2013 Fantasy Football: Preseason Fantasy Stock – Week 1




With preseason underway, there will be updates daily to this 2013 Fantasy Football Preseason Stock page. Games will be added as I watch them. Adjustments will be made on my 2013 Fantasy Football Rankings accordingly. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.



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2013 Fantasy Football Preseason Stock – Week 1



Bills at Colts

T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts
Second-year wideout T.Y. Hilton saw just one target from Andrew Luck in his exhibition debut, but he snagged a 45-yard touchdown bomb when Matt Hasselbeck was under center. Hilton should be a decent WR3 this year.

E.J. Manuel, QB, Bills
Manuel actually performed pretty well at Indianapolis despite not having Stevie Johnson at his disposal. He started slow, throwing wide of rookie Robert Woods and then behind Fred Jackson on a screen, but he got into a groove and eventually finished 16-of-21 for 107 yards and a touchdown. He also scrambled thrice for 28 rushing yards, most of which came on a 24-yard scramble on a 3rd-and-6 during the third drive. His ability to pick up rushing numbers makes him an intriguing QB2 with upside.

C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills
One of the Indianapolis announcers said that the team has a “new emphasis to stop the run.” Interesting, but it didn’t go too well when C.J. Spiller opened up with gains of 17 and 15 on his first two carries. He later fumbled on an exchange with E.J. Manuel, but that’s not a big deal. The Bills said they will feed Spiller “until he throws up,” and it appears as though they’re keeping their word. Spiller has a very good chance of finishing as a top-five fantasy running back this year.

For more on this game, go to the 2013 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.





Jets at Lions

Geno Smith, QB, Jets
Geno Smith went 6-of-7 for 47 yards in the preseason opener. He had nice zip on his passes, but the non-contact injury ruined his chances of being the starter in Week 1. It won’t be long until Smith permanently takes over for Sanchez, but if you were thinking of drafting him as a late-round sleeper, find someone who will actually be on the field in September.

For more on this game, go to the 2013 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.





Giants at Steelers

Rueben Randle, WR, Giants
Taking advantage of Hakeem Nicks’ absence, Rueben Randle led the Giants in targets from Eli Manning in the preseason opener. He saw three balls go his way, including one in the end zone. He only came up with one catch, but he made Troy Polamalu miss on what turned out to be a 16-yard gain. Randle won’t be much of a fantasy factor if Nicks is healthy, but he can be started as a WR3/flex otherwise.

Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Steelers
Emmanuel Sanders tied Antonio Brown for the team lead in targets (3) from Ben Roethlisberger in the preseason opener. Sanders hauled in all three balls for 27 yards. With Mike Wallace gone, Sanders will have a much larger role in Pittsburgh’s offense this year.

For more on this game, go to the 2013 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.





Chiefs at Saints

Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs
Jamaal Charles saw three targets on the opening drive at New Orleans. He also carried the ball five times for 13 yards and a touchdown plunge from the 1-yard line. Charles is going to rack up a ridiculous amount of touches this year, and it could be argued that he should be the No. 2 fantasy pick behind Adrian Peterson.

For more on this game, go to the 2013 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.




Bears at Panthers

Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears
Alshon Jeffery saw two targets from Jay Cutler in the preseason opener, which tied the Bears’ team lead with Michael Bush. Jeffery has been working out hard this offseason, so it was nice to see his effort trickle into live game action. He has WR3 potential this year.

For more on this game, go to the 2013 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.


Cardinals at Packers

James Jones, WR, Packers
James Jones caught 14 touchdowns last year. Perhaps that was a bit of a fluke, but I won’t be surprised if he notches double-digit scores again. Jones hauled in a 50-yard bomb on the opening drive against Arizona and then was targeted in the end zone. Aaron Rodgers hurried the throw and simply missed him.

Carson Palmer, QB, Cardinals
Carson Palmer didn’t waste any time torching Green Bay’s secondary, firing an 18-yard completion to Michael Floyd on the first play from scrimmage. Palmer nearly hit Andre Roberts with a deep bomb, but safety Jerron McMillian made a nice break-up. Later on, Palmer went back to Roberts, lobbing a beautiful 38-yard rainbow to the receiver for a touchdown. The veteran quarterback finished 4-of-6 for 77 yards and the score. He could be a solid QB2 this season.

Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers
Aaron Rodgers was razor-sharp in his preseason debut despite not having Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb at his disposal. He went 3-of-5 for 62 yards on just one drive, with his best completion being a 50-yard bomb to James Jones. One of his incompletions was a dropped touchdown by Jermichael Finley, while the other was a poor throw to an open James Jones in the end zone.

For more on this game, go to the 2013 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.


Texans at Vikings

DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans
DeAndre Hopkins recorded four catches for 52 yards and a touchdown in his preseason debut. He has a better chance of producing this year than Cordarrelle Patterson because the Texans have a more stable quarterbacking situation. He’ll probably be overdrafted because he’s a rookie, but he can definitely flirt with WR3 status.

Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Vikings
Cordarrelle Patterson finished his preseason debut with four receptions for 54 yards. I wouldn’t pick him this year because rookie wideouts tend to be overdrafted, but it looks like he’ll be a fantasy stud once he has a good quarterback throwing the ball to him.

For more on this game, go to the 2013 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.



2013 Fantasy Football Preseason Stock – Week 1



Cowboys at Raiders

Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys
Dez Bryant saw a team-high three targets from Tony Romo at Oakland. He caught all of them, logging 55 yards in the process. Not bad for one quarter of action. Bryant looks like he’s in terrific shape, so he’s poised for a huge 2013 campaign.

For more on this game, go to the 2013 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.


Dolphins at Jaguars

Dustin Keller, TE, Dolphins
Dustin Keller tied for the team lead in targets from Ryan Tannehill against the Jaguars. He hauled in two of the three passes thrown to him for 46 yards and a touchdown. It looks like Tannehill will rely on him consistently, so Keller could flirt with low-end TE1 status.

For more on this game, go to the 2013 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.


Patriots at Eagles

Tom Brady, QB, Patriots
Tom Brady was on the field for only two drives at Philadelphia, so he obviously passed on just one possession. He was very sharp despite not having Wes Welker or his two tight ends, going 7-of-8 for 65 yards and a touchdown to Shane Vereen. Brady is one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL and a fantasy stud, so it’s pretty insane that he’s lasting until Round 5 in fantasy drafts.

DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles
DeSean Jackson was targeted only once against New England, but the catch was a beauty. He torched top cornerback Aqib Talib and snagged a 46-yard bomb from QB Eagles No. 7. Jackson hasn’t done anything since 2010, but he looks reenergized in this offense.

Kenbrell Thompkins, WR, Patriots
Kenbrell Thompkins was the only Patriot receiver who had more than one target from Tom Brady against the Eagles. Thompkins, a rookie from Cincinnati, was thrown to four times. He hauled in all of those passes for 23 yards. It’s still way too early to determine if Thompkins can carry this over to the regular season, but he’s definitely worth a late-round fantasy flier.

QB Eagles No. 7, QB, Eagles
Chip Kelly named QB Eagles No. 7 his starting signal-caller against the Patriots, and the veteran rewarded him with a great performance. He went 4-of-5 for 94 yards and a touchdown – a 47-yard bomb to DeSean Jackson. He now looks like the favorite to be the starter on Sept. 9, but before anyone gets too excited, keep in mind that the Patriots were running a vanilla defense. Defensive coordinators will fool QBDK as they always do with their blitz packages. QBDK will be responsible for a plethora of red-zone turnovers, as usual. Oh, and he’ll suffer an injury of some sort by Halloween. That’s a given.

For more on this game, go to the 2013 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.


Redskins at Titans

Fred Davis, TE, Redskins
The one Washington offensive starter of note at Tennessee was Fred Davis, who looked healthy. Davis caught a pair of passes for 14 yards and a touchdown on two drives.

Chris Johnson, RB, Titans
Chris Johnson was given just two carries in his preseason debut. The first went for only a couple of yards, but the second was a 58-yard touchdown. Johnson received a big block from rookie guard Chance Warmack and then did the rest. He sprinted downfield and juked rookie safety Bacarri Rambo. Johnson, who tweeted “THANK GOD” when Tennessee drafted Warmack, is poised for a monstrous season behind this revamped offensive front. Even when he exited the contest, the Titans still ran behind Warmack quite frequently. Warmack was so good that he made Shonn Greene look like a decent running back.

Kendall Wright, WR, Titans
Kendall Wright was targeted only once in one full half of action against the Redskins, which is quite discouraging. He dropped the pass.

For more on this game, go to the 2013 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.


Rams at Browns

Tavon Austin, WR, Rams
Tavon Austin had a very disappointing debut. He was targeted just once, dropping the pass. Austin is being wildly overdrafted, so make sure to avoid him.

Jared Cook, TE, Rams
Jared Cook was brought in to be a potent, intermediate target for Sam Bradford, but he didn’t make a single catch in the preseason opener. He wasn’t even targeted. Some publications are trying to sell Cook as this next, great tight end, but he has never lived up to expectations, so it’s a bit ridiculous to suddenly expect him to do so after signing a big contract.

Chris Givens, WR, Rams
If you want a Rams’ receiver, go with Chris Givens. The second-year product is being drafted way too late despite the strong possibility that he could be the more-productive receiver. Givens saw three targets and hauled in all of his passes, including a 59-yard bomb in the second quarter. Givens finished with 82 yards and a touchdown in the exhibition opener.

Dion Lewis, RB, Browns
Trent Richardson was out, allowing Dion Lewis to start. Lewis fared very well as a receiver coming out of the backfield, catching three balls for 22 yards and a touchdown. He also gained 12 yards on the ground with his five carries. If you own Richardson, it might be worth your while to handcuff him with Lewis, who will be a productive player if he’s forced into the starting lineup.

Daryl Richardson, RB, Rams
Daryl Richardson started in St. Louis’ backfield against the Browns. Aside from a drop, Richardson had a quality performance. He gained 24 yards on four carries. He also was targeted thrice, coming up with two catches for 20 more yards. He could emerge as a decent RB2 – especially with the other running backs struggling. Isaiah Pead fumbled his first carry and nearly stumbled out of the end zone on a kickoff return. Zac Stacy, meanwhile, dropped a pass in the 2-minute drill at the end of the first half.

Brandon Weeden, QB, Browns
Brandon Weeden looks like a new player under Rob Chudzinski and Norv Turner. He was extremely sharp in his preseason debut, going 10-of-13 for 112 yards and a touchdown. He struggled in the red zone on his drive, failing to connect with Greg Little on two occasions, but that was the only blemish on his impressive evening. His best throw was a 20-yard strike to Josh Gordon that he was able to thread through heavy traffic.

For more on this game, go to the 2013 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.


Broncos at 49ers

Montee Ball, RB, Broncos
I’m giving Montee Ball a down arrow. It’s not his fault that he had a terrible stat line against the 49ers (5 carries, 9 yards), but he did nothing to separate himself from Ronnie Hillman.

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Seahawks at Chargers

Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers
Philip Rivers had a miserable 2012 campaign, but if his performance against the Seahawks is any indication – and it must be noted that it’s a small sample size – then he has a chance of rebounding this season. Rivers played just one series, but was extremely sharp, going 5-of-6 for 45 yards. His sole incompletion was thrown away. It’s also worth noting that Rivers didn’t have Danny Woodhead at his disposal, so he was missing his top receiving option coming out of the backfield.

Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers
Ryan Mathews actually looked pretty good in his preseason debut. With the offensive line blowing open quality holes, Mathews gained 19 yards on three carries. His most eventful attempt was a 9-yard burst on a 4th-and-1 in which he leapt over the pile and had the awareness to get up because he knew he wasn’t touched. Mathews still should be avoided because he’s terribly fragile, but he’ll get a stock-up arrow because of how well the front line blocked.

For more on this game, go to the 2013 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.


Ravens at Buccaneers

Bernard Pierce, RB, Ravens
Bernard Pierce received a bunch of touches when Ray Rice exited the preseason opener following three carries (seven yards) and an 11-yard reception. Pierce looked good; he gained 21 yards and a touchdown on three attempts, but he clutched his knee in pain and limped off the field following the score. He did not return after that. If there’s some bad news, I’ll have an update for you later.

For more on this game, go to the 2013 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.


Bengals at Falcons

Giovani Bernard, RB, Bengals
Giovani Bernard had a mixed preseason debut. He gained 28 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries, as he wasn’t too impressive running in between the tackles. However, he converted the score in short yardage and looked good running outside. He also caught three balls for 16 yards. He slipped on his long reception (16 yards), falling four yards short of the first-down marker on third-and-long. It’s worth noting that all of Bernard’s touches came when BenJarvus Green-Ellis exited the game for good. It appears as though the Law Firm is entrenched as the team’s starter, so Bernard’s playing time will have to increase as the season progresses.

For more on this game, go to the 2013 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.


Dolphins vs. Cowboys

Joseph Randle, RB, Cowboys
Joseph Randle did most of the work in the second half against Miami. He started slow but then ripped off some quality gains, finishing with 70 yards on 13 attempts. Randle looked good, but he has work cut out for him. Phillip Tanner and Lance Dunbar both thrived against Miami, so it’s going to be difficult for Randle to move up the depth chart.

Ryan Tannehill, QB, Dolphins
Ryan Tannehill attempted just five passes against Dallas. He completed two of them for 11 yards. It was a discouraging performance for Tannehill, but that has nothing to do with what he personally did on the field; after all, Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline were both out, meaning that Tannehill’s starting wideouts were Brandon Gibson and Marvin McNutt. The problem was the pass protection. Jonathan Martin was beaten badly on numerous occasions, and he was even much better than backup Dallas Thomas, who looked like he was playing on roller skates. Thomas might turn out to be a good NFL guard, but he will get Tannehill killed if he’s the blind-side protector.

For more on this game, go to the 2013 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.


2013 Preseason Notes: Week 4 | Week 3 | Week 2 | Week 1
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