2014 Fantasy Football: Preseason Fantasy Stock – Week 3




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2014 Fantasy Football Preseason Stock – Week 3



Bengals at Cardinals

John Brown, WR, Cardinals
John Brown continued to shine in his third preseason game. He saw five targets from Carson Palmer and ultimately reeled in four catches for 56 yards and a touchdown. Brown is just a rookie, but has drawn comparisons to Marvin Harrison. He’ll contribute this year. He’s worth a late-round flier.

Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals
Larry Fitzgerald has endured a couple of down years, but he’s looking like he’s at the top of his game right now. He led the team with 71 yards off three catches against the Bengals in just one half of action. Fitzgerald was impressive on a 43-yard quick slant and made an awesome, diving catch for a gain of 19. You can buy low on Fitzgerald right now because everyone is so down on him.

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





Chargers at 49ers

Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers
Antonio Gates led the Charger starters in targets and receptions, catching three balls for 28 yards and a touchdown. Ladarius Green is being drafted before Gates in some leagues, which is just crazy. Gates, if healthy, can still post low-end TE1 numbers. Of course, Gates is always hurt, but he can function as a spot starter at the position for now.

Colin Kaepernick, QB, 49ers
Colin Kaepernick had yet another pedestrian performance against the Chargers, going 6-of-12 for only 59 yards. He also fumbled twice, turning it over once. Kaepernick passed too high for his target on one occasion and struggled with pressure throughout the afternoon. He’s a very risky fantasy pick.

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





Rams at Browns

Sam Bradford, QB, Rams
Sam Bradford is out for the year with a torn ACL.

Brian Quick, WR, Rams
Brian Quick had a chance to haul in a touchdown at Cleveland, but failed to do so, letting it slip through his hands. He was also responsible for an illegal shift that nullified a Jared Cook 21-yard reception. Still, Quick was targeted more than any receiver, and he managed to come away with four catches for 47 yards and a score. Quick has enjoyed a fantastic training camp, so this isn’t coming out of nowhere. He might be worth a late-round flier.

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





Vikings at Chiefs

Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Vikings
Cordarrelle Patterson had another nice performance, snagging three of the five balls thrown to him for 71 yards and a touchdown at Kansas City. However, Patterson should’ve posted better numbers because he dropped an easy pass that could have gone for a long gain. Still, Patterson has displayed real-life WR1 and fantasy WR2 abilities all preseason. He’s going to have a big year.

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




Texans at Broncos

Montee Ball, RB, Broncos
The other thing of note was the return of Denver’s running back. Montee Ball played in his first game coming off an appendectomy against the Texans. The Broncos wasted no time getting Ball involved, giving him a carry on the first play of the game and having Peyton Manning target him thrice on the opening drive. Ball didn’t play into the second quarter, but he looked good in his limited action, rushing for 13 yards on four carries and catching four balls for 21 receiving yards. He should be drafted at the beginning of the second round.

Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Broncos
The Broncos forced passes to Emmanuel Sanders because he was seeing his first action of the preseason. This led to an interception early on, but Sanders ultimately hauled in five of his eight targets for a whopping 128 yards and two touchdowns in one half of play. With Wes Welker once again dealing with concussion problems, Sanders should continue to see tons of passes thrown his way.

Wes Welker, WR, Broncos
Wes Welker suffered a concussion at the very end of the first half on a shoulder-to-helmet hit by Texans’ safety D.J. Swearinger. This is a huge deal because Welker has an extensive concussion history. He missed several games last year because of two concussions. Even if he’s ready for Week 1, Welker is a huge injury risk. Another concussion could sideline him for some time, and he’s very prone to getting them.

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


Redskins at Ravens

Robert Griffin, QB, Redskins
Many consider the Redskins a potential sleeper team because Robert Griffin is healthy and no longer has to deal with Mike Shanahan. However, Griffin has struggled this preseason, and his third game was the worst of them all. Griffin went 5-of-8 for just 20 yards and an interception in more than one half of action. His rushing numbers (3 carries, 3 yards) were just as ugly.

Steve Smith, WR, Ravens
I thought the Ravens overpaid for Steve Smith, who looked decrepit last year. It’s still too early to say for sure, but it appears as though I was way off on that opinion. Smith somehow looks completely rejuvenated. He saw a team-high seven targets in the third preseason game, snagging six of them for 80 yards and a touchdown. This wasn’t bogus yardage either; he had a 30-yard reception in which he broke free of multiple tacklers and angrily fought for extra yards. His score was a thing of beauty, as he reeled in a 24-yarder while diving out of the back of the end zone. His only blemish was a fumble in the 2-minute drill, but the ball rolled out of bounds.

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


Titans at Falcons

Justin Hunter, WR, Titans
Justin Hunter is a stud. I’ve been talking him up all offseason, and he has met expectations all the way through. Hunter’s stat line at Atlanta doesn’t say much – three catches, 48 yards – but he drew two defensive penalties downfield. He easily could have had a much bigger night, statistically.

Julio Jones, WR, Falcons
Julio Jones was completely dominant in the team’s third preseason game. Though he managed to snag just two of his seven targets – for 63 yards and a touchdown – he also drew a long pass interference downfield. Jones’ score was a thing of beauty, as he caught the ball, broke free from one tackle and spun away from another to find the end zone on the 52-yard play. Ryan overthrew Jones twice on the opening drive; otherwise the stud wideout would’ve had a much greater stat line.

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


Saints at Colts

Marques Colston, WR, Saints
Marques Colston saw a whopping six targets from Drew Brees in the third preseason game. He and Brees had trouble connecting early, and Colston was flagged for offensive pass interference at one point. However, Colston also drew a defensive interference flag and eventually caught a touchdown. Colston is very undervalued, as everyone has seemingly forgotten that he finished the 2013 season on a very hot streak.

Mark Ingram, RB, Saints
Mark Ingram continues to impress. He rushed for 46 yards on eight carries at Indianapolis. His best attempt, a 17-yarder, featured an awesome cut. He also made an excellent blitz pick-up to allow Drew Brees to connect with Jimmy Graham for a 38-yard pass. Sean Payton will see this on film and perhaps reward Ingram with more playing time.

Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints
Pierre Thomas is worth noting for what he did against the Colts. He saw four targets from Brees and came up with just as many receptions for 66 yards. He’s going to be a big factor in the passing game, so he’ll be effective in PPR formats.

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


Cowboys at Dolphins

Lamar Miller, RB, Dolphins
Lamar Miller posted decent numbers versus Dallas, totaling 34 rushing yards on seven carries. He hurt himself with a dropped pass that at first glance appeared to be a lost fumble on a lateral, however. With Knowshon Moreno looking dominant, Miller owners have to be extremely worried right now.

Knowshon Moreno, RB, Dolphins
Once expected to have problems making the roster because of a troublesome knee, Knowshon Moreno saw his first action of the preseason. He made his first appearance on the opening drive, gaining 18 yards on a very impressive carry. He then spun around during a 9-yard rush and made a nice cut on a 7-yarder. In total, Moreno tallied 64 yards on 10 carries, and he was so much better than Lamar Miller. Moreno will eat into Miller’s workload; if not commandeer most of it.

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


Buccaneers at Bills

Fred Jackson, RB, Bills
Fred Jackson managed 15 yards and a touchdown (albeit against the backups) on five carries against the Buccaneers, but saw seven balls come his way in the passing game. He hauled in four of them for 23 receiving yards. Jackson has some value; most fantasy players are down on him because he’s old, while Spiller is getting too much credit. The two should be ranked more closely than what the consensus suggests.

Vincent Jackson, WR, Buccaneers
Vincent Jackson fantasy owners have to be happy with Tampa’s latest game. Jackson caught five balls for 43 yards in just one half of action. The important thing is that Josh McCown looked very capable against a decent defense.

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


Jaguars at Lions

Reggie Bush, RB, Lions
The only offense Detroit’s first-stringers could muster versus Jacksonville was a Reggie Bush 86-yard touchdown run. The score, which happened because of a great cut-back, would’ve been the longest of Bush’s career had it occurred in the regular season. Bush, who gained 95 yards and the touchdown on two carries, also had a 24-yard run wiped out by penalty. Bush will get a stock up for this performance, but keep in mind that he’s made lots of mistakes lately and could be benched at some point as a consequence. He’s going too early in fantasy drafts.

Cecil Shorts, WR, Jaguars
Cecil Shorts saw his first action of the preseason at Detroit. He failed to catch either of his two targets. Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns were much more involved offensively, so Shorts may have to fight for targets. Factor in his injury issues, and Shorts is nothing more than late-round fodder.

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


Panthers at Patriots

Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Panthers
Kelvin Benjamin looks like a star in the making. As the only functional player on Carolina’s offense at New England, Benjamin caught five of the seven balls thrown to him for 47 yards. Keep in mind that he had to deal with Darrelle Revis. Benjamin, unfortunately, is going too early in fantasy drafts. He’s a rookie receiver, so there are better, more experienced options out there. There’s no reason to gamble on an unproven commodity.

Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots
Some fantasy publications – including those you have to pay for – are pushing the idea that Julian Edelman’s numbers will regress this season. That’s ignoring the fact that Brady loves targeting his slot receiver. Edelman actually caught all eight balls thrown to him for 99 yards. He’s going to once again be fantastic in PPR formats.

Cam Newton, QB, Panthers
Cam Newton had a poor performance against the Patriots. He went 8-of-12 for 88 yards. Those numbers don’t sound too bad, but he missed several open targets, including Greg Olsen twice for big gains. The offensive line couldn’t protect him either, and what’s worse is that Newton looks incredibly hesitant to scramble. He did run for seven yards on one play, but he bent over and grabbed his hip afterward. He had to leave the game for one play. Based on what I’ve seen this preseason, I wouldn’t want Newton as my starting fantasy quarterback.

Shane Vereen, RB, Patriots
Shane Vereen was the most impressive player for the Patriots in their third preseason game. He caught five balls for 57 yards and two touchdowns in addition to rushing six times for 18 yards. The first score, which was the only one against the starters, came on a 40-yard wheel route. Most of his rushes came in the 2-minute drill, where he showed decent running ability. Considering that he doesn’t fumble, Vereen should be given more ground work.

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


Bears at Seahawks

Christine Michael, RB, Seahawks
Despite fumbling twice this preseason, Christine Michael saw extensive work with the starting unit against the Bears. Michael was fantastic, rushing for 28 yards on six carries and also catching three balls for 36 yards and a touchdown. On one of his touches, he impressively broke out of a tackle on a 21-yard screen pass. Robert Turbin (6 carries, 26 yards) was still the second running back on the field, but it’s obvious that Michael is more talented. It’s also refreshing that a coach is willing to give his player a chance after a couple of mistakes.

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


Raiders at Packers

Randall Cobb, WR, Packers
Randall Cobb had a rough outing against the Raiders. He was targeted just thrice, which is nothing compared to the seven balls Jordy Nelson saw go his way. Cobb didn’t even log a single reception because of two drops.

Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Raiders
The one positive for Oakland’s offense in its matchup against the Packers was Maurice Jones-Drew’s performance. He received just three carries, but sprinted for a 40-yard touchdown, breaking away from A.J. Hawk. Jones-Drew looks like the same player from 2011, which is why he rests atop my Fantasy Football Sleepers list.

Eddie Lacy, RB, Packers
Eddie Lacy played just one drive in his third preseason game. He was completely dominant, gaining 36 yards and a touchdown on six carries. The Raiders bottled him up once, but looked pathetic trying to stop him otherwise. Lacy is an absolute stud and should be considered as the No. 3 pick in standard fantasy drafts if you’re concerned with LeSean McCoy’s injuries.

Richard Rodgers, TE, Packers
Richard Rodgers is worth monitoring as a TE2. Aaron Rodgers favored his rookie tight end on the opening drive against Oakland. Richard Rodgers, who has been talked up this offseason, caught two of his three targets for 40 yards.

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


Giants at Jets

Rashad Jennings, RB, Giants
While the passing game struggled versus the Jets, Rashad Jennings thrived. He rushed for 67 yards on 13 carries and also caught a 7-yard pass. Best of all, Andre Williams was used sparingly in the first half. Jennings projects as a decent, undervalued RB2.

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


Steelers at Eagles

Riley Cooper, WR, Eagles
Riley Cooper had a rough night against the Steelers. He saw six targets go his way, but caught just half of them for 25 yards. He dropped a touchdown and had the ball knocked out of his hands for what would’ve been a 20-yard gain. He was also flagged for offensive pass interference in the end zone.

LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles
LeSean McCoy went into the locker room at the end of the first quarter against the Steelers to get X-rays on his thumb. The X-rays came back negative, but I’m not liking McCoy’s sudden durability questions. He’s dealing with a slight turf toe, which could cause him problems later this season. It didn’t affect him tonight, however, as he gained 24 yards on four carries.

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
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