Preseason Week 1 Recap
1. Don’t fall for the hype
Not to say some storylines aren’t important, but don’t fall too hard for the hype of the preseason. It’s great that Andrew Luck threw a touchdown pass on his very first pass play, but that doesn’t mean you should move him to the top of the QB board. The same goes with having fear of picking a player from the Raiders and Cowboys who combined to score 3 points. The only real thing to take note of in preseason is major injuries and the only real major injury thus far is…
2. Ryan Mathews’ Broken Clavicle
If you haven’t drafted yet, Ryan Matthews’ broken clavicle could turn him into a major steal. With the injury his stock has dropped from a top 4 pick to the 2nd or 3rd round. Pretty solid for a guy hyped as a top 5 fantasy player and even with this injury he is still on track for a Week 2 start. Have no fear in taking Mathews. You may miss out on a week or two, but when he gets healthy he’s going to be a strait beast.
3. With Trent Richardson’s injury concerns, Doug Martin becomes the class of the rookie running backs.
Doug Martin looks to be the class of the rookie running backs. So much so, that former starter LaGarrette Blount is being pushed to the wayside by the new Bucs staff. With injury concerns surrounding Trent Richardson, Martin leaps to the front of the rookie field. Add in the bonus of Vincent Jackson opening lanes down the field and Martin’s ability to participate in the passing attack makes him an intriguing selection.
4. Antonio Gates returns to form
I think Antonio Gates is going to ascend right back to where he belongs. At the top of the tight end class. He finally seems healthy and with Phillip Rivers’ former favorite target leaving for greener pastures, someone has to fill that role. Gates should be that guy. Plus, you should be able to grab him a couple rounds later than Graham and Gronkowski. Then add in the fact that they will both have a tough time reproducing their previous season performance.
5. Be weary of Michael Turner
Michael Turner is ignorning concerns that his role may be diminished this year. Still, potential owners should be concerned. Some may forget how old Turner actually is because he spent the first couple of years of his career behind LT in San Diego. Because of that he has taken less of a beating, but you still have to worry about any running back that is 30 years old. Especially one with a solid backup looking to pick up more carries.
3 Wide Receiver Battles to Watch
1). Oakland Raiders- With Carson Palmer to sling the ball around and Darren McFadden to run it, the Raiders top wide receivers look to be a fairly solid option. Either Denarius Moore, Darrius Hewyard-Bey, or Jacoby Ford is going to emerge as Palmer’s favorite target. Whoever it is will be a solid mid to late round fantasy pickup.
2). St Louis Rams- After posting a solid rookie season, Sam Bradford fell back in the pack after dealing with injuries and a depleted wide receiving core. A healthy Bradford and a continued poor defense on the other side should force him to pass the ball often. If Danny Amendola is healthy, he should ascend to the top. But, that’s a big if which could lead to Brandon Gibson or rookie Brian Quick being on the receiving end of most of Bradford’s throws in 2012.
3). San Francisco 49ers- If Alex Smith can sling the ball around like he did in the NFC Divisional round, all the 49′ers’ receivers could be solid fantasy options. That being said, all of the San Francisco wideouts have pretty noticeable flaws, making it hard for Smith to have the option of producing at a high level. Between Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham struggling to stay on the field, to Randy Moss level’s of commitment, every wide receiver on the San Francisco roster is flawed.
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