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Each recreation night time throughout the preseason, theScore’s Justin Boone will get you caught up on crucial fantasy performances from across the league.
Tyreek, Mahomes dominate preseason
It is easy to make a case that Tyreek Hill‘s 2017 manufacturing is unsustainable given his reliance on large performs. However from what we have seen within the preseason, it seems Hill might be getting extra touches taking part in within the Patrick Mahomes-led Chiefs’ offense.
And the large performs, they are not going anyplace.
Hill put up 88 yards on eight catches on Saturday, together with the 28-yard shovel move above, bringing his August totals to 14 receptions, 182 yards, and a rating in restricted motion over three preseason video games.
Outdoors of a pair errant throws, Mahomes has been equally spectacular throughout that stretch, finishing 31-of-43 makes an attempt for 367 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception. He additionally rushed 4 instances for 37 yards.
Mahomes is my favourite breakout candidate at quarterback, which I lately mentioned within the QB draft technique episode of theScore’s Fantasy Soccer Podcast. He is at the moment the QB14 in my rankings, however I am going to strongly take into account shifting him into the low-end QB1 vary in my subsequent replace that comes out Monday.
Issues about Sammy Watkins stealing targets from Hill have been overblown. Watkins caught one move throughout the preseason. With these doubts behind us, Hill is a borderline WR1, providing week-winning potential few pass-catchers possess. He is a stable choose within the third spherical, particularly should you’re slotting him in because the second receiver in your beginning lineup.
Jags’ Lee carted off
General, it looks as if there have fewer vital accidents throughout this preseason than in yr’s previous. Maybe we will thank the handful of coaches who determined to carry their starters out of exhibition play. After Saturday’s recreation, Doug Marrone may be wishing he was amongst them.
The Jaguars needed to watch as their high receiver Marqise Lee was carted off within the first quarter with what seemed to be a severe knee damage. We’ll have to attend on an official prognosis, however should you’re drafting this weekend, I’d take away Lee from my draft board fully.
Speedster Keelan Cole, who was already beginning reverse Lee, is now in a fair higher place to guide the Jags in receiving yards for a second straight yr. Getting into Saturday night time, the sophomore was going undrafted in most leagues. He’ll nonetheless be catching passes from Blake Bortles, however Cole has WR3 upside if he can capitalize on the scenario.
Donte Moncrief will see his taking part in time improve essentially the most if Lee is sidelined. The free-agent addition had pale throughout coaching camp and the preseason, however was instantly thrust right into a beginning function when Lee left the sport. Moncrief hauled in three passes for 62 yards. Recognized for being a constant red-zone menace throughout his time with Colts, he is value a flier within the late rounds.
Dede Westbrook is a blinding playmaker who flashed in just a few outings within the second half of his debut marketing campaign. This damage will definitely open the door, giving him deep-sleeper potential. Simply do not count on constant manufacturing.
Within the meantime, Jacksonville’s offense will proceed to be powered by the run. Leonard Fournette racked up 75 yards on 13 touches, together with his spotlight coming within the type of a 21-yard landing made attainable by a fantastic cutback. Fournette ought to by no means escape the primary spherical of fantasy drafts.
The Jaguars’ offense has one of many best fantasy power of schedules of any workforce, making everybody talked about on this part barely extra intriguing.
Morris shines for 49ers
One night time after 33-year-old Adrian Peterson appeared like a a lot youthful model of himself throughout his debut with the Redskins, Alfred Morris determined to comply with AP’s lead and shock us by breaking a number of large runs with the 49ers first-team offense.
Morris turned his 17 carries into 84 yards, and will have had much more if penalties did not negate a pair of different lengthy runs.
The true takeaway right here may be that the 49ers’ offensive line is healthier than we thought, since they have been opening huge operating lanes for his or her new ball provider. It is also attainable the Colts’ protection is as soon as once more a unit to focus on for fantasy functions.
With Jerick McKinnon and Matt Breida sidelined with accidents, this was about nearly as good a efficiency as Morris might have delivered. Factoring in his historical past with Kyle Shanahan from their time collectively in Washington, it is now probably Morris cracks the common season roster.
If McKinnon or Breida are unable to go well with up for Week 1, we could also be speaking about Morris as a top-20 fantasy starter for nevertheless lengthy they’re out. In deeper leagues, maintain him in thoughts on the finish of your drafts.
- Generally, fantasy house owners (and analysts) can discuss ourselves out of an apparent outlook. That may be what’s taking place with Kenyan Drake. On Saturday, the Dolphins’ RB exploded for a 30-yard run and later got here down with a 36-yard deep ball from Ryan Tannehill. Over the second half of the 2017 season, Drake was the RB9 in commonplace leagues and the RB7 in PPR. The addition of Frank Gore is worrisome, however the 35-year-old is on his final legs as an NFL rusher. Even Gore has talked up his younger teammate’s ability set. I am viewing Drake as a price choose within the fourth spherical.
- Pierre Garcon‘s draft inventory has declined significantly with reviews of Marquise Goodwin rising as Jimmy Garoppolo‘s favourite goal. This week, the veteran reminded everybody what he is able to with a 47-yard strike down the center of the sphere, ending the sport with two receptions for 62 yards. With Goodwin’s ADP catapulted into the fifth spherical, I might a lot relatively put money into Garcon within the ninth.
The backfield battle between Dion Lewis and Derrick Henry continues, with a timeshare all however assured. Lewis has a definite benefit as a receiver, which performed out in Saturday’s recreation when he noticed six complete touches for 31 yards, together with three receptions. Henry was held to 12 yards on 5 carries. My chips stay on Lewis, the extra dynamic of the duo.
In case you listened to the TE draft technique episode of our podcast, you’d know I made a daring prediction suggesting Eric Ebron will step up because the Colts’ second receiving weapon, main the workforce in touchdowns and posting top-five fantasy numbers. It is nonetheless the preseason, however his five-catch, 54-yard, one-touchdown efficiency on Saturday makes my prediction rather less insane. Despite the fact that the upside is there, I am not advocating drafting Ebron as something greater than a lottery ticket in fantasy.
Ben Roethlisberger is in mid-season type. Massive Ben is surrounded by among the best supporting casts within the league, and the change at offensive coordinator has resulted in a plan to go no-huddle extra usually, which supplies elevated alternative for manufacturing. Over the ultimate seven video games of 2017, Roethlisberger averaged 23.6 fantasy factors per recreation, essentially the most of any quarterback. In case you wait on the place, Roethlisberger, Matthew Stafford, or Mahomes are good targets within the 10th or 11th spherical.
Whereas we’re on the subject of the Steelers, if something have been to occur to Le’Veon Bell, their backfield is in significantly better form this yr. James Conner continues to develop. He’s made large strides as a receiver, evidenced by his team-leading six catches for 52 yards in opposition to the Titans. Rookie Jaylen Samuels additionally confirmed he’s capable of deal with a heavy workload with 15 touches for 77 yards within the recreation. Samuels had a wonderful catch-and-run the place he fooled a defender earlier than bouncing exterior en path to the pylon, but it surely was known as again on a holding penalty. Conner can be the backup to personal in Pittsburgh. Samuels is an fascinating deep sleeper attributable to his tight finish eligibility in lots of leagues.
Conner and Samuels have been just a few of the backup RBs making noise Saturday. John Kelly (15 carries, 64 yards, 2 TDs) has league-winning upside if Todd Gurley will get harm in 2018. Austin Ekeler (9 touches, 63 yards) might be harmful for the Chargers, and somebody fantasy house owners might want to stash on their benches. Corey Grant (10 touches, 71 yards) is a Fournette damage away from being a high quality fantasy starter.