The start of the regular season is close enough to smell, and fantasy drafts are close enough to taste. The second week of the preseason has some important games that might alter draft day values. Here are three games that could have a major impact on the value of some old reliables and super sleepers .
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Atlanta Falcons vs. Baltimore Ravens
Steven Jackson - Jackson was shut down by the Bengals in the Falcons first preseason game. Jackson looked slow and he was unable to create any space or find any running room. Falcons fans hope the sense of deja vu they got from watching the ghostly images that resembled a burned out Michael Turner were just an aberration and not a sign of things to come. The super-hyped #2 RB needs to have a better performance against the Ravens, otherwise fantasy owners will start to reassess Jackson's value.
Ravens Defense - Baltimore made numerous changes to last year's Super Bowl winning defense over the offseason. They lost the heart and soul of the team when Ray Lewis retired, and Ed Reed is now in Houston. Terrell Suggs is the main man now and Elvis Dumervil was their big free agent signing. Baltimore's defensive unit has been a solid contributor to fantasy teams, and Atlanta's offense will provide a very strong test that will help fantasy owners determine if the Ravens' defense is still worthy of a roster spot.
Tennessee Titans vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Titans Offensive Line - This is the toughest matchup the Titans O-line will face this preseason. If Tennessee's Offensive Line can produce holes for Johnson and Greene like they did last week, then fantasy owners are gonna start chomping at the bit to grab CJ2K in the 2nd round of their fantasy drafts.
Tyler Eifert - This first round draft pick was shutout from the stat sheet in the Bengals first preseason game. Eifert started receiving sleeper hype over the course of training camp, but he showed no evidence to warrant such a description. Fantasy owners are hoping Eifert can show them something that will give them comfort in drafting this rookie since the tight end pool is extremely shallow this year.
Indianapolis Colts vs. New York Giants
Giants Running Backs - David Wilson has been highly hyped over the offseason and he is being drafted as a #2 RB in most leagues. Andre Brown has also received some hype, and he is also being targeted by fantasy owners in the later rounds. Despite all the offseason hype that was built around this combo, Wilson and Brown not only disappointed fantasy owners after their first preseason game, but more importantly, they disappointed their head coach. Can Wilson be better in pass protection and can Brown hold onto the ball?
Colts Pass Catchers - Andrew Luck is regarded as one of the best QB's in the NFL and reports from the Colts' camp are hyping the 2nd year QB even more. It is Luck's accuracy that is wowing the masses. When a QB can drop a football on a dime, then his receivers can make big plays. With QB's this good, they always produce more than one viable fantasy option. The Fantasy Football World knows that Reggie Wayne will get his, but who will be the next biggest benefactor of Luck's pinpoint accuracy, Fleener or Hilton?