2011 Fantasy Football: Preseason Fantasy Stock - Week 4
With preseason underway, there will be updates daily to this 2011 Fantasy Football Preseason Stock page. Games will be added as I watch them. Adjustments will be made on my 2011 Fantasy Football Rankings accordingly. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.
Jacoby Ford, WR, Raiders
It was nice to see Jacoby Ford on the field in the finale after he missed the other three preseason games with an injury. Unfortunately, he caught only one pass, as Darrius Heyward-Bey was targeted more often.
Colts at Bengals
Jordan Shipley, WR, Bengals (PPR)
With three balls thrown to him against the Colts, Jordan Shipley finished second in Andy Dalton's targets behind A.J. Green this preseason (go here to see a full list of preseason receiver targets). Dalton loves throwing slants to Shipley, so the former Longhorn makes for a decent late-round flier in PPR leagues.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, Patriots
BenJarvus Green-Ellis saw four of the six first-string carries in the exhibition finale. He gained just 10 yards, but scored twice. He's someone to own in touchdown-only leagues.
Chad Ochocinco, WR, Patriots
More inefficiency from Chad Ochocinco, albeit a small sample size. The former Bengal was targeted twice in one quarter of action in the preseason finale, but caught only one pass for nine yards. Tom Brady has so many weapons, so it's hard to be excited about No. 85 after two lackluster performances.
Sam Bradford, QB, Rams
Sam Bradford looked pretty sharp in the preseason finale at Jacksonville, going 7-of-11 for 133 yards and a touchdown in a quarter of action. The score was the result of a beautiful play-action fake and a perfect 44-yard pass to Lance Kendricks. Bradford cemented his status as a borderline fantasy QB1 with major upside in Josh McDaniels' scheme. If he had better receivers, he'd be much higher in my 2011 Fantasy Football Rankings.
Lance Kendricks, TE, Rams
Lance Kendricks caught three passes (out of four targets) for 73 yards and a touchdown in the preseason finale - in just one quarter of action. If you like to carry two tight ends, MAKE SURE YOU GET KENDRICKS ON YOUR ROSTER. He's going to get better and better as the season moves along.
Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers
I'm giving Greg Olsen a stock down because of Jeremy Shockey, who was targeted three times during Cam Newton's only drive in the preseason finale. Shockey is definitely not as talented as Olsen at this stage of his career, but he's going to take targets away from the former Bear tight end. If you don't believe me, take a look at whom Cam Newton has targeted this entire preseason.
Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs
Jamaal Charles oddly played for two-and-a-half quarters in the exhibition finale. He carried the ball nine times for only 19 yards, and also caught two passes for 18 receiving yards. It gets worse - Charles lost two fumbles. If he keeps putting the ball on the ground, Todd Haley will take touches away from him. Remember, Haley has the mind of a heroin addict and is incapable of making logical decisions. Those expecting Charles to post top-three fantasy running back numbers this year will be sorely disappointed. He's way overdrafted in fantasy leagues.
Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs
Dwayne Bowe saw seven targets from Matt Cassel and finished with eight receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown in two-and-a-half quarters of action in the preseason finale. Kansas City's offense is due for a major decline this season, but Bowe is still a stud.
Chris Wells, RB, Cardinals
Chris Wells rushed twice for 11 yards in the preseason finale. More importantly, he was targeted once and caught a 3-yard pass from Kevin Kolb. This is important because he could be a high-end RB2 if he catches 25-30 passes.