Fantasy Football NFL Preseason: The Lucky 13 in Thursday's Action

Ken KellyContributor IIIAugust 12, 2010

NAPA, CA - AUGUST 01:  Jason Campbell #8 of the Oakland Raiders works out during the Raiders training camp at their Napa Valley Training Complex on August 1, 2010 in Napa, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The Hall of Fame Game is in the books, and Week One of the NFL preseason starts Thursday night.

With three games on the schedule, it’s time for dynasty league owners to take the in-depth research and roster evaluation necessary to become a league champion to the next level.

With that in mind, here are the lucky 13 players who I’m keeping a watchful eye on during Week One’s opening night:

New Orleans vs. New England

Brandon Tate, WR, NE

It seems the Patriots are doing everything possible to get him into the No. 3 wide receiver role. It’s time we see if his practice dominance translates to reality.

Wes Welker, WR, NE

They really wouldn’t even risk it, would they? If Welker gets on the field, the worries about him missing the season opener are gone.

PJ Hill, RB, NO

With the season ending injury to Lynell Hamilton, the door is open for Hill to make his case to be the short yardage compliment to Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush. Will he take advantage?

Oakland vs. Dallas

Jason Campbell, QB, OAK

Al Davis is saying he’s the next Jim Plunkett. Raider fans would take the next non-JaMarcus Russell.

Campbell has been great so far in practice. It would be nice to see him take the team to a score on the opening drive.

Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, OAK

Many dynasty league owners have already cut bait on Heyward-Bey after last year’s disaster. Let’s see just how much progress he’s really made in the offseason.

Jacoby Ford, WR, OAK

Ford is one of DLF’s favorite sleepers. He was the fastest player at the combine with a 4.28 40, and is said to have run as fast as 4.126 in the past.

At the very least, he should look super fast in HD.

Kevin Ogletree, WR, DAL

Ogletree had a solid performance in the Hall of Fame Game, with two catches for 25 yards in limited action. He needs to build on that if he wants to make his mark before Dez Bryant returns.

Carolina vs. Baltimore

Hunter Cantwell and Jimmy Clausen, QBs, CAR

Matt Moore has the starting gig all sewn up barring an epic preseason meltdown, so the battle begins on Thursday for the backup job.

Most have Clausen winning this hands down, but we’re not jumping on that bandwagon quite yet.

Tyrell Sutton, RB, CAR

Sutton was one of the stars of the 2009 preseason.

Another year of promise shown and the Panthers' future depth chart at backup running back could become more clear.

His opportunity starts Thursday night.

Brandon LaFell, WR, CAR

LaFell has been spending a lot of time with the first team in practice as of late. If he starts the game, it’s bad news for Dwayne Jarrett’s future and great news for LaFell owners.

Armanti Edwards, WR, CAR

Dynamic. Electrifying. Jaw-dropping.

There haven’t been a shortage of adjectives being thrown around when describing Edwards’ transition from small school quarterback to NFL receiver.

It’s time we had ourselves a look.

Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL

It’s going to be odd to see him in black instead of red.

It would be great to see some type of chemistry with Boldin and Joe Flacco during their one and only series they play together.

There’s a lot to look forward to in terms of player evaluation this preseason. It all starts Thursday night and dynasty league owners across the planet are ready for some football.

For the complete set of strategic 2010 dynasty rankings, click below:

Strategic Quarterback Rankings
Strategic Running Back Rankings
Strategic Wide Receiver Rankings
Strategic Tight End Rankings
Strategic IDP Rankings

Article written by Ken Kelly

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