NFL 2017 Preseason Week 3 Fantasy Football Notebook: Dress Rehearsal Games

Welcome to the NFL Dress Rehearsal Games or otherwise known as Week 3 of the Preseason. The starters are expected to play into the second half before they shut it down until Week One of the 2017 regular season.

We shouldn’t make predictions based on the results from Week 3 of the preseason, but teams look to this week’s games as the starters play the longest and hardest.

The number one priority is to stay healthy and unfortunately that did not work well for a few players and their teams.

What do we make of the players and teams as they play their most significant amount of playing time this preseason? Let’s review all of the news and notes as we head into the Preseason Week Three Fantasy Football Notebook.

NFL 2017 Preseason Week 3 Fantasy Football Notebook

The Top Four Fantasy news stories from Week 3

WR Injury Fallout: With Julian Edelman out for the season, who gets the targets in the Patriots’ offense?

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New England Patriots star wide receiver Julian Edelman will miss the 2017 season after tearing the ACL in his right knee in a preseason game. Edelman finished with 98 receptions and a career-high 1,106 receiving yards last season. He also led all Patriots targets with 58 first downs. In addition, he led the NFL in third-down receiving yards (431).

Fortunately for New England, it is deep at receiver after trading for Brandin Cooks. They will also get back Rob Gronkowski, the NFL’s best tight end, from a back injury, and has Chris Hogan in addition to Malcolm Mitchell. Both emerged last season as quality wideouts. Veteran Danny Amendola figures to see time in the slot with Edelman sidelined. The Patriots are also deep at running back with newcomer Mike Gillislee, James White, Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead.

While most teams would be devastated by this loss, the Patriots will do what it normally does. Play to its strengths rather than relying on one or two guys. The Patriots deal with injuries as well as any team in football. They are diverse enough to pick up the slack that the loss of Edelman left behind.

While there is no singular player that benefits the most, it would seem logical that Danny Amendola will take over the slot role for Edelman. Amendola will be a sneaky selection late in your drafts. Cooks and Hogan on the outside along with Mitchell will see increases in their deep targets as the Patriots look to spread the field. I think the biggest benefactors will be the running backs. Each of them is multifaceted and will be utilized all over the field. As long as New England has Tom Brady, they will be just fine.

WR Injury Fallout II: Who steps up at WR now that Cameron Meredith is gone for the season?

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Bears Wide Receiver Cameron Meredith tore his ACL in Sunday’s exhibition game and will be lost for the season.

That’s obviously a major blow to Chicago’s offense, as Meredith caught 66 passes for 888 yards and four touchdowns last season and was expected to have a big role this season with Alshon Jeffery now out of the picture.

Wide Receiver is one of the weakest spots on the roster, and that was before the Meredith injury. There is some depth to work with, but with no player who is going to scare an opposing secondary.

With Ashlon Jeffery departing the windy city, his 22.5 percent target share he achieved last year is up for the taking. Veteran receivers Victor Cruz and Kendall Wright were not a threat to Meredith. Kevin White has not proven to be durable enough this far in his career to pose any threat to Meredith’s target share. White, who came into the league with Meredith in 2015, has missed 28 games in his first two seasons.

The Bears could also turn to veteran free agent addition Markus Wheaton. He is currently rehabbing a broken finger and then was sidelined early in training camp after having his appendix out. He could be back in mid-September. They signed him to add a vertical element to the passing game.

There is no clear-cut guy to take over the No.1 receiver role. Additionally, the quarterback position is uncertain with veteran Mike Glennon battling rookie Mitch Trubisky for the starting role. Neither of which will lead any team-Bears or fantasy-to the promise land. Currently, White looks like a mid-to-late round draft pick and Wright is a late-round flyer, who might be a sneaky selection in PPR leagues.

Spencer Ware expected to miss entire 2017 season with torn PCL

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The Kansas City Chiefs will be without the services of running back Spencer Ware after it was confirmed that he suffered a torn PCL that will force him to miss the entire 2017 season.

His loss now advances rookie Kareem Hunt, who was taken in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, into the starting role ahead of the season. Hunt has been splitting the carries prior to the injury to Ware. This should be a prime opportunity for Hunt to immediately carve out a significant role right out of the gate to start his NFL career.

Spencer Ware was coming off his best season where he led the Chiefs in rushing with a career-best mark of 921 yards while also ranking fifth on the team with 33 receptions. The Chiefs may miss Ware most of all as a short-yardage and goal-line runner. At 229 pounds, he is the biggest of the Chiefs’ running backs and the most physical of the runners.

Coach Andy Reid told reporters Hunt is “the next man up, he is the type of physical runner that can step in and contribute immediately. The Chiefs are blessed to have a diverse group of backs led by the rookie Hunt, with veterans Charcandrick West and C.J. Spiller, both of which could also get some playing time. West has dazzled in the preseason game in Cincinnati and the veteran Spiller, healthy for the first time in years, appears to have his speed back.

Kareem Hunt has to be considered fantasy football’s single biggest riser given his ability and the Chiefs’ history for successfully featured backs. Hunt will be the Chiefs’ main back with the upside of third-or-a fourth round pick in all fantasy leagues.

Which players’ stock went up and whose went down after Preseason Week 3 Games:

Stock Up

Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

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Kareem Hunt will step into the feature role in Head Coach Andy Reid’s offense with Spencer Ware lost for the season. Hunt has performed well this preseason through three preseason games. He has rushed 18 times for 79 yards — 64 of those yards after contact — adding four catches and 32 yards in the passing game.

Hunt will likely get 15-20 touches per game is a solid RB2 in 12-team leagues.

Chris Hogan, WR, New England Patriots

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Chris Hogan stood out Friday night in the aftermath of Edelman’s season-ending injury. He had four catches for 70 yards and a pair of touchdowns, all in the first half. He has the opportunity to step into Edelman’s role and produce a breakout season.

Hogan is the biggest receiver on the Patriots’ roster and is capable of playing taller than his size on jump balls and deep throws. In addition, he is a solid slot threat, who has the quickness to make plays over the middle as well as over the top.

Chris Hogan will start alongside Brandin Cooks on the outside with a mix of infinite offensive combinations. Good luck knowing which player will break out and when.

Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton saw his first live action this past week and was perfect in his preseason debut. He completed both of his passes for 21 yards and a touchdown. The former MVP had surgery in March to repair a partially torn rotator cuff in his right throwing shoulder. He participated in the first five practices of training camp before developing soreness and was forced to back off for nearly two weeks.

However, it was discouraging that Newton and his questionable shoulder did not try anything downfield. Understandably, the Panthers didn’t want to risk any type of injury, but it would be nice to see that his shoulder can get the ball downfield.

Cam Newton took his first step to show himself and his team that his shoulder is sound and will be ready to go when the games start counting. However, I will not be drafting Newton this season. I don’t see the Panthers letting him run any longer, which was always his best fantasy asset.

Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars

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Jaguars’ Coach Doug Marrone selected Blake Bortles as his starting quarterback for the 2017 season opener. Marrone opened up the competition this preseason and was practically begging for someone to “go out there and take it.” Bortles was basically given the job because of his legs; not his arm. “Blake has the ability to extend plays for us, which I think is going to be helpful in what we have to get done,” Marrone said.

Henne has better preseason numbers than Bortles. Henne has 19 completions for 256 yards with one touchdown and a 101.5 quarterback rating. Bortles, on the other hand, has 23 completions for 206 yards with one touchdown and an 81.3 quarterback rating. Makes sense, right?

Since 2012, the Jaguars quarterback was either Henne or Bortles, The Jaguars have no playoff appearances since 2007.

I want NO part of Bortles on my fantasy team!

Stock Down

Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons

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Matt Ryan struggled and looked confused in his matchup against the Cardinals. Maybe it was the Falcons’ new stadium?

Either way, he went 4-for-11 for 36 yards and an interception. He overthrew receivers all game.

He didn’t look like himself. Hopefully, it’s an aberration. ALL fantasy owners hope it is.

Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills

Tyrod Taylor exited the Bills preseason game on Saturday and was later diagnosed with a concussion and placed in the concussion protocol. Barring a setback, he should be fine for Week 1. The good news to come out Saturday night for Taylor was that head coach Sean McDermott confirmed that he is the Bills’ QB1 entering 2017.

Unfortunately, I am not sure that is good news for Taylor and his fantasy owners. His fantasy outlook this season looks bleak based on his performance and lack of quality receiving options on the team.

Stay away from Tyrod Taylor!

Samaje Perine, RB, Washington Redskins

Samaje Perine failed to produce against Cincinnati with five carries for five yards. He did not receive a single target in the passing game. Incumbent starter Rob Kelley rushed 10 times for 57 yards, including a goal-line carry that probably solidified his hold on the starting Redskins running back.

The situation is one to monitor as both players are taking turns producing quality outings. This week, Kelley played better and has the upper hand, next week…

Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

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Tyreek Hill struggled to find a connection with Alex Smith despite playing nearly half of the team’s offensive snaps. He hauled in just one of his four targets for 11 yards with three drops during their game against the Seahawks Friday.

Hill was disappointing, to say the least. Hill is your classic boom-or-bust player. You have been warned!

NFL Preseason Week 3 Position Highlights

Quarterback

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Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars

Bortles finished 12-of-16 for 125 yards, one touchdown and an interception. Please look away.

Sam Bradford, QB, Minnesota Vikings

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The revamped offensive line didn’t improve the fact that Bradford was getting beaten up by the 49ers defense. Bradford did his normal dink and dunk routine.

Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams

Goff finished 5-of-8 for 56 yards, one pick-six and a lost fumble. He appeared to lose the confidence that he exhibited in the first two preseason games. The inexperience showed and he will have lot of ups and downs this season.

Mike Glennon, Chicago Bears

Glennon didnt look that half bad. His overall numbers were 11 for 18 for 134 yards and a score. Losing Meredith will really hamper this offense. Glennon will start the season but he will definitely have a short leash.

Brian Hoyer, San Francisco 49ers

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Hoyer looked solid against the Vikings defense. He went 12-for-17 and 176 yards with two touchdowns.

DeShone Kizer, Cleveland Browns

DeShone Kizer was named the starter this week over the struggling Brock Osweiler. His numbers did not look great but he played fairly well.

Tom Savage, Houston Texans

After being named the starting quarterback, Savage looked ok I guess. He finished 10-of-16 for 79 yards and did not make any mistakes.

Trevor Siemian, Denver Broncos

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After beating out Paxton Lynch for the starting job, Siemian had a mediocre performance. He went 13-for-22 for 127 yards and a pick.

Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills

Taylor looked horrible and the Bills are tanking, look elsewhere.

Scott Tolzien, Indianapolis Colts

If Luck is not going to play to start the season, the Colts are in huge trouble.

Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears

Trubisky came in and played in the second half and finished 10-of-15 for 128 yards and a touchdown. He made some mistakes but he is a quick learner and will be starting sometime this season for the Bears.

DeShaun Watson, Houston Texans

Watson entered the game late in the second quarter and didn’t look good whatsoever. He threw one interception but it should have been four for the game. I do not think he is ready yet to lead the Texans.

Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

Wilson played more than a half, and he completed 13-of-19 passes for 200 yards and a touchdown. He has looked awesome this preseason.

Running Back

Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins

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Ajayi exploded for 53 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries. Owners that love their running backs with their first pick had to love seeing this.

Jamaal Charles, Denver Broncos

Charles looked good in his return. He totaled 42 yards on six touches. He still has some elusiveness but definitely not the same player that he was. Hopefully, his knees hold up so he can last through the season. Someone to monitor but probably should go undrafted.

Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings

Cook rushed five times for 17 yards and the offensive line was not opening up any holes for him. Vikings need to get that figured out immediately.

DeAngelo Henderson, Denver Broncos

Failed miserably in his attempt to lock the down the RB2 job. He lost two fumbles, nothing worse than to be deemed unreliable regardless of your production. Will need to fix immediately if he is to get any time on the field.

Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers

Hyde looked like a workhorse RB against the Vikings. He rushed seven times for 19 yards and caught all three of his targets for 45 yards and a touchdown. What competition?

Robert Kelley, Washington Redskins

Kelley has cemented his role as the starter in Washington. He gained 57 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. Also, Perine played poorly.

Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers

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McCaffrey gained 21 yards on seven tries to go along with a 12-yard reception. He looks like he will be heavily involved in every gameplan.

LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles

McCoy did not have a good game as the box was stacked up front against him and he had nowhere to run. Could this be a sign of things to come? Hope not for all of the McCoy owners.

Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals

Mixon outplayed both Hill and Bernard by rushing eight times for 31 yards. It will be hard to keep Mixon off the field.

Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts

Mack had seven carries but managed only 18 yards. He is still worth a late-round flier for Gore owners.

Ty Montgomery, Green Bay Packers

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Montgomery had a 25-yard run in the first quarter. He finished with 31 yards and a touchdown on three attempts. He also chipped in with a 3-yard reception. The starting role is his, for now.

Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers

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Fantasy owners, please don’t forget about Jonathan Stewart. Stewart tallied 39 yards on five attempts and will be in a time-share with McCaffrey.

Wide Receiver

Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers

Allen caught five passes for 45 yards and did not get hurt. All joking aside, he can post WR1 numbers, if he can stay healthy.

John Brown, Arizona Cardinals

Finally, we get to see John Brown and it was worth the wait. He caught two passes for 49 yards and two touchdowns. IF he can stay healthy, he is primed for a huge season.

Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings

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After being impressive last week, Diggs had only two catches for six yards and dropped two catchable passes. On the bright side, he did see five targets..

Philip Dorsett, Indianapolis Colts

Dorsett played well with Tolzien and caught three passes for 60 yards. Not sure what he will do when Luck returns, but he might be worth a late, late draft pick.

Pierre Garcon, San Francisco 49ers

Looked like the PPR machine again as he caught all six of his targets for 64 yards.

DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins

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Cutler threw to Parker only once, but he made it count, connecting on a 72-yard completion. Breakout alert!

Taywan Taylor, Tennesee Titans

The rookie saw four touches, three of which were carries. He caught one pass for 48 yards. Although Titans are clogged at receiver, look for Taylor to get a few touches in each game because of his big-play ability.

Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos

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He left the game early due to a slight groin problem. He saw two targets and grabbed one for eight yards. Initial reports mentioned that he was removed for precautionary reasons. Something to obviously monitor with the season fast approaching.

Kendall Wright, Chicago Bears

The loss of Meredith opens up some targets for Wright who caught three of his four targets for 35 yards. He could be a deep, deep sleeper in PPR leagues.

Tight End

Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles

Ertz caught all three of his targets for 44 yards in the dress rehearsal. He provides outstanding fantasy value at tight end.


2017 Fantasy Football Position Previews
Quarterbacks Running Backs Wide Receivers Tight Ends

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