NFL Preseason Week 3 Review 2016

NFL Preseason Week 3 Review 2016 by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Well my fellow fantasy football fanatics…If you missed any of the NFL Preseason Week 1 games, you are in luck. I did not. Here is a review of all the games, with the information you need to know about the action from Preseason Week 3, that Utter-Fantasy hopes you find useful and helpful.

 

THURS AUG 25

 

ATL @ MIA  (6-17)

• ATL QB Matt Ryan hasn’t moved this offense very well in the preseason- 12/22 and 1 INT
• ATL QB Matt Schaub is a decent #2-   10/11 for 109 yds
• ATL RB D Freeman and T Coleman have split carries all preseason
• ATL WR A Robinson seems like a better fit and more explosive for this Falcon offense
• ATL WR M Sanu could get 80-90+ targets this season
• ATL TEs likely not a big part of the offense in 2016

• MIA QB QB Ryan Tannehill was 20/29 for 155 yards- 0 TDs and he loves throwing to WR Kenny Stills- QB Dysert started the 2nd half
• MIA RB Arian Foster had a 2-yard touchdown run in the Miami Dolphins’ win over the Atlanta Falcons
• MIA RB J Ajayi went 7 carries for 11 yards- I will not be drafting him
• MIA WRs DeVante Parker has been a disappointment so far and is frustrating HC Gase
• MIA WR Kenny Still was reported injured but consider him day to day. Stills should be fine for Week 1
• MIA DEF looks very good

 

DAL @ SEA (17-27)

• DAL QB Tony Romo is the news in this game- Injured back and out for at least half the season
• DAL rookie QB Dak Prescott looks more impressive every week. Prescott playing against most of Seattle’s starting defense, 17/ 23 for 116 yards, including a 17-yard TD pass that Jason Witten
• DAL RB Zeke Elliott saw his 1st preseason action. 7/48 yds
• DAL RB Alfred Morris seemingly has the 2nd RB – RB D McFadden has yet to play in the preseason
• DAL WRs Dez Bryant sat out with concussion symptoms but he should be fully healthy well before Week
• DAL WRs T Williams and Cole Beasley started
• DAL WR Rodney Smith had a TD reception in the 4th qtr from QB J Showers

• SEA QB Russell Wilson finished 16 of 21 for 192 yards- 2 TDs
• SEA No. 1 offense played into the second half, scoring on four of its final five possessions
• SEA RB Christine Michael averaged 8.3 yards per carry as Seattle got its running game going in the 2nd half
• SEA RB Thomas Rawls did not play in the 3rd preseason game, but should play in the season opener
• SEA WRs Baldwin, Lockett and Kearse all started- Lockett- 3/41 and 1 TD
• SEA TE L Willson started- TE J Graham DNP

 

FRI AUG 26

 

NE @ CAR (19-17)

• NE QB T Brady saw his 1st preseason action- throwing a 33-yard touchdown pass to WR Chris Hogan
• NE QB J Garoppolo started 2nd half with RB L Blount
• NE RB T Gaffney 9 carries for 35 yards
• NE O-Line looks good, which is great for QB Garoppolo and the running game
• NE WRs starting were C Hogan, A Dobson and TE M Bennett
• NE DEF shut down the league’s highest-scoring offense from a year ago
• NE TE Gronk DNP- zero chemistry with Garoppolo  so far

• CAR QB Cam Newton started and struggled badly- Newton was intercepted twice- very sloppy game for CAR offense
• CAR RB Jon Stewart 3/ 23 yards
• CAR RB C Artis-Payne saw the most action at tailback- 9 carries for 28 yards
• CAR RB F Whitaker was banged up in this game
• CAR TE G Olsen did not play
• CAR WRs K Benjamin, D Funchess and T Ginn all started
• CAR scored no points 1st half-  9-0 NE at half

 

BUFF @ WASH (16-21)

• BUFF QB Tyrod Taylor Tyrod Taylor played only two series, going 2 of 5 for 11 yards before being replaced by E.J. Manuel
• BUFF QB EJ Manuel played rest of 1st half- with RB J Williams- 11/ 42 yds and 1 TD
• BUFF TE Ch Clay started with WR Sammy Watkins and R Woods
• BUFF WR Sammy Watkins finished the Bills’ third preseason game without a catch
• BUFF QB Cardale Jones DNP
• BUFF offense only had 3 Dan Carpenter FGs in 1st half

• WASH QB K Cousin started and looked great- 12/23 and 3 TD passes
• WASH QB C McCoy started 2nd half
• WASH RB Matt Jones and Chris Thompson DNP- RB R Kelley started
• WASH WRs P, Garcon and receiver Ryan Grant each caught a touchdown pass from Cousins, along with TE J Reed ( 2/ 28 yds and 1 TD)
• WASH TE V Davis was with the 1st team, and finally had a few receptions
• WASH offense went scoreless in the 2nd half

 

PITT @ N.O. (27-14)

• PITT QB  Ben Roethlisberger- two TD passes on his first two series of this preseason, then got the rest of the game off – QB Landry Jones took over…19/22 and 1 TD pass to WR Sammie Coates
• PITT RB Le’Veon Bell also made his preseason debut, 3 carries for 21 yds and 5 receptions
• PITT RB D Richardson once again had a productive preseason game
• PITT WRs starting were Antonio Brown, D Heyward-Bey, Sammie Coates and Wheaton
• PITT TE Jesse James caught the 1st Roethlisberger TD ( 5 yards)

• NO QB D Brees started struggles- completing 9 of 12 passes, but for only 78 yards  – followed by QB L McCown and Grayson
• NO RB Mark Ingram started but T Hightower had the most carries in this game- 8/ 27 yards. RBs Ingram, Hightower, Cadet, Spiller and Kuhn all had touches- Spiller used on kick off
• NO WRs starting were W Snead, B Cooks and M Thomas
• NO QB Brees connected with newly acquired tight end Coby Fleener for 26 yards
• N.O. starting left tackle Terron Armstead left the field unexpectedly in the first half
• NO O-Line is already bad- Saints have dropped all three preseason games

 

CLEV @ TB (13-30)

• CLEV QB RG11 started played very well…Griffin completed 8 of 14 passes for 119 yards, one TD and no interceptions
• CLEV RB I Crowell started with 1st team and went 8/ 39 yards
• CLEV starting wide outs were A Hawkins and J Gordon with TE G Barnidge
• CLEV WR Josh Gordon already putting up highlights- 43 TD reception from RG3
• CLEV WR WR Terrelle Pryor took a back seat in Preseason Week 3
• CLEV rookie WR C Coleman used on punt return
• CLEV TE G Barnidge only 2 catches ( TD in Pre Week 2)

• TB QB Jameis Winston started and threw for 259 yards and two touchdowns in one half of work
• TB RB Doug Martin started – RB Ch Sims had had a 3 yard TD reception from QB J Winston
• TB WRs starting were Mike Evans, V Jackson and TE A. Seferian-Jenkins
• TB WR Mike Evans had a 34 yd TD reception in 2nd qtr ( 5/ 115 yds and 1 TD)
• TB WR A Humphries was used on punt return and had 2 receptions in passing game

 

GB @ SF (21-10)

• GB QB A Rodgers started and threw a touchdown pass to WR Randall Cobb in the Green Bay Packers’ 21-10 victory
• GB QB J Callahan played most of this game and was surprisingly effective
• GB RB E Lacy looked sharp- 7 carries for 45 yards- RB J Starks had 7 carries as well
• GB WR Jordy Nelson DNP but (knee) participated in his first full practice of Packers camp on Aug 29th
• GB WR J Abbrederis had a 3rd qtr TD reception from QB Callahan-  GB TE Jared Cook played into the 2nd qtr
• GB WR D Adams dropped what would have been a TD pass in endzone

• SF QB Blaine Gabbert started but only threw 3 passes – 2 completions
• SF QB K Colin Kaepernick was rusty and inaccurate-he completed 2 of 6 passes and generated one first down on three drives.
• SF RB Carlos Hyde started and had 4 carries for 30 nice yards
• SF RB Mike Davis was 2nd RB in game for 49ers, and fumbled to start 2nd half
• SF WRs starting were  Q Patton, Bruce Ellington and Torrey Smith. WR T Smith has played 3 preseason games and has yet to catch a pass
• SF WR Bruce Ellington was placed on injured reserve with a torn hamstring, ending his season

 

SAT AUG 27

 

KC @ CHI (23-7)

• KC QB Alex Smith stared and led three scoring drives in the first half -20 of 30 passes for 181 yards
• KC QB Nick Foles was 2nd quarterback into game- ( how many NFL teams are now wishing he was still available??!!)
• KC RB J Charles did not play – RB Spencer Ware started (9/ 24 yds and 1 TD)- Ware has a TD run in 3 straight preseason games
• KC WRS J Maclin, Chris Conley, and Albert Wilson started in 1st series 3 WR sets
• KC WR Maclin 5/ 44 yds….(1st presseason game without a TD reception)
• KC TE T Kelce play this game, as did TE Harris

• CHI QB J Cutler played into the third quarter and completed 6 of 15 passes for 45 yards.
• CHI QB B Hoyer came in 2nd half
• CHI RB Jeremy Langford stared but offense stagnant. ( 6 carries/ 18 yds)
• CHI WR Alshon Jeffery had two catches for 18 yards and dropped a wide-open pass in the second quarter that could have led to a big gain. Kevin White had another quiet performance…just one 3 yd catch
• CHI offense shut out 1st half
• CHI offense only produced one late 4th qtr TD ( WR C Meredith 16 yd. pass from QB C Shaw )
• CHICAGO has lost all 3 preseason games

 

DET @ BALT (9-30)

• DET QB Matthew Stafford played the 1st half for Detroit -completing 14/ 23 passes for 95 yards. He threw an INT and did not produce a touchdown
• DET RB Ameer Abdullah started- 4 carries / 16 yards
• DET running back situation is one to avoid
• DET WRs starting were Golden Tate, Marvin Jones, A Bolden
• DET offense only produced 3 M Prater FGs ( one from 60 yards out)
• DET TE Cole Wick again started- TE Eric Ebron did not play

• BALT QB Joe Flacco went 11 for 16 for 94 yards in his first action since November 2015
• BALT RB J Forsett started and had 5 carries for 11 yards. RB Buck Allen also saew action in 1st qtr
• BALT RB Terrance West had 7 carries for 43 yards in Baltimore’s third preseason game. West played behind Justin Forsett and Kenneth Dixon ( Dixon now dealing with a knee injury, West could be #2 RB)
• BALT WRs starting were Kamar Aiken and M Wallace. WR Mike Wallace was used on kick off return. WR Kamar Aiken should be owned in more fantasy football leagues!
• BALT TEs were Gillmore and B Watson- TE Benjamin Watson unfortunately had a season-ending injury during this game
• BALT Linebacker Terrell Suggs also returned for the Ravens

 

PHIL @ IND  (33-23)

• PHIL QB S Bradford-17/ 20 for 167 yards with 2 TD passes and 1 INT. He played into the 3rd qtr and led the Eagles to scores on 4/6 possessions
• PHIL QB Carson Wentz missing a second straight game because of fractured ribs
• PHIL RB Ryan Mathews 3 carries for 31 yards
• PHIL RB Kenjon Barner and B Marshall 16 carries total
• PHIL WR D Green-Beckham was targeted twice in endzone with one for TD
• HIL WRs starting were C Givens, J Huff, N Agholor- C Givens has since been released
• PHIL TEs Z Ertz and B Celek both played in Preseason Week 3

• IND QB Andrew Luck saw his 2nd preseason action- 13 of 18 for 134 yards
• IND offense only produced 1 FG in 1st half
• IND RB F Gore finally saw some action- very limited- 4 carries for 6 yards
• IND RB R Turbin played in 2nd qtr
• IND TE D Allen was held without a catch
• IND WRs starting were TY Hilton, D Moncrief and P Dorsett
• IND DEF had an INT- TD from PHIL WR Agholor drop pass

 

NYG @ NYJ (21-20)

• NYG QB Eli Manning started and was 10 of 15 for 65 yards and 1 INT..while playing one series into the third quarter. The Giants’ starters managed just 61 total yards
• NYG offense never had one play in NYJ territory in 1st half
• NYG RB R Jennings 2 carries for 14 yards
• NYG had 5 running backs with carries Preseason Week 3
• NYG WR rookie S Shepard started opposite WR OBJ. WR D Harris was used on punt return
• NYJ WR Victor Cruz played for the first time since 2014, catching a pass for 4 yards
•  NYG offense scored zero points 1st half. Most notable- NYG O-Line is atrocious

• NYJ QB R Fitz started and threw a touchdown pass to WR Eric Decker- 9 of 16 for 76 yards
• NYJ RB M Forte made his preseason debut… 28 yards on 10 carries and added two catches for 9 yards
• NYJ RB B Powell had 7 total touches ( 4 carries/ 3 receptions)
• NYJ WR B Marshall did not play
• NYJ WRs E Decker started WR Robby Anderson and with TEs K Davis and Amaro
• NYJ WR Eric Decker had a 22 yd TD reception from QB Fitz in 1st qtr

 

TENN @ OAK (27-14)

• TENN QB M Mariota started and Mariota led Tennessee to scores on all four drives-9 for 16 for 170 yards
• TENN QB Matt Cassel followed Mariota into game
• TENN RB De Murray and D Henry started together again and rotated in 1st series-  Murray had a 1yd TD run in 1st qtr…RB D Henry had a 3 yd TD run in 2nd qtr
• TENN WR rookie Tajae Sharpe did not have as good a week as preseason Week 2, but his one catch was for 60 yards
• TENN WR Rishard Matthews started w/ WR rookie Tajae Sharpe. WR Andre Johnson had 3 catches for 65 yards
• TENN RB David Cobb had 2 carries for 1 yard…he was released on Aug 30th

• OAK QB D Carr played and completed 10 of 15 passes for 146 yards
• OAK QB Matt McGloin started 2nd half with RB A Washington
• OAK RB L Murray started but only had 2 carries. RB D Washington is looking like an explosive player who could steal carries from RB Murray all season
• OAK WR M Crabtree started opposite WR A Cooper, also with WR S Roberts- TE L Smith saw action
• OAK WR A Cooper had a great 29 yd TD reception in the 2nd qtr
• OAK offense did not score in the 2nd half

 

LAR @ DEN (31-24)

• LAR QB Case Keenum started and neither or QB J Goff could generate much offense- LAR offense looks a lot like the KC offense ( a lot of short high percentage passes….dump off passes to RBs )
• LAR RB Todd Gurley did not play
• LAR RB Benny Cunningham started and went 6/ 22 yards
• LAR starting wide outs were K Britt and T Austin with TE Kendricks
• LAR RB Malcolm Brown started the 2nd half and had a TD pass from QB Goff
• LAR only points came on three field goals by Greg Zuerlein

• DEN QB Trevor Siemian has been named the season starter- Siemian threw his 1st touchdown pass of the preseason- A 1 yd TD pass to TE V Green
• DEN QB Siemian completed 10 of 17 passes for 122 yards with one TD and one interception
• DEN QB P Lynch played 2nd half. QB M Sanchez did not play
• DEN RB C J Anderson started and had 11 carries for 50 yards., but was seen hobbling off to the sidelines. RB rookie D Booker is now the clear #2 running back
• DEN WR Dem Thomas started, along with E Sanders, but WRs J Norwood, Cody Latimer and TE Virgil Green all saw action with starters
• DEN WR Cody Latimer’s suffered a knee injury in this game, but it is considered a “minor sprain.”

 

SUN AUG 28

 

SD @ MINN (10-23)

• SD QB P Rivers started. He went 5/ 9 for 54 yards and 1 INT- QB K Clemens came in at end of 2nd qtr
• SD RB Melvin Gordon started and actually looked very good. In the 2nd qtr he bolted thru the line for a fast 39 yd TD run
• SD RB Branden Oliver was carted off the field in Sunday’s preseason game with a torn right Achilles’. OUT FOR THE SEASON
• SD TE A Gates did not play. TE H Henry had 1 reception for 7 yards ( exactly what he had in Preseason Week 2)
• SD WRs starting were K Allen and T Benjamin- Benjamin was again targeted deep by QB Rivers

• MINN QB T Bridgewater started and went 12/16 for 161 yds and 1 TD- On Aug 30th during practice, MINN QB T Bridgewater suffered a knee injury- OUT FOR THE SEASON
• MINN RB A Peterson DNP. RB McKinnon started and had 8 carries for 56 yards
• MINN RB Matt Asiata came in late in 2nd qtr
• MINN WRs who started were S Diggs, Charles Johnson with TE K Rudolph
• MINN TE K Rudolph had QB T Bridgewater’s lone TD pass ( 27 yds)

 

ARI @ HOU (24-34)

• ARI QB C Palmer started and was intercepted in the 1st series
• ARI QB C Palmer in 2nd series had a rare 40 yard pass to TE Fells ( Arizona ranked near the bottom in 2015 for tight end receptions and TDs)
• ARI RB David Johnson had 6 carries for 28 yards- 1 TD run
• ARI RB Chris Johnson came in on the 3rd series-RB Ellington after CJ2K
• ARI WRS Michael Floyd and Jaron Brown did not play- starters were M Floyd, and Jaron Brown- WR Larry Fitz did not play

• HOU QB Brock Osweiler started and looked very good. Osweiler threw for 146 yards and a touchdown. Osweiler led the Texans to scores on 3/4 drives
• HOU QB T Savage was 2nd string QB and hit WR J Strong with a 17 yd TD pass
•  HOU RB Lamar Miller started again and had a 1 yd TD run in the 1st qtr
• HOU WRs starting were D Hopkins, W Fuller and Braxton Miller. All were targeted by QB Osweiler and Fuller got the TD pass. ( 26 yds from QB Osweiler )
• HOU WRS J Strong and C Shorts played in 2nd half

 

CINN @ JACK (21-26)

• CINN QB Andy Dalton led the Bengals to 2 touchdowns in three possessions
• CINN QB AJ McCarron came into game soon in 2nd qtr- started 2nd half
• CINN RB J Hill had a 1 yd TD run while RB Gio Bernard also scored in the 1st qtr with a 19 yd TD reception
• CINN RB Cedric Peerman exited the Bengals’ third preseason game with a broken left forearm.
• CINN WRs were AJ Green, B LaFell and WR rookie T Boyd
• CINN WR LaFell’s 1st preseason action ended with 1 catch for 8 yds- although LaFell was targeted in the endzone. CINN released WR B Tate
• CINN offense only had one score in the 2nd half….WR A Erickson 21 yd TD pass from QB A McCarron

• JACK QB Blake Bortles  10/ 16 for only 52 yards- 0 TDs
• JACK QB Henne followed Bortles, and threw a TD pass in the 4th qtr
•  JACK RBs C Ivory and TJ Yeldon and had minimal success
• JACK WRs starting were A Robinson and Allen Hurns and each had 2 receptions
• JACK TE Julius Thomas had 1 target/1 reception
• JACK offense and defense both failed to show up for this game

 

If you missed any game from Preseason Week 2, here’s what you need to know…NFL Preseason Week 2 Review

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NFL Preseason Week 2 Review 2016

NFL Preseason Week 2 Review 2016 by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Well my fellow fantasy football fanatics…If you missed any of the NFL Preseason Week 1 games, you are in luck. I did not. Here is a review of all the games, with the information you need to know about the action from Preseason Week 2, that Utter-Fantasy hopes you find useful and helpful.

 

THURS AUG 18

OAK @ GB  (12-20)

• OAK QB D Carr played a couple series for Oakland- 9/13 and 1 INT
• OAK QB Matt McGloin started 2nd half with RB D Washington
• OAK RB L Murray started (6 for 19 yards)- RB T Jones followed Murray and was used on kick offs
• OAK WR M Crabtree started opposite WR A Cooper  with A Roberts
• OAK starters played the entire 1st half
• OAK defense blocked punt recovery in end zone for TD

• GB QB A Rodgers did not play – back up QB B Hundley started followed by Pre Week 1 starter QB Joe Callahan
• GB RB E Lacy started and went 9/ 45 yds and 1 TD run. RB J Starks came in on 2nd series
• GB RB J Crockett started 2nd half- nice 10 yd TD run in 3rd qtr
• GB WRs J Nelson and R Cobb did not play
• GB WRs Ty Montgomery and D Adams were in 1 st series
• GB WR J Abbrederis used on punt returns

 

CINN @ DET (30-14)

• CINN QB Dalton and WR AJ Green both started and played into 2nd qtr.
• CINN QB AJ McCarron came into game soon in 2nd qtr- started 2nd half
• CINN RB J Hill had a nice 10 yd TD run ( no ill-effects from Pre Week 1 index finger injury to his left hand )
• CINN RB Gio Bernard did not appear in CINN’s 1st series, but came in 2nd series
• CINN RB Burkhead was 3rd RB for the Bengals- RB Peerman came in 3rd qtr
• CINN WR rookie T Boyd had a TD reception in Pre Week 2 ( 12 yards)
• CINN WR LaFell did not play. WR B Tate was in with 1st series and handled a punt return
• CINN Derron Smith returned an interception 60 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter

• DET QB Matt Stafford started with RB Theo Riddick…RB A Abdullah did not play
• DET QB Orlovsky came in for Stafford in the 2nd qtr. QB Rudock ended the game
• DET RB Z Zenner came in during the 2nd qtr ( 4/ 4yards ) No preseason magic this year
• DET WRs starting were Golden Tate, Marvin Jones, A Bolden with TE M Mulligan
• DET WR Marvin Jones was targeted deep in 1st series
• DET TE Eric Ebron did not play
• DET WR A Roberts was used as a kickoff returner
• DET R Washington was featured in the 4th qtr and had a 5 yd TD run

 

PHIL @ PITT (17-0)

• PHIL QB S Bradford started 1st and 2nd series- 14/19 for 115
• PHIL QB Chase Daniels opened the second half, leading the Eagles on a 15-play, 87-yard touchdown drive
• PHIL RB Ryan Mathews started with QB Bradford- 5 carries for 18 yards
• PHIL RB Kenjon Barner played in 1st and 2nd half and scored a TD. He was also used in the return game- Likely 2nd RB to Mathews
• PHIL RB D Sproles came into game during 4th series
• HIL WRs starting were C Givens, J Huff, N Agholor
• PHIL TEs Z Ertz and B Celek both played in Preseason Week 2
• PHIL WR undrafted rookie WR Paul Turner played alot and is a “strong contender” to make the final roster

• PITT QB B Roethlisberger did not play – QB Landry Jones started and threw four INTs- 1st pass in 2nd series was picked by Philly and taken to the house ( TD)
• PITT RB Troussaint started- RB De Williams did not play
• PITT RB D Richardson came in on 2nd series of game for Steelers
• PITT WRs starting were D Heyward-Bey, Sammie Coates and Eric Rogers
• PITT WR D Heyward-Bey was targeted deep by QB Jones ( incomplete but flag)
• PITT WR S Coates- NFL.com predicts WR Wheaton (DNP) starts over Coates
• PITT TE Jesse James and 2 receptions for 7 yards

 

MINN @ SEA (18-11)

• MINN QB T Bridgewater was expected to play, but did not. QB Shaun Hill started – 10/17 and 129 yards- 0 TDs
• MINN RB A Peterson DNP. RB McKinnon started and had a 1 yd TD run in 2nd qtr
• MINN RB Matt Asiata came in late in 2nd qtr- 3 carries for 2 yards
• MINN WRs who stared were S Diggs, A Thielen, and C Patterson.
• MINN TEs K Rudolph and M Pruitt both played
• MINN RB C Ham came into game in 2nd half – Not quite as nice a week as he had in Pre Season Week 1
• MINN DEF M Sherels had a 53 yd INT/ TD in 4th qtr

• SEA QB R Wilson started and went 5/11 for only 77 yards. O-Line looks bad. 11-0 at halftime.
• SEA QB  T Boykin started 2nd half with RB A Collins
• SEA RB Thomas Rawls did not play
• SEA RB C Michael started and went 10/55 yards- RB T Pope had 4 yd TD run in 4th qtr
• SEA WR Doug Baldwin started with T Lockett and J Kearse. Lockett is still being  used on punt returns
• SEA TE Luke Willson played with starters. TE Jimmy Graham DNP
• SEA WRs Kenny Lawler and A Goodley saw action in 3rd and 4th qtrs

 

ATL @ CLEV (24-13)

• ATL QB M Ryan started and went 6/11 for 78 yards ( 0 TDs)…and has gone 6/ 15 in the preseason with 0 TD pases
• ATL RBs D Freeman and T Coleman rotated with starters. RB Freeman had a nice 19 yd TD run in the 1st qtr
• ATL QB M Schaub came in game in 2 qtr w/ RB B Wilds ( RB Wilds again looks like a great dynasty stash- 8/ 49 yards and TD run)
• ATL WR Julio Jones started opposite WR M Sanu and TE J Tamme
• ATL WR Justin Hardy started with 1st string in 3 WR sets and used in punt returns
• ATL WR Aldred Robinson came in 2nd qtr, along with TE A Hooper- ATL WR N Williams struggled in this game
• ATL QB Matt Simms hooked up with WR Devin Fuller in 4th qtr with a 10 yd TD pass to seal the win

• CLEV QB RG11 started with RB I Crowell. RG3 had a very good game going 6/8 for 96 yards and 2 TDs
• CLEV RB Duke Johnson had 3 carries for 6 yards with the starters- 2 receptions
• CLEV starting wide outs were T Pryor and T Gabriel with TE G Barnidge-  ( WRs C Coleman, A Hawkins and J Gordon DNP )
• CLEV WR Terrelle Pryor continues his strong preseason- 50 yard TD reception from QB RG3 in Preseason Week 2- sleeper wide out for 2016
• CLEV WR T Gabriel started but was held without a catch but used on punt return
• CLEV TE G Barnidge had a beautiful 29 yd TD reception in 2nd qtr from QB RG3

 

CHI @ NE (22-23)

• CHI QB J Cutler played 3 series, completing 8 of 12 passes for 83 yards (1 TD)
• CHI QB B Hoyer came in 2qtr- 1st pass was intercepted.  Hoyer started 2nd half with RB J Rodgers
• CHI RB Jeremy Langford had a nice game, rushing eight times for 55 yards and a TD
• CHI WR A Jeffrey had 1 reception – QB J Cutler’s 1st target
• CHI WR K White started w/ WR A Jeffrey and TE T Moeaki ( TE Z Miller DNP)
• CHI QB C Shaw played 4th and hit WR BJ Daniels for 22 yd TD pass
• CHI Chris Long played against his brother NE Kyle Long

• NE QB started J Garoppolo played entire 1st half in win. QB T Brady was not at the game again ( cut finger)
• NE RB L Blount started, and 2nd week in a row with a TD. 11/69 yards and 1 yard TD run. RB B Bolden fumbled ( Belichick doghouse?)
• NE RB James White was used in passing game, but had no carries
• NE O-Line looks good, which is great for QB Garoppolo and the running game
• NE WRs starting were C Hogan, A Dobson and TE M Bennett
• NE RB Tyler Gaffney was stuffed repeatedly on goaline by CHI DEF.
• NE CB Cyrus Jones was used on punt returns

 

FRI AUG 19

 

MIA @ DAL (14-41)

• DAL QB Tony Romo led a touchdown drive in his preseason debut-4 of 5 for 49 yards- the Dallas offense had 300 yards at halftime.
• DAL rookie QB Dak Prescott had another strong outing and looking like a great draft selection by Dallas- Prescott has two touchdowns passes in each of the two preseason games
• DAL RB Alfred Morris started and looks better than he did in any game from 2015- nice 15 yd TD run in 1st qtr
• DAL WRs all starting were Dez Bryant, T Williams, and C Beasley w/ TE Witten
• DAL 2nd half starters were QB Prescott, RB A Morris with WR Brice Butler- Butler had 3 catches for 74 yards and 1 TD

• MIA QB R Tannehill ( Tannehill had two scoring tosses to Kenny Stills. )
• MIA QB Z Dysert started the 2nd half ( not QB M Moore)
• MIA starters with Tannehill were RB J Ajayi, WRs J Landry, Kenny Stills and TE J Cameron
• MIA RB J Ajayi has struggled thus preseason. He is not a running back I am targeting for my fantasy football teams
• MIA RB A Foster was used as a goal line back
• MIA 2nd/ 3rd teamers did not score

 

NYJ @ WASH (18-22)

• NYJ QB R Fitz started. 4/9 72 yards.
• NYJ QB G Smith was not impressive and may have slid down the depth chart to QB B Petty, who was impressive ( 16/26 for 242 yards and 2 TDs)
• NYJ RB  M Forte dressed but did not touch the ball- RB B Powell started a rushed 3 for 23 yards against the Redskins Friday night. He failed to haul in his only target
• NYJ WR Q Enunwa, star of Preseason Week 1, exited the 2nd preseason game with a concussion
• NYJ WRs B Marshall, E Decker with TEs K Davis and Amaro all started

• WASH QB K Cousin did not play.  QB C McCoy started and played entire 1st half
• WASH RB Matt Jones had 7 carries in the 1st qtr, and suffered a sprained shoulder
• WASH RB C Thompson also had carries in the 1st qtr
• WASH QB N Sudfeld started 2nd half with RB K Marshall
• WASH WRs D Jackson, P Garcon, R Grant and J Crowder were starters with QB McCoy and Washington now looks like a team with 4 wide outs all getting targets
• WASH TE V Davis was with the 1st team, but did not record a reception
• WASH WR R Ross saw plenty of action in the 1st half and hauled in a 39 yd TD from QB McCoy

 

ARI @ SD (3-19)

• ARI QB C Palmer in his one series- 4/8 for 37 yards and 1 INT
• ARI offense has struggled this preseason. SD had a 16-0 halftime lead, the Chargers (1-1) took advantage of two turnovers for 10 first-quarter points
• ARI QB Stanton entered the game for Arizona with 9 minutes left in 1st qtr- QB M Barkley started 2nd half
• ARI RB David Johnson had 3 carries for 5 yards- RB A Ellington came in mid-2nd qtr
• ARI RB Chris Johnson saw action in the 1st qtr on 3rd down
• ARI WRS L Fitz and John Brown did not play- starters were M Floyd, and Jaron Brown
• The ARI Cardinal 1st string offense has scored a total of 1 FG in 2 preseason games. ( Week 1- 1 FG…Week 2- 0 pts )

• SD QB P Rivers did not play. QB K Clemens started…11/20 for 134 yards – 0 TDs
• SD RB Melvin Gordon started and 6 carries for 18 yards
• SD RBs D Woodhead and B Oliver both saw action in the 1st & 2nd qtrs
• SD WRs starting were K Allen, T Benjamin and D Inman. WR T Benjamin was used on punt returns
• SD TE A Gates did not play. TE H Henry had 1 reception for 7 yards
• SD Chargers TE Jeff Cumberland suffered a torn Achilles’ in the second preseason game Friday night
• SD DEF Brandon Flowers intercepted an AREI QB  Palmer pass and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown.

 

 

SAT AUG 20

 

TB @ JACK  (27-21)

• TB QB Jameis Winston started badly by going 0-6 on his first six passes, but rebounded against Jacksonville’s second-team defense
• TB RB Doug Martin did not play- RB Sims had 5 carries for 20 yards- RB Mike James saw action in 1st seris and had a 5 yd TD catch fro QB Glennon in 2nd qtr
• TB WRs starting were Mike Evans, V Jackson and TE A. Seferian-Jenkins
• TB QB Glennon came in at the end of 1st half along with RB P Barber
• TB WR Russell Shepard – top preseason Week 1 WR – 3/62 – 1TD- was held without a reception Preseason Week 2

• JACK QB Blake Bortles threw two touchdowns passes in three drives- Bortles completed 8 of 11 passes for 85 yards
• JACK RB Yeldon started again, followed by Chris Ivory in 1st series- Yeldon had 2 carries….Ivory 6 carries
•  JACK RB Yeldon had a 14 yd TD reception in the 1st qtr
• JACK WRs starting were A Robinson and Allen Hurns. WR Hurns had a 24 yd TD reception in the  2nd qtr
• JACK WRS J Strong and C Shorts played in 2nd half
• JACK DEF J Johnson had 79 yd. interception return for TD off of TB QB R Griffin

 

BALT @ IND (19-18)

• BALT QB Joe Flacco did not play. QB yan Mallett and Josh Johnson each threw TD passes and No. 4 quarterback Jerrod Johnson led Baltimore on a late drive for a field goal
• BALT RB J Forsett started and had 5 carries for 11 yards. RB Buck Allen also saew action in 1st qtr
• BALT RB T West came into game in 2nd qtr- 9 carries for 33 yards
• BALT WRs starting were K Aiken and M Wallace. WR Aiken had one TD catch for 14 yards. Wallace did not have a reception
• BALT TEs were Gillmore and B Watson

• IND QB Andrew Luck saw his 1st preseason action and was impressive in preseason loss
• IND QB Tolzien came to game with 12 minutes left in 1st half
• IND RB F Gore did not play- ( he action was in for 1 play)- RB R Turbin started
•  IND RB Yeldon had a 14 yd TD reception in the 1st qtr
• IND WRs starting were P Dorsett and D Moncrief- TY Hilton DNP
• IND WRS Q Bray was used on kick offs, WR C Rogers on punt returns

 

NO @ HOU (9-16)

• NO QB D Brees played 3 series – threw 1 INT – followed by QB L McCown
• NO RB Mark Ingram started. 7 carries for only 11 yards. So far, Ingram hasn’t found much running room. He was 7 carries for only 18 yards Pre Week 1
• NO WRs starting were B Coleman, M Thomas and T Lewis
• N.O. rookie WR Michael Thomas 1 catch for five yds in Preseason Week 2 ( Thomas’ 2nd target was intercepted, leading to a scolding by HC S Payton on the sideline ) Thomas’ #48 WR ADP is too high
• NO O-Line needs to improve fast or it’s going to be a long season for Brees

• HOU QB Brock Osweiler started and looked a lot better than he did in Pre Week 1. 12/ 19 for 124 yards and 1 TD.
• HOU QB T Savage was 2nd string QB ( with RB Hilliard and Grimes)
•  HOU RB Lamar Miller started again and was followed by RB K Hilliard
• HOU WRs starting were D Hopkins, W Fuller and Braxton Miller. All were targeted by QB Osweiler and Fuller got the TD pass.
• HOU WRS J Strong and C Shorts played in 2nd half
• HOU TE R Griffin was targeted in the endzone
• HOU DEF players Cushing and Watt did not play, but Clowney did

 

SF @ DEN (31-24)

• SF QB Blaine Gabbert started and went 6/9 for 69 yards.
• SF QB J Driskel followed Gabbert into game, and former MINN QB C Ponder finished the game- SF QB C Kaepernick again did not play
• SF RB Carlos Hyde started and had a 4 yd TD run in the 2nd qtr
• SF RB Mike Davis was 2nd RB in game for 49ers, and fumbled to start 2nd half
• SF WRs starting were J Simpson, Q Patton and Torrey Smith. WR T Smith has played 2 preseason games and has yet to catch a pass
• SF TE Vance McDonald looked great again and is the 49er fantasy player to own besides RB Carlos Hyde

• DEN QB T Siemian started – 10/14 and 1 INT, followed by M Sanchez, then P Lynch. All 3 had some good moments, but none shined.
• DEN QB M Sanchez had 2 costly fumbles, which likely dropped him to 3rd QB on depth chart
• DEN RB C J Anderson (6/30 yds and 1 TD) started, but this week, rookie RB D Booker was 2nd running back- RB R Hillman 3rd
• DEN RB C J Anderson 19 yd TD run came in the 1st qtr
• DEN WR Dem Thomas started, along with E Sanders, but WRs J Norwood, Cody Latimer and TE Virgil Green all saw action with starters. A lot of mouths to feed in Denver
• DEN RB Bibbs saw action in 3rd qtr and used on kick off returns
• DEN WR Kalif Raymond was used on punt returns

 

KC @ LAR (20-21)

• KC QB Alex Smith was 9 of 12 for 137 yards and one touchdown, leading the Chiefs to 17 points on 4 possessions
• KC QB Nick Foles was 2nd quarterback into game- improved over Pre Week 1.
• KC RB J Charles did not play – RB Spencer Ware started (10/ 37 yds and 1 TD)- Ware also had a TD run in Pre Week 1
• KC WRS J Maclin, Chris Conley, and Albert Wilson started in 1st series 3 WR sets
• KC WR Maclin had a TD reception for 2nd straight Preseason game, but was ejected from game at the end of 2nd qtr for fighting
• KC TE T Kelce play this game, as did TE Harris
• KC RB K Davis and WR T Hill were used as a kick returners
• KC DEF.. Eric Berry, Tamba Hali and Justin Houston did not play

• LAR QB Case Keenum started with RB Todd Gurley- QB Goff followed Keenum and Goff started 2nd half
• LAR RB Gurley had 4 carries for 20 yards and a 3 yd TD run
• LAR RB Benny Cunningham was 2nd RB in the game for the Rams, and is now 2nd behind Gurley- RB Malcolm Brown is the #3 RB
• LAR RB Malcolm Brown started the 2nd half and had a TD pass from QB Goff
• LAR starting wide outs were K Britt,  Pharoh Cooper and T Austin with TE Kendricks
• LAR WR Pharoh Cooper was used as the 1st kick off returner and caught an 11 yd TD pass from QB Keenum
• LAR CB Joiner was ejected for fighting w/ KC WR Maclin

 

CAR @ TENN (26-16)

• CAR QB Cam Newton started and his 1st three targets were to WR K Benjamin- Cam was 8/12 before leaving midway in 2nd period. He led a 93-yard drive that included Ted Ginn Jr.’s 61-yard touchdown reception
• CAR RB Jon Stewart saw his first action of the preseason-3 carries for 10 yds
• CAR QB D Anderson came in mid-2nd qtr with RB C Artis-Payne- QB J Webb finished the game
• CAR WRs K Benjamin, D Funchess and T Ginn all started
• CAR TE G Olsen did not play
• CAR WR D Bryd was used on punt returns. RB F Whitaker used on kick off
• CAR WR Philly Brown saw some action in the 1st qtr

• TENN QB M Mariota started and is 14 of 15 through two preseason games but was intercepted in his 1st series
• TENN QB Matt Cassel followed Mariota into game
• TENN RB De Murray and D Henry started together again and rotated in 1st series, although Murray started
• TENN WR rookie Tajae Sharpe stole the show again for the Titans wide receivers in preseason Week 2- QB Mariota loves throwing to him ( 6/68 yards)
• TENN offense was held to 49 yards total in 1st qtr
• TENN WR Harry Douglas caught a nice 23 yd TD pass from QM mariota, but this was set up by targets to WR T Sharpe
TENN WR T McBride and RB McCluster were used on kick offs. RB McCluster saw no other action
• TENN WR Andre Johnson was in with starters but had no receptions

 

NYG @ BUFF (0-21)

• NYG QB Eli Manning did not play
• NYG QB R Nassib played entire 1st half and started 2nd half (7/15 – 0 TDs – 2 INTS)
• NYG RB R Jennings had a nice 3 yd TD run in 1st qtr
• NYG had 8 running backs with carries preseason Week 1 ( is Tom Coughlin still the head coach???)
• NYG WR rookie S Shepard started opposite WR OBJ and was targeted often deep and in the endzone
• NYG TEs W Tye and L Donnell both stared and were featured in 2 TE sets
• Preseason Week 2- NYG @ BUFF ( 0- 21) Giants scored zero points. Most notable- NYG O-Line is atrocious

• BUFF QB Tyrod Taylor started with RB L McCoy
• BUFF QB EJ Manuel played rest of 1st half- with RB Boom Herron
• BUFF RB McCoy had a 13 yd TD reception from QB Taylor in 2nd qtr- McCoy had little success in running game- better in passing game
• BUFF RB Reggie Bush used on punt returns
• BUFF WRS Greg Little targeted often by QB Manuel- 19 yd TD in 2nd qtr
• BUFF WR Sammy Watkins did not play
• BUFF QB Cardale Jones started 2nd half
• BUFF TE C Clay had one deep pass for 59 yards

 

If you missed any game from Preseason Week 1, here’s what you need to know…NFL Preseason Week 1 Review

 

Ranking NFL RB Handcuffs

Ranking NFL RB Handcuffs by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

I think it is important for fantasy football owners to differentiate between NFL team’s with a #2, #3 and a #4 running back on the depth chart, and an NFL team with a running back “handcuff”.  A true “handcuff” is a guy I would want if the #1 running back unfortunately was injured, and the back up who would be called upon to take over #1 RB duties.

An example of an NFL team with simply a #2, #3 and a #4 running back on the depth chart, and not necessarily an RB  “handcuff” is San Diego. We know that RB Melvin Gordon is the #1 running back for the Chargers, but what if he suffered an injury and was out for the season? RB Danny Woodhead is 2nd on the depth chart, but Woodhead is not a 3 down back. If Gordon went down, I believe we would see a RBBC approach using RBs Danny Woodhead, Branden Oliver, and Kenneth Farrow ( and perhaps more)…so there is no true “handcuff” in San Diego, just a depth chart of running backs.

An example of an NFL team with a true “handcuff” is New Orleans. RB Mark Ingram is the work horse for the Saints, but when he was injured in Week 12 of 2015, RB Tim Hightower was brought in and put up #1 RB numbers for the rest if the season. The Saints resigned Hightower as the player to step in again, if anything happens to Ingram.

I have listed the teams which have a true “handcuff” in the running back position and I have ranked them in order of the handcuff I would prefer to own, ( for reasons other than insurance for a running back that I have already drafted.) The factors involved in deciding this ranking are as follows….

A) The durability of the current #1 running back on the team. ( My 2nd least favorite “handcuff” is MINN RB Jerick McKinnon, because of RB Adrian Peterson’s likelihood of playing 16 games in 2016.

B) The team’s ability to score points on offense. ( Arizona scored the most points in 2015, and San Francisco was 2nd to last, so it behooves fantasy football owners to draft players on team’s with strong offenses.)

C) The NFL team’s dedication to running the ball in their offense, and who are good at it. ( DEN HC Gary Kubiak has always designed his offense to feature the run and is successful at it.)

D) Confidence in the “handcuff” running back to handle the duties of the #1 RB. ( Green Bay is confident that RB James Starks can handle the duties of the #1 RB, and so am I.)

Onto Ranking NFL RB Handcuffs-

#1- GB RB James Starks

#2- KC RB Charcandrick West

#3- NO RB Tim Hightower

#4- ARI RB Chris Johnson

#5- NYJ RB Bilal Powell

#6- ATL RB Tevin Coleman

#7- CLEV RB Duke Johnson

#8- TENN RB Derrick Henry

#9- JACK RB T.J. Yeldon

#10- DEN RB Devontae Booker

#11- PHIL Kenjon Barner ( has passed rookie Wendell Smallwood )
 
#12- HOU RB Alfred Blue

#13- OAK DeAndre Washington

#14- MINN Jerick McKinnon

#15- CHI RB Jordan Howard

If a player or team isn’t ranked here, then there isn’t a true handcuff running back who would be called upon to take over #1 RB duties, and the team likely will have a RBBC approach.

NFL Preseason Week 1 Review 2016

NFL Preseason Week 1 Review 2016 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Well my fellow fantasy football fanatics…If you missed any of the NFL Preseason Week 1 games, you are in luck. I did not. Here is a review of all the games, with the information you need to know about the action from Preseason Week 1, that Utter-Fantasy hopes you find useful and helpful.

IND vs GB- HOF Game  AUG 7

• Cancelled

THURS AUG 11

JACK @ NYJ (13-17)

• JACK QB Bortles started 6/7 – 105 yards (QB Henne came in for Bortles for rest of 2nd half)
• JACK RB Yeldon had token start, but RB Ivory was in 2nd series and ripped off 13 yards on 1st carry, later 1 Yd TD run
• JACK RB Denard Robinson 3rd RB in the game for Jags
• JACK TE Ju Thomas dropped easy 10 slant TD pass
• JACK WR Allen Robinson looked amazing – ready for reg. season

• NYJ QB R Fitz started. 3/4 72 yards.
• NYJ RB Powell started over RB Forte (hammy) – 4 yd TD run 2nd qtr – “must own handcuff”
• NYJ WR Q Enunwa key in Preseaon 1 offense. (QB Fitz called Enunwa “most improved player”)
• NYJ WR J Marshall kick returner is an interesting prospect

CAR @ BALT (19-22)

• CAR QB Cam Newton had one series-replaced by Derek Anderson
• CAR RB Fozzy Whitaker started – RB Jon Stewart sat out. Later RB Tolbert had a few carries
• CAR WR Ted Ginn Jr targeted by QB Newton often and in the endzone – he is still part of this offense.
• CAR WR D Funchess had 1 catch – 10 yard TD
• CAR WR K Benjamin – 1 series – 1 catch – 5 yards
• former MINN QB Joe Webb was 3rd QB in for CAR

• BALT QB J Flacco did not play. QB R Mallett started.
• BALT RB T West started – ended with 9 carries/25 yards and 2 TDs
• BALT TE Maxx Williams played well entire 1st half – seemed to have chemistry with QB Mallett who started
• BALT TE N Boyle is a good athlete and interesting

N.O. @ NE (22-34)

• NO QB D Brees played 1 series – threw only 1 pass – followed by QB G Grayson
• NO RB Mark Ingram started. 7 carries for 18 yards and 2 (1 yard) TD runs – 1 fumble
• NO RB T Hightower clear #2 running back for Saints
• NO WR M Thomas is a special wide out as advertised. (hope Brees likes him as much as QB Grayson/L McCown do)
• NO Defense already looks improved

• NE QB started J Garoppolo played entire 1st half in win. QB T Brady was not at the game (funeral)
• NE RB L Blount started. 9/20 and 1 yard TD run.
• NE RB J White played – good in the screen game. RB B Bolden 4 carries for 44 yards.
• NE RB Tyler Gaffney 44 yd TD run in 3rd qtr.  TOO many RBs in NE
• NE TE M Bennett targeted often by QB J Garoppolo
• NE WR rookie Malcolm Mitchell out up to a month after gruesome elbow injury

WASH @ ATL (17-23)

• WASH QB K Cousin started – 5/5 – 39 yards – 0 TDs  (followed by QB C McCoy)
• WASH RB Matt Jones started – 2 carries only 1 yard – (he’s better in the passing game)
• WASH WR Ryan Grant involved in offense
• WASH WR D Jackson 1 catch 5 yards
• WASH O-Line looks suspicious so far

• ATL QB M Ryan started – 0/4
• ATL RBs D Freeman and T Coleman rotated with starters
• ATL RB B Wilds looks like a great dynasty stash
• ATL WR M Sanu targeted a lot by QB M Ryan
• ATL WR Justin Hardy started with 1st string in 3 WR sets
• ATL WR Aldred Robinson ( deep threat/special teamer ) made a nice case for making team 3/118 yards
• ATL O-Line looks suspicious so far

TB @ PHIL (9-17)

• TB QB J Winston started – 7/9 yards – 1 TD pass to WR R Shepard
• TB QB Mike Glennon was 2nd QB and looked bad
• TB RB Doug Martin 5/13 yards. 1 catch for 11 yards
• TB RB Mike James came in 3rd qtr
• TB WRs Mike Evans and V Jackson each had 1 catch
• TB may have found their 3rd WR in Russell Shepard – top preseason Week 1 WR – 3/62 – 1TD
• TB WR Kenny Bell fumbled kicked off return- TB won’t like this!

• PHIL QB S Bradford started – only 1/1 for 3 yards but looks 100% healthy & best QB for PHIL now
• PHIL QB rookie C Wentz was erratic and high with his throws (needs work despite gushes from analyst Mike Mayock)
• PHIL QB rookie C Wentz was injured – (ribs) will not be able to throw “hard” for two to three weeks
• PHIL RB R Mathews started – 2/15 and 1 TD run – Looks good!
• PHIL RB K Barner followed Mathews into game – 7/35
• PHIL TE Z Ertz (3/26) is going to be a big part of offense – TE B Celek not so much
• PHIL WR R Randle may have (bad) played himself OFF of team

DEN vs CHI (22 -0)

• DEN QB M Sanchez started – 10/13 and 1 TD
• DEN QB T Siemian was 2nd QB into game, not QB P Lynch
• DEN RB C J Anderson (2/8 yds) started- rotated with RB R Hillman (3/13)
• DEN RB rookie D Booker was 3rd RB in game – RB K Bibbs most in 2nd half – 15/ 53 yards
• DEN WR Dem Thomas started – 2/43 and had DEN’s lone TD
• DEN WR Cody Latimer (7/82) was targeted often and might be bigger part of offense than expected (but started out like this in 2015)
• DEN TE Virgil Green is listed behind TE J Heuerman but had 3 catches to Heuerman’s 1

• CHI QB J Cutler (3/4 – 18 yds) started, followed by QB B Hoyer 7/10 – 81 yds
• CHI RB J Langford started but couldn’t find any running room (4/ 7 yds)
• CHI WR A Jeffrey had 1 reception – QB J Cutler’s 1st target
• CHI WR K White started w/ WR A Jeffrey
• CHI offense looked flat and O-Line suspicious

FRI AUG 12

DET @ PITT (30-17)

• DET QB Matt Stafford only threw 4/6 for 58 yards
• DET RB A Abdullah did not play
• DET RB T Riddick started and was easily stopped by PITT DEF (better in passing game)
• DET RB Z Zenner (normally preseason star) was just OK
• DET WR M Jones was targeted often
• DET WR A Boldin 1/30 yards (DET is going to happy about this signing!)
• DET WR A Roberts was QB D Orlovsky’s favorite target in 2nd qtr
• DET TE Cole Wick started and was said to be “a star in OTAs”

• PITT QB B Roethlisberger did not play – QB Landry Jones started
• PITT RB De Williams did not play
• PITT RB D Richardson (drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the 7th round of 2012 NFL Draft) ended w/ 11/44 yds
• PITT WR D Heyward-Bey started the day rough, but had a nice 29 yd TD catch in 2nd qtr (lone catch)
• PITT WR S Coates did not looked good as well…wondering now if he can “be the guy” in PITT?????

MIA @ NYG (27-10)

• MIA QB R Tannehill – QB Matt Moore followed Tannehill (Moore 10/14 122 yds and 1 TD)
• MIA RB J Ajayi stared, and was ineffective – (2/ 6 yds). Fantasy football do not draft this guy high!
• MIA WRs J Landry and K Stills started – I did not see WR D Parker in the game
• MIA grinded the ball on the ground, more interested in running down clock than scoring
• MIA & NYG had many turnovers and penalties in this game

• NYG QB Eli Manning did not play
• NYG QB R Nassib played entire 1st half and started 2nd half (7/15 – 0 TDs – 2 INTS)
• NYG RB R Jennings had a nice 3 yd TD run in 1st qtr
• NYG had 8 running backs with carries preseason Week 1 ( is Tom Coughlin still the head coach???)
• NYG WR rookie S Shepard started opposite WR OBJ and was targeted often deep and in the endzone
• NYG TEs W Tye and L Donnell both stared and were featured in 2 TE sets
• NYG Giants first-round CB Eli Apple suffered a knee injury

MINN @ CINN (17-16)

• MINN QB T Bridgewater started – 6/7 and 1 TD (beautiful 49 yd lob to WR Ch Johnson)
• MINN QB T Bridgewater had 1 TD in this game and averaged 1 TD every game in 2015
• MINN QB Sh Hill was 2nd QB
• MINN RB A Peterson did not play
• MINN RB J McKinnon started (5/14)
• MINN RB C Ham came into game in 2nd half – He’s interesting! 12/ 35 yds and 1 nice 10 yd TD run
• MINN WR St Diggs started opposite WR Ch Johnson and L Treadwell

• CINN QB Dalton and WR AJ Green both started (Green 3/26 yds)
• CINN QB AJ McCarron came into game soon in 1st qtr
• CINN RB J Hill had 3 carries for 21 yds before suffering an index finger injury to his left hand (minor)
• CINN WR rookie T Boyd has a nice 40 yd reception
• CINN WR Alex Erickson had a 3yd TD pass from QB McCarron AND 80 yd punt return (dynasty stash?)

CLEV @ GB  (11-17)

• CLEV QB RG11 started and targeted WR T Pryor on nearly every pass
• CLEV QB RG11 threw an INT near the goal line – (it was to TE G Barnidge who wasn’t expecting the throw)
• CLEV RB I Crowell started but only had 1 carry – RB Duke Johnson came in on 2nd series – also 1 carry
• CLEV WRs rookies C Coleman and A Hawkins did not play
• CLEV WR T Gabriel started but was held without a catch

• GB QB A Rodgers did not play – back up QB B Hundley did not play. QB Joe Callahan started
• GB RB E Lacy started and looks trimmer (4/ 24 yds)
• GB RB J Starks rotated in w/ Lacy in a limited fashion – 5/ 13
• GB WRs J Nelson and R Cobb did not play
• GB WRs Ty Montgomery and J Abbrederis clearly passed WR J Janis on depth chart BEFORE Janis’ broke his right hand in practice
• GB K M Crosby hit 2 – 54 yd FGs

OAK @ ARI  (31-10)

• OAK QB D Carr played 2 series for Oakland
• OAK QB Matt McGloin came in after Carr in 1st qtr – threw 2 TD passes – (to TE C Walford & WR A Holmes)
• OAK RB L Murray started (4/21)
• OAK RB G Atkinson came in 2nd half and ate up ARI back up DEF (5/97 and 2 TD runs)
• OAK WR M Crabtree started opposite WR A Cooper – (Looks like another good year in store for Crabtree)
• OAK aggressive DEF got 2 nice turnovers in 1st qtr

• ARI QB C Palmer in his one series directed a 73 yard drive for a field goal
• ARI QBs D Stanton, M Barkley and J Coker followed Palmer into game respectively
• ARI RB David Johnson had 3 carries for 31 yards
• ARI RB Chris Johnson was 2nd RB into game for Cardinals, followed by RB A Ellington (who looked sharp w/ TD run)
• ARI RB E Penny ran down clock in 2nd half (15/ 43 yards)
• ARI WRS Michael Floyd and L Fitz each had 1 catch in 1st series
• ARI 3rd-round CB Brandon Williams is considered the favorite to start opposite Patrick Peterson

SAT AUG 13

SEA @ KC (17-16)

• SEA QB R Wilson started and went 3/6 with 1 INT
• SEA QB J Heaps & T Boykin came in after Wilson
• SEA RB Thomas Rawls did not play
• SEA RB C Michael started and went 7/44 yards
• SEA WR Doug Baldwin started and was QB Wilson’s favorite target as usual
• SEA WR Paul Richardson played in 2nd series
• SEA WR T McEvoy caught fluke “hail Mary” pass at very end of game…which led to win

• KC QB Alex Smith directed 1st impressive drive for TD
• KC QB Nick Foles was 2nd quarterback into game
• KC RB J Charles did not play – RB Spencer Ware started (5/24 yds and 1 TD)
• KC WRS J Maclin, Chris Conley, and Albert Wilson started in 1st series 3 WR sets
• KC WR and former Raider Rod Steater saw some action
• KC TE T Kelce did not play
• KC TEs R Travis and  D Harris targeted often in 1st half
• KC 1st string O-Line looks great
• KC DEF.. Eric Berry, Tamba Hali and Justin Houston did not play

DAL @ LAR (24-28)

• DAL QB T Romo did not play
• DAL QB Dak Prescott started and looked impressive – 10/12 139 yds and 2 TDs
• DAL RB Zeke Elliott and TE J Witten did not play
• DAL RB Alfred Morris started- he hasn’t missed a game in 4 years!
• DAL WR Lucky Whitehead ran opening kick off 101 yds for TD ( likely securing #5 WR on team)
• DAL WRS Dez Bryant (2/28 and 1 TD), Cole Beasley, and T Williams (1/32 and 1 TD) all started

• LAR QB Case Keenum started 1st 2 drives
• LAR QB Jared Goff struggled after QB Keenum in the 2nd qtr, 4/9 for 38 yards and 1 INT
LAR QB Goff was pulled after tweaking his non-throwing shoulder
• LAR QB S Mannion handled all 2nd half – showed ability – 18/25 for 147 and 3 TDs (1 INT)
• LAR RB Todd Gurley did not play
• LAR RB Benny Cunningham started (4/23 rushing 1 TD – 1 reception for 20 yds)
• LAR RB Malcolm Brown was 2nd RB into game for Rams (8/66 yards)
• LAR WRs K Britt, T Austin and Brian Quick all started

SD @ TENN (24-28)

• SD QB Rivers started – threw a TD screen pass to RB M Gordon (44 yards)
• SD QB K Clemens followed Rivers, then former Titan Z Mettenberger
• SD RBs M Gordon and D Woodhead were both in 1st series
• SD RB Oliver – 3 carries in 2nd qtr – RB K Farrow played a lot following (16/ 60 yds – 2 rec/ 25 yds)
• SD recent signing WR James Jones played in 2nd qtr w/ WR Inman
• SD TE J Cumberland played 1st half

• TENN QB M Mariota started (5/5 45 yds)
• TENN QB Matt Cassel is TEN 2nd string QB
• TENN RB De Murray and D Henry started together in backfield 1st play of game
• TENN RB McCluster 3rd RB in game – RB Sankey 41 yd TD in 4th qtr
• TENN RBs Murray and Henry good games (DM 6/93 and 1 – 71 yd TD run…DH 10/74 and 1 TD)
• TENN WRs starting were rookie T Sharpe (one to watch!)…H Douglas and Andre Johnson
• TENN WR D Green-Beckham surprisingly played entire game
• TENN 10 different WRs caught passes for the Titans (TOO MANY!)

IND @ BUFF (19-18)

• IND QB Scott Tolzien ( 12/23 and 1 TD) played the entire 1st half . QB A Luck did not play
• IND QB Stephen Morris played 2nd half ( 5/9 and 1 TD)
• IND RBs R Turbin ( 42 yd TD  REC) and Trey Williams followed RB J Ferguson, did little in running game
• IND WRs TY Hilton, P Dorsett and D Moncrief all started. Moncrief was held without a catch
• IND WR TY Hilton was nicked up in 1st qtr, and did not return
• IND WR Q Bray was used on punts and kick off returns- WR J Boyce saw action in 2nd qtr
• IND WR rookie Ch Rogers had 57 TD reception in 4th qtr from QB S Morris

• BUFF QB Tyrod Taylor played 1st series only
• BUFF QB EJ Manuel played rest of 1st half  ( 10/18 and 1 TD)
• BUFF RB Gillislee started and rotated with RB Jonathon Williams ( RB Karlos Williams suspended)
• BUFF RB Reggie Bush used on punt returns
• BUFF WRS R Woods started with M Goodwin, Greg Little and L Hankerson
• BUFF WR Sammy Watkins did not play
• BUFF WR W Powell was targeted a ton in 2nd qtr ( 4/88 yds)
• BUFF TE C Gragg is listed as 3rd TE on depth chart, but one to watch! ( 2/ 26 yds and 1 TD)
• BUFF rookie QB Cardale Jones nearly won game in the final seconds w/ TD pass top WR J Boykin

SUN AUG 14

HOU @ SF   ( 24-13 )

• HOU QB Brock Osweiler started and looked like he has work to do- 4/7 and only 27 yards
• HOU 2nd string QB was T Savage, 14/24 and 2 TDs, followed by B Weeden at the end of the game
• HOU RB Lamar Miller was strong in debut, 4/30, and played entire 1 st qtr
• HOU RB Kenny Hilliard came in 2nd, and had the most carries 12/40
• HOU WRS starting were D Hopkins, J Strong and W Fuller with Br Miller in 4 WR sets
• HOU DEF had the first score of the game w/ a block punt recovery for TD
• HOU DEF players Cushing, Clowney and Watt did not play

• SF QB Blaine Gabbert started with inaccurate throws, but settles down 4/10
• SF QB Thad Lewis played much of 1st half and 3rd qtr w/ RB Mike Davis-UPDATE: QB Thad Lewis tore his ACL in this game
• SF QB C Kaepernick did not play
• SF RB Carlos Hyde started and went 5/27 yards- one very nice 22 yd run
• SF WRs starting were Q Patton, B Ellington ( used on kick offs) and T Smith
• SF TE Vance McDonald looks like the play maker to watch 2/54 yds and 1 TD

 

The Ravens Are TOO Unpredictable

The Ravens Are TOO Unpredictable by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

I recently did a poll on Twitter asking the fantasy football community to fill in the blank…

In 2016, Baltimore’s waiver wire darling RB Buck Allen will _________________ .

(The four options were……)

1) be 2nd string to Forsett
2) spilt carries even
3) overtake Forsett early  
4) too many Qs to draft…………(which won overwhelmingly.)

Last year, RB Justin Forsett was unable to duplicate his impressive 2014 season when he finished as the #8 running back with over 1500 total yards and 8 touchdowns. His 2015 run abruptly ended in Week 11 when he broke both bones in his forearm while playing against the Rams. Rookie Buck Allen took over running back duties and became a waiver wire darling. Now in 2016, Forsett is battling Allen for carries, Allen is battling West for carries, and West is battling Dixon for carries. The Twitter community is right…too many question marks to draft.

But the running back situation in Baltimore isn’t the only position with uncertainty. Let’s start off with the man who needs to be the leader for the offense, quarterback Joe Flacco. The Raven QB was lost for the season back in Week 11 of 2015, with a torn ACL and MCL so his health is already in question. Since being drafted in 2008, Flacco has been a competent quarterback for Baltimore, but he has only bested the top 15 once for QBs at a season’s end, and that was 2014 when he finished as the #14 QB. He has also never averaged 2 touchdowns passes per game in any season, and usually ends a season averaging only 1.3 touchdown passes per game.

The wide receivers for the Ravens are filled with ambiguity and unpredictability, starting with Steve Smith. Although one of toughest competitors in the games, Smith is still recovering from a “double rupture” of his Achilles last November. His availability for the start of the season is an unknown. Another dubious candidate for 2016 is Breshad Perriman, who suffered a partially torn ACL in June after sitting out all of his rookie season with a PCL tear. Mike Wallace is now with the Ravens, and has worked with the first-team offense but flunked his conditioning test on the first day of camp. Wallace believes he is a better receiver today than when he left Pittsburgh, but I believe that he will disappoint, just like he has for the past 3 NFL seasons. Kamar Aiken came on strong at the end of the 2015 season, but let’s be clear…his best games came without QB Joe Flacco, and if not for a flukey 48 TD “hail Mary” in Week 15 vs Kansas City, Aiken would not have topped 80 receiving yards in any game. Will Aiken have chemistry with Flacco this year if he is forced to be the #1 wide out in Baltimore? That is unclear and yet to be determined.

The tight ends for the Ravens are also problematic for fantasy football owners. TE Ben Watson signed with Baltimore after an incredibly successful season in New Orleans. Watson ended 2015 as the #7 tight end in the NFL. Prior to 2015, he was the #50 tight end in 2014, and #45 in 2013. It’s extremely doubtful that Watson’s resurgence will continue. Add Watson’s situation to an already crowded tight end depth chart and you have another unresolved Baltimore player position.

It’s odd to see the precarious Baltimore defense dropping year after year into mediocracy. In 2011, the Ravens had the 4th best defense in the NFL. In 2014, they had the 9th best, but in 2015 they were ranked 24th. Terrell Suggs tearing his Achilles last fall was obviously a huge blow to the defense, but like the rest of this swiss-cheese team, there are many holes to fill on defense. Key losses for the Ravens in 2016 were LB Courtney Upshaw, LB Daryl Smith, S Will Hil, and DE Chris Canty.

Perhaps the most dependable fantasy football player on the Ravens team is Justin Tucker, who ended 2015 as the #7 place kicker. This fact gives me very little comfort in drafting Baltimore Ravens on any of my fantasy football teams this year, and I am reluctant, skeptical, hesitant, suspicious, unconvinced, unclear, dubious, hazy, leery and apprehensive as whether you can win with many of them as well.

Fantasy Sleepers I Keep Getting in Drafts

Fantasy Sleepers I Keep Getting in Drafts by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

I’ve had 6 fantasy drafts so far, 2 dynasty and 4 redraft leagues. My teams seem to have a lot of names in common. As for these 6 teams, I am either going to be very right at the end of December, or very wrong, with regard to my late round sleeper picks. Perhaps the fantasy football owners that I have drafted against do not agree with my assessment of them, or I have just been quicker at drafting them. I am not sure which.

The list of players I have been targeting and getting in fantasy football drafts consists of 2 quarterbacks, 4 running backs, 4 wide receivers and 2 tight ends. I’ve written a brief summary on each of these players and why I want them in 2016. I still have plenty more drafts coming near the end of August. Unless there is big news to change my opinion of these players, with training camp and the preseason games, I am likely to have a lot more teams with plenty of sleeper names in common.

QBs

DET Matthew Stafford- Anyone who knows me, knows that I always wait on drafting a quarterback, and it’s usually paid off. ( In 2013, I had SD Philip Rivers on most of my teams, he was drafted in the late rounds and he ended that season as the #6 QB…not bad) This year Stafford seems to be available late. I want him over Dalton, Tyrod Taylor, Matt Ryan, Derek Carr, and even Tom Brady, all of whom are going earlier in drafts. ( I’ve also drafted Brees surprisingly late this season)

HOU Brock Osweiler- I can wait until the bottom of most drafts to get this guy as my #2 or #3 QB because no one else seems to think that he will have a good season. I do. He has a cannon for an arm, and I like his weapons. Houston’s division includes Indianapolis, Jacksonville and Tennessee. Although these 3 teams have made strides in improving their defenses, they still are not great and none of them will rank in the top half of the NFL in 2016. I like that for Osweiler.

RBs

PHIL Ryan Mathews- A disaster in San Diego, but he totalled almost 700 yards and 7 TDs splitting time with DeMarco Murray last year for the Eagles. It’s his show in 2016, and with 22 running backs being drafted before him….I say yes and thank you.

CHI Jeremy Langford– Is he Matt Forte? No…no one is. But when successful, HC Fox has shown a propensity to ride one running back, and I think Langford will be successful ( especially a bargain late in drafts where I am getting him)

JACK Chris Ivory- I get it. The Jags only scored 1 rushing touchdown in 2015, and RB T.J. Yeldon is still there. However, the Jags will commit to the run more in 2016, because Ivory is better than Yeldon. Ivory will get most of the carries…because T.J. Yeldon is still there.

N.O. Tim Hightower- RB Mark Ingram is a very good running back. He likes to hit his opponents and maybe he likes to hit his opponents too much. He’s missed 18 games since 2011, which equates to more than one full season. Hightower filled in for Ingram in Weeks 14-17 and he kicked ass! A top handcuff to own.

WRs

SD Travis Benjamin- I was afraid that if I wrote too much about Benjamin, fantasy football owners would prevent me from getting this guy. Not so far! I have him in every league.

PITT Sammie Coates- Last year QB Ben Roethlisberger talked up WR Wheaton, and I believed him. Then he threw the ball to Antonio Bryant and Martavis Bryant, over and over. I think Big Ben likes Wheaton, but the connection isn’t there. I’m grabbing Coates while others grab Wheaton.

NE Chris Hogan- Chemistry is everything with QB Tom Brady, and WR Brandon LaFell did not have it with the Pat’s QB in 2015, so he was shipped. Everything I’ve seen and read says that there is chemistry between Hogan and Brady. If there wasn’t a ridiculous 4 game suspension attached to Tom Terrific in 2016, Hogan would a top sleeper for me, but I still want him.

HOU Will Fuller- Look, I was on board with WR Jaelen Strong for the start of 2015, but when it was all said and done Nate Washington had a better season, and Cecil Shorts had a better season. …way better seasons. I do not believe the noise that Strong has passed/ will pass Fuller on the Houston depth chart. I want him.

TEs

CHI Zach Miller- ARI QB Carson Palmer will not throw to tight ends…it’s a fact. CHI QB Jay Cutler on the other hand, LOVES to throw to TEs, and he has helped the fantasy football relevance of every TE that he has played with. I laugh ( to myself) when fantasy football owners draft TampaBay’s ASJ, or Detroit’s Eric Ebron before CHI Zack Miller…then I say…..yes and thank you.

NE Martellus Bennett- News flash…HC Bill Belichick knows a thing or two about including one and two tight ends in the offensive game plan. ( Even Scott Chandler had a few nice games for the Pats in 2016). Bennett is definitely worth a late round flyer.

BONUS:

ATL Mohamed Sanu- This team has a TON of talent and there is a “must win now” attitude coming out of Atlanta. Sanu isn’t an amazing talent, but he will get lots of targets, he will get touchdown passes and he may throw a couple. With 52 wide outs being drafted before him, I say…..yes and thank you.

So if you’re in a fantasy football draft with me in the next 4 weeks, and you’re up, consider these guys or don’t….I promise you I will.

10 Players That Scare Me

10 Players That Scare Me by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Samantha Holt

There are very few things that terrify me. Anyone that knows me has seen my artwork (clown paintings, zombies, etc), listened to me discuss the differences between Jeffery Dahmer and John Wayne Gayce (both serial killers, different modus operandi #obviously), or experienced me jumping out at them wearing a mask (I’m such a good friend). So what does scares me? Drafting a player who has a high likelihood for a bust. What’s more alarming than a wasted draft pick? Nothing!

Below I’ll discuss 10 players I think have a good chance of being a bust this next season. I’m nervous too guys, but don’t worry… I’ll hold your hand through this.

1) TE SEA Jimmy Graham- According to a recent study ( as referenced by ESPN’s own Stephania Bell), patellar tendon injuries are the toughest to come back from. Players lose their explosiveness and that’s not only terrifying, but sadly disappointing. Combine that with the fact that he has had little to no chemistry with QB Russell Wilson. Needless to say there are plenty of other offensive options in Seattle, and plenty of other tight end options for me to draft.

2) WR Vincent Jackson- Unless my previous rant about Jackson wasn’t clear before. ( i.e 2016 Fantasy Players Difficult to Predict ) I’d rather not draft him, than wake up late Sunday morning to realize my nightmare of accidentally starting him came true. His performance from last year gives me little to no hope, for a “comeback” or “breakout” season this year. So far, Jackson has yet to train in minicamp, per an undisclosed “minor injury”. I know Evans will again receive the majority of targets this season. I am afraid that too many people may still see Jackson as a solid WR2 in Tampa. For me, he’s more likely a WR3. Stay away… far away!

3) RB MIA Jay Ajayi- Only played 9 games in 2015. Only had 187 rushing yards on only 49 carries. I am nervous about all the “onlys”. Based on the Dolphins off season moves, I’m starting to feel that the Dolphin’s coaching staff  also has a lack of confidence in Ajayi. They selected RB Kenyan Drake in the 3rd round of the 2016 Draft, and they were on a mission to sign a top RB. Now they’ve officially signed RB Arian Foster, who’s injury prone history doesn’t bring me much confidence in him either. Miami’s desperate attempts to sign top a running back, after drafting one, tells me that they might prefer to roll the dice with someone other than Ajayi… Scary.

4) RB WASH Matt Jones– Jones can be summed up as: a missed opportunity. He strolled out Week 2 with an impressive showing: 19 carries for 123 yards and 2 touchdowns. After that however his numbers dropped off significantly. Jones proved better in the passing game, than as a hard-nose rusher. With Alfred Morris moving on and the addition of 7th round rookie Keith Marshall, could Jones be the only hope in the backfield? I don’t know, but I am petrified to take  that risk.

5) WR PITT Markus Wheaton- I’m a Steelers fan and I find myself going back and forth on whether or not I think Wheaton will have potential for a breakout with Bryant suspended, or get lost with Sammie Coates & Ladarius Green coming in hot for targets. Big Ben Roethlisberger talked him up prior to 2015, but is that enough to roster a draft spot? I’m not sure. My own indecisiveness about him is what scares me most here.

6) RB TB Doug Martin- Martin finished 2015 as the #3 overall RB. So what’s there to be shivering about? Well, in 2015 Martin was in a contract year. Can you trust that he’ll be as motivated and devoted this year? I trust no one! Haha, no seriously, I don’t see how he can stay on top with numbers like that. Charles Sims was quietly the #21 running back in 2015, so he stands to be a “menacing threat” towards Martin’s value. If I’m drafting DM, it’s with caution and picking up Sims as a handcuff.

7) WR DET Golden Tate-  Honestly, he has never been a true #1 on any team. Tate also regressed last season, but with Calvin Johnson’s retirement, you’d expect Tate to make a strong case as WR1 in 2016. Tate has historically had sporadic strong showings but never been a consistent threat. Certainly nothing close enough to warrant a WR1 position. I would not take him high…and scared that I would be passing up on someone with higher potential for consistent numbers (ex: Eric Decker). I’d be slightly less scared to end up with him in a mid draft pick.

8) WR CHI Alshon Jeffrey-  Alshon only played 9 games last season while dealing with multiple injuries and setbacks. The off season is a time to see improvement in guys coming back from injury. However…he skipped OTAs (scared face). WR Kevin White, who has a frightening ton of talent will finally be playing. Unfortunately, QB Jay Cutler is horribly inconsistent. Currently at ADP #9, I do not think I will be drafting Jeffrey over Mike Evans, but I would over Amari Cooper, Brandon Marshall, and Brandon Cooks.

9) WR CHI Kevin White- White is basically still a rookie, having missed last season due to a shin injury, leaving him unproven. In practice it’s been noted by multiple sources that despite his athleticism, he’s had cronic trouble with drops. I’d be fearful to draft him too early, especially knowing that Cutler is throwing him the ball. Eek!

10) RB ATL- Devonta Freeman- Falcons running backs coach Bobby Turner told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he hopes to reduce Freeman’s carries while adding more to the offensive game plan for second-year running back Tevin Coleman. Blood-curdling news, because that can only mean the horrifying RBBC. Also spooky, Freeman was 9th last year with the most dropped passes.

Whew, that was intense. But we got through it. The unknown is what’s the most terrifying. Players coming back from injury, players on new teams, and incoming rookies all pose the possibility of throwing us off. Keep a watchful eye on the risky players in training camp and preseason. When drafting a risk, be sure to secure their back up as insurance. Draft with caution ladies and gentlemen… Beware….

Sam Holt

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