2010 Fantasy Football: Preseason Fantasy Stock - Week 2
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.
Matt Leinart, QB, Cardinals
Matt Leinart was terrible at Tennessee. He was 4-of-6 for 28 yards, but that doesn't tell the whole story. Looking bored and uninterested, Leinart failed to complete a pass longer than 10 yards. Of his two attempts that went longer than 10 yards through the air, one was way behind his intended target, while the other was so off the mark that the ESPN crew speculated that the intended receiver ran the wrong route. He didn't.
Leinart was interviewed in the second half and blamed his poor play on the fact that the Titans "blitzed every down." Poor Matty. Forum member EllijayFalconsFan commented, "Leinart looks like a snobbish rich kid wondering why he is having to work for something for the first time in his life." I couldn't have said it any better myself.
Chris Wells, RB, Cardinals
To the chagrin of all Chris Wells owners, Tim Hightower started at Tennessee. Not only that; Wells didn't even receive a touch until the 8:22 mark of the second quarter. I'm not buying that Hightower will keep receiving more touches than Wells. However, it's really disconcerting that Ken Whisenhunt trusts Hightower more because of Wells' deficiencies in terms of catching the football and being a third-down back (pass protection).
Vince Young, QB, Titans
Vince Young played really well against the Cardinals, going 9-of-13 for 128 yards. He also had one carry for 10 yards. He's a solid QB2 this season.
Nate Washington, WR, Titans
I talked to someone a few hours before the Arizona game with inside knowledge of the Titans. He told me that Nate Washington has had an unbelievable training camp, and suggested that I should monitor him tonight for fantasy purposes. I didn't think much of it; after all, Nate Washington is Nate Washington. Man, was I wrong. Washington was definitely the best receiver on the field. He saw six targets and caught three balls for 44 yards. Washington's upside remains limited because the Titans have a run-heavy offense, but he is definitely the receiver to own on Tennessee.
Kenny Britt, WR, Titans
While Nate Washington thrived for the Titans, Kenny Britt struggled against the Cardinals. Britt caught only one pass for eight yards, and drew a delay-of-game penalty by senselessly kicking the ball out of bounds. Based on what I've heard from a Titans source, Britt has spent far too much time partying it up this offseason, which was the reason why he was out of shape going into training camp. Stay away from Britt for the time being.
Chad Henne, QB, Dolphins
Chad Henne was brilliant at Jacksonville, going 11-of-14 for 151 yards and two touchdowns. He was nearly flawless, as he suffered two drops from Davone Bess and Brandon Marshall. Henne remains a high-upside QB2 with Marshall starting to come on.
Brandon Marshall, WR, Dolphins
Chad Henne targeted Brandon Marshall a team-high four times. Marshall finished with four grabs for 65 yards. He dropped a pass early on, but made up for it with a 37-yard sideline grab from Chad Pennington.
Steven Jackson, RB, Rams
Steven Jackson had just four carries at Cleveland, but turned those attempts into 20 yards. He ran really hard and looked great. My concern remains his offseason back surgery and the fact that he always seems to miss a handful of games every year. Draft him at your own risk.
Jerome Harrison, RB, Browns
Jerome Harrison did not have a good second preseason game. He gained just 13 yards on five carries. More importantly, he fumbled the ball TWICE on his first two carries. It was pouring in Cleveland, but there's still no excuse for that. This type of performance could give Eric Mangini more of an incentive to use Montario Hardesty once the rookie runner is healthy again.
Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs
It was nice to see Dwayne Bowe become more involved on offense a week after doing nothing. Bowe caught three balls (out of five targets) for 33 yards at Tampa Bay. Coming off a great offseason, Bowe could have a solid WR2-worthy year.
Josh Freeman, QB, Buccaneers
The big news coming out of the Buccaneers-Chiefs game was that Josh Freeman injured the thumb on his throwing hand when he hit it against an opposing player's helmet. Freeman's thumb will be in a splint in the next 2-3 weeks, but he's expected to be ready for the opener. I'm giving Freeman a stock downgrade because he's young and needs the preseason reps, but if you liked him as a high-upside QB2, don't let this injury deter you from drafting him in the final couple of rounds.
Cadillac Williams, RB, Buccaneers
Cadillac Williams had only two carries for seven yards against Kansas City, but that's a good thing. Raheem Morris is set on Cadillac being his every-down runner and was anxious to get him out of the game to prevent an injury from happening.
Mike Williams, WR, Buccaneers
I'm going to capitalize the following because it's very important: GET MIKE WILLIAMS ONTO YOUR FANTASY ROSTER! Williams is an unbelievable receiver who does nothing but make awesome catches. Williams had three receptions for 44 yards against the Chiefs. On one of the incompletions thrown his way, Williams made an unbelievable leaping catch from Josh Johnson, but the defensive back pushed him out of bounds while still in the air. Williams, one of the favorites to win Offensive Rookie of the Year, is going to have a huge season.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings
Adrian Peterson looked great despite rushing for just 17 yards on six carries at San Francisco. He had a 13-yard gain, and actually led the Vikings with 25 receiving yards on three catches (great for his PPR prospects). Peterson played a bit more than I would have liked him to, but I didn't see anything that would keep me from spending the No. 1 overall pick in my fantasy draft on him.
Alex Smith, QB, 49ers
Alex Smith was 9-of-13 for 88 yards against the Vikings. Did he play as good as those numbers indicate? Absolutely. Smith, who opened 5-of-6 for 59 yards on the first drive, was missing Frank Gore, Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis. He deserves a ton of credit for moving his team down the field despite having to throw to the likes of Ted Ginn, Nate Byham and Dominique Zeigler.
Louis Murphy, WR, Raiders
With Chaz Schilens and Darrius Heyward-Bey out of the lineup, Louis Murphy was the only Oakland receiver to be targeted more than once at Chicago. Murphy actually saw six balls thrown his way in one half, and he came up with three grabs for 53 yards. Murphy dropped a pass, but was otherwise pretty impressive. He's worth a shot as a late-round flier.
Zach Miller, TE, Raiders
Jason Campbell targeted Zach Miller six times against the Bears. Miller came up with three catches and 32 yards. On one play, Miller dragged multiple defenders more than five yards down the field. He's a very good TE1.
Jay Cutler, QB, Bears
This is going to be a long season for Jay Cutler if Saturday's game is any indication. Cutler went 7-of-15 for 99 yards and a touchdown, which is actually really impressive if you factor in that he was under pressure on almost every play. Cutler was sacked a whopping five times in the first half alone. Kamerion Wimbley had four of those sacks, as he beat left tackle Chris Williams twice. Thanks to Mike Martz's idiotic/non-existent pass protection schemes, there's a good chance Cutler will get hurt sometime this year.
Matt Forte, RB, Bears
I can't believe I'm saying this because he was so terrible last year, but Matt Forte was great against the Raiders. The big play that everyone saw was an 89-yard score in the first quarter, but Forte also had gains of 12 and eight yards, finishing with 109 yards on five carries in one quarter of work. Unlike last season, Forte looks quick and in shape.
Devin Aromashodu, WR, Bears
Devin Aromashodu was a non-factor for the Bears in their second preseason contest. Aromashodu saw just one target, which came with 18 seconds remaining in the first half.
Greg Olsen, TE, Bears
It was really surprising to see Greg Olsen lead the Bears in targets (5) against the Raiders because tight ends are usually not a part of Mike Martz's offense. Olsen finished with three catches for 26 yards.
Mark Sanchez, QB, Jets
Mark Sanchez was 5-of-10 for a laughable 12 yards at Carolina - and he was even worse than advertised. Sanchez should have thrown a pick on an attempt to Braylon Edwards. He also really struggled to identify the blitz, causing Panther defenders to frequently flood the backfield (Sanchez was sacked twice on the opening drive).
Shonn Greene, RB, Jets
Shonn Greene caught a pass, which is encouraging for his PPR prospects, but struggled otherwise, gaining 10 yards on six carries. LaDainian Tomlinson had superior numbers (26 yards on three attempts) to go along with two receptions, though it should be noted that 20 of his 26 yards came on one carry.
Felix Jones, RB, Cowboys
So much for Felix Jones being the featured back this year. Marion Barber started at San Diego and played the entire first drive. Jones was in on the second possession, then Barber and Jones again. It appears as though the two runners will rotate series for now. It's hard to like either back all that much right now.
Marion Barber, RB, Cowboys
Marion Barber started at San Diego and played the entire first and third drives. He and Felix Jones seem like they'll be rotating series this season, though Barber should still get the work at the goal line.
Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers
I said this last week, but Ryan Mathews is a stud. He showcased both power and quickness on his runs against the Cowboys, collecting 53 yards on 12 carries. He also received two goal-line carries. He didn't convert officially, but I thought he broke the plane on his second attempt. Nevertheless, like LaDainian Tomlinson last year, Mathews will have the opportunity to pile up tons of scores in San Diego's high-octane offense.
Malcom Floyd, WR, Chargers
Vincent Jackson has absolutely no leverage right now because Malcom Floyd played like a legitimate No. 1 receiver against the Cowboys. He opened the game with a leaping 16-yard reception along the sidelines. In all, he was targeted six times, converting those passes into three catches for 47 yards.
Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions
The Lions' offense was impressive last week at Pittsburgh, and the unit took it to another level on Saturday. Matthew Stafford was brilliant at Denver, going 13-of-18 for 130 yards and a touchdown. Stafford was in complete control, showing great accuracy and command of the offense, especially when Detroit went no-huddle at the end of the first quarter. Stafford also enjoyed great pass protection, though that's probably because the Broncos don't have a legitimate pass-rusher in the wake of Elvis Dumervil's injury.
Jahvid Best, RB, Lions
Jahvid Best once again shined for the Lions. The electrifying rookie rushed for 49 yards on just eight carries, and also had two catches for 10 receiving yards at Denver. He touched the ball on the the first two plays of the game. More importantly, he was taken out of the contest after just one quarter (most of the starters played the whole half), which goes to show that Jim Schwartz thinks so highly of him that he doesn't want to risk injury. If Best can stay healthy, he's going to have a huge season.
Nate Burleson, WR, Lions
Nate Burleson caught all three passes thrown to him at Denver, turning those catches into 19 yards. Burleson is the third or fourth option in Detroit's offense, but with defenses focused on stopping Calvin Johnson and Jahvid Best, Burleson is going to get open a lot. He could be a decent flex option in PPR leagues.
Kyle Orton, QB, Broncos
A few days after signing a $9 million extension, Kyle Orton made the Broncos organization proud by going 16-of-22 for 177 yards, two touchdowns and an interception that wasn't his fault (the ball popped out of third-string running back Lance Ball's hands and into Dre Bly's). With Brady Quinn playing like crap and Tim Tebow still mechanically unsound, Orton's going to keep the job the entire year, making him a decent QB2.
Jabar Gaffney, WR, Broncos
Jabar Gaffney saw a whopping seven targets from Kyle Orton in the first half of the second preseason game, grabbing six of those balls for 98 yards. Gaffney came up with a seventh catch, but was slightly out of bounds. He now has been targeted 12 times in two preseason contests. Orton loves looking toward Gaffney, especially in the two-minute drill. Gaffney seems like he'll be what Eddie Royal should have been - a monstrous PPR receiver producing out of circumstance.
Anquan Boldin, WR, Ravens
Anquan Boldin is the most talented receiver on Baltimore's roster, but Derrick Mason continues to get more catches than the former Arizona Cardinal. Joe Flacco's familiarity with Mason is translating into more targets for the old veteran. Boldin has only two receptions this preseason.
Derrick Mason, WR, Ravens
For the second week in a row, Joe Flacco's favorite target was Derrick Mason. Mason managed only two catches for four yards, but was thrown to five times. Despite the addition of Anquan Boldin (1 catch, 21 yards), Flacco just seems most comfortable throwing to Mason, who should continue to be a good PPR option.
Donovan McNabb, QB, Redskins
It's only been two preseason games, but the Donovan McNabb era looks very promising in Washington. McNabb went 11-of-26 for 206 yards and an interception against the Ravens in just one half of action. The completion percentage seems awful, but not if you consider that McNabb endured a whopping five dropped passes by various targets. The pick was his fault though, and he should have thrown a second interception that was dropped by Ravens safety Dawan Landry. All in all, however, McNabb's performance was encouraging. He should be able to post solid numbers in Washington this season.
Clinton Portis, RB, Redskins
Clinton Portis had two carries and two targets thrown his way. He rushed for 14 yards on those two attempts. He didn't look special or anything, but he really outshined Larry Johnson, and now has to be the favorite to lead Washington's sorry running back corps in carries.
Larry Johnson, RB, Redskins
Clinton Portis saw all of the carries in Week 1. The plan was for Larry Johnson to get all of the early work against the Ravens. Said Johnson before the game, "It's my turn."
Fail. Johnson gained four yards on eight carries, and believe me when I say that those numbers actually are better than how he looked. Johnson dropped a very catchable pass and failed to pick up a blitz that led to a sack. He looked sluggish and lethargic. Quite frankly, I was shocked to see this because most people who cover the Redskins predicted that Johnson would lead the team in carries. Now, I'm not so sure he's even going to make the final roster.
Santana Moss, WR, Redskins
Based on his body language, Santana Moss seems thrilled to be playing with a Pro Bowl-caliber quarterback for the first time in his career. Moss saw six targets against the Ravens, catching four of them for 79 yards. As I've said all summer, Moss could have a career year because he has never played with any signal-caller nearly as talented as McNabb.
Anthony Armstrong, WR, Redskins
Who is this Anthony Armstrong character? In the preseason opener, Armstrong saw two targets and scored a touchdown. Against Baltimore, Donovan McNabb threw to Armstrong five times, including once in the end zone. Armstrong caught four balls for 82 yards, including a 45-yard bomb in which he made a great adjustment to an underthrown pass. He also made an unbelievable catch later when he spun around to snag a ball thrown way behind him.
Armstrong looks like the real deal. He blows by defenders and has great hands. Said Joe Theismann of the 5-10, 180-pound West Texas A&M product, "It's week, after week, after week. If you watched Anthony Armstrong in training camp, he made plays every day."
Arian Foster, RB, Texans
Save for one play, Arian Foster had a very good performance. He ran well, gaining 28 yards and a touchdown on six carries to go along with his two catches for 15 receiving yards. The blemish? Foster fumbled, which is a big no-no for Gary Kubiak. However, the fumble was a play in which Foster seemed to lose his footing once he obtained the ball from Matt Schaub. Foster was back in the game on the next drive, so he should be OK for now.
If Foster limits his fumbles, he could have a monstrous statistical season (Steve Slaton played exclusively in the second half). That said, we've seen how quick Kubiak's hook is pertaining to running backs putting the ball on the ground.
Jacoby Jones, WR, Texans
The Jacoby Jones hype is all but over. Jones wasn't part of the first-team offense, as Gary Kubiak opted to use him as the punt returner instead. Kevin Walter was the featured No. 2 receiver, and Jones focused on offense primarily in the second half.
Reggie Bush, RB, Saints
See, Texans? Maybe you should have drafted Reggie Bush after all (/sarcasm). Bush ran with authority in between the tackles against Houston, gaining 49 yards and a touchdown on seven carries. Forum member Whatdoyouwant711 pointed out that Bush may have just wanted to get revenge on the Texans. That's a great point, but we also saw this from Bush in the playoffs this past January. It'll be interesting to see if he continues to play this way going forward. If so, he could be an amazing PPR flex option this year.
Lance Moore, WR, Saints
Lance Moore caught only one pass for six yards, and was not targeted at all by Drew Brees against the Texans - this just one week after leading all Saints wideouts in targets from Brees. This is what New Orleans' offense is all about. One week, a receiver can post career numbers. The next, he might not even make the box score. Brees just has way too many options.
James Jones, WR, Packers
The second preseason contest was a disappointing one for James Jones. Donald Driver was out, which should have given Jones a chance to do some damage. Unfortunately, Jones was targeted just once - a quick pass at the line of scrimmage that went three yards for a first down. Of course, Aaron Rodgers' two drives are a small sample size, but it still was discouraging.
Jermichael Finley, TE, Packers
Jermichael Finley saw a team-high five targets from Aaron Rodgers at Seattle, converting those looks into four catches for 48 yards and a touchdown. Finley could easily finish as the No. 1 tight end this year; the only tight ends who should be going before him in fantasy are Dallas Clark and Antonio Gates, and even then, Finley might be the best option.
Matt Hasselbeck, QB, Seahawks
Matt Hasselbeck was a lot better in the second preseason game than he was last week. He went 11-of-15 for 127 yards and a touchdown, though it's worth noting that some of those numbers came against Green Bay's second-string defense. Still, Hasselbeck's QB2 prospects are encouraging because Charlie Whitehurst really struggled. Whitehurst was 9-of-20 for 73 yards and two picks. The first interception was an ugly toss that was weakly floated toward the sideline. The second was overthrown.
Justin Forsett, RB, Seahawks
Justin Forsett started the second preseason game. He couldn't get anything against Green Bay's starters, gaining 13 yards on five attempts. Forsett was outshined by Leon Washington, who took a hit for the first time since getting hurt last November. Washington displayed some speed and explosion, totaling 19 yards and a score on four carries. It seems like Pete Carroll will employ the same strategy he utilized at USC - a plethora of running backs will share the touches, but no one will really be the featured back.
John Carlson, TE, Seahawks
John Carlson caught only one pass for six yards against the Packers, but the important thing was that he was targeted four times by Matt Hasselbeck. He should be a solid, low-end TE1 this year.
Heath Miller, TE, Steelers
Ben Roethlisberger's favorite target at New York was Heath Miller, who caught all three balls thrown his way for 33 yards.
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Giants
Ahmad Bradshaw looked very impressive against the Steelers while Brandon Jacobs was out, gaining 28 yards and a touchdown on just six carries. He's the best back on the Giants right now.
Kevin Kolb, QB, Eagles
I guess you could say that Philadelphia's first preseason game was a bit of a mirage. Jacksonville's defense has the potential to be epically bad this year, so playing Cincinnati was more of a test for Kevin Kolb. Kolb was pretty average. He made some great throws, particularly to DeSean Jackson. However, Kolb missed some open wideouts, including two in the end zone. The most disconcerting thing was that Kolb was frequently pressured, as his offensive line had problems keeping a four-man pass rush out of the backfield. In total, Kolb went 11-of-17 for 126 yards in one half of play.
DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles
DeSean Jackson saw a whopping eight targets in his second preseason contest, partly because Jeremy Maclin left the game in the second quarter, and partly because no one in the Bengals secondary could cover him. Jackson hauled in four balls for 74 yards. He's poised for a big year.
Cedric Benson, RB, Bengals
Cedric Benson has looked great this preseason. A big development against the Eagles was the five targets he saw. Benson caught all five of the passes thrown his way for 29 yards. With Brian Leonard out, it seems like Benson will be a much bigger part of Cincinnati's passing game.
Terrell Owens, WR, Bengals
Unlike Chad Ochocinco, Terrell Owens had a solid performance against the Eagles. Owens was targeted four times and came up with three grabs for 67 yards, including a 43-yard fade along the right sideline.
Chad Johnson, WR, Bengals
Prior to the Eagles game, Chad Ochocinco had been having a miserable preseason. That continued Friday night. Ochocinco was able to catch two balls for 29 yards, but was responsible for two interceptions. He ran the wrong route the first time and had the ball pop out of his hands on the second pick. Carson Palmer targeted Ochocinco more than any other player (6 times), so it's actually discouraging that he came up with only two receptions.
Jermaine Gresham, TE, Bengals
For the second week in a row, Jermaine Gresham really stood out as a first-team offensive player. Carson Palmer targeted his rookie tight end four times, and Gresham was able to come up with three receptions for 34 yards.
Joseph Addai, RB, Colts
Joseph Addai started the Toronto game. He saw plenty of early action (2 carries, 13 rush yards, TD; 2 catches, 23 rec. yards), which included a pretty 26-yard completion down the sideline. He left the contest early, as it seemed like the Colts were trying to preserve him - which is definitely a good sign.
Donald Brown, RB, Colts
Donald Brown looked a lot better in the Toronto preseason contest than he did in the exhibition opener. He gained 23 yards on four carries to go along with a 7-yard reception. His only blemish of the night was a dropped pass.
C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills
C.J. Spiller is awesome. He put the Bills on the scoreboard on the opening drive against the Colts with an electrifying 31-yard run in which he made three defenders miss. With the help of another nice 12-yard spurt, Spiller finished the contest with 54 yards and the aforementioned score on just 10 carries. Spiller should be a solid RB2 this year, especially in PPR formats. However, don't expect a season resembling Chris Johnson's 2009 campaign; Buffalo's offensive line is terrible and really pales in comparison to Tennessee's front. The Bills also lack a dual rushing threat at quarterback to keep defenses honest.
Tom Brady, QB, Patriots
Tom Brady really looked like he was in rhythm at Atlanta. He went 10-of-12 for 85 yards and a touchdown. One of his two incompletions was a 56-yard bomb to Randy Moss that should have drawn a pass interference penalty. It really looked like a play straight out of 2007 - Brady aired it out well, and Moss beat two Atlanta defensive backs. Brady seems primed for a rebound season.
Fred Taylor, RB, Patriots
Fred Taylor looked like he was 27 years old again against the Falcons. Running quickly and spryly, Taylor gained 54 yards and a touchdown on just 11 carries. He also had a 13-yard gain wiped out because of a holding penalty. It would not be surprising at all if Taylor paced the Patriots in carries this season. New England's backfield is still a situation you should avoid, but taking a late-round flier on Taylor wouldn't be a bad idea.
Laurence Maroney, RB, Patriots
Laurence Maroney didn't play against the Falcons. Fred Taylor saw most of the carries and actually looked really impressive.
Wes Welker, WR, Patriots
If you were to tell me in January that Wes Welker would be playing in the second preseason game in the wake of his horrific knee injury in the 2009 finale, I wouldn't have believed you. Lo and behold, not only did Welker start; he saw three targets on the opening drive. Welker caught two of those passes for 20 yards. He also took some nasty hits, yet was able to get up quickly.
Having said all that, I still wouldn't take Welker unless he really fell in my fantasy draft. I think he's coming back way too early. I hope I'm wrong, but it'll be a surprise if he doesn't re-injure himself.
Brandon Tate, WR, Patriots
Brandon Tate was on the field often with the starters at Atlanta, but wasn't targeted. In fact, the only significant thing he did in the first half was fall down when he chest bumped Aaron Hernandez in the end zone following a Hernandez touchdown. Tate had an impressive 15-yard reception in the third quarter, but tonight was pretty discouraging overall.
Aaron Hernandez, TE, Patriots
Aaron Hernandez saw two targets from Tom Brady in the second preseason game (three from Brian Hoyer), including a touchdown in the second quarter. Hernandez looks great; he could be a big part of New England's offense this season. I wouldn't draft a rookie tight end, but Hernandez's progress is worth monitoring if you want to replace your struggling/injured tight end.
Michael Turner, RB, Falcons
Another positive review for Michael Turner. Turner ran well (8 carries, 32 yards) against New England, but the big news is that he caught two passes. In three preseason quarters this summer, Turner has three receptions, compared to just five catches all last regular season. Turner is making a serious push to be No. 5 on my overall 2010 fantasy football rankings (ahead of Frank Gore).