2012 Fantasy Football: Preseason Fantasy Stock - Week 2
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2012 Fantasy Football Preseason Stock - Week 2
Eagles at Patriots
QB Eagles No. 7, QB, Eagles
Eagles QB No. 7 suffered a rib injury on the second drive. He was slow to get up after a hard hit from Jermaine Cunningham. He then walked gingerly to the locker room to get X-rays. The X-rays were negative, but he's just going to suffer another injury once he plays again. The Eagles' quarterback is made out of glass; forum member Daniel Brown said it best: "Vick being hurt is like watching the sun rise. It's a routine." There no reason you should spent a pick in the first seven rounds on Eagles QB No. 7. He's a lock to miss at least four games.
DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles
DeSean Jackson had a huge outing at New England. He saw a combined eight targets from Nick Foles and the other guy, catching four of those balls for 82 yards. Foles really seemed to prefer throwing to Jackson over Jeremy Maclin. That's good to know for when Foles is forced into the lineup early in the regular season.
Jeremy Maclin, WR, Eagles
Jeremy Maclin saw just two targets from Nick Foles at New England, one of which was intercepted. Foles didn't look comfortable throwing to Maclin, preferring DeSean Jackson by a wide margin.
Stevan Ridley, RB, Patriots
Shane Vereen started alongside Mallett in the backfield against the Eagles. Vereen played the entire first half, gaining just 20 yards on 10 carries. He did, however, catch four balls for 29 more yards, thanks to an effective 20-yard screen. What's really noteworthy is that Vereen was utilized well ahead of Stevan Ridley, who was relegated to reserve duties in the second half. Ridley gained 25 yards on 10 tries.
Vick Ballard, RB, Colts
Donald Brown rushed for 30 yards and a touchdown on six carries at Pittsburgh, but lost some series to rookie Vick Ballard, who gained 34 yards on 10 attempts. Ballard looked pretty good, though he was stuffed twice at the goal line. He's worth a late-round pick as a high-upside flier.
Austin Collie, WR, Colts
Austin Collie hauled in a 19-yard reception at Pittsburgh, but then was hit in the head and dropped the ball. He then went into the locker room to be tested for a concussion. If he has another concussion, his season (and maybe even his career) could be over.
Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts
Reggie Wayne caught six passes for 74 yards in one half of action against the Steelers. Andrew Luck really locked into him in the second quarter, targeting him a whopping eight times when no other wideout (or tight end) saw four balls go their way. With Austin Collie injured, Wayne's stock is definitely going up.
Alfred Morris, RB, Redskins
After declaring his love for Evan Royster for the past couple of weeks, Mike Shanahan decided to start rookie Alfred Morris at running back. Morris had some nice carries, including a 21-yarder in which he broke three tackles. He finished with 34 yards on 10 attempts. This could lead to some drafting Morris around Rounds 10-12 in their fantasy league, but I've had enough of this nonsense. Shanahan is an a**hole.
Evan Royster, RB, Redskins
Evan Royster was relegated to third-down duties at Chicago because Alfred Morris started at running back. Royster was given only two carries, but turned those into 20 rushing yards. His stock obviously has to take a hit - I almost forgot how big of a douche bag Shanahan can be.
Michael Bush, RB, Bears
Matt Forte started against the Redskins, but it was Michael Bush who scored twice with the first team. Bush replaced Forte each time the Bears entered the Redskins' 10-yard line, scoring quite easily from one and eight yards out. When Bush found the end zone the second time, one of the Bears' announcers remarked, "That's the reason they got him." Bush is going to score a bunch of touchdowns this year.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears
Alshon Jeffery was targeted once by Jay Cutler, which turned out to be a 16-yard reception. He was tackled at the 1-yard line, so it's a shame it wasn't a 17-yarder. Jeffery went on to do most of his damage with Jason Campbell, finishing with three catches for a team-high 62 yards. Jeffery is really impressive physically, and it's beginning to look like he's starting to get it. He could be a decent producer in the second half of the season.
Kendall Hunter, RB, 49ers
I really love what I see out of Kendall Hunter. He runs really hard and keeps his legs churning, plus he's effective in the passing game. He's a great, late-round sleeper, especially now in the wake of Brandon Jacobs' knee injury. Jacobs was injured on his first carry at Houston, so he could be out for a while. This really opens things up for Hunter, who will get lots of playing time if Frank Gore gets hurt again. Hunter rushed for 46 yards on just six carries.
Andre Johnson, WR, Texans
As mentioned previously, Andre Johnson caught a 43-yarder from Matt Schaub in his preseason debut. It was pretty; the grab was snagged over double coverage. Johnson left the game after that, but only for precautionary reasons. He's fully healthy now, so he'll be a big producer - until he gets hurt again, of course.
Lestar Jean, WR, Texans
Lestar Jean looks like a stud. The young wideout saw three targets from Matt Schaub against the 49ers, finishing with four catches for 42 yards and a touchdown, though he dropped a ball from T.J. Yates in the middle of the third quarter. Schaub acknowledged him later in an interview, telling the reporter that Jean is "going to be a big player for us." Jean is definitely worth taking in the final round as a high-upside flier.
Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Chiefs
Matt Cassel has not looked like he's clicked with Jonathan Baldwin through two preseason games. Baldwin saw three targets from Cassel against the Rams, catching only one for seven yards. Making matters worse, he lost a fumble after making that reception. With Dwayne Bowe back and Dexter McCluster getting lots of targets, Baldwin's fantasy value has diminished a bit.
Kevin Boss, TE, Chiefs
Kevin Boss saw a team-high five targets from Matt Cassel at St. Louis. He caught four of them for 62 yards. It seems like he will be Cassel's go-to guy in the intermediate passing game instead of Tony Moeaki.
Steven Jackson, RB, Rams
Steven Jackson does not look like he's wearing down. He ran with burst and power against the Chiefs, totaling 49 yards on just seven carries. If Sam Bradford is back to 2010 form, Jackson could have one final, big season.
Danny Amendola, WR, Rams
Rams' color analyst Marshall Faulk said it best: "Someone alert the NFC West and tell them that Sam Bradford has his blanky back!" Faulk was referring to Danny Amendola, Bradford's favorite target. Amendola saw three balls go his away against the Rams (tied for a team-high from Bradford), catching all of them for 58 yards and a touchdown. Amendola has PPR upside and is worth a look in the final rounds.
Terrell Owens, WR, Seahawks
The Seahawks need to cut Terrell Owens immediately. He's useless. He ran the wrong route on the first drive, which resulted in an incompletion. He couldn't get open against Champ Bailey for most of the evening. The one exception occurred in the second quarter when he had a God-awful drop in the end zone for what would have been a 46-yard touchdown. Matt Flynn targeted Owens five times, yet Owens couldn't come up with a single catch. That's because he's completely finished. He's taking away opportunities from younger receivers who deserve a chance, and it's only a matter of time before he starts hurting team chemistry.
Jacob Tamme, TE, Broncos
Jacob Tamme is being overdrafted in fantasy leagues. Peyton Manning seems to be spreading the ball around evenly to Tamme and Joel Dreessen. Tamme had just one more target than Dreessen against the Seahawks, with both snagging two receptions.
DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys
DeMarco Murray looked great at San Diego. He rushed for 12 yards on three carries and also caught two balls for 18 receiving yards. If he weren't so brittle, he'd be a late first-round pick. I'd take him in the third round, but he's too risky to be chosen earlier. Forgive me if I'm scared of injury-prone Cowboy running backs.
Ronnie Brown, RB, Chargers
Ronnie Brown saw most of the first-team touches with Ryan Mathews out against the Cowboys. He rushed for 16 yards on six yards, but more impressively caught four balls for 37 receiving yards. It's proof that he can be a serviceable fantasy running back on the multiple occasions in which Mathews will be injured this season.
Vincent Brown, WR, Chargers
Vincent Brown is a late-round sleeper I had my eye on. He had an impressive 18-yard touchdown in this contest, but as he was going to the ground, a defender landed on his foot, which rolled over to the side. It was not pretty to watch. Brown couldn't get up and yelled in agony. He was carted off and has since been ruled out for eight weeks with a broken ankle. What a shame.
Robert Meachem, WR, Chargers
Another quiet outing by Robert Meachem. He saw two targets in one half of action versus Dallas. He caught one for seven yards. The other was underthrown in his direction, which resulted in an interception. Philip Rivers and Meachem just haven't been on the same page all summer. Meachem is someone to avoid in your fantasy draft.
David Wilson, RB, Giants
D.J. Ware curiously replaced a seemingly injured Ahmad Bradshaw in the first half. David Wilson didn't see any action until the second half. Ware was awful - he had 15 yards on 11 carries - but it's still a bit troubling that Wilson didn't serve as the No. 2 back. Wilson tallied 14 yards on five attempts.
Victor Cruz, WR, Giants
With Hakeem Nicks out, Victor Cruz was targeted a whopping eight times, catching five of those balls for 51 yards. He should have scored a touchdown, but Kyle Wilson got away with an obvious pass interference in the end zone. I've been looking for signs that Cruz could regress after his unbelievable run last year, but I haven't seen any.
Justin Blackmon, WR, Jaguars
Justin Blackmon caught all four of his targets for 48 yards and a touchdown at New Orleans. He looked good, as he broke tackles on numerous occasions. With Blaine Gabbert perhaps being somewhat functional, Blackmon is back on the fantasy radar.
Devery Henderson, WR, Saints
I said it before, but I think Devery Henderson is a nice late-round flier. Henderson has always produced well when one of the other receivers was out, and Robert Meachem, of course, is gone. Henderson had more targets from Drew Brees (4) than any other Saint versus the Jaguars. He hauled in all four balls for 31 yards and a touchdown.
Fred Jackson, RB, Bills
Buffalo's starting offense played four drives, and Fred Jackson was the featured running back on the first, third and fourth series. Jackson rushed for 27 yards on five carries and also caught three balls for 14 more yards. He was far more impressive than C.J. Spiller, who took an 8-yard rushing loss because he foolishly ran backward. Spiller had just two carries for minus-3 yards, which is good news for all Jackson fantasy owners. Jackson is still going to receive the majority of the touches in Buffalo's backfield.
Jerome Simpson, WR, Vikings
Jerome Simpson led all Viking starting receivers with three catches for 43 yards against the Bills. He impressively leapt over Bills' safety Jairus Byrd on one of his receptions. It wasn't as pretty as last year's touchdown flip, but it was fun to see nonetheless. Keep in mind that Christian Ponder targeted Simpson more than anyone.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Raiders
Darrius Heyward-Bey saw five targets from Carson Palmer versus Arizona, but came up with one catch for 14 yards. He could have scored a touchdown, but dropped a pass in the end zone. Palmer doesn't look very good, so Heyward-Bey will get a stock down this week.
Denarius Moore, WR, Raiders
Denarius Moore continues to miss action with a hamstring injury that has lingered for a month now. This is now troubling, so I'm going to move him down my 2012 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings.
Rod Streater, WR, Raiders
Rookie receiver Rod Streater led the Raiders with a whopping 10 targets against the Cardinals, two of which were in the end zone. Streater came up with seven balls for 43 yards. He dropped a touchdown, but played pretty well otherwise. He may not be much a factor this year once Denarius Moore returns from his injury, but he's someone worth monitoring in the event that one of the starting wideouts gets hurt.
Ryan Williams, RB, Cardinals
Ryan Williams finally saw the field. He started for the Cardinals against the Raiders with Chris Wells still out, and he looked pretty good. He ran for 25 yards and a touchdown on five carries. His score was a conversion from the 3-yard line, so his ability to get short yardage is good news if Arizona opts to roll with him as its starter at some point this season. Williams seems healthy, so he's worth drafting around Round 10 as a running back with upside.
Michael Floyd, WR, Cardinals
Michael Floyd didn't catch a single pass in his second preseason game. He was targeted just once, dropping a ball from Ryan Lindley. It's a concern that he hasn't gotten anywhere close to the starting lineup yet.
Cam Newton, QB, Panthers
Cam Newton couldn't get anything going last week because he constantly had Houston defenders in his face. Things were much easier this time because the Dolphins couldn't put any pressure on him. Newton was brilliant as a result, going 8-of-11 for 119 yards and a touchdown. This doesn't even include a 39-yard pass-interference flag on Sean Smith, who mugged Steve Smith downfield. There was also 29-yard gain to DeAngelo Williams on a screen that was nullified because Brandon LaFell blocked illegally downfield.
Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers
Greg Olsen led the Panthers with 33 receiving yards on two catches (and two targets) versus Miami. Cam Newton will continue to look toward Olsen frequently, now that he's the only reliable tight end on the roster.
Jake Locker, QB, Titans
Locker went 4-of-11 for 21 yards and an interception. The pick was something you'd expect to see out of a high-schooler; Locker threw ridiculously late across his body over the middle of the field, allowing Ahmad Black to come up with an easy pick. Locker managed to pick up a 21-yard scramble at the end of the first quarter, but was awful otherwise. He simply didn't look comfortable in the pocket, and he was nearly picked off a second time when he stared down Kendall Wright in the end zone. After that, Locker showed that he didn't learn from his earlier mistake, throwing across his body again near the end of the first half. Fortunately for him, the Tampa reserves were on the field; otherwise, he probably would have tossed a second interception. Locker can no longer be considered the favorite to start after this miserable performance.
Chris Johnson, RB, Titans
The good news for the Titans is that Chris Johnson ran extremely well against the Buccaneers. Johnson didn't break any really long gains, but he totaled 46 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries. He was way more decisive than he was last week at Seattle, where he just danced around, waiting for something to happen. My confidence is Johnson is restored.
Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers
LeGarrette Blount and Doug Martin rotated series against Tennessee. Blount started, but Martin was the first running back on the field on all of the even drives. He also was in the backfield on third down. Martin (7 carries, 23 yards; another 16 yards wiped out by a hold on Jeremy Zuttah) ran much better than Blount (8 carries, 11 yards), who injured his knee or groin at the end of the first half. Blount limped off the field, but walked around on the sideline afterward, appearing to be OK. Even if Blount is fine, this was still an encouraging evening for Martin because he proved that he was the better talent.
Vincent Jackson, WR, Buccaneers
Josh Freeman tried to get something going with Vincent Jackson. He targeted him thrice, but Jackson could only come up with one catch for eight yards. Freeman and Jackson haven't looked like they're on the same page through two preseason games. Perhaps they'll gel eventually, but this has to be a concern. Avoid Jackson in your fantasy draft because he's going way too early.
Mike Williams, WR, Buccaneers
Mike Williams really looks like he could have a bounce-back season. Josh Freeman seems way more comfortable throwing to his familiar target. Williams caught a 2-yard touchdown versus the Titans.
Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions
Detroit looked downright lethal versus Baltimore, as Matthew Stafford went 12-of-17 for 184 yards and two touchdowns in less than a half of action. This was highlighted by a beautiful 57-yard bomb to Calvin Johnson in the second quarter. Ser Stafford's only poor throw was a near-pick when he targeted Brandon Pettigrew. He was pretty flawless otherwise. He should be the fourth quarterback off the board in fantasy drafts.
Bernard Pierce, RB, Ravens
Bernard Pierce finished with one yard on four carries, but that stat is misleading. Pierce took a 14-yard loss on one play for a number of reasons, but it didn't even matter because there was a 15-yard face mask penalty. Pierce should have tallied 15 yards on three attempts, all of which came against Detroit's starting unit. He's worth adding in the late rounds as a handcuff for Ray Rice.
Greg Little, WR, Browns
Greg Little led the Browns with four catches (on a team-high five targets) for 45 yards in one half of work at Green Bay. He also nearly scored a touchdown, getting tackled at the 1-yard line in the second quarter. Though he had a drop - an issue that plagued him last year - Little can be a WR3 this season if Brandon Weeden plays well. Weeden improved in his second exhibition contest, so that's a good sign.
Randall Cobb, WR, Packers
With Greg Jennings out against the Browns, Randall Cobb had a chance to prove himself offensively to the coaching staff. Unfortunately, Cobb fumbled on his first catch in the opening quarter. That was the only time Aaron Rodgers targeted him.
Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons
Matt Ryan finished 18-of-21 for 174 yards and one touchdown in less than a half of work against the Bengals. He threw just one bad pass, which was an overthrow to Julio Jones for what could have been a 41-yard touchdown in the middle of the second quarter. Still, it's remarkable that he was on a 400-yard pace despite poor play from his offensive line. He's a strong third-tier quarterback this year.
Michael Turner, RB, Falcons
The good news for Michael Turner was that he caught three balls for 14 yards against the Bengals. The bad news is that he looked incredibly slow. He has no more burst left whatsoever. He's still good in short yardage, but it's a waste whenever he touches the ball otherwise. Turner finished with minus-3 yards on three carries. He's still a decent RB2 because of his touchdown opportunities, but he's going way too early in fantasy mock drafts. Go here to see the most recent 2012 Fantasy Football Mock Draft.