Football Rankings:2009 NFL Preseason Week Two
In the second week of the preseason most first string players played until the middle of the second quarter. Next week many teams will have their starters play for at least the entire first half and some will come out to start the third quarter.
This week marked the return of Brett Favre as he traded in his traditional green jersey for a purple one. For all the glitz and glamor of Favre’s return we were treated to a measly one completion for four yards passing. Lets hope Brett puts on a better show next week on Monday Night against the Texans defense.
This weekend we also got to see running backs like DeAngelo Williams and Matt Forte bust off explosive touchdown runs against respectable defenses. It’s always nice to see a running back like Michael Turner do well against the Rams but it means a little more when you do it against the Dolphins or Giants.
Below I have some interesting observations from the second week of preseason and how I see those points of interest playing out from a fantasy perspective.
Note: We will be doing write ups for every preseason game for all four weeks of the preseason. Below I have a link to every game/ article that is written up for the first week of the preseason.
2009 NFL Preseason Week 2
Fantasy Football Week One Preseason Notes:
Matt Hasselbeck Looks Sharpe
Last week we learned that Matt Hasselbeck’s left tackle Walter Jones had to have another knee surgery and is now out indefinitely. Despite the bad news Matt went out on Saturday and torched the Broncos secondary for 171 yards and 2 touchdowns.
After this performance I was very pleased to see him play well with his best lineman out of the game. Unfortunately for Matt his center Chris Spencer was hurt during the game and now will miss time into the season.
With two lineman down it’s becoming harder to consider Matt as a starting quarterback in 12 team leagues this year in fantasy football.
The Colts Offense is Just Fine
Last week Peyton Manning was sacked three times in the one series he played against the Vikings defense in Minnesota. This week was a different story as Manning was 10 of 14 passing for 167 yards and two touchdowns passes.
The first one was a nice fade pattern throw to third year receiver Anthony Gonzalez in the corner of the end zone. On Manning’s final throw on the night he light the stadium on fire with a 76 yard touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne.
This year you can tell that Peyton is now fully recovered from his knee problem that cost him all of preseason a year ago. In the regular season he just didn’t look like the same confident quarterback (still won the MVP) as the team got off to a poor start to begin the season.
Look for Manning and the boys to have a very productive year as they now have an offensive minded head coach.
Troy Williamson is Back from the Dead
South Carolina receiving product Troy Williamson was a high first round pick by the Vikings a few years back. When he was drafted the book in him was that he was very fast and talented but was an extremely raw talent. It was understood that it may take a few seasons for this young stud to figure out how to be a successful receiver at this level of competition.
Troy made some highlight plays in his three years with the Vikings but was not close to delivering on his talent at this level. Williamson is now in his 5th season in the league he has an opportunity to play with a solid No.1 receiver in Torry Holt. With a receiver like Torry on the field Williamson will consistently see lesser coverage and will have opportunity’s to flash his promising skills.
Mike Walker was thought to be the No.2 starter early in camp but he has been decimated by injuries in his career and is hurt again as he has a lower leg problem.
Last week Williamson was one of the few players to have a good week and in the first drive of this game he had a 74 yard touchdown. Troy finished the night with an impressive three catches for 147 yards and the big touchdown.
If Williamson officially wins a starting job he will make for a very nice sleeper pick in the late rounds of 10 and 12 team fantasy football leagues.
Fantasy Football Information Writer Sean E. Douglas: fantasy-info.com