NFL 2017 Preseason Week 2 (FREE)
Week one of the preseason is in the books and the second week has arrived. We should get a glimpse of more starters this week, although, it will likely be for about a quarter or so in most instances. With that said, make sure to keep an eye on news throughout the day, as we should get a feel for how much time coaches expect the starters to play. It is also important to monitor the injuries because if players will be sitting due to injuries, this could create some extra playing time for others.
Before we jump into some players to target on this slate, I want to go over what I look for in preseason. It is fairly simple, opportunity trumps all in the preseason. You want players who are going to be on the field and getting touches or targets. Being that there is a lot of variance in the preseason, targeting players who will receive more opportunities is the approach I like to take. I like to target players who are fighting for a role, backup spot, or even a job. These are the situations to focus on as they will get you ahead of the field and put you in a good spot. With that said, let’s jump right into some of tonight’s targets.
Chad Henne – Jaguars
Henne had a solid preseason opener and gets a nice matchup against the Bucs defense that allowed a 77.3 completion percentage, 45.5 first down percentage, and three passes of 20+ yards against the Bengals in the first preseason game. He should see plenty of opportunities to rack up some yards this week.
Others I like: Matt McGloin – Eagles; Ryan Mallett – Ravens
Taquan Mizzell – Ravens
Mizzell is an UDFA fighting for a roster spot in Baltimore and he certainly caught the eyes of the coaches in the preseason opener, rushing for 51 yards on 15 carries and displaying his burst and elusiveness. Only two other running backs received more carries than him last week. Danny Woodhead and Terrence West will likely see minimal playing time this week, so we may see another heavy dosage of Mizzell in this contest as the team evaluates him and makes a decision on whether to keep him or not.
Corey Grant – Jaguars
Grant led all running backs in the first week of the preseason with 120 rushing yards. That being said, most of his production came from a 79-yard run. This week he gets a favorable matchup against a below average run defense and could see a decent amount of run.
Others I like: TJ Yeldon – Jaguars; Peyton Barber – Buccaneers
Bryce Treggs – Eagles
Treggs impressed in the Eagles’ preseason opener. He was peppered with nine targets and finished with seven receptions for 91 yards, while playing in 29 offensive snaps. Four of his catches were for first downs and one catch was for over 20 yards. While a repeat performance is unlikely, he did receive decent volume and it is something we have to take into consideration on a three-game slate.
Chris Godwin – Buccaneers
Godwin disappointed fantasy owners last week, but a bounce back game is certainly in the realm of possibility here. He caught his lone target for 14 yards, but as we head into the season, I expect that Godwin’s role will increase in preseason games. After all, he has been having a good camp thus far.
Others I like: Mike Evans – Buccaneers; Quincy Adeboyejo – Ravens; Leonte Carroo – Dolphins; Zay Jones – Bills; Greg Ward – Eagles
MarQueis Gray – Dolphins
Gray was targeted four times, catching three passes for 23 yards in the Dolphins’ preseason opener. Julius Thomas is dealing with a back injury and Anthony Fasano is a veteran that will likely see little time on the field on Thursday, leaving the door open for Gray to see some extra snaps. Only five tight ends received more targets than he did last week.
Others I like: Logan Thomas – Bills; O.J. Howard – Buccaneers