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Preseason Notes

Random Sleeper Notes

  • San Diego TE- Ladarius Green will have a sizable role in the offense.  I like him as a player and his situation.   There are not a lot of weapons on that team
  • Denver TE – Julius Thomas has some potential, but I like him less because of his situation.  There are a lot of mouths to feed in that Denver offense.  Definitely a player to watch.
  • Seattle WR – Stephen Williams.  He is one to monitor on the waiver wire.  Pete Carroll has never been shy on giving guys a chance.  He could be the deep threat Seattle has been looking for.  I would monitor him in deep redraft leagues and dynasty leagues.
  • Assuming Gabbert Plays well, I think the Jaguars offense will be better than most think in 2013.  Keep an eye to the waiver wire for MJD’s backup.  Either Jordan Toddman or Justin Forsett.   At this point in his career you can’t assume health with MJD
  • Kenjon Barner RB Carolina is a rookie out of Oregon, maybe worth a dynasty stash.  Williams, Stewart as well as the coaching staff could be on the outs in Carolina if they play poorly this year.

Random Team Notes

  • Don’t get too crazed watching the Minnesota offense.   Without AP in the backfield in the preseason defenses aren’t paying attention to the run at all.    They won’t be world beaters, but they won’t be as bad as they have looked thus far.
  • Carolina first string offense hasn’t played very well this preseason.   This concerns me more than some of the other offenses that are struggling.

-Ron

2013 Preseason Week 2: Broncos at Seahawks

Seahawks

  • Russell Wilson looked much better this week.  Much more efficient.  The oline also played better so that helped tremendously.
  • Robert Turbin looked a little rusty in his first game back of the year.  He was two ankle tackles away from long runs, but still showed good burst north and south.  Laterally, Christine Michael is much more sudden.   The battle between him and Michael might be a little closer than the coaches admit.   Next game will be big for both men.
  • Stephen Williams and Jermaine Kearse both made big plays. Both caught touchdown passes, and Kearse returned a kick back for a score.   It’s hard to imagine either of these guys being left of the roster.  4th round pick Chris Harper may be in jeopardy of being cut.
  • Tarvaris Jackson is looking like the backup QB here.    He again played well in relief of Russell Wilson.
  • Spencer Ware ran the ball well for Seattle. He had 9 carries for 54 yards.   Because he can play FB too, I can see Seattle carrying 5 running backs this year.
  • Rookie TE Luke Wilson continues to get playing time as Zach Miller recovers from his foot injury, he is worth monitoring in dynasty leagues.

Denver

  • Demarius Thomas looks great.  Expect him to build on his strong season last year.   A WR 1 for certain.
  • Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball both had moments where they looked good running the ball.  However, both had some bad moments as well.  Hillman fumbled on the goal line and Ball missed a block that allowed Manning to get clobbered by a blitzing Bobby Wagner.   Both will need to improve to cement significant carries this season.  Pass protection for Manning is paramount.
  • Wes Welker is going to catch a lot of passes in Denver.  I have a feeling it will come at the expense of one of the TE’s and Eric Decker.    I still like Decker as a WR3, but I think he is a low wr3 this year.
  • TE Julius Thomas continues to get a lot of looks in the passing game.   He could be a weapon this year, but there are only so many balls to go around.
  • I am not a big believer in the Denver defense this year.  I think they will struggle to be a top 15 fantasy defense this year.  Losing Von Miller for 6 games   doesn’t help either.

By Ron

Preseason Week 1: Denver at San Francisco

Denver

As I advised about Week 1 in general, it was too early to truly learn anything about the running back situation in Denver from this game.  RB Ronnie Hillman got the start and to me he looked terrible.  Granted the Niners starting run d is formidable, but Hillman took too many runs outside and for small yardage.  If he was in there as the “veteran” back to help in pass protection for QB Peyton Manning’s one series that’s understandable, but that’s the only reason I can think of that Hillman is topping the depth chart at the moment.

RB Montee Ball who was receiving a lot of fantasy heat after the draft in April looked pedestrian as well going with 5 carries for 9 yards.   And forgotten former 1st round pick RB Knowshon Moreno looked the best of the 3 by far, but this is schewed because he has the most experience and was running against the worst opposition.

While it’s worth fantasy owners of all types (dynasty, redraft, ppr, etc) to keep tabs on the Broncos backfield throughout training camp, I don’t know what to expect that to payout once the season begins.  QB Peyton Manning appears healthier even now than he did last year (on his few attempts he did finally let one fly deep) and if he’s healthy I think Manning outweighs John Fox.   This means that whomever wins the Broncos RB job for 2013 will likely have to be an asset in the passing game 1st (receiver, blocker, change of pace guy) and a RB 2nd.  Manning has had guys like RB Edgerrin James blow up in the past – but has also had committees of lesser guys and with lesser rushing results.  I’m less excited about Denver’s rushing attack than most no matter who wins the job.

TE Julius Thomas stood out for the Broncos in a big way in this one.  Smooth and fast with a large and imposing combination.   He was buried last season behind the veterans Joel Dressen and Jacob Tamme – but now that injuries have slowed those guys – it’s possible he moves into the starter’s role.   If Thomas wins a starter’s share before the season begins he has a chance to be a top 10 TE in redraft leagues.  And if it doesn’t work out for Thomas this season – he absolutely should be owned in dynasty leagues as a stash for the future – which may be sooner than most people think.

San Francisco

QB Colin Kapernick looked very good on his one and only series.  In fact, I’m convinced the only reason it didn’t end with a TD was because the Niners insisted on running the football too much with LaMichael James and other underwhelming RB’s.    Kapernick had some sharp passes and one really excellent short scramble – I am resistant on some of his hype for fantasy because of the scheme, but I think anyone hating on Kapernick and calling him a flash in the pan that the league will adjust to, has it completely wrong.  He will flirt with being a top 8-10 fantasy QB this season.

RB LaMichael James got the start here, with RB Frank Gore getting rest, and RB Kendall Hunter still rehabbing an injury.  James was not particularly impressive – he ran laterally more than downhill, and he nearly lost a fumble near his own goaline.  James could be useful as a 3rd down back, but will the Niners evolve their offseason to the point where that is a fantasy factor?

The WR target battle for the Patriots may be getting all of the preseason attention, but San Fran’s 2nd WR battle in the wake of WR Michael Crabtree’s injury may have some serious fantasy implications, if just one person can lock this down.  Unfortunately nobody at the WR position  in this game had a moment you’d really say stood out.

In fact when you’re waiting to see what WR Mario Manningham and WR Austin Collie are going to bring to the table, well you know the meal must be pretty weak.  The battle for targets after TE Vernon Davis and WR Anquan Boldin may take the entire preseason to sort out.