NFC Recap: Week 2 Preseason Musings
NFC Recap: Week 2 Preseason Musings
Here we are back for the NFC recap of Week 2 of the NFL preseason. The publishing has been pushed back a day this week because we had a Monday Night Football game containing teams from both conferences. The schedule will resume to Tuesday and Wednesday again next week as there is no Monday Night Football game in Week 4 (game 3 for all but those that participated in the Hall of Fame Game).
The Week 1 recaps are available by clicking on the conference links for both the AFC and NFC. Week 2 highlights from the NFC with Daniel Jones looking good yet again for the New York Giants and Alexander Mattison and Mike Boone both looked great for the Minnesota Vikings. Teams will be broken down by division standings from last year, as usual. Let us get started with our fantasy-relevant news from Week 2.
The Dallas Cowboys edged the Los Angeles Rams in a low scoring affair by a final score of 14-10 on Saturday night. Tony Pollard continues to set the fantasy world ablaze filling in for holdout Ezekiel Elliott. Pollard finished with 42 yards on 5 carries (8.4 YPC) and a touchdown. The rookie hauled in his only target for 9 yards as well.
Another thing to watch out for here is the availability of Amari Cooper early on as evidenced by the tweet below.
Wondering what happens to Dak Prescott if Amari Cooper misses time to start the season?
The QB History tool on https://t.co/Bd1otsSpNK can give you some insight into who his top targets may be.
*cough* Randall Cobb *cough*
— FFStatistics (@FFStatistics_) August 21, 2019
The Philadelphia Eagles took care of the Jacksonville Jaguars by a final score of 24-10 on Thursday night. The disappointing line from this one for J.J. Arcega-Whiteside owners was his ability to only snare 2 of his 7 targets for 20 yards. This came off of a 2 for 23 night in Week 1 of the preseason. There should not be any cause for concern here, as Carson Wentz has yet to play a snap this preseason. If anything, look at the slow start as an opportunity to buy low on a very solid NFL prospect.
The Washington Redskins were upended by the Cincinnati Bengals with a final score of 23-13 on Thursday night. Rookie Dwayne Haskins threw his first touchdown as a professional, but was still inefficient, completing just 7 of 14 passes for 114 yards. As mentioned last week, Haskins lacks experience at the position and is likely to struggle early on if he is in fact even announced the starter.
The backfield remains a mystery in the District. The play here could be to draft the cheapest of them all and that is Chris Thompson. If the pass-catching back can stay healthy for all 16 games, he could be a league winner. The Florida State grad makes the most of his opportunities year in and year out. He has value regardless of who starts between Adrian Peterson or Derrius Guice as he will be in on passing downs on what is expected to be a pretty bad team.
New York Giants
Finishing up the NFC Week 2Wh recap, we had the New York Giants sweeping the field with the Chicago Bears, cruising to a 32-13 victory on Friday night. As mentioned in the introduction, Daniel Jones star shone once again completing 11 of 14 passes for 161 yards and 1 touchdown. In his two preseason games combined, the rookie out of Duke is 16 of 19 with 228 yards and 2 touchdowns. Not too shabby for someone who was supposed to be a bad pick at number six overall in the NFL draft. Granted, it is the preseason, but it is better than his numbers falling the other way.
As noted just above, the Bears were embarrassed by the Giants by a final of 32-13 on Friday night. It was to be expected, as the Monsters of the Midway rested most of their starters. On a positive note, Javon Wims looked sharp and is living up to the camp hype. The second-year player out of Georgia caught 5 of 6 targets for 64 yards. He does fight an uphill battle for playing time with a fairly deep receiving corps. For the preseason, Wims has snared 7 of 9 targets for 79 yards.
The Minnesota Vikings held off the Seattle Seahawks by a final score of 25-19 on Sunday night. Alexander Mattison and Mike Boone both made cases to be the RB2 in Minnesota or even potentially the RB1 if Dalvin Cook was to go down yet again. Boone carried a whopping 21 times for 66 yards and Mattison chipped in with 10 totes for 41 yards. The owners of Mattison in dynasty got a major scare when he went down with what looked like a serious leg injury, but he quickly returned to the game.
Seahawks pressure created a tough miss for Kirk Cousins and the Vikings.
Alexander Mattison had some green in front of him. pic.twitter.com/TIBfIepwPd
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) August 19, 2019
Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers fell to the Baltimore Ravens by a final score of 26-13 Thursday night. Allen Lazard and Jake Kumerow continue to impress. Each caught 3 balls for 63 and 52 yards respectively. Aaron Rodgers has hyped the duo up regularly throughout camp thus far. Lazard was a forgotten man after putting up solid numbers in college at Iowa State.
The Detroit Lions fell to 0-2 with a 30-23 defeat to the Houston Texans on Sunday night. Kerryon Johnson saw his first action of the preseason and carried 3 times for 16 yards, but more importantly, came away healthy. Johnson was drafted with the 43rd overall pick in the 2018 draft so the Lions obviously like him. The soon to be second-year running back’s combine data was similar to that of Alvin Kamara so the athleticism is there.
New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints squeaked by the Los Angeles Chargers by a final of 19-17 on Sunday night. So, is Taysom Hill a thing? Hill went 11 for 15 through the air with 136 yards and 2 touchdowns. The versatile Hill also rushed 5 times for 53 yards. But wait, before we get too excited in dynasty and think he will take over for Drew Brees when he retires, remember that Hill is 29 years old.
It is likely the wily Sean Payton putting stuff on film for opposing defenses to have to plan for this upcoming season. Speaking of Payton, for those of you who feel like fading Alvin Kamara for some odd reason, here is a look at the RB1 finishes under Payton for his career.
The Atlanta Falcons were held off by the New York Jets by a final of 22-10 on Thursday night. For the second week in a row, Qadree Ollison outperformed Ito Smith. Allison carried another 9 times for 44 yards and Smith only went 5 carries for 13 yards but did score a touchdown. Neither player should impact Devonta Freeman’s push to become an RB1 yet again. Freeman was an RB1 with or without Tevin Coleman since the duo played together since 2015.
The Carolina Panthers were handled easily by the Buffalo Bills, losing by a final of 27-14 on Friday night. As expected, the starters played very little in this one. The big question that lingers this preseason is the health of Cam Newton’s shoulder. The reports out of camp all seem very positive thus far and Newton is currently being under drafted in most formats.
Captain Munnerlyn on Cam Newton's arm strength.
"It's like night and day. His arm looks a whole lot better."
— Will Kunkel (@WillKunkelFOX46) August 13, 2019
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
We close out the NFC recap of Week 2 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers barely holding on to beat the Miami Dolphins by a final of 16-14 on Friday night. While the ground game continues to inspire confidence in Tampa, a name to watch could be Dare Ogunbowale. With Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones still struggling to separate from the field, Ogunvowale had 3 catches on 3 targets for 54 yards and 13 carries for 34 yards. While the ground numbers were not that impressive, the amount of work he got certainly was.
Ogunbowale showed some receiving chops while in college. The Wisconsin grad corraled 36 and 24 catches his last two seasons in Madison. For comparison sake, Ronald Jones caught 32 balls over three years at USC and Barber caught 11 balls over two seasons at Auburn. This could be the slight edge needed to get him on the field ahead of the other two plodders.
Los Angeles Rams
Closing out the NFC recap of Week 2, we have the Rams falling to the Cowboys 14-10 as mentioned in the NFC East coverage. For the Rams, Darrell Henderson was heavily involved on the ground and through the air. This will only inflate his price even more in dynasty formats. Henderson chugged along for 16 yards on 6 carries, but impressed in the passing game, catching all 6 targets for 38 yards. The dynasty ADP has climbed over a full round over the past month.
As noted in the NFC North coverage, the Seahawks lost to the Vikings 25-19 on Sunday night. The starters did play some in this and it was interesting to note the usages of Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny. Carson out-snapped Penny 79% to 21%, however, there is still hope for Penny owners.
One change we'll see with the Seahawks' offense in 2019: More of Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny in the passing game. Based on Brian Schottenheimer's comments, a lot more. https://t.co/21Yr2pI74f
— Brady Henderson (@BradyHenderson) August 20, 2019
San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers somehow upended the Denver Broncos by a final of 24-15 on Monday night. This despite a 0.0 quarterback rating for starter Jimmy Garoppolo. Do we really know what we have? Is Nick Mullens just as good or better? Hard to say for sure, but from a numbers perspective, it is hard to tell the difference. While Mullens is reportedly playing for the backup job, could he be fighting for starters snaps if Jimmy continues to struggle?
The Arizona Cardinals fell to the Oakland Raiders by a final of 33-26 on Thursday night. Not game related, but the Cardinals are yet again breaking in with late news during the writing of this article. Apparently, the Michael Crabtree experiment is back on. The Cards are reportedly signing the veteran for real this time. The last time we had news at the conception of an article, it was KeeSean Johnson distancing himself as the WR3 in the desert.
It is hard to immediately say who this impacts in the receivers room, but we cannot ignore Andy Isabella’s great catch and run for a touchdown in the actual game. The star college receiver had just 1 catch for 59 yards, but it went for pay dirt. We all know about the prowess at UMASS, so I will leave you with the highlight in case you missed it. Obviously, the Crabtree situation needs to be monitored.
ANDY ISABELLA IS A BALLER. 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/R9vERtBBY0
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) August 16, 2019
This concludes the preseason NFC Week 2 recap article. Thank you for coming back for the fourth edition of the training camp fallout and preseason coverage series. Next week there will be the fifth update from both conferences that will bring you up to speed on the latest issues relating to fantasy. Be sure to keep a lookout for the AFC each Tuesday and the NFC every Wednesday. As we gear up for peak draft season, these are the issues we need to be paying the closest attention to.
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