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Preseason Random Thoughts

2012-08-27 11:23:45
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
RealTime Fantasy Sports

Matt Ryan ready to shine

With the preseason winding down, I figured it would be a good time to give you some of my random thoughts on what we have seen to date. This has been an interesting preseason to say the least.

The Cardinals have a mess at quarterback. I have no idea who will win the starting job. Both Kevin Kolb and John Skelton have been terrible at times. The bigger concern is the entire offense, especially Larry Fitzgerald. He has produced in the past with poor quarterback play but you have to wonder if this is the year it finally catches up with him. One of these guys needs to get better in a hurry or it could be a really long year in Arizona.

I'm excited about the prospects of Jake Locker in a starting role. He is an exciting talent that I think can be a solid No. 2 for fantasy teams. He'll be erratic but is a big-game threat in an emerging offense. He has a lot of young talent to work with in the passing game. The Titans offense could really be explosive at times.

You never want to get too caught up in preseason action but Michael Turner sure seems to have hit the wall. Turner doesn't seem a good fit for the Falcons new up-tempo offense and has gained little with his carries this preseason. He probably still gets the goal-line work, which is a plus, but expect his carries to be way down. Look for Jacquizz Rodgers to get a lot of work for the Falcons at running back.

Cedric Benson is moving up our draft board. The Packers are going to be pass first but Benson could provide some value as a No. 3 back for fantasy teams. He is grabbing the starter's job and seems to have something to prove, looking good in early preseason action. He could surprise after not being on anyone's radar just a few weeks back.

Matt Ryan is rocketing up our draft rankings. He looks great this preseason and looks to be playing in a pass-first, up-tempo offense. He has a chance for huge numbers, challenging the likes of the elite fantasy quarterbacks. I'm expecting big things.

Not sure why some are down on Jordy Nelson but I still think he is an elite fantasy receiver. I'm not sure he matches last year's touchdown totals but I like his chances for another big season. He could get more targets this season with Aaron Rodgers getting more comfortable with him. I think he brings great value right now as teams are getting him as a No. 2 receiver during most drafts.

The health of Darren McFadden is always a concern but his talent should never be in question. I think he is talented enough to lead all backs in fantasy scoring if he can stay healthy. He is a dual threat with big-play potential. I think he is worth the risk in the mid to late first round of drafts. His upside is as high as any player these days.

Sam Bradford still looks to be shell shocked. He isn't throwing with confidence and has happy feet in the pocket. It doesn't help that the team still lacks receivers that can separate in the passing game. It could be another long season for Bradford. You just hope he doesn't take too big of a beating once again and regress even more. His career could be going down the wrong path, which is a shame because he has plenty of talent.

Kind of like the Rams, the Patriots are another team having offensive line issues. Tom Brady has been hit pretty good in the preseason. You know the Patriots are going to throw a ton, so they better get these line issues figured out. If not, Brady might not last all year, going down to injury. This is a concern going forward.

Speaking of teams that are a mess, the Jets' offense is a disaster right now. You can never get too upset over the preseason but the lack of progress in this unit is a huge concern. Both Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow are showing little at quarterback. Sanchez remains the starter, though, especially with Tebow struggling. The Jets receivers aren't doing either guy any favors, which is a big reason the entire offense is a mess right now. This is an offense to avoid for fantasy teams.

I'm expecting big things from Torrey Smith this season and his play in the preseason is doing nothing to dispute this. The Ravens are giving him plenty of targets and his route running looks to be much improved. He is setup for a breakout season. I really think he could be a solid No. 2 for fantasy teams.

All the hype about Randy Moss might have been overblown. Shocking, right? He is having a very quiet preseason. It wouldn't be a surprise to see the 49ers even cut Moss before the start of the season. Don't count on him rebounding in 2012. The 49ers top receivers are Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham.

With all this said, I'm not sure about you but I'm ready for the season to start. The preseason gets old in a hurry. Let the real fun begin.

If you have any questions or comments, please email Jeff Paur at jeff@rtsports.com

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Kapri BibbsOct 23 07:02p

The Denver Broncos have declared OG Ben Garland, RB Kapri Bibbs, OT Michael Schofield, DL Mitch Unrein, RB Montee Ball, S Omar Bolden, LB Steven Johnson inactive for Week 8.

Manti Te'oOct 23 07:02p

The San Diego Chargers have declared CB Steve Williams, RB Ryan Mathews, CB Brandon Flowers, RB Donald Brown, LB Manti Te'o, LBs Jeremiah Attaochu and Cordarro Law inactive for Week 8.

Perry RileyOct 23 05:49p

Washington Redskins LB Perry Riley (knee) will start as soon as he is healthy enough to do so, according to head coach Jay Gruden.

John SullivanOct 23 05:46p

Minnesota Vikings C John Sullivan (concussion) is still in the testing phase to be cleared for a concussion, but he has not been cleared to this point. Head coach [ More ]

Justin TuckOct 23 05:42p

Oakland Raiders TE David Ausberry (foot), CB Keith McGill (groin), DE LaMarr Woodley (bicep) and FS Usama Young (knee) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23. OT Khalif Barnes (quadriceps), [ More ]

Brett KeiselOct 23 05:42p

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Lance BriggsOct 23 05:42p

Chicago Bears DE Jared Allen (rest), S Danny McCray (knee) and WR Chris Williams (illness) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23. LBs Lance Briggs (ribs), Jonathan Bostic (back), CB [ More ]

Quentin GrovesOct 23 05:42p

Tennessee Titans LB Quentin Groves (ankle) and CB Coty Sensabaugh (knee) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23. DE Ropati Pitoitua (hand) and TE Taylor Thompson (knee) were limited.

Zach MettenbergerOct 23 05:34p

Tennessee Titans QB Zach Mettenberger has been named the starting quarterback for Week 8, according to head coach Ken Whisenhunt. QB Jake Locker will serve as the backup quarterback.

Sharrif FloydOct 23 05:32p

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (hernia) and S Antone Exum (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23. LB Gerald Hodges (hamstring), C John Sullivan (concussion), DT Sharrif Floyd (ankle), [ More ]

Nick MangoldOct 23 05:32p

New York Jets OT Oday Aboushi (shoulder), CB Phillip Adams (groin), OG Willie Colon (knee), LB David Harris (shoulder), LB Trevor Reilly (knee) and WR Greg Salas (wrist, ankle) [ More ]

Dashon GoldsonOct 23 05:22p

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Brandon Magee (knee) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23. LB Jonathan Casillas (hamstring), OT Anthony Collins (knee), FS Dashon Goldson (ankle) and CB Keith Tandy [ More ]

Daryl SmithOct 23 05:22p

Baltimore Ravens DE Chris Canty (wrist) and LB Daryl Smith (non-injury) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23. OT Eugene Monroe (knee) and OG Kelechi Osemele (knee) practiced in full.

Colt McCoyOct 23 05:22p

Washington Redskins QB Colt McCoy will start Week 8, according to head coach Jay Gruden.

Josh McCownOct 23 05:12p

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh McCown (thumb) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 23.

Brandon ThompsonOct 23 04:52p

Cincinnati Bengals OT Andrew Whitworth (rest) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23. OG Clint Boling (rest) and CB Leon Hall (back) were limited, while TE Kevin Brock (neck), LB [ More ]

A.J. GreenOct 23 04:52p

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) sat out of practice for the second straight day Thursday, Oct. 23.

Morgan BurnettOct 23 04:42p

Green Bay Packers S Morgan Burnett (calf) and CB Sam Shields (knee) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23. DE Datone Jones (ankle) was limited.

James StarksOct 23 04:42p

Green Bay Packers RB James Starks (ankle) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 23, after not practicing Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Thomas DavisOct 23 04:33p

Carolina Panthers CB Bene Benwikere (ankle), LB Chase Blackburn (knee), WR Philly Brown (concussion), OG Nate Chandler (thigh), OG Amini Silatolu (calf), OG Trai Turner (knee) and RB Fozzy [ More ]

Jonathan GoodwinOct 23 04:32p

New Orleans Saints C Jonathan Goodwin (knee, ankle) and LB Kyle Knox (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23. CB Keenan Lewis (knee, shoulder), LB Ramon Humber (ankle) and [ More ]

Pierre ThomasOct 23 04:22p

New Orleans RB Pierre Thomas (ribs, shoulder) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23.

R. Griffin IIIOct 23 04:22p

Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) is unlikely to be ready to play Monday, Oct. 27, against the Dallas Cowboys, according to head coach Jay Gruden. Gruden said [ More ]

Mario WilliamsOct 23 04:22p

Buffalo Bills WR Marquise Goodwin (hamstring) and LB Ty Powell (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 23. WR Marcus Easley (knee) and FS Aaron Williams (neck) were [ More ]

Rashad JohnsonOct 23 04:12p

Arizona Cardinals S Rashad Johnson (knee) underwent an MRI exam on his patellar tendon Monday, Oct. 20, that came back negative. Head coach Bruce Arians said Johnson is dealing with some tendonitis.

Jack CrawfordOct 23 04:12p

Dallas Cowboys DE Jack Crawford (calf), OT Doug Free (foot) and S Jakar Hamilton (non-injury) all did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23. LB Bruce Carter (thigh) and DE Anthony [ More ]

Alan BallOct 23 04:02p

Jacksonville Jaguars CB Alan Ball (biceps) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 23, and is considered highly unlikely to play in Week 8, according to head coach Gus Bradley.

Toby GerhartOct 23 03:52p

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Trent RichardsonOct 23 03:32p

Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 23.

John BoyettOct 23 03:32p

The Denver Broncos released FS John Boyett from their practice squad Thursday, Oct. 23.

Gosder CherilusOct 23 03:32p

Indianapolis Colts LB Erik Walden (rest) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 23. TE Jack Doyle (knee) was limited during practice, while CB Darius Butler (ankle), OT Gosder [ More ]

Brice ButlerOct 23 03:22p

Oakland Raiders WR Brice Butler could receive more playing time moving forward after making a big play in each of the last two weeks. Butler said he has not [ More ]

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