Fantasy Football: NFL Preseason—The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

James Hatfield Correspondent IIIAugust 28, 2010

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 26:  Sam Bradford #8  of the St. Louis Rams calls out the play in the first half against the New England Patriots on August 26, 2010 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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I am not one to focus too much time or effort on the preseason and I usually don’t let it impact my fantasy draft thought process outside of any major injuries that come up of course. There have been a few things happen in the past 24 hours that made me stop and take notice and evaluate some things heading into the draft. I wanted to highlight those things and what the impact of this really means for fantasy owners as we head into one of the biggest draft weekends of the year.

Green Bay Packers

50 Points? Are you kidding me? I realize it is preseason but their first team offense dominated Indy’s first team defense. Now that means that either Indy has gotten that much worse on defense or that Green Bay’s offense is in postseason form now. It is likely a combo of the two but that was an impressive performance.

Players stock going up: Aaron Rodgers, Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, Ryan Grant and any TE in Green Bay.

Sam Bradford

I for one am proud to admit that I was on the hater train for Bradford. I loved the guy at Oklahoma but I thought the shoulder and just the pressure of being the No. 1 pick meant there was no way he could live up to the hype. Well last night's performance has me second guessing that thought process. Stat Line:

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15-22, 189 yards with two TD’s and no picks

That is against a pretty decent set of first stringers on the New England side. The same New England who has dominated the past decade in the NFL which means Bradford offers a very interesting option as a backup QB. Playing in the NFC West will only help him, not to mention their schedule overall is not that intimidating.

The Jets

Hard Knocks is a great show and I have been thoroughly entertained with this season thus far. You know what has been a bore, the Jets offense. Mark Sanchez is still a project but anyone expecting him to make some huge leap this year is kidding themselves. LT could be a TD machine, but he won’t he tearing up fields for 1500 yards this year and Shon Greene is at the mercy of his rookie QB. If Sanchez can make big strides then the outlook will get better but I don’t foresee any major changes there.

Player Stock Going Up: Jets Defense

Player Stock Going Down: Mark Sanchez, Braylon Edwards and LT

Matt Leinart

I have never thought he would make it as an NFL QB and he needs to send Kurt Warner a singing telegram because if it weren’t for his brilliance chances are that Leinart’s flaws would have been revealed a few years ago and he may be coaching PeeWee football by now. Leinart is just struggling to grasp the game speed. I think today’s news of Anderson being named the starter for the next game signifies a few things:

1) If Anderson plays well, Leinart will be play calling again

2) If Anderson doesn’t play well, steer clear of Cardinals WR’s

Player Stock Going Up: Tim Hightower and Beanie Wells

Players Stock Going Down: Leinart, Fitzgerald, and entire WR group

Those were just a few of the things on my mind as we head into the weekend and drafts boards will be going up and draft rooms will be lively. Throughout the weekend please feel free to email me whether it is before, during or after your draft for advice, thoughts, recommendations and anything else I can do to help you win in your draft.


JD Dowell
Hatty Waiver Wire Guru


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