2010 Fantasy Football: Preseason Fantasy Stock - Week 1
With preseason underway, there will be updates daily to this 2010 Fantasy Football Preseason Stock page. Games will be added as I watch them. Adjustments will be made on my 2010 Fantasy Football Rankings accordingly.
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Giants
Ahmad Bradshaw started the game for the Giants and actually received more work than Brandon Jacobs. Bradshaw couldn't get anything on the ground behind a skeleton-crew offensive line, but caught two passes for 58 yards.
Brandon Jacobs, RB, Giants
Ahmad Bradshaw started the game for the Giants and actually received more work than Brandon Jacobs. Jacobs got all of the goal-line touches and scored on the third of three tries, but wasn't involved much otherwise.
Shonn Greene, RB, Jets
Shonn Greene looked great in the preseason opener. He bulldozed his way for 26 yards on five carries. He also lined up in the slot on one possession and caught a 5-yard pass. Most importantly, Greene - not LaDainian Tomlinson - was in the backfield when the Jets entered the Giants' 5-yard line. Feel free to draft Greene as your RB1 at the end of the first round. He could legitimately score 15-plus touchdowns this year.
LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, Jets
LaDainian Tomlinson actually impressed me in his debut with the Jets. He rushed for just 17 yards on eight carries, but had a 14-yard touchdown scamper called back because of a penalty. He also had a 14-yard reception. Tomlinson inexplicably showed some of the quickness and burst he lacked in 2009. Shonn Greene will definitely get the bulk of the carries - including the touches inside the 5-yard line - but Tomlinson could turn out to be a decent flex option in PPR leagues.
Jake Delhomme, QB, Browns
Jake Delhomme was awesome in the preseason opener. I don't know if he's healthy again, or if his son is finally safe and sound at home, but Delhomme looks like the same guy who quarterbacked the Panthers to the Super Bowl seven years ago. Delhomme was 6-of-7 for 66 yards. His one incompletion was nearly picked off by Nick Collins, but overall this was a great improvement over last season's disaster.
Jerome Harrison, RB, Browns
With Montario Hardesty sidelined, Jerome Harrison started the exhibition opener for the Browns. He rushed for 25 yards and a touchdown on seven carries. The important thing is that Harrison received a carry at Green Bay's 4-yard line over Peyton Hillis. If Harrison starts over Hardesty and can keep the goal-line touches, he's going to have a monstrous fantasy season.
Mohamed Massaquoi, WR, Browns
Mohamed Massaquoi was very impressive in the preseason opener. He caught all three of his targets on the first drive, turning those completions into 36 yards. Massaquoi is a No. 1 receiver with upside whom you can land in the double-digit rounds.
Brian Robiskie, WR, Browns
I don't know what happened to Brian Robiskie last year, but the Ohio State product is finally coming on. Robiskie saw two targets from Jake Delhomme on the opening drive at Green Bay, and three targets on the next drive from Seneca Wallace. Robiskie finished with three grabs for 32 yards and a score. He's not worth drafting yet, but he might be worth a late-round flier at the end of the summer if he keeps producing in these preseason games.
Evan Moore, TE, Browns
If you were reading this site last year, you know that I suggested to keep an eye out on Evan Moore. Moore converted on both of his targets on the opening drive at Green Bay, notching 24 yards. Moore is an athletic tight end who could have a solid 2010 campaign. I wouldn't draft him, but Moore could be worth a look as a bye-week filler if he continues to play well.
Ryan Grant, RB, Packers
Ryan Grant did not have a good preseason debut. He fumbled on his first carry and suffered a concussion on his third attempt. Grant should be fine for the regular-season opener though.
Donald Driver, WR, Packers
Donald Driver caught all three targets thrown his way in the preseason opener, notching 19 yards. Driver was moving around pretty well and will be moved up in my 2010 Fantasy Football Rankings. If you plan on drafting him as a starter, however, remember that he's a 35-year-old coming off two knee surgeries. It's unrealistic to expect Driver to stay healthy all season.
Jabar Gaffney, WR, Broncos
Kyle Orton didn't look toward Eddie Royal often, opting instead to target Jabar Gaffney and Brandon Lloyd five times each. Lloyd's a non-factor because he'll be on the bench once Demaryius Thomas comes back, but Gaffney appears to have picked up where he left off at the end of the 2009 campaign; he caught two balls for 37 yards.
Eddie Royal, WR, Broncos
I was disappointed to see that Eddie Royal was targeted just once in the preseason opener. Royal caught a 19-yard touchdown out of the slot, but as for right now, it doesn't appear as though he'll re-live his 2008 fantasy glory as long as Josh McDaniels is around.
Terrell Owens, WR, Bengals
While Chad Ochocinco wasn't much of a factor on Sunday night, Terrell Owens caught four balls for 23 yards on six targets. Amazingly, he's functioning as Cincinnati's No. 1 receiver despite being on the team for less than a month.
Chad Ochocinco, WR, Bengals
Chad Ochocinco hasn't done anything this preseason. In two contests, he's been targeted only three times, making one 4-yard catch. At this point you have to wonder if Ochocinco's ridiculous reality endeavors have ruined his 2010 season.
Jermaine Gresham, TE, Bengals
Jermaine Gresham is finally coming on. Playing exclusively with the first team Sunday night, Gresham converted on all three of his targets for 37 yards. Drafting rookie tight ends is often futile, but Gresham is talented enough to be a rare exception; with Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco garnering all of the attention, things will open up for Gresham.
Johnny Knox, WR, Bears
Chicago's first-team offense played only one drive in the preseason opener. In fact, Jay Cutler attempted just two passes, both of which went to Johnny Knox. Knox's two receptions transformed for 47 yards. He has clearly emerged as Cutler's No. 1 receiver, and should be targeted in the seventh round of all leagues.
Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers
Ryan Mathews had a very impressive preseason debut. He ran for 50 yards on nine carries, and also chipped in with two receptions for 11 yards. Mathews ran with a great mix of power and quickness, and his catches indicate that he's going to be part of the passing game.
Legedu Naanee, WR, Chargers
Of Philip Rivers' six passes in the preseason opener, three went to Legedu Naanee. Naanee turned his three targets into one catch that happened to be a 28-yard touchdown. He also had a 6-yard completion that was wiped out by a penalty. With Vincent Jackson likely to hold out the entire year, Naanee is suddenly a viable option as a WR3.
Alex Smith, QB, 49ers
Frank Gore and Michael Crabtree missed the preseason opener, but it doesn't excuse Alex Smith's horrendous performance. Smith was 3-of-9 for 37 yards and an interception. He had Vernon Davis wide open for a 50-yard touchdown, but completely missed him. And to think, the 49ers could have traded for Donovan McNabb...
Joseph Addai, RB, Colts
Joseph Addai received all of the first-team work for the Colts in the preseason opener. He rushed for 11 yards and a touchdown on five carries to go along with a 12-yard reception. Addai really outplayed Donald Brown, who basically just ran in circles.
Donald Brown, RB, Colts
Donald Brown played exclusively with the second team in the preseason opener. His performance was abysmal, as he had minus-4 yards on his five attempts.
Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions
Matthew Stafford was nearly flawless in the preseason opener, going 8-of-11 for 61 yards, a touchdown and an interception that wasn't his fault. Stafford's three incompletions were two jump balls to Calvin Johnson in the end zone and a pick that bounced out of Jahvid Best's hands.
Jahvid Best, RB, Lions
Jahvid Best was utilized early and often by the Lions in their first exhibition contest. In fact, he carried the ball on the first four plays of the game for Detroit. Best showed unbelievable explosion, generating 29 yards on six carries in addition to a 9-yard reception. I had him as my No. 29 overall player in my PPR rankings going into the weekend, and I'm beginning to think that's a bit too low.
Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions
Calvin Johnson led all starters with a whopping five targets in the preseason opener, including three in the end zone. He caught two passes for 10 yards and a score, and had a long gain nullified by a pretty pathetic penalty by Jeff Backus. Megatron should be ranked no lower than the No. 3 fantasy receiver this season. If he falls to you in Round 2, don't even think about hesitating.
Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Steelers
The stat line says that Rashard Mendenhall had just two carries for five yards. He should have had more; a big run was negated by a sloppy fumble in which the ball was about a mile away from his body. But overall, Mendenhall is going to have immense trouble running the football in these first four games; the opposing defenses don't have to respect the pass at all.
Matt Schaub, QB, Texans
Matt Schaub was perfect in the preseason opener. He was 5-of-6 for 78 yards and a 44-yard touchdown to Andre Johnson. Schaub's sole incompletion was dropped by tight end Joel Dreessen.
Arian Foster, RB, Texans
With injury comes opportunity. Ben Tate is probably out for the year with a broken ankle, so Arian Foster and Steve Slaton will get the majority of the carries this season. Foster played really well in the exhibition opener, as his first carry went for 21 yards. He finished with 31 yards on four attempts. Slaton, meanwhile, looked pretty decent at times (10 carries, 22 rush yards; 1 catch, 21 rec. yards), but once again fumbled at the goal line. Slaton was not seen after fumbling, which isn't surprising considering how Gary Kubiak operates. Kubiak won't be able to trust Slaton, which means that Foster could be in for a HUGE fantasy campaign.
Steve Slaton, RB, Texans
Steve Slaton will get more looks with Ben Tate out for the year, but Arian Foster will receive most of the touches; Gary Kubiak doesn't trust Slaton to hang on to the football.
Ben Tate, RB, Texans
One of my top early-summer sleepers, Ben Tate, suffered a broken ankle at Arizona and looks like he'll be out for the year. Tate's injury was ugly; he rolled around on the ground in agony after his foot was twisted around right after a 12-yard run. Tate had to be helped off and he couldn't put any pressure on his foot.
Jacoby Jones, WR, Texans
The battle for the No. 2 receiving job was a lackluster one in the preseason opener; Matt Schaub targeted Kevin Walter once (16-yard catch) and Jacoby Jones zero times. Jones had an end-around for a loss of four yards. He was later targeted often by Dan Orlovsky, but it's not a good thing that he wasn't involved with the first-string offense.
Matt Leinart, QB, Cardinals
Matt Leinart did not look very good in the exhibition opener. He was 6-of-7 for 49 yards, but seldom looked downfield, frequently opting for 5-yard dump-offs. Four of Leinart's completions went for 4, 7, 6 and 2 yards. The worst thing I saw from Leinart though is when he began yelling at everyone during the second drive. He has no passion for the game, and he's obviously a poor leader.
Chris Wells, RB, Cardinals
Tim Hightower started the preseason opener for Arizona. In fact, Chris Wells didn't get a touch until the third drive. Wells saw a ton of action (11 carries, 36 yards), but most of that came when the first team was off the field. I'm not nearly as high on Wells as others are; Hightower will be a factor, and Wells won't get nearly as many goal-line opportunities with Matt Leinart under center instead of Kurt Warner.
Justin Forsett, RB, Seahawks
It was depressing to see Julius Jones start the preseason opener. Jones had a couple of nice runs, but was pretty mediocre overall. He gained 13 yards on five carries and also dropped a pass. Justin Forsett, playing exclusively with the second team, gained 17 rushing yards on seven attempts to go along with a 30-yard reception. Forsett should see much more action than Jones, but Seattle head coaches clearly don't understand simple logic.
Deon Butler, WR, Seahawks
Deon Butler had a 36-yard pass from Charlie Whitehurst in the preseason opener. Unfortunately, Pete Carroll is doing his best Jim Mora Jr. impression, so it doesn't look like Butler will play much for now.
Josh Freeman, QB, Buccaneers
Josh Freeman was perfect in the preseason opener, hitting all four of his passes for 53 yards and a touchdown to Sammie Stroughter. He also looked good when scrambling out of the pocket. Freeman is a million miles ahead of where he was last year.
Cadillac Williams, RB, Buccaneers
As someone wrote on GameCenter: "catilac is back!" It's true - Cadillac Williams is back to his old self. He rushed for 21 yards on four carries in the exhibition opener, looking much more spry than backup Derrick Ward. Cadillac, who is actually healthy for a change, is a solid RB3 this fantasy season. He's going too low in most fantasy drafts.
Mike Williams, WR, Buccaneers
All the talk this offseason regarding the Bucs has been about rookie receiver Mike Williams. The Syracuse product didn't disappoint in the exhibition opener, catching a 30-yard bomb from Josh Freeman. I love Williams as a late-round flier with a ton of upside.
Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs
While the Chiefs struggled to open up any holes for the decrepit Thomas Jones, Jamaal Charles was much more successful in the preseason opener. Charles carried the ball only four times, but was able to total 37 rushing yards. It's clear to 99.99999 percent of the universe that Charles is the superior Kansas City running back. Unfortunately, the 0.00001 is the man who matters most in this situation. Todd Haley has to be insane if he thinks Jones gives him a better chance of winning. If he paid attention to this game, Charles will become the starter going forward.
Michael Turner, RB, Falcons
Michael Turner ran through massive holes for 29 yards on four carries in the preseason opener. He touched the ball on the first four plays of the game: runs of 7 and 9 yards, a catch for 6 yards, and another rush for 10 yards. The reception is most significant; if Turner can become a bigger part of the passing game and catch about 15-20 balls or so, he could easily finish as a top-three fantasy running back.
David Garrard, QB, Jaguars
The Jaguars came out looking pretty sluggish at Philadelphia, which shouldn't surprise you if you're familiar with Jack Del Rio's abysmal work ethic. David Garrard epitomized the malaise; he went 5-of-10 for 35 yards. Maybe it's just me, but he looked like he was bored. On all but a couple of his passes, he didn't even look downfield; instead, he contently dumped the ball off three yards downfield.
Kevin Kolb, QB, Eagles
Kevin Kolb didn't show any jitters early on during the preseason opener, firing a 26-yard dart to DeSean Jackson on his first attempt. On the next series of downs, Kolb scrambled for a first down. Toward the end of the drive, he tossed a perfect throw into Brent Celek's arms, but the tight end couldn't come up with the touchdown catch. Kolb went 6-of-11 for 95 yards. He had a couple of poor passes, but as mentioned, he could have had a score added to his stat line. Eagles fans should be very encouraged by what they saw on Friday night.
LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles
LeSean McCoy was heavily involved on offense against the Jaguars, totaling 30 yards on eight carries. Kevin Kolb didn't target him, but you better believe that McCoy will get a ton of receptions this season. As indicated by the coaching staff this offseason, McCoy has heavily progressed in Philadelphia's offense.
Jeremy Maclin, WR, Eagles
Jeremy Maclin had two catches for 32 yards in the preseason opener, but was targeted more than any wide receiver by Kevin Kolb. Maclin also saw a pass go his way in the end zone, but Jaguars free safety Reggie Nelson tipped it away. Maclin looks like he's going to have a huge sophomore campaign.
Fred Jackson, RB, Bills
Fred Jackson suffered hand and ankle injuries after gaining 16 yards on four carries in the preseason opener. Marshawn Lynch entered the lineup, and he too had to leave with an ankle. I don't really care about Lynch, but Jackson is in danger of missing the season opener because of a possible hand fracture, per Gailey.
C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills
With Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch injured, C.J. Spiller will have more reps with the first-team offense going forward. Spiller opened things up with an 11-yard gain himself at Washington. Unfortunately, none of his plays stood out after that. Spiller finished with 16 yards on four rushes. He didn't catch a pass.
Donovan McNabb, QB, Redskins
Fortunately for the sanity of everyone in the D.C. area, Donovan McNabb was really sharp in the exhibition opener. McNabb was 5-of-8 for 58 yards and a touchdown. He had a few goofy passes - which you know he's prone to if you've ever watching him with the Eagles - but overall, Redskins fans have to be thrilled with their new quarterback.
Larry Johnson, RB, Redskins
Clinton Portis started the preseason opener against the Bills. Larry Johnson surprisingly didn't play at all. Ryan Torain saw the most action, totaling 62 yards on 17 carries. Torain looked pretty solid, but he still may be third on the depth chart after this game. Johnson's absence was quite mysterious because he's had a great training camp.
Chris Cooley, TE, Redskins
Donovan McNabb was most comfortable throwing to Chris Cooley. Cooley caught all three of his targets for 33 yards in the preseason opener.
Michael Bush, RB, Raiders
Michael Bush received all of the early carries with Darren McFadden out. Bush looked great going up against Dallas' impressive front seven, rushing for 31 yards on seven carries. With Al Davis no longer calling the shots, Bush looks like he has the starting running back gig nearly secured.
Louis Murphy, WR, Raiders
Louis Murphy took advantage of Chaz Schilens' absence and saw more targets than any other Oakland wideout in the preseason opener. Murphy came up with only one catch, but two of those targets were deep bombs that were nearly complete.
Zach Miller, TE, Raiders
Jason Campbell looked most comfortable throwing to Zach Miller in the 2010 exhibition opener. Miller saw four targets in a quarter-and-a-half, and was able to come up with three receptions for 15 yards.
David Buehler, K, Cowboys
It was nice to see David Buehler rebound against the Raiders after an awful preseason opener. Buehler connected on all three of his kicks, including a 42-yarder that was right down the pipe.
Lance Moore, WR, Saints
Interestingly, Lance Moore led all Saints receivers in targets from Drew Brees in the preseason opener. Once again, Moore is finally healthy and should reemerge as a heavily relied-upon weapon for Brees this season. He caught two passes for only 10 yards, but drew a pass interference flag on a deep bomb down the sideline.
Tom Brady, QB, Patriots
Tom Brady was really sharp in the preseason opener. He was 5-of-8 for 67 yards on two drives, and one of the incompletions was a tipped pass. Despite not having Wes Welker in the lineup, Brady looked great. He's undervalued this fantasy season because of his injury-plagued 2009 campaign.
Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots
Two words to describe Julian Edelman's performance against the Saints in the preseason opener: F***ing awesome. Edelman simply couldn't be tackled. He caught six balls for 90 yards and also chipped in with a 40-yard punt return. Tom Brady and the Patriots are in good hands if Wes Welker can't play.
Brandon LaFell, WR, Panthers
Brandon LaFell had a really disappointing performance in the preseason opener. LaFell was targeted once, but dropped a beautiful Jimmy Clausen fade in the end zone. LaFell had a strong training camp, so watching him struggle was disheartening.
Joe Flacco, QB, Ravens
Joe Flacco was very impressive in the preseason opener, going 8-of-12 for 120 yards and a touchdown. He took a pair of sacks because he held on to the ball too long, but that was his only flaw of the night. Flacco looked in complete control of the offense, and seems poised for a big year if he can stay healthy. If you can draft Flacco in the seventh round of a 12-team league, you're getting a steal.
Ed Dickson, TE, Ravens
An impressive receiver for the Ravens in the preseason opener was actually tight end Ed Dickson, who grabbed a pair of balls (not that there's anything wrong with that) for 26 yards with the second team. Dickson was also targeted deep on an errant pass from Marc Bulger. I'm not suggesting you should draft Dickson or anything, but he's worth keeping an eye on as a possible waiver-wire pick-up.