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2012 Fantasy Football: Preseason Fantasy Stock - Week 3





With preseason underway, there will be updates daily to this 2012 Fantasy Football Preseason Stock page. Games will be added as I watch them. Adjustments will be made on my 2012 Fantasy Football Rankings accordingly. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.



2012 Preseason Notes: Week 4 | Week 3 | Week 2 | Week 1
2012 Fantasy Football Stock Pages: Preseason Stock Week 4 | Preseason Stock Week 3 | Preseason Stock Week 2 | Preseason Stock Week 1 | Training Camp Stock



2012 Fantasy Football Preseason Stock - Week 3



Panthers at Jets

Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers
Jonathan Stewart was carted off with an ankle injury in the first half at New York. He'll probably be out several weeks.

DeAngelo Williams, RB, Panthers
DeAngelo Williams struggled against the Jets. He rushed for 28 yards on seven carries, but fumbled twice. He also dropped a pass. Despite this, he's getting a stock up because Jonathan Stewart suffered an ankle injury. Stewart's ankle twisted scarily when he was tackled by LaRon Landry. He then had to be carted into the locker room. X-rays were negative, but I suspect that Stewart will be out for several weeks. Williams has suddenly become an intriguing fantasy RB3 option.

For more on this game, go to the 2012 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes.





49ers at Broncos

Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers
Michael Crabtree was the only Niner to see more than one target from Alex Smith against the Broncos, catching all three of them for 21 yards. It was a small sample size, but it's an indication that Smith still prefers throwing to him over anyone else despite all of the additions the front office made this offseason. Miguel Lobsterbush is going really late in fantasy drafts, so he provides some good value in the double-digit rounds.

Peyton Manning, QB, Broncos
Manning finished 10-of-12 for 122 yards and two touchdowns in just one quarter of work versus San Francisco. He had just one true misfire; the other was a Joel Dreessen drop. It must be noted that the 49ers were missing some key defensive personnel, but it was still encouraging to see Manning bounce back after getting hit hard. He responded with a completion to Willis McGahee and an ensuing touchdown to Eric Decker. There's still a bit of a concern about if his neck can hold up the whole season, but Manning can be drafted as a lower-end QB1. The problem is that he's being taken much earlier than that. He went in the fourth round of one of my fantasy drafts this past weekend, which is just way too early.

Willis McGahee, RB, Broncos
Willis McGahee reported to training camp in great shape, and that has carried over to the field in the preseason. McGahee ran with great burst and strength, rushing for 27 yards on seven carries and catching a 14-yard pass. Thanks to a very pedestrian fantasy running back corps, McGahee projects as a solid RB2.

Eric Decker, WR, Broncos
Though he was guilty of his usual drops against the 49ers, Eric Decker gets a stock up. Peyton Manning was very sharp, opting to go to Decker twice in the end zone. Decker finished with four catches for 38 yards and the two scores.

Jacob Tamme, TE, Broncos
Everyone seems to be drafting Jacob Tamme, but Peyton Manning has been throwing to Joel Dreessen more often this preseason. Both tight ends will cancel each other out, meaning neither will be a dependable fantasy starter.

For more on this game, go to the 2012 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes.





Rams at Cowboys

Tony Romo, QB, Cowboys
Despite missing Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and Miles Austin-Jones, Tony Romo was perfect against the Rams. Literally perfect. He went 9-of-13 for 198 yards and two touchdowns in just one quarter of action. A pair of his incompletions were dropped (John Phillips, Kevin Ogletree), while the other two were thrown away. Romo hit wideout Dwayne Harris for touchdown bombs of 61 and 38 yards. He's firmly locked in as a third-tier fantasy quarterback, alongside Matt Ryan, Eli Manning and perhaps Philip Rivers.

DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys
DeMarco Murray looked really good in the third preseason game, albeit against the Rams. He rushed for 26 yards on five carries and also had two catches for 16 receiving yards. Murray would be a first-round pick if he didn't have such an extensive injury history.

For more on this game, go to the 2012 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes.





Lions at Raiders

Mikel Leshoure, RB, Lions
Mikel Leshoure actually saw most of the first-half action at Oakland, rushing five times but for only one yard and catching a pass for six receiving yards. The numbers stink, but it's still encouraging that he was actually able to suit up and take some hits. And besides, Leshoure's meager 0.2 YPC still dwarfed the injured Kevin Smith's zero (3 carries, 0 yards).

Kevin Smith, RB, Lions
Kevin Smith suffered an injury to his right ankle in the third quarter - the same body part that kept him out of several games last year. X-rays were negative, but this is still a huge concern, especially considering that Mikel Leshoure played well ahead of him in this contest.

Taiwan Jones, RB, Raiders
Taiwan Jones spelled Darren McFadden and then received a bunch of touches once McFadden was pulled against the Lions. It was astonishing how fast he was; he blazed for 50 yards on 10 carries. He should be heavily considered as a McFadden handcuff because he'll be a big producer if given the chance.

Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders
Darren McFadden received most of the carries in a quarter and a half of action. He showed great burst whenever he had running room and was given all of the carries at the goal line. He was stuffed inside the Detroit 2-yard line twice, but scored on his third try. McFadden, who finished with 27 yards and a touchdown on nine carries, should definitely be considered over Chris Johnson in fantasy drafts. I'd rather have 9-10 weeks of great production over 16 weeks of potential mediocrity.

Rod Streater, WR, Raiders
It's time to really take this Rod Streater thing seriously. Streater once again led all Raider receivers in targets with seven, finishing with five catches for 56 yards against the Lions. He should have had an even better night, but Carson Palmer missed him on a couple of passes that would have given him about 40 more yards. The Raider play-by-play guy addressed Streater twice: "It's quite obvious the Raiders are gameplanning for Rod Streater to be a part of their offense." And then: "This guy's going to be a chain-mover. It's obvious they're going to look for him on third downs this year." Streater absolutely has to be considered as a late-round sleeper at this point.

Brandon Myers, TE, Raiders
Brandon Myers saw nine targets versus Detroit. Myers caught five of those balls for 41 yards. I wouldn't advise drafting him quite yet, but he's worth monitoring as an injury replacement or a bye-week filler.

For more on this game, go to the 2012 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes.





Steelers at Bills

Isaac Redman, RB, Steelers
Though he looked slow and sluggish, it was nice to see Isaac Redman on the field. He rushed for 24 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries at Buffalo. He suffered an injury in the first quarter, but came back on the field later. He's still projected to start while Rashard Mendenhall is out, so he's worth drafting around Rounds 8-10.

Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers
Antonio Brown led the Steelers with seven targets from Ben Roethlisberger against the Bills. Though he dropped one pass, he managed to haul in seven grabs for 108 yards and two touchdowns. Brown scored just twice last year, but that's clearly going to change. He's a strong WR2.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Bills
The Bills wanted to see something positive out of Ryan Fitzpatrick because he struggled last week at Minnesota. Fitzpatrick disappointed, unfortunately, going just 7-of-18 for 89 yards. He had three passes batted down, one of which was nearly picked off by LaMarr Woodley. Fitzpatrick and Steve Johnson weren't on the same page on several occasions, which was odd to see because they've been playing together now for a few years.

Fred Jackson, RB, Bills
Fred Jackson received most of the first-quarter work against the Steelers, including a goal-line carry, which he converted. Finishing with 34 yards and a touchdown on seven carries, Jackson was much more successful than C.J. Spiller, whose 10 yards on four attempts (including two yards of the Wildcat) were overshadowed by a lost fumble in the second quarter. Jackson will be the main back for the Bills, barring another injury.

For more on this game, go to the 2012 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes.


Texans at Saints

Drew Brees, QB, Saints
Drew Brees was incredibly sharp versus the Texans, going 17-of-25 for 179 yards and two touchdowns. What those numbers don't include are a pair of drops, a pass-interference penalty drawn by Jimmy Graham and a 57-yard completion to Graham that was wiped out by an illegal-touching infraction. It does not look like Brees will be slumping this year because of Bountygate.

Jimmy Graham, TE, Saints
With the Saints showing no visible signs from the Bountygate ramifications, Jimmy Graham looks like he's poised for a monstrous 2012 campaign. He saw eight targets from Drew Brees in one half of action against the Texans, hauling in three of them for 48 yards and a touchdown. Graham dropped two balls, but drew a pair of pass-interference penalties (one was called; one wasn't despite Bradie James' mugging). He also had a 57-yard completion wiped out because of an illegal-touching infraction.

For more on this game, go to the 2012 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes.


Colts at Redskins

Donald Brown, RB, Colts
Donald Brown rushed for eight yards on seven carries. His offensive line could not open up any holes for him. This is going to be a theme all season. It's also worth noting that tight end Dwayne Allen converted a short-yardage carry when he lined up at fullback.

Donnie Avery, WR, Colts
Donnie Avery paced the Colts with seven targets, catching six of them for 38 yards. Someone had to assume the concussed Austin Collie's role, and it appears as though that's Avery. However, he's just a late-round flier in PPR leagues at best.

Tim Hightower, RB, Redskins
Tim Hightower rushed for 28 yards on five carries versus the Colts in his first action back from an ACL tear. He's worth drafting late because he could easily be Mike Shanahan's starter.

Alfred Morris, RB, Redskins
Evan Royster was out of the lineup with a minor knee injury, allowing Alfred Morris to start against the Colts. Morris made the most of his opportunity, rushing for 107 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. He ran with great power and broke a number of tackles. He was highly impressive, and I'd now recommend drafting him in the later rounds. Of course, no Mike Shanahan running back should be chosen before Round 10; his backs could start during any week without notice.

Evan Royster, RB, Redskins
Evan Royster may have lost his starting job. Alfred Morris piled up 107 yards and a score against the Colts. Tim Hightower also looked healthy in limited action. Royster is currently nursing a minor knee injury.

Pierre Garcon, WR, Redskins
Pierre Garcon continued to serve as Robert Griffin's primary receiver. He was the only Redskin to receive more than three targets against the Colts. He saw six balls come his way, catching three of them for 29 yards. Two of the other misfires were deep downfield, where Griffin just barely overthrew him. The two will eventually connect on those as they continue to play together.

Santana Moss, WR, Redskins
Santana Moss caught a 4-yard touchdown versus Indianapolis, but I'm giving him a stock down because Robert Griffin has simply not looking in his direction this preseason.

For more on this game, go to the 2012 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes.


Falcons at Dolphins

Julio Jones, WR, Falcons
Julio Jones had another monstrous game. He saw 10 targets at Miami, catching four of them for 90 yards. Those numbers could have been so much better; he nearly made a diving catch in the end zone for what would have been a 31-yard touchdown, but the ball was slightly overthrown. Later on, Ryan barely missed Jones for another long gain, slightly underthrowing him. The two did connect for a 49-yard bomb, however.

Davone Bess, WR, Dolphins
Davone Bess is the only Miami receiver who played well against the Falcons. He showed nice rapport with Ryan Tannehill, catching four of the five passes thrown to him for 59 yards. Unfortunately, he's just a bench option in deep PPR leagues at best. There's just no touchdown potential with him.

For more on this game, go to the 2012 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes.


Chargers at Vikings

Kyle Rudolph, TE, Vikings
Kyle Rudolph saw four targets go his way against the Chargers. He snagged three of them for 36 yards. The outlier resulted in a defensive holding call. The most notable thing that occurred was something the Viking announcers said when the team ventured into the red zone: "This is Kyle Rudolph territory." I like Rudolph as a sleeper tight end, so hopefully that means he'll score a decent amount of touchdowns this season.

For more on this game, go to the 2012 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes.


Patriots at Buccaneers

Stevan Ridley, RB, Patriots
Stevan Ridley drew the start at Tampa Bay and was on the field for the first two possessions before giving way to Shane Vereen on the third drive. Vereen suffered an injury, however, so Ridley received most of the carries after that. Almost on cue, Ridley had a 30-yard burst a couple of plays after Vereen got hurt. It's hard to trust Bill Belichick will running backs, but Ridley deserves a huge stock up because Vereen can now be labeled unreliable because he constantly has health issues. Oh, and it doesn't hurt that Ridley ran really well (16 carries, 87 yards, one touchdown).

Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers
While New England's running back situation is still a bit cloudy, Tampa Bay's has pretty much cleared up. Doug Martin drew the start and received most of the carries against the Patriots, including two inside the New England 5-yard line. Martin converted from the one, which can only help keep LeGarrette Blount on the sideline. The only action Blount saw with the starters occurred on the third drive when he had two carries. He wasn't on the field after that until the backups entered the game. This is obviously huge for Martin, who can now be considered a high-end RB2.

For more on this game, go to the 2012 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes.


Seahawks at Chiefs

Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks
Russell Wilson finished 13-of-19 for 185 yards and two scores in his first-ever professional start. He also rushed for 58 yards on two scrambles. At this point, I'd be shocked if he's not named the starter over the mediocre Matt Flynn. Wilson will be worth drafting as a QB2 because of his rushing potential.

Robert Turbin, RB, Seahawks
With Marshawn Lynch out again at Kansas City, Robert Turbin started and performed well, rushing for 93 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. Keep him in mind as a waiver-wire addition if Lynch misses regular-season action.

Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs
Dwayne Bowe suited up for the first time this preseason. He didn't start against the Seahawks, but he entered the game on the second drive. He nearly came up with a 15-yard reception on the team's third possession and then later dropped a ball. The only target he actually converted was a 9-yard sliding catch. I'm not a fan of Bowe this year; he held out for so long and it looks like that's going to negatively impact his 2012 campaign.

Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Chiefs
I liked Jonathan Baldwin earlier in the summer. He had an outstanding training camp, but hadn't lived up to it in two preseason contests. That changed against Seattle, as Baldwin was targeted nine times. He caught six passes for 37 yards and also drew two pass-interference flags. He's worth a late-round flier.

Dexter McCluster, WR/RB, Chiefs
I mentioned Dexter McCluster last week as a possible PPR flex option. I'm going to bring him up once again because he led the Chiefs with 10 targets versus the Seahawks. McCluster, who caught seven balls for 61 yards and a touchdown, is finally being utilized correctly in the slot. Matt Cassel loves throwing to him, so make sure you get McCluster in the final couple of rounds in your PPR league.

For more on this game, go to the 2012 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes.


Eagles at Browns

Josh Gordon, WR, Browns
With Greg Little dropping passes, Josh Gordon stood out as Cleveland's top receiver against the Eagles. He caught three of the four balls thrown to him for 50 yards. I wouldn't draft him, but he's worth monitoring as a possible waiver-wire pickup.

Greg Little, WR, Browns
Greg Little saw five targets from Brandon Weeden versus Philadelphia, but came up with just one catch for three yards. Little is such a frustrating, inefficient receiver. He has loads of potential, but just can't seem to live up to it.

For more on this game, go to the 2012 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes.


Bears at Giants

Jay Cutler, QB, Bears
Jay Cutler struggled versus the Giants. The horrid pass protection affected him, but he missed open receivers all evening. There was one sequence where he underthrew Matt Forte and then threw behind his starting running back. Cutler went just 7-of-17 for 72 yards in the first half against the New York starters.

Eli Manning, QB, Giants
Eli Manning was incredibly sharp against the Bears, going 17-of-21 for 148 yards and a touchdown despite once again missing Hakeem Nicks' services. He was pretty much perfect; a couple of incompletions were thrown away, while another one was a Victor Cruz drop on what would have moved the chains on third down.

Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Giants
I'm giving Ahmad Bradshaw a stock down because David Wilson was outstanding versus the Bears. Wilson will undoubtedly eat into Bradshaw's workload, but it's going to take an injury to the latter for Wilson to break into the starting lineup.

David Wilson, RB, Giants
Starting for Ahmad Bradshaw, who was out with a hand contusion, David Wilson rushed for 49 yards on five carries, but even those numbers don't do him justice. He showed great quickness and tackle-breaking ability on runs of 20 and 15 on the second drive. He later caught a pass and took it for 29 yards. Wilson is not going to take over Bradshaw's job this year (barring an injury) because Tom Coughlin is not going to trust him to pass protect, but it's looking like Wilson will definitely take a good chunk of Bradshaw's workload.

For more on this game, go to the 2012 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes.


Jaguars at Ravens

Justin Blackmon, WR, Jaguars
Blaine Gabbert seems pretty comfortable throwing to Justin Blackmon, who saw a team-high eight targets at Baltimore. Blackmon caught four of those balls for 72 yards. Gabbert may really struggle at times this year, but it appears as though Blackmon will still be capable of posting solid fantasy numbers.

Joe Flacco, QB, Ravens
Joe Flacco was terrific against the Jaguars, going 27-of-36 for 266 yards, two touchdowns and an interception that was the result of an attempted Hail Mary at the end of the first half. With Torrey Smith emerging as a stud receiver, Flacco's fantasy potential has never been higher. He's become an intriguing QB2 option.

Torrey Smith, WR, Ravens
Torrey Smith dominated Jacksonville. The secondary had no answer for the second-year wideout, who is not just a burner anymore. Smith now runs a variety of routes, which means he's probably going to have a huge season if you factor in his pure talent level. It's no coincidence that Smith had 12 targets, eight catches and 103 yards in two-and-a-half quarters of action. He's a stud. Get him on your team.

For more on this game, go to the 2012 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes.


Packers at Bengals

Cedric Benson, RB, Packers
I can't believe I'm saying this, but Cedric Benson ran really well against the Bengals. No, really. Appearing in terrific shape, Benson rushed with burst and broke plenty of tackles. He collected 38 yards on six carries to go along with a 10-yard catch despite hearing a chorus of boos coming from the Cincinnati crowd. With Alex Green looking sluggish (5 carries for 10 yards) and James Starks nursing yet another injury, Benson is shaping up to be a solid flex/RB3 option.

Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals
Andy Dalton had a really poor outing versus the Packers, going 5-of-17 for only 40 yards. Though he rushed for 36 yards on three scrambles, Dalton was awful. He was almost picked on a fade route to A.J. Green in the end zone. Green expressed his frustration by motioning at Dalton. It wouldn't get any better, as Dalton had Green wide open deep downfield just a bit later, but overthrew him. I've seen Dalton drafted in the Round 11-13 range as a backup quarterback, but he just doesn't have the upside to be a fantasy QB2.

For more on this game, go to the 2012 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes.


Cardinals at Titans

Andre Roberts, WR, Cardinals
I have to mention Andre Roberts. He has more targets this preseason (15) than Larry Fitzgerald (11). He finished this game with five catches for 32 yards and a touchdown. With Michael Floyd struggling, Roberts is worth a very late-round look in deep PPR leagues.

Chris Johnson, RB, Titans
Chris Johnson ran well last week, but struggled versus Arizona. He tallied only 27 yards on 13 carries, and if you take away a 9-yard burst in which he received good blocking, Johnson's line would be 12-18. He runs too indecisively. He's waiting for holes to open up, and it's just not happening. Even more disconcerting is the fact that he lost third-down reps to Javon Ringer in this contest. That happened a bit last year, but it's still bad news for his PPR potential.

Kendall Wright, WR, Titans
Kendall Wright looks really good. He caught four of the five passes thrown to him for 44 yards and a touchdown. His best play was a 29-yard leaping grab. He's the real deal and is worth taking in the final rounds as a high-upside flier. Jake Locker really looks comfortable throwing to him.

For more on this game, go to the 2012 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes.


2012 Preseason Notes: Week 4 | Week 3 | Week 2 | Week 1
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2012 Fantasy Football: Preseason Fantasy Stock - Week 1






With preseason underway, there will be updates daily to this 2012 Fantasy Football Preseason Stock page. Games will be added as I watch them. Adjustments will be made on my 2012 Fantasy Football Rankings accordingly. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.



2012 Preseason Notes: Week 2 | Week 1
2012 Fantasy Football Stock Pages: Preseason Stock Week 2 | Preseason Stock Week 1 | Training Camp Stock



2012 Fantasy Football Preseason Stock - Week 1



Cowboys at Raiders

DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys
DeMarco Murray had just two carries in the preseason opener. He failed to gain a single yard. Murray is really going to struggle this year behind Dallas' inept interior offensive line. The group, which was downgraded this offseason, as I noted constantly the past couple of months, really struggled at Oakland. Combine that with Murray's durability issues, and I would stay away from him in fantasy drafts because he's going way too early.

Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders
Darren McFadden had just three touches in the preseason opener, but he looked great. He had a gain of 18 yards on a screen pass and then followed that up with a 16-yard rush. He can easily lead the league in rushing if he can stay healthy for a change.

For more on this game, go to the 2012 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes.





Rams at Colts

Brian Quick, WR, Rams
Brian Quick had a disappointing debut. His one and only catch came from Kellen Clemens, which was a 9-yard slant. He was targeted only one other time.

Steve Smith, WR, Rams
Steve Smith could be a nice PPR option late in the draft. He saw more targets from Sam Bradford in the preseason opener than any other Ram (3). He caught two of them for 14 yards.

Andrew Luck, QB, Colts
Andrew Luck went 10-of-16 for 188 yards and two touchdowns (along with a 9-yard scramble) in his debut. He was amazing. He showed great poise in the pocket, played mind games with the Rams' safeties and converted plenty of third downs, leading the Colts to three trips into the end zone in four possessions. Luck is a stud and is fully capable of posting low-end QB1 numbers as a rookie. Feel free to draft him as a high-upside backup.

Donald Brown, RB, Colts
Donald Brown was the recipient of Andrew Luck's 63-yard touchdown in the preseason opener. He had just two carries for two yards (one was a 5-yard loss in which the offensive line was blown up), but none of the other running backs stood out, so Brown should be able to keep his job.

LaVon Brazill, WR, Colts
Rookie receiver LaVon Brazill caught all three balls for 38 yards in his debut. He saw more targets from Andrew Luck than any other Colt, save for Austin Collie. Brazill isn't worth picking in re-draft leagues, but he should be added in dynasty and keeper formats.

Austin Collie, WR, Colts
Austin Collie was Andrew Luck's favorite target in the preseason opener, as he was thrown to more times (4) than any other Colt. Collie caught three of those balls for 45 yards and a touchdown. With Luck looking awesome, Collie is now very relevant in fantasy again.

For more on this game, go to the 2012 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes.





Titans at Seahawks

Chris Johnson, RB, Titans
What a disappointing performance by Chris Johnson in the preseason opener. Seriously, what happened to all of that talk about focusing this year with a full offseason under his belt? Johnson dropped two screens and ran with zero decisiveness. This helped him on a wild 9-yard scamper, but he constantly danced around the line of scrimmage and couldn't find any running lanes behind his anemic offensive front. He finished with eight rushing yards on five carries. I'm willing to give Johnson another week to prove himself before I shoot him way down in my rankings. He's getting a slight reduction for now.

Nate Washington, WR, Titans
Matt Hasselbeck's favorite receiver in the preseason opener was Nate Washington; he targeted him four times. Washington caught three of those balls for 24 yards. He can be started as a WR3 or flex as long as Kenny Britt is injured and/or suspended.

Kendall Wright, WR, Titans
Jake Locker seemed to like throwing to rookie wideout Kendall Wright, who caught all three targets thrown his way for 47 yards in the preseason opener. There's little doubt that Locker will be named the starter sometime soon, which bodes well for Wright's fantasy prospects.

For more on this game, go to the 2012 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes.





Browns at Lions

Kevin Smith, RB, Lions
Make sure you get Kevin Smith on your fantasy roster. With Jahvid Best still suffering through concussion symptoms and Mikel Leshoure suspended, Smith will start for the Lions in the early part of the season. He looked great against the Browns, making nice cut-backs and displaying great shiftiness. Of course, it helped that he had outstanding run blocking in front of him, allowing him to rush for 28 yards on five carries.

For more on this game, go to the 2012 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes.


Texans at Panthers

Randy Bullock, K, Texans
Randy Bullock drilled both of his field goal attempts in the preseason opener, including one from 52 yards.

Cam Newton, QB, Panthers
Cam Newton went just 2-of-6 for 17 yards with 16 rushing yards on two scrambles in the preseason opener. Houston's defense did a terrific job putting pressure on Newton; he constantly had defenders in his face and could only break free once for a 15-yard scamper. One of Newton's incompletions was a Mike Tolbert drop, but another was nearly intercepted because Brandon LaFell ran a sloppy route. Newton projects as a top-five fantasy quarterback because of his rushing potential, but his passing numbers diminished toward the end of the 2011 season, thanks in part to his anemic receiving corps. Newton can't rely on anyone except for Steve Smith, who may regress this year because of age. Don't be surprised if Newton suffers a sophomore slump.

For more on this game, go to the 2012 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes.


Cardinals at Chiefs

Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs
Jamaal Charles looked explosive in the exhibition opener. He seemed to have all of his burst, and he was also able to carry some defenders and move the pile. Charles had just three carries for 12 yards to go along with an 11-yard reception, but Romeo Crennel was probably limiting his workload so he could save him for the regular season.

Peyton Hillis, RB, Chiefs
Peyton Hillis played a big part in the Kansas City offense during the first two drives of the preseason opener. He rushed for 41 yards on four attempts and also caught an 11-yard touchdown. Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles split carries evenly two years ago, and it appears as though Hillis and Charles will have a 50-50 share of touches this season. Hillis definitely deserves a stock up.

Dexter McCluster, RB/WR, Chiefs
It's really nice to see that Dexter McCluster is finally being utilized correctly. Stationed in the slot during the preseason opener, McCluster caught three balls for 45 yards. He was his explosive self, breaking big gains after catching the football. He could be worth drafting as a reserve, especially in a PPR league.

For more on this game, go to the 2012 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes.


Giants at Jaguars

David Wilson, RB, Giants
David Wilson had a good showing in his debut. He rushed for 43 yards on seven carries, headlined by a 26-yard burst up the middle, thanks to outstanding blocking. Wilson broke some tackles on numerous touches, which includes his two catches for 26 receiving yards. Wilson is a good handcuff to own because of Ahmad Bradshaw's durability issues.

Rashad Jennings, RB, Jaguars
Maurice Jones-Drew is still holding out, which allowed Rashad Jennings to start against the Giants. He impressed, rushing for 56 yards on 12 carries. He didn't score, but he received touches inside New York's 5-yard line. Jones-Drew will eventually end his holdout, but Jennings is worth drafting late because he'll produce if given the chance.

Laurent Robinson, WR, Jaguars
Laurent Robinson led the tean with five targets from Blaine Gabbert in his debut with Jacksonville. That's the good news. The bad news is that he converted only one of those targets for seven yards. He just looked out of sync with Gabbert. For example, he ran the wrong route on one play. He was open on another, but Gabbert didn't see him. Avoid this guy in your fantasy draft.

For more on this game, go to the 2012 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes.


Vikings at 49ers

Kyle Rudolph, TE, Vikings
Christian Ponder seemed most comfortable throwing to Kyle Rudolph. The second-year tight end caught two balls for 22 yards in the preseason opener. Rudolph was plagued by a hamstring injury last season but is now completely healthy. He should have a big year as Ponder's No. 2 target behind Percy Harvin.

For more on this game, go to the 2012 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes.


Buccaneers at Dolphins

Josh Freeman, QB, Buccaneers
Josh Freeman played just one drive in the preseason opener, but that's all he needed because he was able to lead his team down the field and into the end zone. Freeman went 4-of-5 for 41 yards. He was really sharp. It's still early, but it appears as though the undisclosed personal issues that plagued Freeman last year are history.

LeGarrette Blount, RB, Buccaneers
Despite reports that Doug Martin was the star of Tampa's training camp, LeGarrette Blount drew the start in the preseason opener and didn't disappoint. Blount ran with great power and broke numerous tackles. He rushed for 30 yards and a touchdown (coming via 4th-and-goal at the 1) on seven carries. Blount even caught a 3-yard pass, though he did lose a third-down rep to Martin. Still, Blount's surprise performance puts him back on the fantasy radar.

Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers
It was a really disappointing turn of events in the preseason opener for Doug Martin fantasy owners. Martin has had the superior camp, but he watched LeGarrette Blount start and impress with several tough runs. Martin also performed exceptionally well, most notably gaining 10 yards after somehow cartwheeling and staying off the ground after being tackled. He finished with 21 yards on seven carries, as well as a 1-yard touchdown. Yes, Martin was used on the goal line, but only because Blount was already out of the game. Martin will be really useful in PPR leagues because he'll play on third down, but it appears as though his breakout season won't come to fruition, barring a Blount injury.

Mike Williams, WR, Buccaneers
The Buccaneers were partying in the preseason opener like it was 2010. In addition to LeGarrette Blount running really well, Mike Williams also appeared in shape. Williams saw two targets compared to Vincent Jackson's zero. He caught one of them, an 18-yarder in which he avoided the arms of the pathetic Sean Smith.

Chad Johnson, WR, Dolphins
Chad Johnson predictably flopped in the preseason opener. He saw just one target go his way - an easy catch on third down to move the chains - but he dropped it. Johnson is a bum and most likely will not make the roster. Don't draft him.

Anthony Fasano, TE, Dolphins
Anthony Fasano tied for the team lead in targets (Davone Bess) from Matt Moore in the preseason opener. New head coach Joe Philbin wants to incorporate the tight end more into the offense, so Fasano could have his best statistical season yet. He might be a decent TE2.

For more on this game, go to the 2012 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes.


Jets at Bengals

BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, Bengals
BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for 22 yards on seven carries in the preseason opener. He's getting an up arrow for two reasons. First, he was the only back on the field with the first unit. And second, he was utilized on third down, catching a pass over the middle for a gain of 18 yards.

For more on this game, go to the 2012 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes.


Redskins at Bills

Robert Griffin, QB, Redskins
Robert Griffin went 4-of-6 for 70 yards and a touchdown in the preseason opener, but every single pass he attempted should have been completed (two drops). Griffin showed great poise in the pocket. He went through all of his progressions and even forced the Bills offside on one occasion. If I didn't know any better, I would have thought I was watching a 5-year veteran.

Roy Helu, RB, Redskins
Roy Helu didn't see any action with the first-team offense in the preseason opener. He rushed the ball just four times for 17 yards, though it must be noted that he had two gains wiped out by penalties. It's not a good sign for Helu though because the coaching staff continues to believe that he's just a change-of-pace back. The coaches told the media that their concern with Helu is his inability to break through tackles. It doesn't look like they'll be changing their mind anytime soon.

Pierre Garcon, WR, Redskins
Pierre Garcon appears to be Robert Griffin's favorite receiver. He saw four of Griffin's six attempts go his way, catching three of them for 58 yards and a touchdown in just one quarter of action of the preseason opener. It's a small sample size, but Griffin really seems to favor Garcon, so he definitely deserves a stock up arrow.

Scott Chandler, TE, Bills
Scott Chandler caught two balls for 32 yards in the preseason opener. He's worth noting for two reasons. First, he was targeted four times, which is more than any other Bill, save for Steve Johnson. And second, both of his grabs were really impressive, as he extended his arms way over his head and secured the ball despite taking a hit each time. Chandler's a decent backup tight end.

For more on this game, go to the 2012 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes.


Steelers at Eagles

QB Eagles No. 7, QB, Eagles.
Something that Andy Reid didn't want to see in the preseason opener was an injury to his quarterback, but that's precisely what transpired. QB Eagles No. 7 (3-of-4, 6 yards) hit his hand on center Jason Kelce's helmet on the second drive and had to leave the game. The good news for Eagle fans is that x-rays came back negative. The bad news is that this was yet another reminder that QB Dog Killer will miss plenty of time this year because he's so fragile. Draft him at your own risk. I'm not touching him in the first eight rounds.

For more on this game, go to the 2012 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes.


Saints at Patriots

Stevan Ridley, RB, Patriots
Stevan Ridley handled all of the first-team reps in the preseason opener. He ran really well, though it helped that he had terrific blocking in front of him. He rushed for 40 yards on eight carries. He didn't receive any goal-line opportunities, but only because the Patriots weren't in a position to score a close touchdown when he was on the field. He'll likely assume BenJarvus Green-Ellis' role as the goal-line hammer.

Shane Vereen, RB, Patriots
Shane Vereen didn't play until the second half of the exhibition opener, but he was exceptional. He displayed great quickness and cutting ability, gaining 64 yards on 11 carries. He can serve as a dangerous weapon for Brady out of the backfield, so he needs to be on the field more often with the first-stringers. I can't imagine Bill Belichick keeping him sidelined for long. He's just way too talented.

For more on this game, go to the 2012 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes.


Ravens at Falcons

Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons
Matt Ryan was on fire versus Baltimore's defense in the preseason opener. He went 9-of-13 for 155 yards, one touchdown and a pick in just one quarter of work. The interception was bad; he stared down Roddy White deep in Ravens' territory. He was flawless otherwise though and looked like he was made for Dirk Koetter's offense. Ryan is definitely right with Eli Manning, Tony Romo and Philip Rivers as one of the third-tier quarterbacks.

Julio Jones, WR, Falcons
Even with all of the injuries, the greatest take-away in the Baltimore-Atlanta contest is Julio Jones' breakout performance. Jones is a stud. He's big and fast, and he makes unbelievable catches and breaks tackles. He led the team with seven targets, catching six of them for 109 yards and a touchdown. Keep in mind that Jones' numbers were in just one quarter of work. Just for fun, if those stats are expanded over a full game, that's 24 receptions, 436 yards and four scores. Jones could very well be the No. 2 fantasy wideout this season behind only Calvin Johnson.

For more on this game, go to the 2012 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes.


Broncos at Bears

Willis McGahee, RB, Broncos
I thought Willis McGahee looked really good in Denver's preseason opener. He had just four carries (16 yards), but he seemed like he was in great shape. He could score a ton of short touchdowns this year if Manning's neck holds up.

Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears
Alshon Jeffery had a really good debut. Playing with the second-string offense, he caught four balls for 35 yards. He also drew a pass-interference penalty. He should be able to break into the starting lineup sometime soon.

For more on this game, go to the 2012 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes.


Packers at Chargers

Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers
As I posted on Twitter @walterfootball: "Ryan Mathews with a broken clavicle. Out for six weeks. Shocker. He's made out of glass."

Ronnie Brown, RB, Chargers
With Ryan Mathews out for six weeks, Ronnie Brown will be the opening-day starter. He's worth drafting around Round 10. Mathews will be back around Week 3, but he'll get hurt again. He always does.

Vincent Brown, WR, Chargers
Vincent Brown is a stud. He caught four passes for 81 yards and a touchdown in the preseason opener. Most of this was in the second quarter from backup quarterback Jarrett Lee, but he definitely showed off his superior athleticism. It's just a matter of time before he's in the starting lineup ahead of Robert Meachem.

Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers
Antonio Gates looks great. He's completely healthy for the first time in years. He caught both of his targets in his preseason debut, collecting 29 yards and a touchdown. He's bound to have a big season - until his annual injury, of course.

For more on this game, go to the 2012 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes.


Cardinals vs. Saints

John Skelton, QB, Cardinals
John Skelton saw limited action in the Hall of Fame Game, but was much better than his counterpart, going 4-of-6 for 32 yards. There is no doubt that Skelton will be the starter at some point during the season. It needs to happen in Week 1.

Michael Floyd, WR, Cardinals
Michael Floyd made a really nice 15-yard reception in the Hall of Fame Game, but caught that from third-stringer Richard Bartel. He did nothing else, and he was clearly playing behind Andre Roberts. Floyd will pass Roberts eventually, but that may not happen until the middle of the season. Don't draft him as a fantasy sleeper.

Mark Ingram, RB, Saints
Mark Ingram ran really well in the Hall of Fame Game, gaining 14 yards on four carries. More importantly, he was used twice inside the 5-yard line, scoring from the 1. He's been going way too low in fantasy mock drafts - click the link to see a bunch of them - so try to target him around Round 6. He won't get too many carries because of Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles, but it appears as though he'll be New Orleans' goal-line hammer. He could hit double-digit touchdowns.

For more on this game, go to the 2012 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes.


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hrudey
08-18-2012
03:00 pm
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@Convenient: Well, to be fair, the replay is just about to come on the NFLN, so it's likely he hasn't seen it yet. Still, I'll go ahead and spare him the effort of writing it or you having to wait for it:

"Blaine Gabbert is still a craven coward. For the entire second half, any time there was any Saints defender even close to the line of scrimmage, not only would he not be in the pocket, but he'd be invisible all over the field unless you saw him on the sideline. Too scared to complete a pass in the second half? Chad Henne's got this job locked up, though it's a shame the team can't surround him with NFL receivers - Laurent Robinson and Blackmon are starting? Only a team in as much turmoil as the Jaguars would give the #1 and #2 receiving slots to guys who caught zero balls for the Jaguars last year. But then again, Gabbert will be soaking himself so even if they could catch, they wouldn't want to. This team was the worst offense in the league last year and without MJD, how are they going to score? May as well get your Matt Barkley jerseys now, although don't spend too much since they'll be in Los Angeles in three seasons."

I don't think I worked in the word craven nearly enough, but it's an approximation and I'm not a professional writer.
Convenient eh?
08-18-2012
02:14 pm
xxx.xxx.xxx7.47
(total posts: 1)
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So Walter's personal punching bag Gabbert goes 10-13 for 112 yards and 2 TDs, making his total on the preseason 18-26 for 174 yards, 3 TDs, and 0 INTs, and the writeup is conveniently forgotten. Shocker.
guess what?
08-18-2012
12:37 pm
xxx.xxx.xxx.172
(total posts: 1)
1 1

you're all tools
big papa is the biggest tool
08-18-2012
05:05 am
xxx.xxx.xxx1.48
(total posts: 1)
1 1

so going by your logic then you shouldn't have posted about me calling me a tool...you sir are an idiot.
BIG PAPA
08-17-2012
04:29 pm
xxx.xxx.xxx.129
(total posts: 1)
15 29

@you're all tools,
u are a tool for ur post,
listen to what ur mom said; if u dont have anything nice to say, dont say nothing at all
you're all tools
08-17-2012
03:13 pm
xxx.xxx.xxx0.84
(total posts: 1)
93 71

nobody cares about how well you drafted in a ten man league, which are for women, amateurs, and little girls, so stop gloating about every single fantasy team you've ever drafted please and thanks.
Michael
08-14-2012
08:46 am
xxx.xxx.xxx.247
(total posts: 2)
4 41

@erik

I know it looks like it couldn't have happened but I got McCoy with the 1.2 pick, Jones at 2.9, Gronk at 3.2, Nicks at 4.9, Romo at 5.2, Richardson at 6.9, Bryant at 7.2, Harvin at 8.9, Doug Martin at 9.2, Redman at 10.9, Ridley at 11.2, Floyd at 12.9, Texans at 13.2, Fitzpatrick at 14.9, and Crosby at 15.2! Then someone dropped Matt Ryan so I dropped Fitzpatrick and picked Ryan up!!! The guys in my draft were horrible. Someone took the 49ers DST in the 3rd round!
Nycsportzfan
08-14-2012
07:53 am
xxx.xxx.xxx.129
(total posts: 3)
4 5

This dude told me to get a grip..LOL I'm sorry, i just find it funny is all..lol All i said is i find it a bit early to say Martins breakout yr is gonna have to wait unless blounts injured..


Whoa, i'm just losing control!!!(sarcasm)..lol I better get a grip!

Walts not 4yrs old, and i gurantee u he would come right back with his reasoning why he feels that way or he'd say "u may be right".. One thing i know for sure is he would not think someone needs to get a grip becuase they questioned one comment out of about 50 preseason comments..lol

Keep doing what ur doing walt! I love ur site!
nycsportzfan
08-14-2012
07:48 am
xxx.xxx.xxx.129
(total posts: 3)
11 6

uhh, i love walts insight u freaking moron.. U can certainly give insight without making decisons for a full season based on 1week of 2or3 carries in the first preseason game..

As i said and i'll stick 2, its way to early to say "it looks like martins breakout yr is gonna have to wait, barring a Blount injury".. LOL

Thats pretty much common sense.. This week Blount could look terrible and Martin could look sensational, and with more carries, as the carries go up and up as preseason goes on.. Its impossible to know if a guys whole season has been decided based on a couple carries in the 1st preseason game..


Again, i love walts site and have been coming here daily for 5yrs, and i'm positve walt has no problem what so ever with a little disagreement, as opposed to nothing but licking of his balls from people like u.. He knows hes wrong sometimes, and has no problem with someone saying they think he jumped the gun a bit on something..
@Nycsportzfan
08-13-2012
11:19 pm
xxx.xxx.xxx.159
(total posts: 1)
18 25

Great comment Nycsportzfan. I'm sure everyone here would love to sign on Monday and read about how it's week 1 of pre-season so there's no insights to report. Get a grip man.

Keep up the solid updating Walt, every update helps us make better decisions than the chuuuumpps with the fantasy magazines at the draft!
Riley
08-13-2012
04:27 pm
xxx.xxx.xxx.238
(total posts: 1)
6 86

Check out 3 fantasy teams from NFL.com, 1 auction, 2 re-draft. Only one were other people actually present for.

Team 1:
QB: Matt Schaub
QB: Jay Cutler
RB: LeSean McCoy
RB: Matt Forte
RB: Isaac Redman
RB: Trent Richardson
RB: Doug Martin
WR: Julio Jones
WR: Hakeem Nicks
WR: Steve Johnson
WR: Antonio Brown
WR: Eric Decker
TE: Brandon Pettigrew
K: Jason Hanson
DEF: Texans

This one is probably my favorite team due to the ridiculous RB depth. My bench is considerably better than what Walter ends up with most of the time to start. My WR core is OK, but I think they have a lot of upside. I also believe that Steve Johnson is underrated and a sleeper. Antonio Brown should be good, and I like Decker over Thomas. The lack of QB's is shared with most of the teams I draft because I don't see the value in a first round QB. Upside can be attained anywhere.

Team 2:
QB: Matt Ryan
QB: Jay Cutler
RB: Chris Johnson
RB: Doug Martin
RB: Isaac Redman
RB: Mark Ingram
RB: Ben Tate
WR: Larry Fitzgerald
WR: Brandon Marshall
WR: Hakeem Nicks
WR: Steve Johnson
WR: Eric Decker
TE: Brandon Pettigrew
K: Alex Henery
DEF: Bills

This is probably my most balanced team, with players I like everywhere. I am looking for an upgrade over Ben Tate, but that is the only weakness I can discern on this team. Chris Johnson has a lot of upside, but the rest of my RB's are more questions than answers.

Team 3(Auction):
QB: Drew Brees
QB: Robert Griffin III
QB: Matt Schaub
RB: Isaac Redman
RB: Doug Martin
RB: Ben Tate
RB: Pierre Thomas
WR: Julio Jones
WR: A.J. Green
WR: Hakeem Nicks
WR: Greg Little
WR: Denarius Moore
TE: Rob Gronkowski
K: Alex Henery
DEF: Bills

This is my least favorite team due to the complete lack of RB depth. I have 3 QB's because I wasn't there for the first part of the draft, just long enough to end up with Brees for $40. I am trying to trade Brees for Chris Johnson. RG3 and Schaub were $4 a piece, so I think I will be getting a steal if I can successfully start them. The rest of the team is pretty strong though, so I am completely satisfied with the team if I can get CJ2J.
erik
08-13-2012
01:22 pm
xxx.xxx.xxx4.77
(total posts: 1)
9 5

Walt just wanted to thank your for your fantasy rankings! I just drafted a team on NFL.com and I did it going only by your top 250 spreadsheet. It was a 10 team league and I landed your players ranked as follows QB #6 Tony Romo #16 Ryan Fitzpatrick, RB #1 LeSean McCoy #12 Trent Richardson #17 Doug Martin #22 Steven Ridley #26 Isaac Redman, WR #3 Julio Jones #6 Hakeem Nicks #8 Dez Bryant #11 Percy Harvin #25 Malcom Floyd, TE #1 Rob Gronkowski, K #5 Mason Crosby, and Texans DST!!!!!! I am psyched for this season!


Calling BS on that team!

rd1. mccoy
rd2. trich? gronk?
rd3. jones? martin?
rd4. dez? nicks?

no way you landed all these studs..your full of sh*t
Nycsportzfan
08-12-2012
04:14 pm
xxx.xxx.xxx.129
(total posts: 3)
55 29

I love Walts site, but lets be real walt, ur knocking dudes up and down ur rankings alittle to much consdiering were talking about week 1 of the preseason.. Kinda ridiculous that ur all ready saying Doug Martins breakout yr is gonna have to wait because of blount.. Dude it was one preseason game where neither played a full game.. Lets get real, 1week of preseason is enough to get a slight but very small idea, and nothing more..
CSB
08-12-2012
02:47 pm
xxx.xxx.xxx.122
(total posts: 1)
9 6

Cool Story Bro
JEFF
08-12-2012
08:57 am
xxx.xxx.xxx.209
(total posts: 1)
19 65

IVE BEEN GOING OFF OF WALT'S RANKINGS FOR THE LAST 3 YRS IN MY FANTASY LEAGUES, AND IVE EVEN TURND NUMEROUS PPL I COMPETE AGAINST TO THIS WEBSITE. (MAYBE THIS WAS A BAD IDEA, SMH, LOL) BUT THREE YRS AGO I WAS ONLY IN 1 LEAGUE & GOT 2ND, BUT I WAS THE LEAGUES HIGHEST SCORER BY 250+ PNTS... BUT I ALSO PLAY WITH GUYS WHO ROB THE "IDIOTS" OF THEIR SUPERSTARS... TWO YRS AGO I WAS IN 2 LEAGUES AND WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP IN BOTH... LAST YR I WAS IN 3 LEAGUES, AND MY GF WAS IN 2 OF THEM AS WELL SO I PRETTY MUCH HAD A HAND IN DRAFTING 5 TEAMS, AND GOT 1 CHAMPIONSHIP, 2 2ND PLACES, AND 1 3RD PLACE, ALL IN $ LEAGUES... I JUS WANNA GIV U A SHOUTOUT WALT, UR BUT UR BUSINESS, AND THANX TO UR RANKINGS IVE BEEN NE OF THE GUYS TO LOOK OUT FOR IN MY LEAGUES FOR A FEW YRS NOW... AND I ALWAYS DRAFT USING UR RANKINGS AND NO1 ELSES, KEEP DOIN UR THING BRO, ITS MUCH APPRECIATED...
hrudey 08-18-2012 03:00 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.254 (total posts: 1)
7     48

@Convenient: Well, to be fair, the replay is just about to come on the NFLN, so it's likely he hasn't seen it yet. Still, I'll go ahead and spare him the effort of writing it or you having to wait for it:

"Blaine Gabbert is still a craven coward. For the entire second half, any time there was any Saints defender even close to the line of scrimmage, not only would he not be in the pocket, but he'd be invisible all over the field unless you saw him on the sideline. Too scared to complete a pass in the second half? Chad Henne's got this job locked up, though it's a shame the team can't surround him with NFL receivers - Laurent Robinson and Blackmon are starting? Only a team in as much turmoil as the Jaguars would give the #1 and #2 receiving slots to guys who caught zero balls for the Jaguars last year. But then again, Gabbert will be soaking himself so even if they could catch, they wouldn't want to. This team was the worst offense in the league last year and without MJD, how are they going to score? May as well get your Matt Barkley jerseys now, although don't spend too much since they'll be in Los Angeles in three seasons."

I don't think I worked in the word craven nearly enough, but it's an approximation and I'm not a professional writer.
Convenient eh? 08-18-2012 02:14 pm xxx.xxx.xxx7.47 (total posts: 1)
21     8

So Walter's personal punching bag Gabbert goes 10-13 for 112 yards and 2 TDs, making his total on the preseason 18-26 for 174 yards, 3 TDs, and 0 INTs, and the writeup is conveniently forgotten. Shocker.
guess what? 08-18-2012 12:37 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.172 (total posts: 1)
9     10

you're all tools
big papa is the biggest tool 08-18-2012 05:05 am xxx.xxx.xxx1.48 (total posts: 1)
9     9

so going by your logic then you shouldn't have posted about me calling me a tool...you sir are an idiot.
BIG PAPA 08-17-2012 04:29 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.129 (total posts: 1)
22     38

@you're all tools,
u are a tool for ur post,
listen to what ur mom said; if u dont have anything nice to say, dont say nothing at all
you're all tools 08-17-2012 03:13 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.84 (total posts: 1)
102     79

nobody cares about how well you drafted in a ten man league, which are for women, amateurs, and little girls, so stop gloating about every single fantasy team you've ever drafted please and thanks.
Michael 08-14-2012 08:46 am xxx.xxx.xxx.247 (total posts: 2)
10     47

@erik

I know it looks like it couldn't have happened but I got McCoy with the 1.2 pick, Jones at 2.9, Gronk at 3.2, Nicks at 4.9, Romo at 5.2, Richardson at 6.9, Bryant at 7.2, Harvin at 8.9, Doug Martin at 9.2, Redman at 10.9, Ridley at 11.2, Floyd at 12.9, Texans at 13.2, Fitzpatrick at 14.9, and Crosby at 15.2! Then someone dropped Matt Ryan so I dropped Fitzpatrick and picked Ryan up!!! The guys in my draft were horrible. Someone took the 49ers DST in the 3rd round!
Nycsportzfan 08-14-2012 07:53 am xxx.xxx.xxx.129 (total posts: 3)
10     9

This dude told me to get a grip..LOL I'm sorry, i just find it funny is all..lol All i said is i find it a bit early to say Martins breakout yr is gonna have to wait unless blounts injured..


Whoa, i'm just losing control!!!(sarcasm)..lol I better get a grip!

Walts not 4yrs old, and i gurantee u he would come right back with his reasoning why he feels that way or he'd say "u may be right".. One thing i know for sure is he would not think someone needs to get a grip becuase they questioned one comment out of about 50 preseason comments..lol

Keep doing what ur doing walt! I love ur site!
nycsportzfan 08-14-2012 07:48 am xxx.xxx.xxx.129 (total posts: 3)
17     12

uhh, i love walts insight u freaking moron.. U can certainly give insight without making decisons for a full season based on 1week of 2or3 carries in the first preseason game..

As i said and i'll stick 2, its way to early to say "it looks like martins breakout yr is gonna have to wait, barring a Blount injury".. LOL

Thats pretty much common sense.. This week Blount could look terrible and Martin could look sensational, and with more carries, as the carries go up and up as preseason goes on.. Its impossible to know if a guys whole season has been decided based on a couple carries in the 1st preseason game..


Again, i love walts site and have been coming here daily for 5yrs, and i'm positve walt has no problem what so ever with a little disagreement, as opposed to nothing but licking of his balls from people like u.. He knows hes wrong sometimes, and has no problem with someone saying they think he jumped the gun a bit on something..
@Nycsportzfan 08-13-2012 11:19 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.159 (total posts: 1)
21     30

Great comment Nycsportzfan. I'm sure everyone here would love to sign on Monday and read about how it's week 1 of pre-season so there's no insights to report. Get a grip man.

Keep up the solid updating Walt, every update helps us make better decisions than the chuuuumpps with the fantasy magazines at the draft!
Riley 08-13-2012 04:27 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.238 (total posts: 1)
10     91

Check out 3 fantasy teams from NFL.com, 1 auction, 2 re-draft. Only one were other people actually present for.

Team 1:
QB: Matt Schaub
QB: Jay Cutler
RB: LeSean McCoy
RB: Matt Forte
RB: Isaac Redman
RB: Trent Richardson
RB: Doug Martin
WR: Julio Jones
WR: Hakeem Nicks
WR: Steve Johnson
WR: Antonio Brown
WR: Eric Decker
TE: Brandon Pettigrew
K: Jason Hanson
DEF: Texans

This one is probably my favorite team due to the ridiculous RB depth. My bench is considerably better than what Walter ends up with most of the time to start. My WR core is OK, but I think they have a lot of upside. I also believe that Steve Johnson is underrated and a sleeper. Antonio Brown should be good, and I like Decker over Thomas. The lack of QB's is shared with most of the teams I draft because I don't see the value in a first round QB. Upside can be attained anywhere.

Team 2:
QB: Matt Ryan
QB: Jay Cutler
RB: Chris Johnson
RB: Doug Martin
RB: Isaac Redman
RB: Mark Ingram
RB: Ben Tate
WR: Larry Fitzgerald
WR: Brandon Marshall
WR: Hakeem Nicks
WR: Steve Johnson
WR: Eric Decker
TE: Brandon Pettigrew
K: Alex Henery
DEF: Bills

This is probably my most balanced team, with players I like everywhere. I am looking for an upgrade over Ben Tate, but that is the only weakness I can discern on this team. Chris Johnson has a lot of upside, but the rest of my RB's are more questions than answers.

Team 3(Auction):
QB: Drew Brees
QB: Robert Griffin III
QB: Matt Schaub
RB: Isaac Redman
RB: Doug Martin
RB: Ben Tate
RB: Pierre Thomas
WR: Julio Jones
WR: A.J. Green
WR: Hakeem Nicks
WR: Greg Little
WR: Denarius Moore
TE: Rob Gronkowski
K: Alex Henery
DEF: Bills

This is my least favorite team due to the complete lack of RB depth. I have 3 QB's because I wasn't there for the first part of the draft, just long enough to end up with Brees for $40. I am trying to trade Brees for Chris Johnson. RG3 and Schaub were $4 a piece, so I think I will be getting a steal if I can successfully start them. The rest of the team is pretty strong though, so I am completely satisfied with the team if I can get CJ2J.
erik 08-13-2012 01:22 pm xxx.xxx.xxx4.77 (total posts: 1)
13     8

Walt just wanted to thank your for your fantasy rankings! I just drafted a team on NFL.com and I did it going only by your top 250 spreadsheet. It was a 10 team league and I landed your players ranked as follows QB #6 Tony Romo #16 Ryan Fitzpatrick, RB #1 LeSean McCoy #12 Trent Richardson #17 Doug Martin #22 Steven Ridley #26 Isaac Redman, WR #3 Julio Jones #6 Hakeem Nicks #8 Dez Bryant #11 Percy Harvin #25 Malcom Floyd, TE #1 Rob Gronkowski, K #5 Mason Crosby, and Texans DST!!!!!! I am psyched for this season!


Calling BS on that team!

rd1. mccoy
rd2. trich? gronk?
rd3. jones? martin?
rd4. dez? nicks?

no way you landed all these studs..your full of sh*t
Nycsportzfan 08-12-2012 04:14 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.129 (total posts: 3)
60     34

I love Walts site, but lets be real walt, ur knocking dudes up and down ur rankings alittle to much consdiering were talking about week 1 of the preseason.. Kinda ridiculous that ur all ready saying Doug Martins breakout yr is gonna have to wait because of blount.. Dude it was one preseason game where neither played a full game.. Lets get real, 1week of preseason is enough to get a slight but very small idea, and nothing more..
CSB 08-12-2012 02:47 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.122 (total posts: 1)
14     11

Cool Story Bro






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2012 Fantasy Football Rankings: Running Backs - 9/3 (Walt)
2012 Fantasy Football Rankings: Wide Receivers - 9/2 (Walt)
2012 Fantasy Football Rankings: Tight Ends - 9/2 (Walt)
2012 Fantasy Football Rankings: Kickers - 6/2 (Walt)
2012 Fantasy Football Rankings: Defenses - 6/3 (Walt)
2012 Fantasy Football Downloadable Spreadsheets - 9/2 (Walt)
2012 Fantasy Football Auction Values - 7/28 (Walt)
2012 Fantasy Football Rookie Rankings (Re-Draft) - 5/6 (Walt)
2012 Fantasy Football Rookie Rankings (Dynasty) - 5/6 (Walt)
2012 Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings - 1/2 (Walt)
Week 17 Fantasy Football Rankings - 12/27 (Walt)
Week 17 Fantasy Football Injury Reports - 12/27 (Walt)
Week 17 Fantasy Football Start Em, Sit Em - 12/27 (Walt)
Week 16 Fantasy Football Start Em, Sit Em - 12/20 (Walt)
WalterFootball.com $1,000 Contest on FanDuel.com - 11/4

2012 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheets:
2012 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: Traditional Scoring - 9/4 (Walt)
2012 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: PPR Scoring - 9/4 (Walt)
2012 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: Touchdown Scoring - 9/4 (Walt)
2012 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: 2-QB Format - 9/4 (Walt)
2012 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: Traditional Scoring PRINTABLE - 9/4 (Walt)
2012 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: PPR Scoring PRINTABLE - 9/4 (Walt)
2012 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: Touchdown Scoring PRINTABLE - 9/4 (Walt)
2012 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: 2-QB Format PRINTABLE - 9/4 (Walt)

2012 Fantasy Football Mock Drafts:
2012 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft - 8/23 (Walt)
2012 Fantasy Football Mock Draft - 8/16 (Walt)
2012 Fantasy Football Forum 2-QB PPR Mock Draft - 8/9 (Walt)
2012 Fantasy Football Auction Mock Draft - 8/2 (Walt)
2012 Fantasy Football Forum PPR Mock Draft - 7/27 (Walt)
2012 Fantasy Football Forum 2-QB Mock Draft - 7/17 (Walt)
2012 Fantasy Football Forum Standard 14-Team Mock Draft - 7/12 (Walt)
2012 Fantasy Football Forum PPR Mock Draft - 7/6 (Walt)
2012 Fantasy Football Forum Touchdown-Format Mock Draft - 7/4 (Walt)
2012 Fantasy Football Forum Standard Mock Draft - 7/3 (Walt)
2012 Fantasy Football Forum PPR Mock Draft - 6/22 (Walt)
2012 Fantasy Football Forum Mock Draft - 6/14 (Walt)
The Four-Man PPR Fantasy Mock Draft - 5/18 (Walt)

2012 Fantasy Football Articles:
2012 Fantasy Football Stock: Training Camp, OTAs - 9/3 (Walt)
2012 Fantasy Football Preseason Stock - 8/31 (Walt)
2012 NFL Preseason Recap, Fantasy Football Notes - 8/31 (Walt)
2012 Fantasy Football: Quarterback Targets - 8/31 (Walt)
2012 Fantasy Football: 20 Sleepers - 8/28 (Walt)
2012 Fantasy Football: Round-by-Round Strategy - 8/21 (Walt)
2012 Fantasy Football Busts - 6/5 (Walt)
2012 Fantasy Football Sleepers (Early-Middle Rounds) - 6/5 (Walt)
2012 Fantasy Football All-Value Team - 5/26 (Walt)
2012 Fantasy Football Stock Report: Quarterbacks - 5/8 (Walt)
2012 Fantasy Football Stock Report: Running Backs - 5/8 (Walt)
2012 Fantasy Football Stock Report: Wide Receivers - 5/8 (Walt)
2012 Fantasy Football Stock Report: Quarterbacks, Tight Ends - 4/3 (Walt)
2012 Fantasy Football Stock Report: Running Backs - 4/3 (Walt)
2012 Fantasy Football Stock Report: Wide Receivers - 4/3 (Walt)
2012 Fantasy Football: First-Round Bust History - 2/17 (Walt)
Running Backs with Most Carries - 2/17 (Walt)




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