Preseason Schedule Edition
The NFL has released the 2019 preseason schedule. And we know preseason is a chance for players to make a team, or unfortunate injuries to happen and/or a time for teams to find that gem in the rough. However, traditionally week three is for the starters, and that should peak our fantasy interest, just a bit more.
Here are the six most interesting week three games and a very early look at players to watch:
Preseason Week 3: August 22-25
Arizona @ Minnesota Vikings
Who will be under center for the Cardinals, Josh Rosen or Kyler Murray? And what kind of offense will new head coach Kliff Kingsbury plan on implementing? And how is David Johnson doing? Then there is the question of whether Vikings have fixed that porous offensive line?
Washington @ Atlanta Falcons
Washington’s offense…umm…errr...ahhh, yeah no. But the Falcons, with an old, new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter should prove…interesting, especially if you are thinking of drafting quarterback Matt Ryan as your QB1.
Cleveland Browns @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
YES! If all holds true to form, quarterback Baker Mayfield, and OBJ, against quarterback Jameis Winston in guru Bruce Arians’ new offense. This game may highlight your QB1, your WR1, your TE1 and your RB2.
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Miami Dolphins
Is Nick Folesa system quarterback or the real deal in any system? Umm, not counting on Ryan Fitzpatrick but the magic might still be there, not enough for you to go QB1 but maybe as a solid backup? Just keep your eyes on Foles for maybe a mid-range fantasy sleeper at your quarterback position.
New York Giants @ Cincinnati Bengals
So, do you believe in Eli Manning like the Giants seemingly do? We know running back Saquon Barkley is going to be a top 3 running back but what about Eli and the passing offense? The Bengals may hold a fantasy nugget or two. A.J. Green and John Ross are injury prone so could sit out preseason, look to see the offensive scheme of new coach Zac Taylor. Honestly, the problem with counting on any Bengals’ player is injuries…so preseason with a new head coach…who sits who starts?
San Francisco 49ers @ Denver Broncos
This is what we will call the “possibility” game, will the plethora of possible sleepers in this game: Jimmy Garoppolo, healthy or no? George Kittle, can he continue the tight end position domination? Matt Breida or Tevin Coleman, which running back do we choose? And of course, Joe Flaccoin Denver? Phillip Lindsay healthy or do we believe it was all a dream? And who is going to be WR1 in Broncos’ offense with new head coach and new offensive coordinator?
The draft of course will impact our preseason watch. So here are some teams to watch during the draft. (Of course, we will watch it all because it’s fascinating!)
New York Giants: Will they or won’t draft a quarterback?
Washington Redskins: They have seemingly taken themselves out of the Josh Rosen sweepstakes. So, who will be their quarterback, Case Keenum, seriously? And they need a wide receiver, with the loss of Jamison Crowder (you can’t actually be depending on Jordan Reed to bolster your fantasy team, are you?)
Arizona Cardinals: Yep, the suspense is killing us…come on! Josh Rosen or Kyler Murray?
Chicago Bears: Jordan Howard is gone. They do have Mike Davis and Tarik Cohen neither are every down backs. For fantasy purposes an every down back is what we need.
Here is the beauty of the draft, we never know what will happen with trades.
LATE FREE AGENT ACQUISITONS TO WATCH
Tennessee Titans: So much for league memos, Titans have added two former AAF players, quarterback Logan Woodside and tight end Keith Towbridge. Woodside currently sits third on the depth chart as does Towbridge. No fantasy implications…but keep an eye on Titans’ quarterback room.
Miami Dolphins: Wide receiver, Ricardo Louis was added. This makes six (6) …SIX receivers currently on the Dolphins roster. So…
New York Jets: Running back Ty Montgomery is now on the team. Montgomery is an interesting addition because of his versatility. Even with Bell in the fold…Montgomery can hold some fantasy value.
New England Patriots: Added tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Jenkins has never lived up to the hype, but now with Tom Brady chucking him the ball…it’s possible? This is definitely wait and see.
That’s all folks! See ya next week!