Prepare in your season with theScore’s 2018 Fantasy Soccer Draft Package.
Each recreation night time throughout the preseason, theScore’s Justin Boone will get you caught up on a very powerful fantasy performances from across the league.
Hyde stands alone
It is solely the second week of the preseason, however we have already got a transparent winner within the Browns’ backfield competitors. Congratulations, Carlos Hyde.
Hyde took benefit of a weak run protection in opposition to Buffalo, amassing 64 yards and a rating on 9 carries. He was fast and decisive, bouncing an early run exterior earlier than laying down a nasty stiff arm for a 26-yard acquire.
The rationale we are able to award the job to Hyde wasn’t simply his efficiency, it was additionally the snap distribution with Tyrod Taylor and the first-team offense. Hyde noticed 17 snaps with the highest group, pass-catching specialist Duke Johnson took eight, and rookie Nick Chubb noticed zero work throughout that point.
Chubb ultimately received his shot later within the recreation and performed a lot better than final week. The rookie racked up 53 yards on 11 carries whereas breaking off a pair good runs, together with this 17-yarder to arrange his one-yard TD:
My prediction for this backfield stays the identical. Hyde will get the early season nod and maintain the lead function till accidents strike.
The veteran has been affected by accidents each season of his profession, both forcing him to overlook time or sapping his effectiveness. When that occurs, Chubb will get his shot. A timeshare would not look like coming, so at their present ADPs, each Hyde (seventh spherical) and Chubb (ninth spherical) are good fantasy values with RB2 upside. In the event you’re struggling to decide, scoop up each working backs and safe the Browns’ backfield in your lineup.
Mahomes taking possibilities
Patrick Mahomes is not going to be a secure fantasy quarterback to personal. The Chiefs’ sophomore passer is likely one of the prime fantasy breakout candidates getting into the 2018 season, however he is not curious about taking the simple method. Mahomes’ fashion veers away from what Alex Smith made a profession on for years in Kansas Metropolis.
The end result can be euphoric highs and devastating lows.
We caught a glimpse of his ceiling and ground on Friday in opposition to the Falcons. Early within the second quarter, Mahomes was almost intercepted ultimately zone whereas concentrating on Sammy Watkins. On a later drive, he stared down Watkins once more deep downfield, permitting the protection to come back throughout for a simple decide. Mahomes additionally lowered his shoulder to tackle a defender whereas scrambling, which is a questionable resolution within the preseason.
Nonetheless, the great would possibly far outweigh the dangerous, and we witnessed Mahomes’ full potential on a 69-yard bomb to Tyreek Hill late within the first half.
On theScore Fantasy Soccer Podcast, I acknowledged Mahomes’ best-case situation is a top-five fantasy end if all the things goes proper this season. He is a first-round expertise with among the best supporting casts within the league. He is nicely definitely worth the threat within the 11th spherical because the QB16 in drafts, simply be ready that the journey can be enjoyable and irritating all wrapped into one.
McCaffrey the workhorse?
I am beginning to come round on the concept that Christian McCaffrey will see a major workload below new offensive coordinator Norv Turner.
Everyone knows McCaffrey is able to highlight-reel performs, like Friday’s 71-yard TD that began via a gap within the inside of the road and ended with the second-year again hitting one other gear as he pulled away.
Regardless of the problems on their offensive line, the Panthers’ speeding assault was buzzing in opposition to the Dolphins, with McCaffrey turning his 9 touches into 120 yards and a rating.
The staff’s offseason addition of C.J. Anderson posted a decent 48 yards on 10 touches, nevertheless it’s McCaffrey getting all of the early work. And perhaps it should not be a shock provided that Carolina invested the eighth total decide in him a 12 months in the past.
The teaching workers’s feedback about McCaffrey seeing extra quantity in 2018 would possibly grow to be a blatant fantasy tip we had been all disregarding.
It is a disgrace Mark Ingram can be suspended for the primary 4 video games of the common season, as a result of he was working nicely on Friday. His 5.1 yards per carry in opposition to the Arizona Cardinals was made doable by some decisive runs the place he confirmed a formidable burst. Perhaps theScore’s David P. Woods is onto one thing along with his daring prediction that Ingram can be traded. Jonathan Williams might assist make a transfer like that doable if he continues to carry out in addition to he has within the preseason. He continues to ascertain himself because the substitute to personal in New Orleans and is price contemplating within the late rounds as an early-season fantasy choice. Alvin Kamara will get the majority of the touches, however Williams has the bodily fashion to enhance him throughout that first month and perhaps past.
- You do not want me to inform you to draft David Johnson in fantasy. That does not imply I am not going to spend a bullet level speaking about how superb he appears to be like up to now within the preseason. After rattling off back-to-back 14-yards runs in final week’s recreation, Johnson adopted it up with a pile-pushing 9-yard landing this week. The play required unimaginable lower-body energy as Johnson drove a mass of NFL gamers to the tip zone. DJ is again.
- Calvin Ridley stood out for the Falcons on Friday, contributing as a receiver and a returner. His three-catch, 49-yard, one-touchdown night time was promising, although he did it with out Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman within the lineup. Ridley has the talents to turn into an NFL star, however re-draft homeowners is likely to be dissatisfied by his 2018 numbers as he tries to carve out constant targets in an already loaded offense.
The Lions’ backfield is likely one of the tougher conditions to decipher this preseason. Ameer Abdullah received the beginning on Friday, which might’ve been an try and showcase him for a commerce. Sadly, he fumbled on the second play of the sport. Kerryon Johnson, who had a breakout preseason efficiency final week, managed simply 9 yards on 4 carries whereas including one reception for 10 yards. Complicating issues was the truth that Johnson was additionally used as a kick returner, an odd alternative if the staff views him as a possible lead rusher. LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick performed their standard roles as a low-yardage thumper and a dynamic receiving again, respectively. Johnson stays the Lions runner to focus on, and along with his all-around talent set, he ought to be capable of overcome the doable working back-by-committee many concern in Detroit.
Payments QB AJ McCarron reportedly suffered a hairline fracture of his collarbone on Friday, which will increase the chances of rookie Josh Allen beginning in Week 1. For all of the negativity surrounding Buffalo’s first-rounder, Allen has truly delivered a pair of encouraging outings. His apex this week was a 15-play, 80-yard scoring drive, which ended with Allen avoiding the push, stepping up within the pocket, and discovering Rod Streater behind the tip zone for a landing. The earlier 4 drives for the Payments, with McCarron on the helm, resulted in 12 performs for 22 yards, as BuffaloBills.com’s Chris Brown identified. Allen is not somebody you ought to be contemplating in fantasy, however he affords the perfect likelihood for guys like Kelvin Benjamin or Corey Coleman to return worth.