Fantasy Football Factoids: It's Only Preseason, Right?

Fantasy KnuckleheadsCorrespondent ISeptember 3, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 22:  Quarterback Matt Leinart #7 of the Arizona Cardinals watches from the sidelines during the preseason NFL game against the San Diego Chargers at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on August 22, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona. The Chargers defeated the Cardinals 17-6.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Three weeks of preseason play are in the books, and here are some things we’ve seen so far:



These guys have stopped hitting the snooze alarm — Chris Henry, James Davis, Mike Bell, and Troy Williamson.


Trade rumors

Bandied about like teenage text messages: Denver ships Brandon Marshall to Tampa Bay for Cadillac William’s last MRI results, Season 2 of McGyver on DVD, and a box of stale Twinkies? They almost had me there until I realized, no one’s giving up a box of stale Twinkies in this economy.


Grandpa still has gas

Brett Favre can still throw the ball and a hip check in the same game.



Michael Vick is wholeheartedly apologetic for hurting...Michael Vick.

But there’s been more going on that perhaps not everyone is seeing, so I figured I’d shine a light on a few other tidbits I found interesting:


Quarterback Factoids

The preseason’s leading passer? Arizona Cardinal, Matt Leinart (517 yards and three touchdowns). With Kurt Warner one small injury from a walker, perhaps Leinert’s year for redemption has arrived.

Number two? Baltimore Raven, Joe Flacco with 470 yards passing.

Best QB rating (with at least 14 passes per game)? Seattle Seahawk, Matt Hasselbeck at 111.7, 414 yards passing and 4 TDs. Who’d a thunk it?


Running Back Factoids

BenJarvis Green-Ellis - Top Dog in New England?

BenJarvis Green-Ellis: Top Dog in New England?

Did you know that New England’s leading running back this preseason is sophomore BenJarvis Green-Ellis? Now that’s a mouthful. He’s run for 124 yards, and 6.2 YPC. Fred Taylor is second with 46 yards. Sammy Morris has now dropped to fifth on the team’s depth chart.

Adrian Peterson and Michael Turner, who have been no slouches this preseason, are statistically second and third respectively to San Francisco 49er rookie, Glen Coffee (230 yards and a 6.1 YPC average). Is there a place in your heart for San Francisco? He’s a free agent in most standard leagues.

Number four on the list? The Green Bay Packers' rookie, Tyrell Sutton with 154 yards; and darn, Brandon Jackson’s hurt…again. Could be useful information to have.


Wide Receiver and Tight End Factoids

We all know about the outstanding play of wide receivers Chris Henry and Troy Williamson this summer, but who lands third on the list?

Rookie Hakeem Nicks of the New York Giants (208 yards and two scores). While all eyes are on Steve Smith and Domenik Hixon, it’s been Nicks who has been looking like Eli Manning’s potential Plaxico replacement.

Smith and Hixon show up at the 196th and 202nd spots in the rankings. Third string running back, Danny Ware, has more receiving yards then those two.

Cook - Head and shoulders above Scaife and Crumpler

Cook: Head and shoulders above Scaife and Crumpler

The most receptions title goes to Tennessee Titan rookie tight end Jared Cook with 17 balls hauled in. Too bad he’s stuck behind Bo Scaife and Alge Crumpler…or is he?

Second on the receptions list? Another rookie tight end. This one Buffalo Bill, Jonathon Stupar, who caught 15 balls, including one for a TD…in two games. Like Cook, he’s third on the depth chart. But this is Buffalo, so keep an eye on this kid.


IDP Factoids

Linebacker DeMeco Ryans had an off year for the Houston Texans in 2008, but he’s leader of the pack this preseason with 23 tackles, including 16 against Favre and the Vikings last week. Second on the list is Carolina Panthers’ linebacker, James Anderson, with 22 tackles, one sack, and one safety.

Rookie defensive end Nick Reed of the Seahawks, has at least one sack in each game so far, and an interception to boot. Fellow rookie, Evander ‘Ziggy’ Hood of the Pittsburgh Steelers had three sacks in his first two games. Keep them on your fantasy radar.

Gettin' Ziggy with it!

Gettin' Ziggy with it!

No one has blown it up on the defensive back side of things, but one guy I’m keeping my eye on in drafts is CB Leodis McKelvin of the Bills.

Last year his main duty was return skills on special teams. He scored a lot of fantasy points in return yardage leagues in 2008. This season he’s getting in on defense too, and so far he’s the second highest scoring DB, with six tackles, three pass defenses and two interceptions in limited play. See full 2009 IDP rankings.

So does all this information tell us anything or is it all meaningless stats through three meaningless games? It is after all only preseason, right?

Looking back at the 2008 preseason stats the only names that lit it up in both preseason and the regular season were all running backs. DeAngelo Williams, Chris Johnson, and Michael Turner were all in the top eight.

Then again so were Rashard Mendenhall and Darren McFadden. So can the preseason games tell us anything useful from a fantasy perspective?

What do you think?

Oh, one final thing I discovered this preseason, Philadelphia Eagles Coach, Andy Reid likes good, young, dominant wide receivers.

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