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The Bengals had to pick up a starting center off the waiver scrap heap. Jeff Faine starts this week after joining the team Friday; he’s been on the shelf since being cut by the Bucs in March. This can’t be a positive, especially for the running game and BenJarvis Green-Ellis’ debut against the Ravens.
Giants trainers don’t want Hakeen Nicks to play, not usually a good sign.
Jon Stewart was held out of practice Tuesday and the Panthers have enough RBs so they don’t have to push him, so you might not expect much this week.
Trent Richardson looked decent in his first practice back after surgery. But Mike Holmgren, “doesn't expect the Browns to overload the running back in the season's first few weeks.”
The Vikings Cheerleaders are apparently tougher than Marines. Just what you’re looking for in a cheerleading squad.
If Adrian Peterson does play at all Sunday, don’t expect much.
This may be the last time we get to type Hoomanawanui.
We've completed our second pass at the 100% Correct Preseason Fantasy Football Rankings. And don't forget to hit us up on the twitter @The_Roundtable. Here's our run tough the second week of preseason games.
Cincinnati 24, Atlanta 19
Andy Dalton targeted A.J Green five times with seven receivers splitting the his other nine passes. Cont provide any insight who will be the #2 receiver at this point, but TE’s did see the ball four times, more than usual in the Bengal offense.
Tony Gonzalez finally got some action, but remember new Atlanta OC Dirk Koetter doesn’t historically feature the tight end.
Cleveland 35, Green Bay 10
The Packers didn’t even bother running the ball averaging 0.6 yards on 13 carries from their running back corps. We’ll be watching Cedric Benson very carefully this week.
Some call the Browns Craig Little a popular sleeper; we don’t believe in sleepers, but he could be a decent late round pick as we figure him to emerge as the #1 WR in this offense.
Tennessee 30, Tampa Bay 7
Feels more and more like Doug Martin will be the Bucs’ #1 RB, it was Blount who was getting the reps with the second teamers and Martin got the carries in two third & one situations.
With Kenny Britt out, the Titans called on six different receivers with the first team, leaning heavily on his tight ends. If WR troubles, look for Locker to look for TE Jared Cook often.
Lions 27, Baltimore 12
The Lions are setting up for a great big RB committee with Kevin Smith, Keiland Williams and whoever else they can pull out of the stands.
Carolina 23, Miami 17
They might be saving Cam Newton, but he only has two carries this preseason for 12 yards.
Sleeper alert is on with Dolphin WR Roberto Wallace getting run with the first team in both preseason games with 11 total targets. The position is wide open in Miami, figure he’ll be able to get run and he’ll be available real late in your fantasy draft.
Minnesota 36, Buffalo 14
Christian Ponder continues to not suck so bad, he’s pushing the envelope on back-up QB quality.
Fred Jackson was stuffed in 4 out of five carries; we’re worried about him this year, not as many NFL miles as many RBs, but he’s still in the wrong-side-of-30 club.
Jacksonville 27, New Orleans 24
Blane Gabbert was efficient, but that may expose concerns about NO D rather than his own performance. Rashad Jennings continues to show that he won’t replace, but at least cover for the missing MJD. New OC Bob Bratkowsi historically favors one feature back, so if Jones-Drew does make it back, Jennings loses significant value.
Arizona 31, Oakland 27
Our man Oakland’s WR Rod Streater got a ton of dink-n-dunk passes for the second straight game. He’ll be a part of the offense for sure and a big asset in a PPR league.
Giants 26, Jets 3
Rookie RB David Wilson was the Giants leading rusher and should have the inside track as the second half of their RB platoon.
The Jets offense stinks, outside of Shonne Green as a low#2-RB, no one on this roster should be counted on for consistent fantasy production.
Chicago 33, Washington 31
Brandon Marshall was targeted four times with two catches/63 yards; we figure this is what his fantasy number are going to look like this season, more of a hit-and-miss deep threat that will put up too many weak fantasy days.
The Redskins RB carrousel landed on Alfred Morris. As a gamble play, you may want to put a late round pick on Morris, Helu or Royster. One should emerge late in the season as a #1 guy.
Houston 20, San Francisco 9
Ben Tate only got one first team carry, not giving us any evidence that the Texans are going to cut Arian Foster’s workload.
You may have noticed Mario Manningham didn’t make our WR rankings; he’s not much on the Niners radar either, he only had one target in the first two preseason games.
St Louis 31, Kansas City 17
The Rams may be bucking last year’s trend of spreading the ball around to a bunch of receivers; just four dudes (Amendola, Kendricks, Pettis & Smith) split Bradford’s nine passes.
Still no light on whom (if either) will be the #1 RB in KC; Jamaal Charles & Peyton Hills split first team reps.
Seattle 30, Denver 10
Don’t be surprised if Russell Wilson ends up as the Seahawks starting QB; he outperformed Matt Flynn for the second straight game.
Save a couple of picks, Manning looked a little sharper. We’re looking for the go to fantasy guys in this offense; no one really emerged in this game, Manning spread the ball around the offensive evenly, event the TE receptions were split between Joel Dressen & Jacob Tamme, if Manning settled on on, he will automatically become a top 5 dude at the position.
San Diego 28, Dallas 20
Looks like the Chargers are going to count on Ronnie Brown with Ryan Matthews on the shelf; this is real bad for fantasy owners; Brown is way past his expiration date but still got most of the run with the first team. You’d hope Curtis Brinkley would have gotten a little more run.
Some dude named Cole Beasley make a claim for the Cowboy’s #3 WR spot with a 100 yard game.
Cedric Benson signs with the Packers. Green Bay’s in such at tough spot that they had to stop practice early Monday because they literally ran out of RBs. We think ol’ Ced’s got some gas left in the tank and could end up as the Pack’s #1 RB on opening day. That said, they don’t really bother running the ball anymore and the Grant+Starks RB combo rolled up just three rushing TDs last year.
Could be an open battle for the third WR spot in Dallas. Historically, their #3 puts up about 600 yards and 5 TDs, but twice since 2009 the third dude stepped up and got big fantasy run after an injury. Watch how this develops though the rest of camp.
Roy Helu didn’t practice Monday and his durability is a “concern”. After getting most of the run in the first preseason game, make sure you’re saving a sixth or seventh round pick for Evan Royster.
Justin Blackmon is officially a first teamer. We figured that anyway and have him at about 900 yards/5-7 TDs this year.
The Jets are all hush-hush about their wildcat package. Our guess, they snap it to Tebow, he runs.
The first Ladd Brio sighting of the year. Yippee.
Adrian Peterson was activated from the PUP list, could play in the third preseason game. We’d be real cautious with him in a draft, probably let someone else take a risk with him this year.
Pete Carroll has man-love for Russell Wilson. Not good news for Matt Flynn.
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Washington 7, Buffalo 6
Evan Royster got the #1 RB time in Washington’s first two drives but five of his seven carries gained three yards or less. RGIII threw four of his six passes Pierre Garcon’s way. We figured Washington’s RB situation would be more of a committee situation & Griffin would look to other weapons in the passing game. Watch if there’s still this concentration of the offense around Royster and Garcon in the the next pre-season games.
Buffalo threw all on all sixteen of their possession with the first team. Ryan Fitzpatrick spread the ball around decently to six different receivers with Steve Johnson getting six of the targets.
Baltimore 31, Atlanta 17
New Atlanta OC Dirk Koetter hasn’t historically used the tight ends in his office. Matt Ryan threw 13 passes in this game, not on to a TE. Coincidence? Bad news for Tony Gonzalez?
The Ravens didn’t show much with only one decent drive with the first teamers. Baltimore D worked an interception but gave up two long first half drives.
New England 7, New Orleans 6
Drew Brees was only in for six snaps and the Pats kept it close to the vest. If there was anything of note, Stevan Ridley got 7 of the 8 rushes with the Patriots first team.
Philadelphia 24, Pittsburgh 23
Emmanel Sanders got a fair bit of action for the Steelers, showing what a Mike Wallace-less offence may look like. Eagles D pretty much stuffed new feature back Isaac Redman for 2.8 years per carry.
Mike Vick bruised his thumb, which would be the official start of his list of injuries this season.
San Diego 21, Green Bay 13
Ryan Matthews got hurt (again) and will be out four to six weeks. Have to question if this guy can stay on the field and you may need to put third-stringer Curtis Brinkey on your fantasy draft radar.
Packers RBs averaged 2.3 yards per carry against last year’s #22 rushing defense. Ced Benson’s phone rang the next morning.
Denver 31, Chicago 3
Jay Cutler and Matt Forte sat this one out. We thought Peyton Manning looked a little rusty, missing an end zone fade pattern before being picked off.
McGahee, Ball and Moreno all got some run with the first team, making us think the RB situation could look like HC John Fox’s Carolina two headed attack.
Cincinnati 17, Jets 6
We’ve got Sanchez/Tebow as the #31 rated QB on our draft board. Their combined 8 completions for 48 yards and a pick did nothing to change our minds.
BenJarvis Green-Ellis was the man for with the first team. Need to watch though the pre-season how much time he’ll split with the other Bengal backs.
Cleveland 19, Lions 17
Kevin Smith got the Lions first team carries and the Lions again snatched defeat from the jaws of victory by giving up the winning field goal with less than a minute to play.
Brandon Weeden was not sharp going 3/9 with two turnovers.
Tampa Bay 20, Miami 7
Doug Martin got a look with the first team, but LeGarrette Blount carried the action and got the call at the goal line. Josh Freeman looked decent, but wasn’t asked to do much, threw a couple of short passes before yielding to the second team.
Matt Moore held up but Reggie Bush accounted for most of the first team offense on the ground.
Jacksonville 32, Giants 31
Rueben Randle & Ramses Barden need to be in your draft conscience; they got run replacing the injured Hakeem Nix at WR.
Rashad Jennings got more carries than any RB this week, he ripped off a solid game and showed he could possibly hold the fort if Maurice Jones-Drew continues his hold-out.
Kansas City 27, Arizona 17
John Skelton started, Kevin Kolb got seconds; neither impressed.
Peyton Hills and Jamaal Charles literally alternated carries with the first team, giving no insight on who (if either) will emerge as a #1 RB.
San Francisco 17, Minnesota 6
The Niners kept it simple running three RBs out on the first drive and limiting Alex Smith to three short passing plays.
Christian Ponder was fine, but with Jerome Simpson suspended, a lot of dudes you never heard of got play at WR.
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