2013-08-10 11:00:00 EDT
You can’t really judge much from one preseason game, but with most of the NFL teams having their first weeks in the bag, we’re starting to learn a few things about the league’s potential fantasy stars. With that in mind, let’s take a look at today’s headlines and see what everyone’s up to. Here’s the latest.
Anthony Fasano, TE, Kansas City Chiefs: In these tough times of thin TE markets in fantasy, we’re pursuing every lead we possibly can. That line of thinking brings us to Fasano, who looked pretty decent in the limited action he and the rest of the starters got during the Chiefs’ first preseason game Friday. He managed two grabs on two targets for 21 yards in the only series he worked with new Chiefs QB Alex Smith, which could be an indication of some early chemistry.
Fasano isn’t a bad target as a sleeper in deeper leagues. Look for him near the end of the draft, say around the late-20s or so among tight ends.
Braylon Edwards, WR, New York Jets: Speaking of deep-league sleepers, Edwards definitely fits that category. He caught two balls on two targets as well, totaling 23 yards against Detroit on Friday. When you think about it, Edwards has a lot going for him. He’s got proven chemistry with embattled Jets QB Mark Sanchez, and with Santonio Holmes out injured, that will prove invaluable.
Edwards won’t be a highly sought-after commodity in your fantasy draft (and he’ll likely go undrafted altogether), which makes him an under-the-radar play. If Sanchez remains the QB, we could see Edwards as a matchup-based fill-in. Keep him in mind.
Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys: We’ll admit this right away: we’re not super excited about Romo’s fantasy chances this season, but that doesn’t mean he’s not worth your consideration. He looked pretty good in his limited action during the Cowboys’ Friday preseason game, going 6-of-8 for 88 yards.
All the tools are there for Romo to succeed: he’s got an enviable set of weapons including Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, DeMarco Murray, etc. He’s also got a big new contract to earn. We consider him a No. 1 QB–albeit a low-end No. 1–and you’ll be able to land him in a premium spot at your draft, probably around Nos. 8-10 among quarterbacks.
Dustin Keller, TE, Miami Dolphins: Keller is a popular target at TE thus far in fantasy drafts, and all those owners may be on to something. He tallied 46 yards and a score in the Phins’ last game Friday, which gets him off to a solid start in his first season as a resident of Miami.
Fantasy-wise, you’ll likely see Keller going as a high-to-mid-level backup and can snag him in the teens among tight ends if you’re so inclined. We imagine he’ll serve as a safety valve for when fellow newcomer Mike Wallace is covered.
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