Week 3 Preseason Reactions: Marqise Lee Out For Season
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Week 3 of the preseason is usually the dress rehearsal where starters play a significant portion of the game, but many teams rested their significant players. While we saw less of teams plans than ever, here are some things that caught my eye.
The big injury of the weekend was Jaguars receiver Marqise Lee. He has knee ligament damage and will miss the season. The Jaguars had a crowded situation at receiver, and now it gets narrowed down a little more. Keelan Cole is the preferred choice of the group. Dede Westbrook and Donte Moncrief move up my rankings. Rookie D.J. Chark will be in the mix. Moncrief stepped into Lee's role when he left the game.
Chris Godwin has been getting more attention since he's starting, but he could still be a value in some leagues. I named him my sleeper in Preseason Pro, and as we do here, we back up what we say. I took Godwin in round nine of a 12-team league with high stakes players, industry people and fans on Saturday. It might seem early, but this was a savvy room. Godwin scored his second TD of the preseason in Week 3. Whenever he gets a shot, he excels. He played 25 of 35 snaps with the first team offense. It seems crowded in Tampa Bay, but Godwin will shine.
The receivers behind Michael Thomas in New Orleans is unclear. It's expected to be Cameron Meredith, but he's still recovering from knee surgery. He missed some time early in camp and has played 48 preseason snaps with no catches. He dropped a pass that turned into an interception. Ted Ginn is still around and rookie Tre'Quan Smith has looked good. Smith has been making plays in practice and the games, but coach Sean Payton said he still has things to learn. Smith is worth a shot in the final rounds of deeper formats as a stash.
Eric Ebron had five catches for 54 yards with a touchdown in Week 3. Jack Doyle only played three snaps after he was targeted more frequently the week before. Doyle is the preferred tight end, but Ebron could have value with the Colts lacking great options opposite T.Y. Hilton.
I love Tyreek Hill but thought he might be overvalued since he only had 105 targets last season. Hill is an explosive player, and Patrick Mahomes is looking his way often. Hill has 14 catches for 182 yards with a touchdown on 16 targets. Hill has moved up my board. Sammy Watkins has struggled. He caught his first pass of the preseason over the weekend and has caught one of seven targets.
Bilal Powell has been one of the biggest risers of the preseason. It appeared Elijah McGuire might surpass him, but McGuire is hurt. Powell played 24 snaps, while Isaiah Crowell played nine. McGuire's return will likely cut into Powell's workload. I have Crowell ranked the highest of the group.
Devontae Booker played 14 snaps in the first half, Royce Freeman 11 and Phillip Lindsay played eight. Freeman looked like the best runner, and he's going as high as the third round. He's better than Booker, and while it might take time for him to get a bigger workload, he's the best talent.
While Leonard Fournette will lose some time on third downs, he will catch passes. He played on four third downs, while T.J. Yeldon played on three. In the last two games, Fournette has caught all five of his targets for 35 yards.
Carlos Hyde is the clear starter for the Browns. He played 20 snaps with the first team, Duke Johnson 17 and Nick Chubb one. Chubb is still a good stash.
John Ross is finally healthy, and he flashed the speed with a 57-yard touchdown on Sunday. The ball was under-thrown by Andy Dalton, but Ross caught it, juked a few defenders and scored. Ross is a nice target for receiver depth.
Carson Wentz still hasn't been cleared for contact, and the Eagles open one week from Thursday. Wentz is a risky pick since he often goes in the Top 7 quarterbacks. While the position has depth and you could cover Wentz if he misses time, he's too costly for me.
Adrian Peterson was impressive in his Redskins debut. He had 11 carries for 56 yards and looked to be the lead back to open the season. Chris Thompson will play most of the passing downs. Peterson has an ADP of 118 in the FFWC, but I am passing.
Josh Gordon has received full clearance to participate in practice and games. Gordon tweaked his hamstring during training drills and didn't practice Monday.
Alfred Morris had 17 carries for 84 yards for the 49ers, and he could be a factor in Week 1 if Jerick McKinnon and Matt Breida aren't healthy.
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