NFL 2017 Preseason Week 2 (FREE)

The weekend has arrived and we have a nice eight-game preseason slate. We will likely see more of the starters in these games, but it is important to keep an eye out on how much coaches plan on running their starters because in some instances it is only for several drives, while other times it is an entire half.  Being up to date on news prior to lock is important during the preseason.

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.

 

Quarterback

Jimmy Garoppolo – Patriots

Garoppolo played well in the preseason opener, completing 22-of-28 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns. Although Tom Brady is expected to play in Saturday’s game, it is very unlikely that he will play much, which should once again create opportunity for Garoppolo to receive plenty of playing time. He will be popular, but I am ok with that and will look to differentiate at other positions.

Others I like: Deshaun Watson – Texans; Sean Mannion – Rams

 

Running Back

Kareem Hunt – Chiefs

Hunt was disappointing last week, gaining zero yards with his lone carry and catching one pass for nine yards. That being said, I am going back to the well. He has been having a strong camp and has received a lot of praise by his team. He could close the gap between him and Spencer Ware from now to the start of the season if he can be productive on the field, so he has something to play for. Hopefully last week’s outing reduces his ownership tonight.

Jamaal Williams – Packers

Ty Montgomery is expected to miss this evening’s game with a leg injury. This should create plenty of opportunities for Jamaal Williams, who is already giving Montgomery a run for his money in camp. Williams rushed for 14 yards on four carries and should see plenty of run against the Redskins.

Others I like: Traymaine Pope & Marlon Mack– Colts; D’Onta Foreman – Texans

 

Wide Receiver

Kendrick Bourne – 49ers

Bourne was peppered with seven targets in the preseason opener, finishing with    four receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown. That performance may have opened the door for more opportunities for Bourne and if he continues at this pace, a potential roster spot in San Francisco. He was called the most impressive player in camp by teammate Carlos Hyde. If Bourne is going to see this type of volume in the preseason, I want shares of him in my lineups.

JoJo Natson – Colts

Natson played 40 snaps in the preseason opener and caught five of his six targets for 51 yards. He has generated buzz in camp and apparently catching the eyes of his coaches. Natson should once again receive plenty of run in this contest and makes for a fine play in all formats.

Others I like: Chris Harper – Jets; Aldrick Robinson – 49ers; Kenny Golladay – Lions; Austin Carr – Patriots

 

Tight End

Jacob Hollister – Patriots

Hollister had an impressive preseason opener catching seven of his nine targets for 116 yards, while playing 52 snaps. We know how difficult it is to predict Bill Belichick’s offense on a weekly basis, but that type of production is tough to ignore, making Hollister a very intriguing option on this slate.

Others I like: Seth DeValve – Browns; Darren Fells – Lions