Week 1 of the preseason is just two games away from being in the books. What a ride it has been! That felt real right? Don’t worry, we are less than a month from meaningful win loss records. The football being played now IS meaningful. I wouldn’t be posting this if it wasn’t. There are always Easter eggs hidden in preseason games when it comes to position battles, snap shares, and performance. We also have to address a devastating injury so I’ll start there…

  • Derrius Guice’s rookie season is over before it started. After originally being diagnosed with a sprained MCL, it was discovered that he actually tore his ACL. I really feel for the guy. He seemed like he was doing everything right since he signed the dotted line in Washington. In dynasty, there is a good chance that this is the cheapest that you will ever be able to get him, so like Smokey from Friday said, “Take advantage, man.”
  • Peyton Barber was the running back in all but one snap with the first team. Ronald Jones II is struggling in pass protection, which is shocking considering that he’s barely 100 pounds soaking wet. Anyways, Peyton Barber is a cheap value in drafts right now and I think he will handle a lot of the first team reps early on in the season. If he hits the ground running, it could be tough for Jones to get on the field.
  • Christian McCaffery saw all of the snaps in the backfield with the first team. This is a tough break for C.J. Anderson and my anti CMC takes from this spring. I’m starting to buy in on McCaffery. He wasn’t able to break off any big ones yesterday, but volume is a big part of fantasy. I think Christian McCaffery holds a lot of value in the second round of PPR leagues if he continues to see the snaps that he is.
  • Saquon Barkley is the real deal. I’m going to have him at #5 in my rankings when I update them. I only value David Johnson, Le’Veon Bell, Todd Gurley, and Ezekiel Elliott more at this point.
  • Isaiah Crowell caught a touchdown pass from Teddy Bridgewater. Crowell is way too cheap right now as it is. He’s going to be a big value in fantasy football. Shortly after I wrote this, I got a notification that he left with a head injury. I wish him a quick recovery.
  • Lamar Jackson can’t read a defense yet. Flacco’s job is pretty safe this year.
  • Alex Collins had a nice run for 23 yards. Business as usual, he’s an inexpensive volume guy.
  • Josh Allen is such a wild card. He made good throws and he made very bad throws. This wasn’t the first team defense that he was playing against, either. I remain very weary of his career trajectory.
  • Joe Mixon broke two tackles to find the end zone. You all know that I love Mixon this year. You should grab all of the shares that you can.
  • Leonard Fournette had a solid outing. He had a nice 8 yard run. A breakout year is on the horizon, in my opinion.
  • If Marlon Mack’s hamstring injury lingers, keep an eye on the snap counts of Jordan Wilkins and Robert Turbin. I believe that they really like Wilkins and this could be a big opportunity for him.
  • I like what I saw out of Antonio Callaway in the second half. He struggled with drops in the first half but more than made up for it. He could be this season’s Galladay but with better results.
  • Give me allllll of the Andrew Luck.
  • Give me SOME Jarvis Landry, not all of it yet, we’ll see.

 

Thank you for checking out my preseason Week 1 tidbits. Let’s do it again next weekend, shall we?

 

  1. Uno Mas Cerveza says:
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    Josh Allen isn’t playing this year unless the BIlls go 0-7 or 0-8 to start the season. That is a good thing for everybody. When he does play though I like his career trajectory. He is big, strong and athletic. He has an elite arm. I mean id you see him flick his wrist and hit a guy 65 yards down field? He will be special behind a decent line and playing with 1st line wideouts. Give me his trajectory over Mayfield or Darnold. He will make some cray Favre-like throws but he may also have a crazy, Favre- like career.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Uno Mas Cerveza: yeah he gets a lot of Favre comparisons. I’m not a big fan, neither are my Buffalo friends. Big arm doesn’t necessarily mean success in the NFL. He can flick his wrist for a 65 yard throw but who’s to say it’s in the area of his receiver. And how many times a game are you looking for the home run? I like Darnold and Mayfield

  2. nightpandas says:
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    Hey, I asked Zach this question, wanted to get your take, which 3:

    12 team .5ppr keep 3 (forever)

    Elliot $60
    D Henry $25
    Jones Jr $11
    Funchess $2
    Rivers $5
    Lat Murray $5
    P Barber $5
    Stills $2

    Pretty sure I’m keeping Zeke as i am almost sure he would go for more if I threw him back

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @nightpandas: Elliott, Jones Jr. and Barber

  3. Nostraballus says:
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    Starting to think Mixon should be ranked higher

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Nostraballus: same here, I’m going to update soon

  4. prey879 says:
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    In a 12 tm keeper league, I have Davante Adams, Jerrick McKinnon (still crossing fingers on that “calf strain injury), and Adam Theilen.

    With my 1st pick, it’ll come down to the following options: Joe Mixon, Jordan Howard, or Rob Gronkowski. Starting to lean heavily towards Mixon being the pick, what do you think? Shady McCoy may also be available but not sure if he’s worth the risk this year in that offense even if he’s there for me.

    PPR league, no flex position.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @prey879: Mixon all the way!

      • prey879 says:
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        @MB: Thanks! Also wanted to confirm that Mckinnon as a 7th rd keeper is better than keeping Michael Thomas (1st rd) or Wentz (7th rd), right? I know there is some risk w/ Mckinnon this year but getting him at a 7th rd price tag seems to outweigh the risk he carries for me.

        • MB

          MB says:
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          @prey879: yes absolutely, you’ll be able to grab Wentz or Thomas if you nothing better falls to you

  5. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    MB-

    Yo my dude! Quick keeper question for you. In my 12 team, ppr, i can keep up to 3. Is it worth keeping any of these guys or keeping no one to take a shot at getting Barkley?

    Mike Evans, Jordan Howard, Dalvin Cook.

    I either have to keep all, or none to get a crack at Barkley. If the teams ahead of me keep no one, I would have the 5th pick, so it could be a long shot. But if any of those owners keep at least one player, I have a shot.

    Thanks, dude!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      What’s up man? I’d keep Evans, Howard, and Dalvin. Easily

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