2014 Fantasy Football: Preseason Fantasy Stock – Week 1




With preseason underway, there will be updates daily to this 2014 Fantasy Football Preseason Stock page. Games will be added as I watch them. Adjustments will be made on my 2014 Fantasy Football Rankings accordingly. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.



2014 Preseason Notes: Week 4 | Week 3 | Week 2 | Week 1
2014 Fantasy Football Stock Pages: Preseason Stock Week 4 | Preseason Stock Week 3 | Preseason Stock Week 2 | Preseason Stock Week 1 | Training Camp Stock



2014 Fantasy Football Preseason Stock – Week 1



Texans at Cardinals

John Brown, WR, Cardinals
Michael Floyd didn’t suit up in the exhibition opener, but that was OK because it allowed rookie John Brown to shine. A third-round rookie out of Pitt State, Brown has enjoyed a fantastic camp, and it translated into preseason success. He registered five catches for 87 yards, and that doesn’t even count a deep pass-interference penalty that he drew. He also got behind a defensive back in the end zone, but Drew Stanton overthrew him. Some have compared Brown to Marvin Harrison, so he’s worth monitoring – even this year.

For more on this game, go to the 2014 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.





Packers at Titans

Bishop Sankey, RB, Titans
Bishop Sankey paced the Titans in rushing in the preseason opener, tallying 37 yards on 13 carries. He also had three catches for 38 receiving yards and a touchdown. Sankey was much more impressive than Shonn Greene, and Eddie George agreed. George said that he really liked Sankey’s feet. I’m sure Rex Ryan feels the same way. Sankey should finish the year as the Titans’ top running back, so he’s not a bad RB3 option.

For more on this game, go to the 2014 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.





Steelers at Giants

Rashad Jennings, RB, Giants
The Giants were able to score a touchdown against the Steelers, thanks solely because of one play. On their second drive, Rashad Jennings burst through a giant hole up the middle for a 73-yard touchdown. Jennings (5 carries, 85 yards, TD) has looked solid so far this preseason, and with David Wilson done, he has good fantasy potential.

For more on this game, go to the 2014 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.





Browns at Lions

Reggie Bush, RB, Lions
Reggie Bush and Joique Bell both had touches on the opening drive in Detroit’s preseason debut, and it’s no surprise that Bell was the superior player. Bell pummeled through for an 11-yard gain, while Bush managed just three yards on two carries. However, the big take-away is that Bush dropped a pass. It was only one mistake, but Bush was benched multiple times late last year because of mental blunders. We’ll probably see more of the same from him in 2014, as Bush is a very overrated fantasy commodity. Avoid him because he’s going way too early in fantasy drafts.

For more on this game, go to the 2014 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.





Raiders at Vikings

Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jaguars
Maurice Jones-Drew at least thrived in the preseason opener. He started and played the first two drives. He rushed for 10 yards on two carries, and he also had an 8-yard gain wiped out by a face mask. Jones-Drew also caught two balls for 14 receiving yards. He looked like the MJD of old, so it’s time to buy low.

Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Vikings
Cordarrelle Patterson looks like he’s in for a huge year. He caught three balls for 38 yards in just one quarter of action in the preseason opener. There’s no battle with Jerome Simpson for playing time this year. Patterson is Minnesota’s clear-cut No. 1 wideout.

For more on this game, go to the 2014 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.





Bears at Eagles

Nick Foles, QB, Eagles
Nick Foles did not get off to a good start in 2014. He went 6-of-9 for 44 yards and two interceptions in his preseason debut. I wouldn’t put the first pick on him – his arm was slightly tipped – but the second one was all his fault, as he threw off his back foot into double coverage toward Zach Ertz. Foles also had a third possible interception dropped by Lance Briggs. On the bright side, he did have two completions negated by a hold and a face mask, and in fairness, he was missing Riley Cooper, but this was a disappointing showing overall.

For more on this game, go to the 2014 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.




Saints at Rams

Mark Ingram, RB, Saints
Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson spent time rotating series in the first half during the preseason opener. Robinson looked good (5 carries, 23 yards, touchdown), but Ingram was far more impressive. It doesn’t feel right to say this, but Ingram put on a show. He tallied 83 yards and a touchdown on just eight attempts, thanks to some nice cuts and stiff-arms. The fact that Ingram is in his contract year must be brought up. With money on the line, perhaps he’ll finally live up to expectations.

Zac Stacy, RB, Rams
Zac Stacy had a solid showing in the preseason opener, gaining 22 yards on four carries. It was nice to see him get off to a good start because it’s not a rare occurrence to see a running back endure a sophomore slump.

For more on this game, go to the 2014 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.


Dolphins at Falcons

Lamar Miller, RB, Dolphins
Excluding the improved play from the offensive line, Lamar Miller is the biggest story coming out of the preseason opener from Miami’s perspective. Miller was highly involved on the opening drive, gaining 11 yards on four carries and also catching two balls for eight yards. He did drop a pass, but that was his only blemish. With Knowshon Moreno injured, Miller could have a big season. Get him in your fantasy draft.

For more on this game, go to the 2014 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.


Seahawks at Broncos

Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos
Demaryius Thomas is going to have a huge year. With Eric Decker gone, Thomas will likely receive more targets than he did in 2013. It showed in the preseason debut, as he saw six balls come his way in just two drives. He caught five of them for 52 yards.

For more on this game, go to the 2014 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.


Patriots at Redskins

Alfred Morris, RB, Redskins
Alfred Morris received most of the carries when he was on the field during the preseason opener. He looked great, running with terrific power. He rushed for 27 yards on five carries, and it appears as though he doesn’t miss Mike Shanahan’s blocking scheme at all. It’s also worth noting that Morris saw a target thrown his way. His fantasy owners will be thrilled if he becomes even the slightest factor in the passing game.

For more on this game, go to the 2014 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.


Colts at Jets

T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts
If the preseason opener is any indication, T.Y. Hilton is going to have a big year. Hilton was targeted four times on the first drive alone, catching three of those balls for 38 yards. Granted, Reggie Wayne didn’t play, but Hilton has been enjoying a fantastic offseason, and he seems poised to dominate in 2014.

Chris Johnson, RB, Jets
Chris Johnson looked awful in his debut with the Jets. He scored a touchdown, but rushed for just two yards on four carries. He also dropped a pass. Chris Ivory is clearly the superior running back (7 carries, 17 yards), and New York will soon realize this and phase Johnson out of the offense. He’s a waste of a fantasy pick.

For more on this game, go to the 2014 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.


49ers at Ravens

Carlos Hyde, RB, 49ers
Carlos Hyde was the most impressive running back on the field in the 49ers-Ravens matchup. Starting for Frank Gore, who was dressed but didn’t take the field, Hyde gained 39 yards on just five carries. Granted, he had excellent blocking from both his offensive line and fullback, but Hyde showed off some great vision on his rushes. He also displayed solid pass-protection abilities. With Gore slowing down, Marcus Lattimore not yet recovered, and Kendall Hunter injured, Hyde is a recommended fantasy option this year.

Ray Rice, RB, Ravens
All eyes were on Ray Rice in the preseason opener, as it was unknown how he would look in the wake of all the offseason controversy. Rice had just four touches, but looked much better than he did last year. He showed some quickness that was lacking in 2013, as he took his three carries for 17 rushing yards. Rice will be suspended for only two games, thanks to Roger Goodell’s incompetence, so he’s an intriguing buy-low option right now.

For more on this game, go to the 2014 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.


Giants vs. Bills

Victor Cruz, WR, Giants
Neither Victor Cruz nor Rueben Randle was targeted by Eli Manning in three drives during the Hall of Fame Game. While this is obviously a small sample size, it was discouraging to see how little time Manning had in the pocket. This is not good news for Cruz’s fantasy outlook.

Rashad Jennings, RB, Giants
Thanks to a horrific offensive line that couldn’t block Buffalo’s starters, Eli Manning had to check the ball down to Rashad Jennings repeatedly. Of his seven throws, three were quick flips to Jennings. The former Raider and Jaguar running back may not score many touchdowns this year – rookie Andre Williams will handle the goal-line duties – but Jennings seems like he’s going to be a PPR machine. He could easily exceed his career high of 36 receptions.

C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills
C.J. Spiller rushed just once for two yards, compared to Fred Jackson’s two carries and six yards in the Hall of Fame Game. It’s discouraging that Buffalo’s coaching staff refuses to utilize Spiller and his athletic ability. They are in love with Jackson and use him in what forum member Leelee calls the “Ancient Dumb Dumb Offense.” Spiller is being overdrafted, and he’ll once again disappoint his fantasy owners.

Sammy Watkins, WR, Bills
The good news for Sammy Watkins is that he was targeted three times in two drives during the preseason opener. The bad news is that he failed to come up with a single reception. E.J. Manuel looked very pedestrian against a mediocre defense, and it’s a sign of things to come in 2014. Watkins is WAY overdrafted in the seventh round of mock drafts thus far. I wouldn’t take him before Round 10 of 12-team leagues.

For more on this game, go to the 2014 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.


2014 Preseason Notes: Week 4 | Week 3 | Week 2 | Week 1
2014 Fantasy Football Stock Pages: Preseason Stock Week 4 | Preseason Stock Week 3 | Preseason Stock Week 2 | Preseason Stock Week 1 | Training Camp Stock


Be sure to check out my other 2014 Fantasy Football articles, which will include mock drafts, rankings, sleepers, busts, cheat sheets and other things.






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2014 Fantasy Football Rankings:
2014 Fantasy Football Rankings: Quarterbacks - 8/30 (Walt)
2014 Fantasy Football Rankings: Running Backs - 9/3 (Walt)
2014 Fantasy Football Rankings: Wide Receivers - 9/3 (Walt)
2014 Fantasy Football Rankings: Tight Ends - 8/27 (Walt)
2014 Fantasy Football Rankings: Defenses - 6/4 (Walt)
2014 Fantasy Football Rankings: Kickers - 6/4 (Walt)
Fantasy Football Rookie Rankings - 5/18 (Walt)
Fantasy Football Rookie Rankings: Dynasty - 8/22 (Walt)

2014 Fantasy Football Mock Drafts:
2014 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 2-QB - 8/21 (Walt)
2014 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Standard - 8/14 (Walt)
2014 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: PPR - 8/12 (Walt)
2014 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 3-WR - 8/7 (Walt)
2014 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Standard - 7/31 (Walt)
2014 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 3-WR - 7/24 (Walt)
2014 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: PPR - 7/17 (Walt)
2014 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Standard - 7/10 (Walt)

2014 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheets:
2014 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: Top 250 - 9/3 (Walt)
2014 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: Top 250 - PPR - 9/3 (Walt)
2014 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: Top 250 - 2-QB - 9/3 (Walt)
2014 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: Top 250 - TD - 9/3 (Walt)
2014 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: Custom - 9/3 (Walt)
2014 Fantasy Football Spreadsheets - 8/28 (Walt)

2014 Fantasy Football Articles:
2014 Fantasy Football Stock Report: Training Camp - 9/3 (Walt)
2014 Fantasy Football: It's All About Value - 9/1 (Kenny)
2014 Fantasy Football Sleepers - 8/31 (Walt)
2014 Fantasy Football Busts - 8/31 (Walt)
2014 NFL Preseason Recap, Fantasy Football Notes - 8/30 (Walt)
2014 Fantasy Football Preseason Stock - 8/30 (Walt)
2014 Fantasy Football Quarterback Targets - 8/30 (Walt)
FanDuel $1 Million Contest - 8/30 (Walt)
2014 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator - 8/30 (Walt)
Fantasy Football Round-by-Round Strategy - 8/17 (Walt)
2014 Fantasy Football Stock Report: Running Backs - 3/28 (Walt)
2014 Fantasy Football: Overdrafted Players - 2/16 (Walt)
2014 Fantasy Football: First-Round Bust History - 2/14 (Walt)
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