We’ve made it! Football is back, and with that comes the over analyzing of the preseason, trying to find any advantage we can for our upcoming drafts. Many fantasy champions are made in the preseason. From analyzing rookies to scoping out all of the off-season moves, I will try to help you prepare as well. This series has to do with fantasy trends from this weeks bevy of preseason games. I hope you’ve enjoyed my rundowns of the preseason games! Stayed tuned for breakdowns of every preseason game here.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs Philadelphia Eagles
- Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount, otherwise known as Cheech and Chong, both played last night despite being arrested for possession of marijuana two days ago. Bell ran for 23 yards on nine carries and had one catch for three yards. Blount ran for 32 yards on seven carries and caught three passes for 14 yards. The important thing to note is that Blount might eat into Bell’s workload a bit more than expected. Especially if this trend keeps up.
- Ben Roethlisberger had a tough night, as his offensive line did their best Giants O-line impersonation. Ben’s production mostly came from playing against the second and third teams. Roethlisberger targeted Antonio Brown six times. Brown appears to be the clear number one receiver.
- Heath Miller was targeted six times as well. I really like Miller as a late round tight end. He will be a bit touchdown dependent, but he has the tools to get there. Remember that he is just two seasons removed from his top four fantasy performance. He did grab a touchdown as part of his six targets last night.
- Dri Archer was targeted four times and looks to be draftable in PPR leagues as he continues to get quite a few targets from Roethlisberger.
- Riley Cooper was targeted five times, and would be the number one receiver here if Jeremy Maclin goes down. I would draft Cooper over Maclin. Last night is a perfect example of how injury prone Maclin is. He had a knee injury scare last night as his knee buckled under him as he ran his route. It looked very serious, but he was able to walk off under his own power. He would eventually return to the field. Maclin ended his night with 43 yards on six receptions. If he can stay healthy, he can put up some serious numbers in this offense. I personally would stay away since I like to minimize the risk, but if you can get Maclin late enough, draft him. He is the clear number one receiver in this offense.
- Similar to the Blount and Bell situation, Darren Sproles is much more valuable than his ADP suggests. Sproles had six carries for 33 yards and was also targeted out of the backfield four times. He looks to be much more involved thaninitially thought.