory, then capped off with an 18 yard TD pass to WR E Decker- QB Fitz played 5 series- the entire first half
• NYJ RB C Ivory had 6 carries for 38 yards and had been featured in NYJ passing game, but did not have a reception in Preseason Week 3- Former Ram RB Z Stacy had a 24-yarder TD screen pass from QB Fitz in the 2nd qtr
• NYJ WRs E Decker and B Marshall were both starters and both had 3 receptions

• NYG QB Eli Manning has not had a great preseason and did not score in this game until his 3rd series, which was a 1 yard TD run by RB R Jennings- The first 2 drives resulted in punts. In QB Manning’s 5th series with 19 seconds left in the 1st half, Eli was picked off by NYJ A Cromartie who scored a DEF TD on the play- Manning was 12/16 for 91 yards- No TDs
• NYG RB R Jennings started at tailback and had 28 yards on 9 carries- 1 TD- NO receptions- RB A Williams only had 2 carries for 0 yards
• NYG WR O Beckham was QB Mannings main target- WR James Jones has been the #2 WR for the Giants in the absense of Wrs R Randle and V Cruz- WR Cruz recently stated that he may not be ready for reg season Week One
• NYG RB Sh Vereen  continues to be rotated into the game – 3 carries and 3 receptions
• NYG TE L Donnell started and was targeted but did not record a reception

CHI vs CINN ( 10-21 )

• CHI QB Jay Cutler started this game and was efficient- 13/17 for 98 yards- No TDs- No INTs- QB Cutler played 6 series that went into the 3rd qtr- QB Clausen followed Cutler- It’s reported that Clausen suffered a concussion in this game
• CHI RB M Forte also started Preseason Week 3- He had 6 carries for 16 yards- No receptions- RB Jacquizz Rodgers has been playing behind Forte but only had 3 touches total
• CHI WRs A Jeffery, E Royal and M Wilson all sat this game out- With all the injuries to CHI’s receiving corps….HC J Fox could ill-afford to lose anyone else in a meaningless game
• CHI TE M Bennett had 7 receptions for 45 yards ( as the only starter to throw to by QB Cutler )
• CHI’s offense only generated a FG in this game- also the Bears offense has managed five field goals and no touchdowns in the preseason

• CINN QB A Dalton started and went 6/6 for 52 yards before sneaking in a touchdown on Cincinnati’s opening drive, then came out of the game as a precaution with a sore neck – former Alabama QB back up A McCarron was impressive during his first stint with the starting offense completing his first 7 passes, including a 31-yard TD pass to WR Marvin Jones
• CINN RB J Hill carried the ball 11 times for 46 yards and 1 yard TD run in the 2nd qtr
• CINN WR A J Green stared opposite WR M Jones- WR Mohamed Sanu was held without a catch in the Bengals’ third preseason game
• CIN  TE T Eifert ended the game with 2 receptions for 30 yards
• CINN’s offense generated 3 TDs in the first half and was shut out in the second half

Utter-Fantasy’s Preseason Week Two Review-WEEK TWO

Utter-Fantasy’s Preseason Week One Review-WEEK ONE

All scores can be seen at this link- PRESEASON WEEK 3

 

NFL Preseason Week Two Fantasy Review

NFL Preseason Week Two Fantasy Review by Utter-Fantasy writer & illustrator & Doug “happy it’s finally started” Bowles

In less than 3 weeks we will be watching the NFL season regular season kick off with the Pittsburgh Steelers at the New England Patriots Thursday Sep10th. Probbably the most disappointing injury so far for fantasy owners is CAR WR Kelvin Benjamin Out for the Season. Let’s hope there aren’t many more like his. (Spoke too soon- WR Jordy Nelson Out for the Season)

DET vs WASH ( 17-21)

• DET QB Matt Stafford stared and went 6/8 for 78 yards- No TDs- no INTs[ Stafford’s offensive drive ended with a M Prater FG
• DET QB D Orlovsky followed Stafford and was 13/17 with 2 TDs ( 1 TD pass to WR J Ross- 1 TD pass to RB Z Zenner )- QB D Orlovsky looked very good • DET WR C Fuller started in place of WR Cal Johnson, but did not record a reception
• DET WR J Ross could find his way into the starting line up if their are any significant injuries to the DET receiving corps
• DET TE E Ebron had one reception for 13 yards and is not a fantasy favorite of Utter-Fantasy

• WASH QB RG3 was hit hard on 6 of his 8 passing plays, and suffered a concussion on a down while retrieving his own fumble-
• WASH QBs Colt McCoy and Kirk Cousins came into the game following RG3s injury and both had impressive outings
• WASH WR LeSean Jackson did not play and during an interview w/ former     WASH C Portis, stated that he is currently at 85 % healthy
• WASH RB A Morris started and racked up only 10 yards on 3 carries- no receptions- RB Matt Jones came in after Morris and was a spark to the offense- 8 carries for 44 yards and 1 TD run. He also had 2 catches for 25 yards-Jones looked very good and should end up as Morris’ handcuff

BUFF vs CLEV ( 11-10 )

• BUFF QB Tyrod Taylor started and although his stats don’t show it, he had command of the offense and impressed – 7/10 for 65 yards
• BUFF QB M Cassel did not play • BUFF • BUFF HC Pettine did his usual musical RBs, starting West this time, and rotating in RB I Crowell
• BUFF RBs Seale and Hill were just signed to play in this game due to all the injuries to BUFF RBs
• BUFF defense was relentless, going after CLEV QBs McCown and Manziel

• CLEV QB J McCown started and played the entire first half. 7/10 for only 57 yards- no TD passes- 2 INTs-
• CLEV O-Line looked very bad most of the game- McCown was under duress nearly every down
• CLEV HC Pettine did his usual musical RBs, starting West this time, and rotating in RB I Crowell
• CLEV WR D Bowe once again did not play and “hopes” to play in Preseason Week 3
• CLEV QB J Manziel came in the 2nd half, and attempted mostly short high percentage plays ( 10/18- 118 yards and 1 TD pass vs BUFFs 3rd-4th stringers )

SEA vs KC  ( 13-14 )

• KC QB Alex Smith started with RB J Charles- 1st play was a “token” deep incomplete pass by QB Smith for the 2nd straight week.
• KC RB J Charles did not carry the ball once, but had 3 receptions for 7 yards
• KC RB Knile Davis handled the rushing duties in the 1st half- 11/ 29 yards- 2 receptions for 6 yards
• KC WR J Maclin started- WR J Avant was the starting #2 WR- Maclin had 2 receptions for 22 yards and 1 (3 yard) TD pass- which was the 1st TD pass reception by a KC WR since 2013
• KC offense was ultra-conservative as usual- even on a 3rd down and a long 14 yards- QB Smith only threw a pass for 3 yards, resulting in a 4th down punt
• KC TE T Kelce was targeted in the 1st 4 series- he ended with only one catch- 23 yards

• SEA  QB R Wilson started- no offense was slow- 1st 3 series were 3 and outs- 4th series ended in a Hauschka FG
• SEA RB R Turbin started his 2nd Preseason game ( not C Michael) 6 carries for 4 yards- RB M Lynch did not play
• SEA TE J Graham wasn’t targets in the 1st 3 series- he ended this game with 3 receptions for 39 yards
• SEA WRs that started were Doug Baldwin and rookie T Lockett
• SEA back up QB R Archer played the 2nd half for Seattle. No TD passes for either Seattle QB

ATL vs NYJ  ( 22-30 )

Game officiated by Pete “the Cheat” Morelli

• ATL QB Matt Ryan started with RB T Ward- ( RBs T Coleman and D Freeman did not play) – Ryan finished 4 of 5 for 75 yards, including a 60-yard completion to fullback C Mooney
• ATL WRs Julio Jones and Roddy White started with WR L Hankerson ( who is carving himself a spot in this offense as the 3rd WR – 3/15 and 1st qtr TD pass from QB M Ryan)- TE Tamme started but did not record a reception
• ATL WR Devin Hester nearly took his 21 st punt return for a TD- instead- 61 yards to the 5 yard line
• ATL QB T Yates ( formerly from Houston) took over after QB Ryan
• ATL WRs Julio Jones and Roddy White did not record a reception

• NYJ  QB R Fitzpatrick started with RB C Ivory- 1st 4 series ended without a score
• NYJ starting WRs were B Marshall and E Decker- TE J Cumberland
• NYJ RB C Ivory was featured in the passing ( which he isn’t known for) 3/20 yards… a bonus for PPR leagues- RB Ivory had a nice 33yd TD run in the 2nd qtr- (the man has some wheels!)
• NYJ QB Fitzpatrick found WR B Marshall for a 2-point conversion that cut New York’s deficit to 14-10.
• NYJ defense was tough all night and recorded a safety (sack in the endzone)

BALT vs PHIL ( 17-40 )

• BALT QB Joe Flacco started with RB J Forsett at tailback- Flacco was 3/7 for 23 yards- RB Forsett carried the ball 5 times for 29 yards- he had 1 reception
• BALT QB M Schaub followed Flacco into the game with 10 minutes left in the 2nd qtr- neither Flacco nor Schaub produced any points
• BALT RB T Magee ( 5th on BALT’s RB depth chart ) had the bulk of the carries for BALT in this game- 11/ 44 yards- no TDs
• BALT’s TDs all came in the 4th qtr with QB back up B Renner
• BALT TE rookie Maxx Williams had 3 receptions for 25 yards

• PHIL  QB S Bradford started for the Eagles 3/5 for 35 yards and no TDs
• PHIL QB M Sanchez took over after Bradford- 14/20 for 118 yards – no TDs
• PHIL RBs De Murray- Ryan Mathews and D Sproles were all participants as starters in the 1st qtr- Mathews and Murray both had TD runs- Murray was featured as the goal line back.
• PHIL return specialist Kenjon Barner took a punt return to the house- 68 yards- Barner also returned a punt 92 yards for a touchdown in Preseason Week One
• PHIL WR N Agholor continued to impress catching 4 passes for 49 yards, most by Philly WRs in Preseason Week Two

NE vs N.O. ( 26-24 )

• NE QB Tom Brady  started with RB LeGarrett Blount- Brady played 3 series in the 1st qtr- all were 3 & outs resulting in punts- Brady was 2/5 for 13 yards
• NE QB J Garroppolo finished the game, as he did in Preseason Week One- obviously getting a lot of reps with Brady’s looming suspension- after starting out slow- Garroppolo finished completing 28 of 33 for 269 yards and 1 TD pass
• RB Blount played most of the 1st half, rotating with RB D Lewis who was used for the most part in NE passing game- although Lewis did have a TD run in the 3rd qtr- NE RBs could do little in this game as the Saints run DEF was outstanding
• NE only scored in the 1st half with 54 seconds left in it- a TD pass from Garroppolo to WR C Harper
• NE TE Gronk did not play

• NO  QB D Brees & company had their way with NE for the entire 1st half- Brees hit WR B Cooks- RB M Ingram and RB K Robinson easily and often
• NO RB M Ingram played the 1st half with Brees and back up QB McCown
• NO QB L McCown ( brother to CLEV’s new QB J McCown) came in following Brees and went 4/6 with 1 TD pass to rookie TE J Hill
• NO WRs starting this game were B Cooks- M Colston and B Coleman ( Saints coach Sean Payton singled out second-year WR Brandon Coleman as the player who’s impressed him most in training camp )
• NO TE Benjamin Watson started with the 1st string- and caught a 10 yard TD pass from Brees

OAK vs MINN ( 12-20 )

• OAK QB Carr started with RB Lat Murray- Carr played 3 series and went 4/8 for 78 yards – No TDs – No INTs
• OAK starting WRs were rookie Amari Cooper- Michael Crabtree and Kenbrell Thompkins ( former NE Pat)- Crabtree did not have a reception
• OAK starting WRs were rookie Amari Cooper- Michael Crabtree and Kenbrell Thompkins ( former NE Pat)- Crabtree did not have a reception
• OAK Latavius Murray had 4 carries for 20 yards and a 2 yd TD run- his TD run was set by a 40 yard reception by WR A Cooper from QB Carr
• QB C Ponder came in after Carr- working with RB T Richardson- WRs Seth Roberts, A Holmes and K Thompkins- RB Richardson was 5 carries for 5 yards

• MINN  QB Teddy Bridegwater started with RB McKinnon and WRs Charles Johnson, Mike Wallace and J Wright- Bridgewater’s passes were sailing high on him- TE Rudolph and WR Wallace missed catching a couple of them  ( QB Shaun Hill has had a strong preseason as Bridewater’s back up)
• MINN RB Peterson did not play
• MINN WR Ch Johnson was targeted often and ended the game  4/40 yards and an outstanding 10 TD reception in the back of the endzone
• MINN  TE K Rudolph started for the Vikings- 1/4 yards
• MINN K Blair Walsh continued his kicking struggles, missing a 35 FG attempt and an extra point- Walsh is 2/ 4 on FG s this preseason and was 26/35 in 2014

GB vs PITT ( 19-24 )

• GB QB A Rodgers started with RB Eddie lacy and WRs J Nelson and R Cobb
• GB QB A Rodgers went 4/5 for 57 yards- No TDs- No INTs- Rodgers was sacked in the endzone during the 1st qtr
• GB RB E Lacy was very productive on 6 carries- 30 yards  with a 7 yard TD run
• GB WR Jordy Nelson may be out for the season! Nelson landed awkwardly while trying to cut after making an 8-yard reception on Green Bay’s opening drive and it’s feared that he my have torn his ACL
• GB WR Davanta Adams now becomes the #2 Wr in Gb and a must add in every league

• PITT  QB Ben Roethlisberger had a stellar outing, going 11/14 for 100 yards and 1 TD pass ( to WR M Wheaton)
• PITT’s WRs were Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton  and Martavis Bryant- QB Ben Roethlisberger has been raving about Wheaton much of the preaseason
• PITT RB LeVeon Bell started and 6 carries for 16 yards- 2 receptions for 16 yards
• PITT Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey left with a left ankle injury in the first quarter and expected to miss 8 + weeks
• PITT new kicker G Hartley ( K Suisham Out for the Season) connected on a 46 FG

DEN vs HOU ( 10-14 )

• DEN QB Peyton Manning started 4 series for the Brncos and went 8/14 for 52 yards- NO TDs- No INTs- Manning will always be very accurate, but despite an off-season to rest, there lacks a “zip” to his passes. With Denver’s new emphasis on the running game with HC Kubiak, Manning may struggle in 2014 to be a top 10 QB
• DEN RB C J Anderson started with QB M and racked up 24 yards on 4 carries-
he left the game with an apparent leg injury- RB R Hillman had 8 carries for 54 yards after Anderson
• DEN WR Dem Thomas played for the 1st time this preseason- Manning targeted him often- TE Owen Daniels was another Manning favorite ( Daniels- 4 catches – 25 yards)
• DEN WR E Sanders did not play- Emmanuel Sanders has been sidelined the last 11 days with a hamstring injury.
• DEB QB B Osweiler took over in the 5th series ( 2nd qtr) and threw a nice 57 TD pass to WR A Caldwell- throwing the ball 60 yards looked effortless for Osweiler-

• HOU  QB R Mallett got the start and was not great- he couldn’t generate any offense- 5/7 for only 23 yards- No TDs- No INTs- he played 2 series
• HOU QB B Hoyer came in on the 3rd series and wasn’t great either- 7/11 for 32 yards- both QBs seemed content dropping short passes off to RBs, although Hoyer did try a few time s to get the ball to TE G Graham- HC O’Brien is doing his best CLEV HC Pettine impression and won’t name a starter going into Pre Week 3
• HOU RB A Blue started this game-4 for 10 yards- he was followed by RB Grimes- Grimes added some spark to the offense
• HOU rookie WR J Strong didn’t come into the game until the 3rd qtr
• HOU WR N Washington ( former Titan) is making a strong case as HOU’s #3 WR

DAL vs SF ( 6-23 )

• DAL QB T Romo got his 1st Preseason action, but Romo’s day was done after one three-and-out series then Dallas turned to QB B Weeden who left with a possible head injury- Dallas did not core any points until a TD pass from back up late in the 4th qtr
• DAL RB D McFadden started this game in from of RB Randle, and had 7 TOTAL yards rushing and receiving- DMC stands for “Draft McFadden Cataclysmic”- RB J Randle started the 3rd series
• DAL WRs T Williams and Devin Street- WR Dez did not play
• DAL RB Gus Johnson sustained a shoulder injury preseason Week 1, but played in this game – 3 carries for 24 yards
• DAL RB L Dunbar only came in on 3rd downs- 2 receptions- 3 yards

• SF QB C Kaep started with 1st stringer RB C Hyde- WRs A Boldin, Torrey Smith and TE Vernon Davis- only RB C Hyde recorded a reception
• SF offense showed many new looks including running RB Hyde out of the i-formation with full back Bruce Miller ( and TE V Davis even helped as fullback on a play)
• SF WRs Boldin and T Smith were both targeted in the redzone/endzone by QB C Kaep, but both attempts failed- SF FG
• SF QB B Gabbert came in after QB Kaep- 6/6 for only 21 yards- RB M Davis was featured as the running back w/ Gabbert ( Davis 8 carries for 34 yards)
• SF RB Reggie B did not play….again

CINN vs TB ( 11-25 )

• CINN A Dalton played 6 series vs TB and zero points- Reminiscent of Dalton’s horrific game last year ( Week 10 vs Cleveland- 10/33 for 86 yards and 3 INTs)- Dalton couldn’t get anything going- one INT ( not his fault- AJ Green let it going thru his hands)- went for a DEF TD- Dalton’s 2nd INT was just bad
• CINN RB J Hill started with Dalton but he couldn’t get going witht eh offesne goig “3 and out” on the 1st 3 series- Hill had a costly fumble- RB Gio B was used in punt returns again
• CINN WRs starting were AJ Green- M Sanu and Marvin Jones ( Jones was targeted once in this game- zero catches and his ADP is too high
• CIN  offense generated 17 total yards in the 1st half
• CIN QB A J McCarron finally saw action- 11/15 for 97 yards- no TDs

• TB rookie QB J Winston started with RB Doug Martin- Wrs Mike Evans and V Jackson- TE A Seferian- Jenkins
• TB had a strong 1st series- most of it was RB Doug Martin finding holes in the ST L run defense- at the 1 yards line Winston bootlegged around right side for TD run- This one series will have QB Winston and RB D martin drafted higher than they should be- Winston sustained a twisted ankle but seemed OK on sidelines
• TB WR E M Evans was targeted twice- one a deep pass that Winston over threw- Evans had zero receptions- WR V Jackson was targeted a couple times by Winston- 1 REC-16 yrds- Mike Evans exited the Bucs’ second preseason game Monday night with a strained hamstring
• TB QB M Glennon followed Winston into the game- faired well- 10/15 and a nice TD 22 lob to WR R Shepard

JACK vs NYG ( 12-22 )  Game of FGs

• JACK QB B Bortles started, and like Preseason Week One, Bortles did a nice job of spreading the ball around, although his go-to-guy is clearly 6’3″ WR Allen Robinson- Bortles- Bortles, who was 11 of 15 in a preseason opener, hit 8 of 16 passes for 98 yards
• JACK RB Den Robinson stared with QB Bortles- RB Yeldon did not play- Jaguars HC Gus Bradley said rookie RB T.J. Yeldon will work with the first-team offense in the team’s third preseason game
• JACK starting WRs were Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns
• JACK TE Julius Thomas did not play
• JACK offense with the starters produced 3 FGs

• NYG QB Eli Manning started with RB Rashad Jennings and WRs Odell Beckham and Preston Parker- over-rated WR Rueban Randle did not play which is frustrating HC Coughlin
• NYG RB R Jennings started, but did not have his 1st touch until 8 minutes left in the 2nd qtr- RB A Williams and Sh Vereen were rotated in often- a RBBC for certain
• NYG WR O Beckham was targeted 6 times by QB E Manning in the 1st 3 series but had no catches and one red-zone drop- Eli isn’t sharp
• NYG J Brown ended the day with 5 FGs
• NYG QB R Nassib finished the game after Eli Manning- 19/35 for 217 and 1 TD pass early in the 4th qtr

MIA vs CAR ( 30–31)

• MIA QB R Tannehill started and put on a Tannehill performance- very efficient- completing 12 of 15 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown to 2nd yr RB Damien Williams- Williams scored twice for the Dolphins- 1yd TD run and 11 yard TD pass
• MIA RB L Miller got the start but was used sparingly- 3 for 5 yards
• MIA WR J Landry started along with Kenny Stills and R Matthews- Landry was/is Tannehill’s primary target- TE J Cameron also started- 1 catch for o yards
• MIA offense has so many weapons ( 14 players had a reception for Miami in this game) that most won’t ever get a chance to be fantasy stars- except L Miller- J Landry and possibly TE J Cameron

• CAR QB Cam Newton started struggled without WR Kelvin Benjamin ( Out for the Season) and temporarily without rookie WR D Funchess who did not play
• CAR RB Jon Stewart started with QB Newton and had 2 carries for 2 yards- Stewart was targeted once by Newton- incomplete
• CAR starting WRs were Corey Brown, Ted Gin Jr and TE Greg Olsen- Corey Brown was targeted 3 times by Newton- all incomplete- TE G Olsen ended this contest with 3 receptions for 27 yards- Olsen will be featured more in this offense with KB out, but defenses will game plan more for him as well- CAR loss of KB is bigge than GB’s loss of WR J Nelson
• CAR 5th-round RB rookie RB Cameron Artis-Payne was the No. 2 back through after Stewart and had four carries for 33 yards in Carolina’s second preseason game. Artis-Payne should be owned as a handcuff to injury-prone Jonathan Stewart
• CAR K G Gano went 3/3 FGs …all in the 2nd qtr- it will be interesting to see if CAR ends up kicking more FGs this year due to a struggling offense

STL vs TENN ( 14-27 )

• STL QB N Foles started and did not look comfortable all night, probably due to not enough reps in real action- I still like him fantasy-wise this year, but he’s going to have to do better than 3/7 for 18 yards and 1 INT- ( TENN DEF TD)
• STL RB T Gurley did not play- RB Tre Mason got the start 3 for 6 yards- the first string team did not score at all- RB B Cunningham was rotated in with Mason every other series- something HC Fisher …unfortunately… has been a lot of
• STL WRs starting were K Britt, T Austin and TE Jared Cook- I did not see T Austin targeted even one time by QB Foles and he did not have a reception- K Britt had 2 passes from Foles- 2 for 15 yards
• STL C Keenum came in for Foles in the 3rd qtr and hit WR C Givens on a 80 deep TD pass

• TENN QB M Mariota started and looked better than I thought he would- He started nder center occasionally and hit a roll out pass to TE C Stevens for 35 yards- Mariota seems to have a nice rapport with WR K Wright
• TENN RB B Sankey started and had a productive outing- 6 carries for 45 yards- I still wouldn’t get excited about him
• TENN WRs for Mariota were K Wright, J Hunter and Harry Douglas-TE Del Walker (thumb) did not play
• TENN M Mariota would have had a TD pass to RB McCluster but McCluster simply dropped it
• TENN QB Z Mettenberger came in the 2nd qtr- he hit WR H Nicks for a 40 yard catch & run ( Nicks only reception- he has little/no fantasy value)

CHI vs IND ( 23-11 )

• CHI QB Jay Cutler started and led Chicago to three first-half field goals- he went 8/9 for 69 yards- No TDs- No INTs- Cutler played 4 series- The Bears have won their first two preseason games under new coach John Fox
• CHI RB M Forte began the game w/ QB Cutler and played quite a bit- 8 carries for 24 yards- 1 reception for 12 yards- his clear back up is RB Jacquizz Rodgers ( former Falcon)- 9 carries- 34 yards
• CHI WRs with Culter were Eddie Royal and Mar Wilson- Alshon Jeffery did not play- Cutler targeted Wilson early
• CHI QB J Clausen came in after Cutler

• IND QB Luck started with WRs T Y Hilton and Andre Johnson- Johnson has immediately gone into the starting line up opposite Hilton- Luck-5/9 for 71 yards- No TDs- No INTs- Luck had a 5yd TD run in the 2nd qtr
• IND RB Frank Gore started but only had 2 carries- 10 yards- RB Dan “Boom” Herron came in for Gore and ran 5 times- 16 yards
• IND WR T Y Hilton dropped an easy slant pass from Luck, but redeemed himself with a 45 yard catch early in the 2 qtr whci set up luck’s TD run
• IND first-round draft pick WR Philip Dorsett had the most receptions for IND WRs but left in the third quarter with an injured right knee

SD vs ARI ( 22-19 )

• SD QB Rivers did not play- QB K Clemens started this game and played the entire first half- the first 4 drives ended with punts
• SD RB Melvin Gordon did not play- Gordon missed this game due to an ankle issue – He is expected to get “ample” carries in Saturday’s Preseason Week 3 game against the Seahawks
• SD RB D Woodhead got the start- 3 carries for 5 yards- no receptions- RB B Oliver had a 3 yard TD run in the 2nd qtr, which was set up by a SD INT from back up ARI QB D Stanton
• SD Starting WRs were Keenen Allen and M Floyd with TE A Gates- Gates had 1 reception for 9 yards and is suspended for the first 4games of the reg. season

• ARI QB C Palmer started and played less than one quarter going 3/7 for 88 yards and had a 17-yard TD pass to WR John Brown
• ARI RB A Ellington started with QB Palmer- he had 2 carries for 12 yards RB David Johnson got most of the RB work in this game-
• ARI RB rookie David Johnson got most of the RB work in this game- the 4th round pick ( who had been out most of training camp with a hamstring injury) rushed for 66 yards in 13 carries in his NFL debut
• ARI WR John brown was the go-to-guy in this game and is a favorite target of QB Palmer and should put up solid fantasy stats in 2015
• ARI WR L Fitz was not targeted by QB Palmer but did have a 5 yard completed pass from back up QB Stanton

More reviews to come as games are played

Utter-Fantasy’s Preseason Week One Review- Week One Review

All scores can be seen at this link- PRESEASON WEEK 2 SCORES

2015 Running Back Rankings

2015 Running Back Rankings

1. Marshawn Lynch SEA
2. Eddie Lacy GB
3. Jamal Charles KC
4. LeVeon Bell PITT- suspended 2 games
5. Matt Forte CHI
6. Adrian Peterson MINN
7. C J Anderson DEN
8. Mark Ingram NO
9. Jeremy Hill CINN
10. Justin Forsett BALT
11. Frank Gore IND
12. Carlos Hyde SF
13. LeSean McCoy BUFF
14. Lamar Miller MIA
15. DeMarco Murray PHIL
16. Melvin Gordon SD – rookie
17. Alfred Morris WASH
18. LeGarrett Blount NE
19. Joseph Randle DAL
20. Latavius Murray OAK
21. Andre Ellington ARI
22. Joique Bell DET- injured
23. Chris Ivory NYJ
24. Jonathan Stewart CAR
25. Isaiah Crowell CLEV
26. Rashard Jennings NYG
27. Doug Martin TB
28. Ameer Abdullah DET
29. Gio Bernard CINN
30. T J Yeldon JACK- rookie
31. Todd Gurley ST L
32. Tevin Coleman ATL- rookie
33. Alfred Blue HOU- May be the starter in Houston
34. DeAngelo Williams PITT
35. Tre Mason ST L
36. Andre Williams NYG
37. Davonta Freeman ATL
38. Danny Woodhead SD
39. C J Spiller NO
40. Ryan Mathews PHIL
41. Shane Vereen NYG
42. Denard Robinson JACK
43. David Johnson ARI
44. Fred Jackson BUFF
45. Darren Sproles PHIL
46. James Starks GB
47. Bishop Sankey TENN
48. Knile Davis KC
49. Reggie Bush SF
50. Chris Johnson ARI
51. Montee Ball DEN
52. Benny Cunningham ST L
53. Terrance West CLEV
54. Duke Johnson CLEV- injury hammy
55. Jacquizz Rodgers CHI
56. Charlie Sims
57. Roy Helu OAK
59. Robert Turbin SEA
59. Jerick McKinnon MINN
60. Lorenzo Taliferro BALT
62. Chris Johnson- ARI
63. Arian Foster HOU- Out 8 weeks of reg. season
64. Theo Riddick DET
65. Branden Oliver SD
64. Dan Herron IND
66. Zac Stacy ST L
67. Toby Gerhart JACK
68. Jeremy Langford CHI
69. James White NE
70. Jay Ajayi- MIA- broken ribs sustained Pre Wk 4
71. Darren McFadden DAL
72. Khiry Robinson NO
73. Kerwynn Williams ARI
74. Daniel Thomas CHI
75. Brandon Bolden NE
76. Bryce Brown BUFF
77. Bernard Pierce JACK
78. Deon Lewis NE
79. Anthony Dixon BUFF
80. Marcel Reece OAK
81. Chris Polk HOU
82. Travaris Cadet NE
83. Matt Asiata
84. Donald Brown SD
85. Knowshon Moreno- unsigned free agent
86. Trent Richardson- released by OAK
87. Steven Jackson- unsigned free agent
88. Shonne Greene- unsigned free agent
89. Pierre Thomas-unsigned free agent
90. BenJarvus Green-Ellis-unsigned free agent

 

 

•Utter-Fantasy’s Preliminary 2015 Quarterback Rankings
•Utter-Fantasy’s Preliminary 2015 Wide Receiver Rankings
•Utter-Fantasy’s Preliminary 2015 Tight End Rankings
•Utter-Fantasy’s Preliminary 2015 Defense Rankings

2015 Wide Receiver Rankings

2015  Wide Receiver Rankings

1. Antonio Brown – Steelers
2. Odell Beckham Jr – Giants
3. Dez Bryant – Cowboys
4. Julio Jones – Falcons
5. Demaryius Thomas – Broncos
6. A J Green – Bengals
7. Randall Cobb – Packers
8. Calvin Johnson – Lions
9. Brandon Cooks- Saints
10. T Y Hilton – Colts
11. Alshon Jeffery – Bears
12. Jordan Matthews- Eagles
13. DeAndre Hopkins- Texans
14. Golden Tate – Lions
15. Mike Evans – Bucs
16. Emmanuel Sanders – Broncos
17. Davante Adams – Packers
18. Charles Johnson – Vikings
19. Jarvis Landry- Dolphins
20. Steve Smith Sr – Ravens
21.John Brown – Cardinals
22. Amari Cooper – Oakland Rookie
23. Jeremy Maclin- Chiefs
24. Sammy Watkins- Buffalo
25. DeSean Jackson WASH
26. Torrey Smith – 49ers
27. Devin Funchess – Carolina Rookie
28. Markus Wheaton – Steelers
29. Andre Johnson- Colts
30. Julian Edelman- Patriots
31. Nelson Agholor – Rookie Eagles
32. Keenan Allen – Chargers
33. Pierre Garcon – Washington
34. Marques Colston – Saints
35. Michael Floyd- Cardinals- Likely out Week 1
36. Vincent Jackson- Bucs
37. Terrance Williams – Cowboys
38. Malcolm Floyd – Chargers
39. Anquan Boldin – 49ers
40. Martavius Bryant- Steelers- 4 game suspension
41. Eric Decker – Jets
42. Roddy White – Falcons
43. Mike Wallace – Vikings
44. Eddie Royal – Bears
45. Victor Cruz – Giants- Likely will not play Week 1
46. Kendall Wright – Titans
47. Larry Fitzgerald – Cardinals
48. Doug Baldwin- Seahawks
49. Marvin Jones – Bengal
50. Breshad Perriman – Rookie Baltimore- Likely will not play Week 1
51. Brandon LaFell – Patriots
52. Cecil Shorts – Texans
53. Danny Amendola – Patriots
54. Michael Crabtree – Raiders
55. Leonard Hankerson – Falcons
56. Dwayne Bowe – Browns
57. Mohamed Sanu – Bengals
58. Brian Hartline – Browns
59. T Y Montgomery- Packers
60. Kenny Britt – Rams
61. Jermaine Kearse – Seahawks (injured)
62. Allen Hurns – Jaguars
63. Jericho Cotchery- Panthers
64. Rueban Randle – Giants
65.  Jeff Janis – Packers
66. Chris Givens – Rams
67. Greg Jennings- Dolphins
68. James Jones- NYG
69. Marguess Wilson – Bears
70. Donte Moncrief – Colts
71. Stevie Johnson – Chargers
72. Nate Washington – Texans
73. Cody Latimer – Broncos
74. Cole Beasley – Cowboys
75. Percy Harvin – Buffalo
76. Kenny Stills – Dolphins
77. Jaelen Strong – Rookie Houston
78. Reggie Wayne- New England
79. Brian Quick – Rams
80. Harry Douglas – Titans
81. Sammie Coates – Rookie Steelers
82. Ted Ginn Jr- Panthers
83. DeVante Parker – Rookie Miami
84. Dorial Green-Beckham – Rookie Tennessee
85. Riley Cooper – Eagles
86. Robert Woods – Buffalo
87. Andre Holmes – Raiders
88. Jarrett Boykin – Panthers
89. Jeremy Kerley – Jets
90. Nick Toon – Saints
91. Cordarrelle Patterson – Vikings
92. Andrew Hawkins – Browns
93. Corey Brown – Panthers
94. Stedman Bailey – Rams
95. Andre Caldwell – Broncos
96. Brandon Lloyd – 49ers
97. Josh Huff – Eagles
98. Jacoby Jones – Chargers
99. Aaron Dobson – Patriots
100. Marquise Goodwin – Buffalo
101. Denarius Moore – Bengals
102. Andre Roberts – Washington
103. Paul Richardson – Seahawks-(injured)
104. Rod Streater – Raiders
105. Justin Blackmon – Jaguars
106. James Wright – Bengals
107. Taylor Gabriel – Browns
108. Devin Smith – Rookie Jets-(injured)
109. Robert Herron – Bucs
110. Santana Moss- Free Agent
111. Wes Welker- Free Agent

112. Donnie Avery- Free Agent

 

•Utter-Fantasy’s Preliminary 2015 Quarterback Rankings
• Utter-Fantasy’s Preliminary 2015 Running Back Rankings
•Utter-Fantasy’s Preliminary 2015 Tight End Rankings
•Utter-Fantasy’s Preliminary 2015 Defense Rankings

The Trent Richardson Bust

The Trent Richardson Bust By Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

No, I don’t think Trent is going to Canton. It’s called “Illustrated Sarcasm”.

A 1st Round draft pick by the Cleveland Browns in 2012, the 3rd overall pick to be exact. The Brown’s brilliantly selected Brandon Weeden with their next valuable ( and wasted) pick also in Round One. I’ll actually admit to drafting him early that fantasy season, when he went to Cleveland. Backs from Alabama usually do well in the NFL, so I wasn’t alone in that fantasy fiasco.

Well, we know how it turned out in Cleveland, or rather, how it didn’t, and for some reason Richardson stayed employed with a trade to Indianapolis. The Colts gave up their 2014 1st Round draft pick to get Richardson.

Well, we know how it turned out in Indianapolis, or rather, how it didn’t, and for some reason Richardson stayed employed when on March 17, 2015, Richardson signed a two-year, $3.9 million contract with the Oakland Raiders.

Well, if you haven’t heard how it that out in Oakland, or rather, how it didn’t, the Raiders placed RB Trent Richardson on the active/NFI list. No explanation has been given yet, but we should get details soon. It seems likely Richardson failed to pass his conditioning test.

Well, what do you want to bet that some team picks him up this month? This guy is like a cat with 9 lives, and I do not understand what Cleveland saw, ( at least not for a 1st round- 3rd overall pick), I do not see what Indianapolis saw, I do not see what Oakland saw, but I do know what I saw- a career 3.3 rushing average and 17 rushing TDs in 4 years!

 

Shuffle Up and Draft

Shuffle Up and Draft by Utter-Fantasy Writer and Illustrator Doug “the Vet” Bowles

On May 8th, 2014, New York City will again host the NFL Draft where all teams will buy in and come to the table ready (and hoping) to hit the jackpot as they select their favorite NFL prospects.

* For the record, I want to say that a couple thousand hands ago, I was a cub scout, and later a boy scout. In college I was a beaver scout, and in 1994 I saw a movie called The Scout (which was like someone calling my queen high, crap hand fluff…it sucked) I am NOT an NFL scout nor do I do consider myself an NFL scout. Not “sort of” an NFL scout, not remotely an NFL scout. Not an NFL scout! All I am is a professional football enthusiast, who has an opinion, no more valid than your own.

That being said, as far as fantasy football goes, I have to say I am folding on this 2014 class of QBs coming out of college….but…I am “All In” on this 2014 class of wide receivers.

(Perhaps a team will catch a card on the river with one of the 2014 QB prospects, but I think you’re probably drawing dead. If I am on the big blind and have to play, I think the best starting hand is with Derek Carr. He’s fourth on most scout’s lists, but I like him at the top, with Blake Bortles. Carr is a decent 6-2 and 215 pounds, he has great accuracy and do not under-estimate the advantage he has being mentored by his older brother David Carr. With some of the others, I don’t like the accuracy problems, and I am just not a believer in small, scrambling QBs who come with a circus. Names like B Weeden, B Gabbert, B Quinn, J Russell, M Leinart and V Young remind GMs and head coaches that it’s already risky to gamble your first round pick on a QB in any year, because the odds of them panning out, is the same as a red or black card coming up…..50-50.)

This group of wide receivers on the other hand, are the real deal.…
Clemson’s Sammy Watkins is another NFL ready WR like Julio Jones and A J Green were, and I am “All In ” on this guy pre-flop. He’s 6-1, 200 pounds, very fast and here’s the kicker, he’s smart. (I know the Detroit Lions have made some bad sucker bets in the past on first round wide receivers…i.e. Charles Rogers 2003, Roy Williams 2004, and Mike Williams 2005…but if you are a Lions fan like I am, wouldn’t you love to see this guy opposite Calvin Johnson!)

The other wide receivers I’m betting heavy on are…( and you should as well )

Texas A & M Mike Evans (Height 6-5 Weight 225 and Project 40 time 4.55)
Florida State Kelvin Benjamin (Height 6-5 Weight 234 and Project 40 time 4.55)
LSU Odell Beckham (Height 6-0 Weight 225 and Project 40 time 4.40)
USC Marquise Lee (Height 6-0 Weight 190 and Project 40 time 4.40)
Vanderbilt Jordan Matthews (Height 6-3 Weight 212 and Project 40 time 4.46)

As for the RBs in this year’s draft, I would have no problem check-raising with…

Ohio State’s Carlos Hyde (Height 5-11 Weight 230 and Project 40 time 4.66)
LSU Jeremy Hill (Height 6-0 Weight 233 and Project 40 time 4.66)
They are big, fast and would help a weak hand like Oakland or Tennessee right away.

Houston has the first pick this year, and trading away Matt Schaub may be a “tell” that Houston is looking at the draft for a franchise QB, and that Oakland isn’t!

Update 4/22/2014:

Earlier we wrote, “That being said, as far as fantasy football goes, I have to say I am folding on this 2014 class of QBs coming out of college”…but I am “All In” on this 2014 class of wide receivers. In the past few weeks, the 2014 class of QBs are spiraling out of the 1st round even, proving that:

1) No team is likely willing to risk an early 1st round pick on any of them.
2) That teams are taking a lesson from Seattle, who took Russell Wilson in the 3rd round of the 2013 draft and won a Super Bowl with him. They are willing to wait.

I hereby, and happily, remove any and all QBs from my top 10. Bump up Mack, and after that, it’s just quality picks, and there are good ones in the first round.

Utter-Fantasy Buffalo Wing Recipe

Utter-Fantasy Buffalo Wing Recipe by Utter-Fantasy writer & illustrator & chef Doug Bowles

Ingredients
Chicken wings (usually one pound per person)
Franks RedHot Original Hot Sauce-Lg 23 oz bottle
Chili Powder
Butter Salt Seasoning
Pepper
Celery AND carrots
Marie’s Chunky Bleu Cheese Dressing
Directions for Wings
(Do not skip any of these steps, for the best wings you’ve ever had.)
I use a Fry Daddy. Fill to mark inside with vegetable oil and let it get hot.
Cut wings at joints (Wing tips can be saved for making stock.)
Don’t over-crowd the Cooker. A medium-sized Fry Daddy should cook about 10 wing pieces at a time.
They will turn golden brown and float when cooked.
Remove from fryer and pat dry with paper towels.
Put cooked wings in Refrigerator, as you go. (You want them cool when coating with hot sauce.)
Continue frying until all wings are cooked.
Let ALL wings cool in Refrigerator for at least 15 minutes. (This let’s the wing grab the sauce, instead of melting it off, which it does when hot.)
Directions for Sauce
•    While wings are cooling, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
•    Put entire bottle of Franks RedHot Original Hot Sauce in a medium mixing bowl.
•    Add 1 tablespoon Chili Powder.
•    Add 1 tablespoon Butter Salt Seasoning.
•    Add 1 tablespoon Pepper.
•    Wisk together.
Putting it all Together
Take cooled wing pieces, dunk into sauce and place on cookie sheets (More than one cookie sheet may be required.)
Do not let the wings touch each other. Keep them an inch apart on pan if possible.
When all wings are coated and placed on cookie sheets, place in preheated oven.
Bake for 35-45 minutes. The wings should be caramelized and dry, as well as the excess sauce on bottom of pans. – (dry)
You may need to rotate pans on oven racks half way thru, to bake all wings evenly.
Remove from oven, scoop hot with spatula, dunk in Marie’s Chunky Bleu Cheese Dressing and ENJOY!