Saturday, August 16

Preseason Recap - Week 2

Another week, another set of games that most people ignore. For the casual fan, it's understandable; there aren't too many fans of guys like Marcus Mason, Micah Rucker, and Justin Forsett out there. But for those of us who play fantasy football, the battles and injuries contine. Steelers vs Bills: 24-21 Bills Byron Leftwich didn't look too shabby for a guy who only had two days to learn as much of the offense as he could. Expect him to be the top backup for Big Ben. Rashard Mendenhall had a short TD run. If he keeps it up, he should be the short-yardage back. However, I still expect Willie Parker to score more than 2 touchdowns this year. Trent Edwards was spectacular going 9 of 11 for 104 yards and 2 touchdowns. Any rumors of a QB competition between him J.P. Losman were quickly quieted. Robert Royal was on the receiving end of both of Edwards' touchdowns, but don't expect the Bills to use the TE that much this year. Royal remains undraftable in almost all leagues. Panthers vs Eagles: 24-13 Eagles Jonathan Stewart played his first game in the NFL, and although he wasn't very productive (3 carries for four yards) it's a good sign that he's out there. Not much else to report. DeSean Jackson continues to light up the box score, recording 7 receptions for 71 yards after a 5 catch performence against the Steelers in Week 1. He's quickly moving up the depth charts and has an excellent chance of being the slot receiver for Philly. Brian Westbrook played, assuring any contract woes are done and over with. Raiders vs Titans: 17-16 Titans JaMarcus Russell excelled, going 10 of 17 for 75 yards and a TD pass. He made good throws and kept plays alive including his lone TD pass. Darren McFadden had an explosive run to end the first half while Micheal Bush got 14 carries, something that's rare in preseason especially in a crowded Oakland backfield. Still, Bush only remains a sleeper in deeper leagues. Zach Miller was Russell's favorite target having 48 yards on 4 receptions and a touchdown. He's got a lot of upside, but isn't yet dependable. Javon Walker had a bad drop; I advise fantasy owners to stay away from him. He's aging, has knee trouble, committment issues, and has had a hard time getting seperation from cornerbacks. Unlike Russell, Vince Young continue to struggle completing only 4 of his 13 passes for 37 yards. Until he shows improvement, he isn't a viable piece to your team. Buyer beware. Chris Johnson continues to be explosive, having a 15 yard run. LenDale White and Chris Henry also had long runs.

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