Thu Apr 25 11:38pm ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
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Cleveland Browns tight end Demetrius Harris was unable to corral either of his two targets in a 21-18 preseason win over the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday. Harris, who came over to Cleveland as a free-agent after spending five seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, is expected to serve as the team's second tight end after David Njoku. Of course, Njoku is dealing with a knee injury, which will give Harris more run with the first team during preseason practices. The Browns should run more 12 personnel this season, which would get Harris on the field alongside Njoku in certain situations. Harris doesn't need to be drafted but he is worth monitoring just in case the Browns show that he is a significant part of their plans, especially in the red zone.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Rashard Higgins turned in a solid game in a 21-18 preseason win over the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday. Higgins caught all four of his targets for 34 yards in the win. The veteran receiver has been productive during the preseason as he further cements himself as the team's No. 3 wide receiver. While he won't see a high volume of targets behind Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, Higgins is likely to have a few big games this season on what should be an exciting Browns offense. Keep him in mind as a potential flex option in deeper fantasy leagues this season.
Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt saw two touches in a 21-18 preseason win over the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday. Hunt carried the ball twice for six yards and was unable to haul in his lone target in the win. The game action marked Hunt's preseason debut after he was not involved in the preseason opener last week. Hunt will begin serving an eight-game suspension once the regular season begins but he has some value as a flex option in PPR leagues when he does come back. Of course, using a draft pick on him will require a fantasy owner to keep him on the roster for over half of the fantasy regular season. That only seems like a viable plan in leagues with large roster settings.
Cleveland Browns kicker Greg Joseph missed a 53-yard field goal in a 21-18 preseason win over the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday. The 53-yarder was Joseph's only field goal attempt in the game although he added an extra point. Joseph has been in a preseason camp battle with rookie Austin Siebert for the right to be the team's kicker during the regular season. Both have been pretty even during their battle, with Siebert also missing his lone field goal attempt against the Colts. Whoever wins the starting kicker role will have plenty of fantasy value tied to what should be an explosive Cleveland offense.
Oakland Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson had an impressive season with the Silver and Black in 2018 and is primed to improve in this campaign. After getting waived by the Vikings following Week 2, Carlson finished the last 10 games of the season with the Raiders setting a new team record with a 94% field goal succession rate. With an improved offense likely providing more point-after attempts and better field goal positioning, the former fifth-round pick could put up a considerable point total this year if he can stay in the 90% conversion range.
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Keelan Doss has turned a few heads through the team's first two preseason games. The undrafted rookie caught a touchdown pass in Week 1 and followed that performance with a five-catch 38-yard game in Week 2, making a case for a place on the 53-man roster. Doss is competing for one of the final roster spots at WR, but faces an uphill battle with only one spot available and three players ahead of him on the depth chart for the job. Even if the 23-year-old cracks the squad, he won't receive enough playing time to become a fantasy contributor in 2019.
Oakland Raiders running back Doug Martin is slated for a backup role with the Silver and Black this season after leading the team in rushing in 2018. The "Muscle Hamster" racked up an underwhelming 723 yards and four touchdowns last season and will play second fiddle behind rookie Josh Jacobs in 2019. Martin didn't hold much fantasy value as a starter a year ago and is off the radar this campaign in a backup role. With Jalen Richard finding work in the passing game, it would take a significant injury from Jacobs to give Martin any sort of fantasy relevance. He's a late-round handcuff in best-ball leagues and can be avoided in season-long formats.
Oakland Raiders running back Jalen Richard is coming off a successful 2018 campaign which saw him accumulate 55 rushes and 68 catches for 866 all-purpose yards. With the team using a first-round pick on Josh Jacobs, Richard finds himself third on the depth chart this season with a question mark surrounding his usage for this year. Richard was a huge factor in the passing game last season finishing seventh among running backs in receptions. With the coaching staff hopeful of Jacobs becoming an every-down back, Richard will struggle to find playing time on this improving offense. Unless Jacobs gets injured or struggles mightily as a pass-catcher, Richard won't hold any fantasy appeal in 2019.
Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (ankle) worked out on the field before the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 17, and appeared to be moving around well.
Fantasy Spin: Luck is still uncertain for Week 1, so fantasy players will need to continue to keep an eye on his status. He is a No. 1 quarterback in fantasy leagues when he is healthy, but players may want to draft a strong No. 2 quarterback in case Luck misses a few games.
San Francisco 49ers DE Dee Ford (knee) is on track to play in Week 1, according to general manager John Lynch.
According to the Cleveland Browns pregame show, running back Nick Chubb is not expected to play on Saturday against the Indianapolis Colts in his team's second preseason game. Chubb saw minimal work last week in the preseason opener as he played on the first series with the team and took one carry. Cleveland has little reason to risk injury to their No. 1 running back in the preseason, so Chubb will be a spectator. Look for Chubb to play more extensively in the preseason dress rehearsal next week.
The Cleveland Browns will rest many of their starters in the team's second preseason game on Saturday against the Indianapolis Colts. Quarterback Baker Mayfield and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. are among the starters who will be watching from the sidelines in the contest. Mayfield played sparingly during the preseason opener last week while Beckham has yet to appear in a preseason game as he is dealing with a hip pointer. Garrett Gilbert will draw the start at quarterback against the Colts on Saturday. Look for Mayfield to play a good bit in preseason Week 3 next week. Beckham's status is unclear, although he is unlikely to play.
Atlanta Falcons tight end Austin Hooper made only three catches for 20 yards in Thursday's preseason game against the Jets, but he made some tough catches in coverage. He also ran a lot of the same routes that Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez used to run while in Dirk Koetter's system. The 24-year-old had his best season in his third year in 2018, catching 71 passes for 660 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games. In an offense that remains as explosive as they come, Hooper will continue to be a safety blanket for quarterback Matt Ryan. He finished as the No. 6 fantasy tight end in PPR leagues last year and should be seen as a low-end TE1 heading into his fourth campaign.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (knee) was held out of practice earlier in the week but returned to play in Thursday's preseason loss to the Jets. He finished that game without a catch on only one target. With the emergence of receiver Calvin Ridley and tight end Austin Hooper alongside veteran Julio Jones, Sanu has become the forgotten man in Atlanta's high-powered offense. The return of running back Devonta Freeman is also bad news for the 29-year-old, who had 66 grabs for 838 yards and four touchdowns in 2018. His 66 receptions were one short of his career high, and his yardage total was a career high. He's still not a bad late-round flier in this offense, but Sanu's targets are likely to be fewer and further between than his last three years in Atlanta.
Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb will not play in the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 17.
Fantasy Spin: Chubb will be the starting running back this season and should receive a solid amount of touches each week. He can be considered a No. 2 running back in fantasy leagues but could lose some work during the second half of the season when Kareem Hunt rejoins the roster.
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan went 10-for-14 for 118 yards in the team's third preseason game against the Jets on Thursday. The offensive line failed to protect him, though, as he took three sacks and was hurried nine times. That's not a good sign early on, as Ryan was sacked 42 times in 2018. The offensive line is something to watch, but Ryan's fantasy stock is way up in 2019 after he accumulated 4,924 yards, 35 touchdowns and only seven interceptions last season. He finished only behind Patrick Mahomes in terms of fantasy points. You should be more than satisfied if you have Ryan as your starting QB with plenty of playmakers around him. RotoBaller has him ranked as the No. 5 fantasy signal-caller.
Atlanta Falcons running back Ito Smith is having a strong preseason and ran five times for 19 yards and added three receptions for 45 yards and a touchdown in the team's third preseason game on Thursday against the Jets. The 23-year-old had 90 carries for 315 yards and four touchdowns in his rookie season, including 27 catches for 152 yards in 14 games. Most people are probably forgetting about Smith with Devonta Freeman back from injury, but Freeman's injury woes are concerning and the Falcons possess a high-powered offense. Smith must battle Brian Hill for touches behind Freeman, but Smith is the more attractive handcuff for Freeman owners. Consider him in the later rounds as running back depth.
San Francisco 49ers CB Antone Exum (knee) did not participate in practice Saturday, Aug. 17, and is considered day-to-day because of a sprained knee.
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett will have plenty of pressure on him once the regular season starts and he's the No. 1 target, but for now, he's still just working the kinks out and letting the young DBs see what it's like to guard a big-time receiver. Along that line, it's pretty clear that he can run them ragged. While the secondary has been putting on a clinic, as most Pete Carroll secondaries do, once the combination of Russell Wilson and Tyler Lockett step on the field, the whole game changes. Wilson regularly completes shots all over the field to Lockett, especially downfield if he gets some time. Lockett is poised for a huge season if he can keep this level of connection with Wilson.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley (hamstring), who suffered a hamstring injury on July 25, was held out of practice for more than two weeks. Ridley returned to practice last Sunday and "looked good" and caught both of his targets for 28 yards in Thursday's preseason game against the Jets. "We did a good job to make sure that he was fully himself, with his strength, his quickness and his explosion. . . . It was great to have his energy back out there, too," head coach Dan Quinn said. Ridley had a very productive rookie season, catching 64 passes for 821 yards and 10 touchdowns. While reaching double-digit touchdowns again might be a tall task, Ridley could easily go over the 1,000-yard mark in an excellent offense. Take him as a strong WR2 around the fifth or sixth round of drafts.