The final week of the preseason tends to be a time for general managers, talent evaluators and the players who will be bagging groceries at your nearby supermarket. We were still able to find some pertinent fantasy happenings in the mostly inconsequential last warm-ups for the 2012 season.
So, as teams send around 700 players to the waiver wire, here is a rare Friday edition of the Fantasy Fast Forward:
This is a good news/bad news item for fantasy football owners. It seemingly makes things clearer for us when declaring who the Redskins' starter should be, but in actuality, it just makes Washington's backfield a bigger mess.
Helu, the late-season 2011 breakout, got back on the field Wednesday night after battling a pair of sore Achilles' tendons this preseason, rushing for 90 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries against the Buccaneers. His return started woefully, perhaps giving credence to coach Mike Shanahan's preseason ire, when he dropped a pitch, picked it up, dropped it again and accidentally kicked it out of bounds for a 14-yard loss.
"After that first pitch, when I got in the [next] series for run after run, that's where I started feeling more in tune [with] where blocks would be," Helu told the
Helu impressed with his next 16 touches, which included a pair of 17-yard receptions. He had two runs of 15 yards, including one of his TDs, and a pair of 10-yard jaunts. He was ripping off yardage in bunches once he got going.
Now, what the heck do we make of the Redskins' backfield?
• Helu was supposed to be the darling, but he has spent all camp in Shanahan's doghouse, inexplicably, due to durability concerns. He looks like a potential world-beater again.
• Sixth-round rookie
This is clearly a mess to avoid in drafts this weekend, but it is definitely something to watch for potential waiver-wire sleepers at the thin RB position. It wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility to see the back no one owns wind up the most productive in fantasy. Right now all three backs can make a case to start, so they should be owned in most leagues.
"We have some solid backs on this team," Royster told the
If you have to rank them for fantasy Week 1:
But, if you rank them for full-season fantasy potential (flip it upside down):
It is going to be weekly guesswork until someone takes charge, if someone takes charge.
"Whoever's going to be out there [as the starter], we still have to compete each week," Helu said.
Best of luck here.
As good as
Charles will rush for the better average -- he has the highest per-carry average in NFL history for a back with as many carries (6.1 to Jim Brown's Hall of Fame-leading 5.2) -- but Hillis might wind up the more productive fantasy back. Think about these weekly averages: 50 yards and a TD for Hillis, and 90 combined yards for Charles.
That makes Charles more of a late second-round pick than a late first. The Chiefs just coddle Charles too much.
After the OTAs, Pead was the second-coming of
There is talk Jackson might have beaten out