Fantasy Football: What to Watch in Week 3 of the Preseason

Camp battles are interesting to watch, but obviously only tell part of the story. Watch the games this week to see how players are used and produce in game situations to get a real feel of their Fantasy Football outlook.

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New England Patriots vs Carolina Panthers 8.28 4:30 PM

New England’s passing back role. Vereen was always a fantasy asset in the 3rd down back role. Who will emerge as that guy? We haven’t seen Travaris Cadet out there yet, but I still think he will be the guy over the hyped James White. I wrote about it previously here:

Tennessee Titans vs Kansas City Chiefs 8.28 5:00 PM

Will David Cobb overtake Bishop Sankey? As it turns out, not this week. Cobb has suffered a calf injury and will not be playing this weekend.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Buffalo Bills 8.29 1:00 pm

See how Pittsburgh looks without Maurkice Pouncey. He’s a center, what has he got to do with fantasy? Last year the strong Browns’ run game fell apart when Alex Mack went down. Let’s see if there is a similar effect In Pennsylvania. Pay attention to how the line pass protects and blocks.

Minnesota Vikings vs Dallas Cowboys 8.29 4:00 PM

Watch the Dallas Cowboys running back situation. See who gets the rushes, who looks good, and who produces efficiently.

Atlanta Falcons vs Miami Dolphins 8.29 4:00 PM

Tevin Coleman is suiting up for the first time this preseason. Can he overtake the ineffective Devonta Freeman? Here’s his first real opportunity.

New York Jets vs New York Giants 8.29 4:00 PM

Chris Ivory. Jets reporter Rich Cimini thinks Chris Ivory is ‘primed for a career year’. I agree and wrote about him early this summer:

New York Giants’ Andre Williams vs Rashad Jennings. ESPN’s Dan Graziano believes Andre Williams has “the best shot” at getting the goal-line work for the Giants( This would be a big changing of the guard and would make Williams a value at his adp of 141 in the 12th round in a productive, loaded offense.

Cleveland Browns vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers 8.29 4:00 PM

Watch the Cleveland running back rotation. Who will be the guy on Mike Pettines’ merry go round of fantasy doom?

Terrelle Pryor vying for roster spot, finally suiting up Saturday. There is a clear path to fantasy success through the weakness of the receiver corps in CLE with the aging Dwayne Bowe being the de facto number one.

Washington Redskins vs Baltimore Ravens 4:30 pm

The destruction of RG3. He was eaten alive by the Suh-less Detroit lions defensive line. He is playing the Ravens this week. Look away. It won’t be pretty.

Seattle Seahawks vs San Diego Chargers 5:00 PM

See how Melvin Gordon looks with the ball in his hands and dig deep to see if you really feel comfortable investing a 3rd round pick in him.

Philadelphia Eagles vs Green Bay Packers 5:00 PM

Sit back and enjoy watching Sam Bradford spin it, that guy has a really nice spiral. See how he responds to hits and moves the offense. He has looked good so far. He is a great late round quarterback value target.

Watch the Green Bay Jeff Janis vs Ty Montgomery battle for the 3rd wide receiver position in the potent Packers offense, stemming from the Jordy Nelson industry.

Indianapolis Colts vs St. Louis Rams 8.29 5:00 PM

Key in on Philip Dorsett’s plight for the 3rd receiver role, catching passes from Andrew Luck.

San Francisco 49ers vs Denver Broncos 6:00 PM

Watch Carlos Hyde‘s running style and share of the running back work while the first offense operates.

Houston Texans vs New Orleans Saints 1:00 PM

View Houston’s face off of Alfred Blue vs Chris Polk vs Jonathan Grimes. Polk will be the guy getting the lions share of work at the end of the day, in my opinion.

Arizona Cardinals vs Oakland Raiders 5:00 PM

Relax and treat your eyes by watching David Johnson run with purpose, confidence, and anger. He will take Andre Ellingtons job.

The Raiders’ Latavius Murray is locked in as the back for the first 2 downs. Watch this game to gauge Roy Helu‘s role size as the passing back.


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1 thought on “Fantasy Football: What to Watch in Week 3 of the Preseason”

  1. FootballGiants5

    3rDownDotCom you like Andre Williams this year? I think he’s primed for a nice season, at least I hope.

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