2013 Fantasy Football: Preseason Fantasy Stock – Week 3




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2013 Fantasy Football Preseason Stock – Week 3



Vikings at 49ers

Greg Jennings, WR, Vikings
Greg Jennings saw a team-high six targets at San Francisco, but managed only two receptions for 24 yards. He did draw a pass-interference flag in the end zone, but the fact remains that Jennings is going to have a lot of these 4-48 (doubling up the stats) types of contests with Christian Ponder as his quarterback. There’s absolutely no upside with Jennings, who should be avoided in all fantasy drafts because he’s being picked way too early.

Marlon Moore, WR, 49ers
Marlon Moore led all 49ers in targets from Colin Kaepernick against the Vikings. Moore isn’t some scrub who’s randomly playing with the starters; with Michael Crabtree out, Moore has been in the starting lineup every preseason game thus far. He finished with three catches for 32 yards. He’s someone to consider in the final couple of rounds.

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





Buccaneers at Dolphins

Brandon Gibson, WR, Dolphins
Brandon Gibson, playing out of the slot, saw a team-high nine targets against the Buccaneers. He caught five of them for 43 yards and a touchdown. He also dropped a second score. Gibson isn’t much of a fantasy option unless you’re in a PPR league. He can be a decent backup in that format.

Vincent Jackson, WR, Buccaneers
Vincent Jackson saw five targets in the third preseason game, but managed only one catch. He dropped a pass, but the rest was on Josh Freeman, who was woefully inaccurate. Expect more of this throughout the entire season. Freeman is dealing with personal issues and will likely struggle for a while. I’d recommend staying away from all Buccaneers (save for maybe Doug Martin) in fantasy this year.

Lamar Miller, RB, Dolphins
Lamar Miller started the fourth preseason game, but he and Daniel Thomas shared about the same amount of carries. However, Miller outplayed Thomas by a wide margin. Whereas Thomas gained just three yards on seven carries, Miller totaled 35 yards on eight attempts. What’s even more important is that Miller did a great job of picking up the blitz. I’m not sure what Miami’s obsession with Thomas is all about, but there’s no doubt that Miller is the better player.

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





Saints at Texans

Andre Johnson, WR, Texans
Andre Johnson just turned 32 last month, but he looks as young and spry as ever. He saw eight targets against the Saints, hauling in seven of those balls for 131 yards. He remains a low-end WR1.

Ben Tate, RB, Texans
Arian Foster was out again, allowing Ben Tate to shine against the Saints. Tate showed some nifty moves and broke numerous tackles, gaining 74 yards and a touchdown on just 11 carries. With Foster due for a decline in touches, Tate is poised to break out. Tate struggled with injuries last year, but now looks completely healthy. He’s worth drafting in the eighth round or so.

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





Bengals at Cowboys

Miles Austin-Jones, WR, Cowboys
Miles Austin-Jones struggled early with a drop in the third exhibition contest, but ultimately hauled in four grabs (off six targets) for 59 yards and a touchdown. Austin-Jones is going way too late in fantasy drafts, so he makes for a nice value pick.

Giovani Bernard, RB, Bengals
Giovani Bernard, who was on the field on the first drive at Dallas, was much more impressive than his plodding teammate. He registered 39 yards on six carries to go along with two catches for 17 receiving yards. Bernard, who made an unbelievable juke to dodge J.J. Wilcox in the third quarter, is second on the depth chart, but that won’t be the case for very long.

Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys
Dez Bryant looks like he’s ready to have a monstrous season. He saw eight targets come his way versus Cincinnati, catching six of them for 54 yards and a touchdown. He also drew a pass interference. He should be the second receiver drafted after Calvin Johnson.

Joseph Randle RB, Cowboys
Despite DeMarco Murray being benched for fumbling, Joseph Randle was nowhere to be seen until the third quarter. Phillip Tanner was the first running back off the bench, tallying 39 yards on 14 carries. Randle (16-66) continues to play behind both Tanner and Lance Dunbar, who should be back soon.

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




Falcons at Titans

Nate Washington, WR, Titans
Nate Washington continued to serve as Jake Locker’s preferred target, tying the Tennessee starters with a team-high four targets against the Falcons. Washington hauled in all four grabs for 70 yards and a touchdown. He’s on my Fantasy Football Sleepers list because Locker simply loves throwing the ball to him.

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


Chiefs at Steelers

Donnie Avery, WR, Chiefs
Donnie Avery led all Chief starters in targets (8) at Pittsburgh. He hauled in six of those balls for 54 yards. He could emerge as a decent WR3/flex in PPR leagues. Don’t expect him to score much though; in addition to his small frame, Avery will also have to deal with Alex Smith’s poor red-zone efficiency.

Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers
Antonio Brown showed great chemistry with Ben Roethlisberger in the third preseason game. He beat Sean Smith for a 49-yard bomb to open things up. He saw five targets go his way, catching three of them for 61 yards. Brown also had a 25-yard reception wiped out by a chop block. That’s not bad for one half of action.

Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs
Jamaal Charles saw his first action since he suffered what many feared to be a serious foot injury in practice. Charles gained just 10 yards on seven carries against the Steelers. He also caught two balls for four receiving yards. He looked tentative and a bit slow. He also dropped a pass. Even though his foot injury was seen as minor, he could be suffering some lingering effects from it. I’m a bit concerned about Charles, but I’m not going to bump him down my rankings. He should be 100 percent soon.

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


Browns at Colts

Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Colts
Darrius Heyward-Bey was inexplicably efficient versus Cleveland. He caught all three targets thrown to him for 33 yards. He’s a starter in a high-powered offense, so he’s worth a look in the later rounds.

Andrew Luck, QB, Colts
Andrew Luck went 16-of-25 for 164 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in his third preseason outing. The pick wasn’t his fault; he hit Stanley Havili in the red zone, but Havili bobbled the ball and tipped it into the air, allowing Tashaun Gipson to come up with the turnover. Luck was better than those numbers indicate, as he was extremely sharp all evening. He was hurt by two drops (Havili’s miscue included), and he also rushed for 20 yards on four scrambles. Luck has a very good chance to finish as a top-six fantasy quarterback.

Trent Richardson, RB, Browns
Trent Richardson, the other first-round rookie from the 2012 NFL Draft, was dominant when he was on the field at Indianapolis. He rushed for 31 yards on just seven carries. He also had a 10-yard reception. He should be locked in as a top-five fantasy pick.

Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts
Andrew Luck’s first, second and third reads are Reggie Wayne, Reggie Wayne and Reggie Wayne. The veteran receiver, who has shown no signs of aging, was targeted a whopping 11 times against the Browns – that’s seven passes more than the next-most-targeted Colt saw go his way. Wayne caught seven balls for 79 yards. With Luck improving, Wayne is a strong WR2.

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


Chargers at Cardinals

Rob Housler, TE, Cardinals
Rob Housler struggled once again. He dropped a touchdown against the Chargers. He made just one catch for eight yards in the third quarter, but sustained a minor injury in the process and had to permanently leave the game. Housler has been a major disappointment this preseason.

Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers
Ryan Mathews continued to have a strong exhibition campaign. He rushed for 57 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, though he did fumble while trying to leap into the end zone at the end of the first half. Mathews has been running very hard all summer. If he can stay healthy – a big if – he’ll be a strong RB2.

Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Cardinals
Rashard Mendenhall sustained some sort of knee injury against the Chargers. A group of shady Cardinal personnel were surrounding him on the sideline, preventing the Chargers’ cameraman from getting a good look. Mendenhall couldn’t reenter the game, though he was walking on the sideline afterward. Still, this is a reminder that Mendenhall is extremely injury-prone and should be avoided in fantasy drafts. It’s a shame because Mendenhall had been running well beforehand, gaining 47 yards on six carries.

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


Eagles at Jaguars

Justin Blackmon, WR, Jaguars
Chad Henne spent the majority of the opening drive of the third preseason tilt targeting Justin Blackmon, who had his way against Bradley Fletcher. Blackmon notched four receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown, though he dropped a pass from Matt Scott in the third quarter. Blackmon is out for the first four games of the season with a suspension, but he’s worth stashing because he can produce like a WR3 beginning in Week 5.

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


Jets at Giants

Hakeem Nicks, WR, Giants
Hakeem Nicks saw a team-high eight targets against the Jets, but managed to haul in a single (one-handed) pass for 34 yards. However, he gets a stock up because three of those targets resulted in pass interferences on Kyle Wilson (one declined). Nicks also saw three balls come his way in the end zone. He should’ve caught one, but he lost the ball in the lights.

Bilal Powell, RB, Jets
Bilal Powell started over Chris Ivory for the second week in a row. Neither back ran well (Powell: 11-16, TD; Ivory: 8-15), but the coaching staff once again ran direct snaps for Powell. This happened on two occasions, one of which resulted in a touchdown. I’ll reiterate what I said last week: The fact that Marty Mornhinweg has specific plays planned for Powell indicates that Ivory, at best, will have to share touches with Powell. As of right now, I’d say Powell is the favorite to lead the Jet running backs in carries.

David Wilson, RB, Giants
David Wilson started the third preseason game and took his first carry all the way into the end zone for an 84-yard touchdown, as anemic safety Antonio Allen failed to set the edge. Wilson finished with 92 yards and a score on just five attempts. The Giants will have to keep him on the field because of his unbelievable play-making ability.

Kellen Winslow, TE, Jets
Kellen Winslow Jr. saw more targets than any Jet (6) against the Giants. Winslow can’t move at this point of his career, but the state of New York’s receiving corps is so bad that Winslow happens to be Geno Smith’s best option. Winslow caught four balls for 35 yards. He’s just a mediocre TE2.

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


Rams at Broncos

Montee Ball, RB, Broncos
Montee Ball saw most of the action once Ronnie Hillman was benched for fumbling against the Rams. He had some nice runs, mustering 43 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. However, he dropped a ball in the red zone, and it’s clear that John Fox still doesn’t trust him in pass protection because Knowshon Moreno played on third downs. Ball will be in some sort of time share.

Jared Cook, TE, Rams
Jared Cook was barely targeted in his first two preseason games, but that certainly was not the case at Denver. Cook saw six targets come his way. He dropped one and caught four others for 50 yards and a touchdown. Cook is highly athletic and has all the potential in the world, but he needs to be consistent for the first time in his career. He’s very risky as a TE1, but has great upside as a TE2.

Ronnie Hillman, RB, Broncos
Ronnie Hillman started the third preseason contest. He looked good early on, gaining 34 yards on six carries, but once again fumbled – the third time he’s done so in two weeks. Hillman was nowhere to be seen after that. John Fox may have had enough with Hillman’s ball-security issues.

Knowshon Moreno, RB, Broncos
Knowshon Moreno didn’t see the field in the preseason dress rehearsal until the middle of the second quarter. He played on third downs after Ronnie Hillman was benched for fumbling. He fared well in pass protection, as usual, and he gained 33 yards on five carries. He ran with fire, as he looked like he wanted to prove that he deserves to be the starting running back. Moreno is the most reliable back on Denver’s roster, so he’ll get his touches.

Julius Thomas, TE, Broncos
Julius Thomas, a young, athletic tight end, tied for the team lead with seven targets against the Rams. He caught four balls, but for only 18 yards. However, the important development is that Thomas saw this much action despite Jacob Tamme returning to the lineup. Tamme saw four passes fly his way.

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


Bills at Redskins

Fred Davis, TE, Redskins
Fred Davis, coming off a torn Achilles, made a big catch against the Bills for 31 yards, as corner Aaron Williams lost him in coverage. That was his only reception, but starter Rex Grossman can be blamed for that. It’s promising that Davis looks mostly healthy.

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


Bears at Raiders

Martellus Bennett, TE, Bears
Martellus Bennett continues to struggle. Jay Cutler targeted him thrice in the dress rehearsal, but all the tight end could manage was one 16-yard reception, thanks to a pair of drops.

Matt Forte, RB, Bears
Matt Forte had a monstrous performance in the third preseason game. Oakland’s pathetic defense had a lot to do with this, but Forte rushed for 76 yards on just six attempts and also caught two balls for 33 receiving yards and a touchdown. New coach Marc Trestman has big plans for Forte, who should be considered a high-end RB2.

Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears
Alshon Jeffery saw way more targets than any other Chicago starting wideout in the third preseason game. Eight balls came his way, and he managed to snag seven of them for 77 yards. His most memorable moment was when he caught a back-shoulder throw and made a juke move for a 22-yard gain. He nearly scored a touchdown as well, but had the misfortune of being tackled at the 1-yard line. Jeffery is in great shape this season and is shaping up to be a sound WR3. He’s one of my favorite 2013 Fantasy Football Sleepers.

Terrelle Pryor, QB, Raiders
Oakland has such lacking talent at quarterback that Terrelle Pryor may have won the starting job in the dress rehearsal. Pryor went 7-of-9 for 93 yards and a score, but his key play was an amazing 25-yard scrambling touchdown. Raider fans were excited about this, but Pryor did this against the second-team defense. He’s a dumb quarterback who will easily be confused by basic blitz schemes. He’s also inaccurate; he had what should have been an interception on an overthrow dropped by Chris Conte. Having said that, he has QB2 potential in fantasy because of his rushing ability.

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


Seahawks at Packers

Jermichael Finley, TE, Packers
The Packers have talked up Jermichael Finley this offseason because he’s been in terrific shape. That apparently hasn’t had much of an effect on his hands, unfortunately. Finley dropped two passes against the Seahawks, including one touchdown. The other was thrown right into his chest, but he couldn’t hang on to the ball. Let someone else draft this bum.

James Jones, WR, Packers
James Jones led the Packers in targets from Aaron Rodgers against the Seahawks. He saw three balls come his way on the first drive alone. Jones is a decent WR2 who is going way too late in fantasy drafts.

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


Patriots at Lions

Zach Sudfeld, TE, Patriots
Zach Sudfeld cost his team with a lost fumble at Detroit. He saw just one target from Tom Brady with Danny Amendola out, so that’s not a good sign.

Kenbrell Thompkins, WR, Patriots
Kenbrell Thompkins saw at least double the targets (from Tom Brady) compared to any other Patriot receiver in the third preseason game. He opened this contest by beating Darius Slay for a 37-yard bomb in the first quarter. He ultimately finished with eight receptions for 116 yards. His only blemish was a dropped ball, but that can be ignored because he had so many positive moments throughout the evening. Thompkins, who couldn’t be jammed by any Lion corner, is shaping up to be a high-upside WR3 option.

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


Panthers at Ravens

Cam Newton, QB, Panthers
Cam Newton had a pretty unspectacular third preseason performance. His first pass was way behind Brandon LaFell. He also threw at LaFell’s feet on another occasion. He took a hit to the leg and was limping around, but it was just a knee to the thigh. Newton finished 10-of-19 for just 99 yards, though he did scramble twice for 20 rushing yards. Newton has been very disappointing this August, and I’m definitely worried about him, given that he’s being coached by a new offensive coordinator. He could struggle early on.

Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers
Cam Newton was most comfortable throwing to Greg Olsen in the third preseason game. Olsen, who saw a team-high seven targets, snagged three balls for 44 yards.

Ray Rice, RB, Ravens
Ray Rice couldn’t find any running room in the two contests prior to the Carolina matchup, but he trampled the Panthers, gaining 62 yards and a touchdown on 16 yards. The score was important, as he remained in the game on the goal line. Bernard Pierce, meanwhile, managed just seven yards on 10 attempts. He also fumbled. I always found the notion that Rice shouldn’t be considered a top-five fantasy player because of Pierce to be a ridiculous one. Pierce is a good back, but Rice is one of the top play-makers in the NFL. He’ll get all of his touches.

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


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