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Fantasy Football's Biggest Winners and Losers After NFL Preseason Week 3

Professor BushCorrespondent IIIMay 29, 2016

Fantasy Football's Biggest Winners and Losers After NFL Preseason Week 3

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    The NFL has completed three weeks of preseason games. Typically starters do not play in the final preseason game, so we probably have all the data we are going to get to make assessments for the start of the fantasy season.

    Who were the winners and losers after preseason Week 3?  Let's take a look.

Russell Wilson: Winner

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    USA Today has reported that Russell Wilson has earned the starting quarterback position for the Seattle Seahawks. His performance in preseason Week 3 sealed the deal.

    Wilson, who was drafted this year in the third round, beat out Matt Flynn and Tarvaris Jackson.

    In this week's game, he completed 13 of 19 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns. In the three preseason games his quarterback ratings were 92, 128, and 135. This was a pretty easy decision for Pete Carroll to make.

Peyton Manning: Winner

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    In the first two preseason games, Peyton Manning had no touchdowns and three interceptions. So naturally this raised some doubts about how he would play after missing last season.

    But in preseason Week 3 he threw for two touchdowns in just three series' against a good 49ers defense. He also took a pretty decent hit and didn't show any ill effects.

    So the glimpse of the "old Peyton" should make him a lot more popular in upcoming drafts.

Mark Sanchez: Loser

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    It's hard to see Mark Sanchez being drafted anywhere but one of the last two rounds in a fantasy football league.  The Jets have completed three preseason games without scoring a touchdown.

    Santonio Holmes has been struggling with an assortment of injuries and Dustin Keller had to leave this week's game with a hamstring problem. The offensive line has had trouble giving their quarterbacks decent time to throw.

    Maybe there can be a sudden turn-around once the regular season begins, but things certainly look dismal right now.

David Wilson: Winner

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    With Ahmad Bradshaw still nursing a hand injury, David Wilson again got the chance to show what he could do with the Giants' first unit. And he certainly did just that.

    Wilson ripped off runs of 20 and 15 yards and a pass reception for 29 yards all in one series in the first quarter. And this was against a good Chicago Bears defense. He could be used as a third down back or in tandem with Bradshaw during the regular season.

    Wilson was New York's first draft pick this year and he certainly is showing that this was a wise choice. You would be wise, too, to snag him the middle rounds of your draft.

Nick Foles: Winner

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    OK. Maybe two touchdown passes in preseason Week 1 was a fluke. Repeating this in preseason Week 2 could be chalked up to luck. But now Nick Foles has done it three weeks in a row. Six touchdown passes in parts of three preseason games from a rookie is not something to ignore.

    To Pac 12 fans, this is no surprise. It was Foles, not Andrew Luck, who led that conference in total offense last season.

    Certainly in a keeper league, you want to grab Foles if he is still available in a late round. In any kind of league, you need to take him as a handcuff for Michael Vick given Vicks' history of injuries and style of play.

Shane Vereen: Loser

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    There was some thought earlier that Shane Vereen might nudge out Steven Ridley or Danny Woodhead on the Patriots dept chart at running back. Ridley had fallen out of favor at the end of last season with untimely fumbles.

    Even on a pass-heavy team like the Patriots, a good running back could put up some decent fantasy production.

    However, Vereen's usage and results in preseason Week 3 should put an end to him being worthy of a fantasy pick right now.  He ran two times for a total of minus three yards.


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