Preseason Fantasy Break Down Week 2
Here after each week after preseason play you will find a few names to keep an eye on for your fantasy football draft. I’ve decided to separate the players into two different categories; “Already There,” and “Movin’ On Up.”
Players in the “Already There” section are names that I would feel comfortable drafting at the time, so obviously we will see new name on this list each week. That can include guys who didn’t get the recognition the week before or guys who finally made it off our other list, “Movin’ On Up.”
“Movin’ On Up” is for the guys who have shown us a lot of good in their preseason opportunities but they are just waiting to get onto the “Already There” list for a multitude of reasons from too buried on the depth chart of their team to not enough around him to make him worth drafting to more talent ahead of him to use a fantasy draft pick on him. Names on this list don’t mean you shouldn’t draft them at all if you have a deep bench. It also doesn’t mean forget about them because if they are mentioned I believe they are good enough to be useable even if just for a few weeks at some point give the right circumstances. So burn these names into your head and play the waiver wire more confidently this season.
- Ryan Tannehill QB MIA
- Week 2 vs CAR: 12/15 for 102 yards, 1TD 0INT/1 rush for 11 yards 0TD
- Preseason totals: 18/22 for 158 yards, 2TD 0INT/2 for 15 yards, 0TD
- Tannehill is a guy we’ve been high on at ffchamps.com and his first 2 preseason games have shown why. 81.8% completion rate, no tunrovers, and this offense is just starting to gel. Oh, also missing DeVante Parker who has the potential to be real special in this league. Let guys ahead of you take Luck and Rodgers in the 1st & 2nd and get yourself a gem with top 5 potential in Tannehill in the 9th.
- Matt Jones RB WSH
- Week 2 vs DET: 8 carries for 44 yards, 1TD
- Preseason totals: 13 carries for 82 yards 1TD/1 target 1 catch for 11 yards 0TD
- This guy is the real deal. I know Alfred Morris is supplanted in front of him but the way he’s preformed in his first 2 NFL contests, Jones HAS to get time on the field this year. If the Redskins coaches don’t get him involved they shouldn’t have jobs. 6.3 yards per carry while showing speed, power, and vision. This kid has the makings of a strong fantasy contributor if he gets his touches.
- Latavius Murray RB OAK
- Week 2 vs MIN: 4 rushes for 20 yards, 1TD
- Preseason totals: 11 rushes for 55 yards, 1TD
- Not only has Murray looked good so far, but he has no one behind him to take away carries. Roy Helu will be used more often than Murray on passing downs but is anyone scared of Trent Richardson taking reps from Murray? Richardson is averaging 2.3 yards per carry this preseason, so he won’t be stealing carries. Murray will get the opportunities so if he delivers you could have a high end RB2 if not low end RB1 come years end.
- Brandon Marshall WR NYJ
- Week 2 vs ATL: 5 targets, 4 catches for 62 yards, 0TD
- Preseason totals: 6 targets, 5 catches for 74 yards, 0TD
- Coming off foot surgery is always a concern for a wide receiver. Take that and add in that Marshall left Jay Cutler for a lesser QB* and I wasn’t sure how to feel about B-Marsh this year. However I am a fan that Ryan Fitzpatrick will be starting with Geno Smith injured, and Marshall has looked good in his new offense. He will be the focal point for the Jets and Eric Decker will take a fair amount of pressure away from Marshall. A mid 5th round pick for a guy who could be a mid to high WR2 this year is great value.
- Jeremy Maclin WR KC
- Week 2 vs SEA: 5 targets, 3 catches for 22 yards, 1TD
- Preseason totals: 7 targets, 4 catches for 34 yards, 1TD
- Maclin has more touchdowns in 2 preseason games than the entire Chiefs wide receiving corps had all of last regular season. Maclin is also way more talented than any wide out that was in Kansas City last year. Maclin is a guy I’m targeting in all my drafts.
- Nelson Agholor WR PHI:
- Week 2 vs BAL: 5 targets, 4 catches for 49 yards, 0TD
- Preseason totals: 10 targets, 7 catches for 106 yards, 1TD
- We all knew if these young pieces began clicking that this Eagles offense could be special this year. Well it’s happening. Sam Bradford (more on him later), Demarco Murray, Ryan Mathews, and Agholor all the new faces have all fit in nicely. Agholor will be heavily targeted this year, his value is higher in PPR leagues but he needs to be on your radar no matter your scoring system.
- Davante Adams WR GB
- Week 2 vs PIT: 6 targets, 3 catches for 17 yards, 0TD
- Preseason totals: 7 targets, 3 catches for 17 yards, 0TD
- Adams had a lot of upside heading into 2015 but with Jordy Nelson out for the season with a torn ACL, Adams will be thrust into the Packers WR2 role and begin reaping the benefits of Aaron Rodgers throwing to him all year. Adams had 10 games with 4 or more targets last year (including the playoffs) and in 5 of those 10 games Adams saw at least 7 targets. Each of Rodgers top 2 wide receivers over the last 4 seasons have each gotten at least 90 targets with Nelson & Cobb both topping 100 last year.
“Movin’ On Up”
- Tyrod Taylor QB BUF
- Week 2 vs CLE: 7/10 for 65 yards, 0TD 0INT/4 rushes for 41 yards, 0TD
- Preseason totals: 12/18 for 114 yards 0TD 0INT/10 rushes for 88 yards, 0TD
- Taylor has shown why he has been in the starting QB conversation in Buffalo the last few weeks with his preseason numbers. Nothing flashy or spectacular but when he’s playing he looks relatively calm and confident. He’s put nice touch on the ball and his running ability should land him above Matt Cassel for the starting gig for the Bills come the start of 2015. Even is Cassel beats out Taylor to win the starting job I’m willing to bet that Taylor is the Bills starter at some point in 2015.
- Johnny Manziel QB CLE
- Week 2 vs BUF: 10/18 for 118 yards, 1TD 0INT/3 rushes for 19 yards, 0TD
- Preseason totals: 17/29 for 160 yards, 1TD 0INT/5 rushes for 33 yards, 1TD
- Another guy like Taylor who is currently the back up, Manziel has looked like the better QB in Cleveland over the first stringer Josh McCown. Maybe it’s because he’s playing lesser defensive talent, but Manziel does look like he’s improved himself this offseason. If Johnny looks better than Josh in the 3rd preseason game it may be Manziel time in Cleveland and if he is given the keys, Manziel could be a nice pick up late in 2QB leagues with his overall skill set.
- Sam Bradford QB PHI
- Week 2 vs BAL: 3/5 for 35 yards, 0TD 0INT
- Preseason totals: 3/5 for 35 yards, 0TD 0INT
- Obviously this pick isn’t about his stats, but the fact that Bradford took 2 big hits is key. The first came when Terrell Suggs hit Bradford right in the knee on what was a controversial hit. The point is wether the hit was legal or clean or vicious or whatever, the point is Bradford popped back up and was able to continue. Later Sam got nailed straight in his chest, and again was able to get back up. If this guy stays healthy this Eagles offense will put up a ton of points and Bradford, currently going round 10 or later, could be one of the best steals of 2015 fantasy football.
- Chris Polk RB HOU
- Week 2 vs DEN: 7 rushes for 36 yards, 0TD/6 targets, 5 catches for 34 yards, 0TD
- Preseason totals: 17 rushes for 65 yards, 0TD/9 targets, 8 catches for 70 yards, 0TD
- While the return timetable for Arian Foster has been changing almost daily, I still don’t expect him to contribute in the first half of the season. Even when he’s back I’m not sure we see the Foster we’re used to. Alfred Blue will likely be the “starter” for Houston come week 1 but don’t sleep on Polk. Blue won’t dominate touches like Foster would so Polk will have plenty of opportunities to make an impact for the Texans. Polk has show big-play ability as well as looking to be the favorite RB in the passing game in Houston. Not likely to be drafted unless you play in a deep league, but keep an eye on him and be ready to strike on waivers when the Polk iron is hot!
- Charles Johnson WR MIN
- Week 2 vs OAK: 5 targets, 4 catches for 40 yards, 1TD
- Preseason totals: 6 targets, 5 catches for 41 yards, 1TD
- Johnson was Bridgewater’s favorite target as 2014 came to a close and it looks like he will be Teddy’s go-to-guy as the sun rises on the 2015 fantasy season. Charles was targeted at least 4 times in each of his last 7 games last year while receiving 7+ looks in 5 of those games. Mike Wallace and Bridgewater haven’t had a great connection thus far (1 catch on 4 targets for a whopping 2 yards) and Cordarrelle Patterson isn’t doing much … again. Johnson is the Vikings WR you want to target and if he has another solid showing next week there’s a strong chance he will appear on the list above.
- Markus Wheaton WR PIT
- Week 2 vs GB: 4 targets, 3 catches for 42 yards, 1TD
- Preseason totals: 4 targets, 3 catches for 42 yards, 1TD
- Wheaton and Martavis Bryant are in a battle for the Steelers number 2 wide receiver position and currently Wheaton is leading in that race. While I do think Bryant will ultimately win the spot, Wheaton will still get plenty of playing time. The Steelers will be passing a lot again this year. Ben Roethlisberger threw over 575 times each of the last two seasons, his two highest pass attempt numbers in his career. OC Todd Haley won’t slow down this offense now, and Pittsburgh thinks the can score 30+ points a game. If they want to come close to that they will need to throw the ball and all 3 Steelers wide outs will benefit including Wheaton who’s current ADP of mid 12th round is more than generous value.
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