Week 2 Preseason Fantasy Notes (Podcast)
The second week of the preseason is all but done as starters played more snaps as we continue to reassess fantasy player values around the league. Below we have our weekly full podcast as the fantasy philosophers discuss some of the notable players of interest from this weeks’ games. As always, I have quick breakdown write up of each section of the podcast with a link to our pod home page so you can listen to that section there.
Arian Foster Looks Good In Preseason Debut
Concern started to grow in fantasy circles after Arian Foster missed time with an early hamstring injury in camp. The Texans took it slow with Foster, but they did note that Foster suffered only a Grade One hamstring injury, and that is the easiest grade to come back from.
Foster returned to game action in the second week of the preseason and while he only carried the football five times he rushed for 47 yards and two touchdowns. The second touchdown was a beauty, as Foster made a safety look horrible as he darted down the field for a 28-yard score. Look to Foster as the unquestioned No.1 overall pick in all fantasy scoring formats, as long as he doesn’t have any setbacks from here. Listen To Podcast About Foster >>>
Mark Ingram and Pierre Thomas In RBBC?
If you’ve been following my work over the summer, you know I’ve been high on Mark Ingram to be the Saints feature back. While I still believe that will happen at some point this season, it’s becoming clear that Ingram and Pierre Thomas will be in a RBBC to start the year.
Ingram will be the goal line back, and he’s done nothing to lose that job as he has a touchdown in each of the teams’ preseason contests. Target Ingram as an ideal, early flex play option in the fifth to sixth round of your draft. Listen To Podcast About Ingram and Thomas >>>
Frank Gore Unhappy, Kendall Hunter Looks Good
ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke that Frank Gore continues to be unhappy about his contract and Rotoworld.com we as far as to speculate that Gore might want a trade. If Gore was gone from the 49ers for any reason, look to rookie Kendall Hunter as the running back to target for redraft leagues and especially dynasty leagues.
Hunter broke off a 53-yard touchdown run against the Raiders, and while he has struggled in pass protection, this kid is ready to make an impact in the running game. Second year runner Anthony Dixon will be in the mix, but he’s playing at a weight of 250 pounds and clearly looks slower than a year ago. Listen To Podcast About Gore and Hunter >>>
Braylon Edwards 49ers No.1 Receiver?
The 49ers have an opening for the No.1 receiver spot on the team, as Michael Crabtree’s health and immaturity continue to be a problem, this off-season. While Braylon Edwards has had his own immaturity problems in the past, he has plenty of motivation to have a productive year as the free agent market wasn’t kind to him and he had to settle for a one year prove it contract with the 49ers.
Alex Smith and Crabtree have chemistry issues, so outside of Vernon Davis being the first option in the passing game, I believe Edwards will be the No.1 receiver in San Francisco this season. Not sure if you got to see Edwards amazing catch this weekend (picture above) but it was the type of play that makes a quarterback trust him with opportunities in tight coverage. Listen To Podast About Edwards >>>
Eagles Defense Needs Time To Gel
For those of you that watch the Eagles second preseason game, you probably know that it’s time to be a little concerned about their prospects of playing championship defense right out of the gates. This group has star talent, but they are very young up the middle at linebacker and safety. Rookie middle linebacker Casey Matthews should be a good player in the long run, but he’s just one of the projected starters who will need some time to develop before playing at top performance.
I’ve moved the Eagles defense down from the top group to select in fantasy draft but they are still in my top five defenses. If you’re willing to wait through the first six weeks of the season, this should be the top fantasy defense from about mid-October on. Listen To Podcast About Eagles Defense >>>
Is Sam Bradford A Starting Fantasy Quarterback Already?
Maybe Sam Bradford not ready to be an option to consider as a starting quarterback in summer drafts, but he should be on your list of players to target in the mid to later rounds. While new offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels makes for a horrible head coach, he is a great developer of quarterbacks and passing offenses.
I still have Bradford’s projected stats around 4,000 yards passing and around 23 touchdowns, but with McDaniels calling the shots, I wouldn’t be surprised if Bradford goes for 28 touchdowns this year. If you’re planning on waiting at quarterback, make sure you target Bradford as an option to draft, at least for depth. Listen To Podcast On Bradford >>>
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