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Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on Brady, Holmes and more
August 24, 2013
With another pair of Week 3 preseason games in the bag, we’re steadily chugging along through the NFL’s most important warm-up weekend. Before we settle in for the stuffed slate of games on tap for today, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy names out there who are making headlines in fantasy. Here’s the latest.
Seahawks-Packers Notable Players: Given the recent rash of TD parades this preseason, this one was a pretty low-scoring affair. The reasons for that were many, but mostly centered around the Seahawks’ sloppy play and the fact that Aaron Rodgers was only in there for a series. Jermichael Finley got some looks (he finished with two grabs on six targets for 28 yards--a team-high), which is promising for those fantasy owners hoping--again--that he has a dominant campaign.
Meanwhile, Russell Wilson was pretty sketchy, ending with a 47.3 rating and two interceptions. Marshawn Lynch had three carries for eight yards in a likely attempt to just keep him fresh and injury-free for Week 1.
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Bears-Raiders Notable Players: This one was all Bears while the starters were in. QB Jay Cutler remembered he had other receivers not named Brandon Marshall when he connected with Alshon Jeffery seven times for 77 yards. Matt Forte also looked like a prime fantasy target with his 109 total yards and a receiving score.
The Raiders starters floundered, posting just three points in the first half (and none from QB Matt Flynn). Terrelle Pryor looked pretty good later in the game, but probably won’t win the starting job from Flynn just yet.
Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots: Now that we’ve had a day to collect ourselves following Brady and the Patriots’ ugly defeat at the hands of the Lions on Thursday, let’s reassess the situation when it comes to fantasy. The Pats QB wasn’t all that bad--he finished 16-of-24 for 185 and a pick--but he didn’t exactly look like himself, either. The good news is that he’s developing chemistry with his new receiving corps (Kenbrell Thompkins and Zach Sudfeld specifically), and his stats would have been better had his teammates not come down with a case of fumblitis.
When it comes down to it, Brady is still Brady, and he’s one of the Cadillac QB names out there. Better yet, you’ll be able to get him at a relatively reduced price in your draft.
Santonio Holmes, WR, New York Jets: Here’s a somewhat unexpected development. Holmes was removed from the PUP list yesterday, and placed on the Jets’ active roster. That’s a good sign, but he’s still got a lot to prove before we deem him recovered from the Lisfranc injury that prematurely ended his 2012 season.
The good news here is that Holmes is the team’s only legitimate fantasy threat at WR (or, realistically, at any fantasy position) and he’s got some proven chemistry with likely(?) starting QB Mark Sanchez. If he can show that he’s back, Holmes will make a nice sleeper prospect. We’ll keep you posted.
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