Fantasy Fast Forward: Get ready to slot your draft picks
Thank goodness for some clarity. The NFL preseason is naturally cloudy. but save for a few starter announcements and the release of the Week 1 injury report, we probably have all we need to know going into the season.
Preseason Week 3 has a tendency to do that for us.
With the information below, you should be fully able to slot your picks for your upcoming draft or schedule your lineups and preseason waiver picks. So let's undress the dress rehearsal week in our Monday Fantasy Fast Forward, including five game-changing pieces of news, the good, bad, the ugly, and position-by-position observations:
One of the biggest fantasy position battles appears to have been won, even if the outcome hasn't been announced. Martin thoroughly outplayed
"Well, that's why he started the game, because he had showed me that much," head coach Greg Schiano told TampaBayBuccaneers.com. "And I don't think he did anything ... that would say, 'Oh, that wasn't a good move.' I thought he ran the ball well and did some things well. Right now he's just got to continue on that course. He's learning every day and he's a very open-minded guy. He wants to learn."
The loss of leading guard
As a healthy bell-cow in a running back-heavy Schiano scheme, Martin is a fantasy starter, if not a potential star. Blount is now nothing more than a handcuff pick, in Round 8 or later.
We have finally seen the
A Pats back who can help in all phases? This has the potential to be a real productive mid-round pick. Ridley has a modest draft position, but he can be trusted as a starter, particularly since
Even Bill Belichick might not be able to mess this sleeper up.
Barring injury, a record 10 first- or second-year QBs will start in the NFL during opening week. Wilson might just be a cut behind
"He's done everything we've asked of him," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "This is the guy we hoped he would be. All of the talk about how tall he is and all that stuff, I don't see it being a factor. I don't see it, and I have watched more carefully than anybody could ever have watched, and I don't see it being an issue. It isn't to me."
RG3 might have won the game, but Luck won the fantasy-points battle in their head-to-head duel this weekend. Luck was a chain-mover at 14-of-23 for 150 yards and a score, while RG3 was more of a game-manager at 11-of-17 for 75 yards and a short TD pass. Heck,
This suggests RG3 hasn't been comfortable right away, the way Luck has looked. Also, getting better every week is fine, but RG3 is being drafted as a fantasy starter in many leagues. (He shouldn't.) You need a finished product in the spot where you'd have to pick RG3. Luck looks closer to the full deal going into the season. Consider him a better pick one round, or a few, later.
The Jaguars are now saying that
Jennings is a must-have for those who take the risk on MJD in Round 2 or 3. He stands to be a decent flex even when MJD reports, because the Jags are going to have an RB-heavy system -- one that MJD still needs to learn under new head coach Mike Mularkey.
This is going to sound like a broken record: The Falcons might be breaking records with
This was supposed to be the week that
Add sixth-round rookie
"Said this from Day 1, we're gonna play the best players," Shanahan told a Washington-area radio station. "(Morris) may be the lonely soldier. He did play well."
Consider this reason enough to avoid all of the Redskins four backs until the late rounds. It very well might be the last one picked who winds up being the most productive for fantasy owners. If Shanahan's history is any guide, many of these backs are going to be disappointing relative to their draft position.