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Prepare on your season with theScore’s 2017 Fantasy Soccer Draft Package.
Each recreation night time through the preseason, theScore will get you caught up on an important fantasy performances from across the league.
Ready within the wings
Nobody must be reminded how good Derrick Henry is … however let’s speak about it anyway. The Titans backup acquired the beginning Saturday with DeMarco Murray sitting out and instantly started punishing the Jets’ protection.
Henry powered his approach up the center on a number of runs, racking up 29 yards on eight carries. The Titans even focused him on a display move that did not quantity to a lot, however highlighted his underrated move-catching expertise. It is solely a matter of time earlier than he is a fantasy star, although it won’t occur this yr if Murray stays wholesome all season.
Marcus Mariota noticed his first motion since a damaged leg introduced a untimely finish to his 2016 season. The Titans quarterback performed two collection, going 2-for-three for 15 yards and including a 6-yard run. He ought to have been picked off on his remaining play, however Buster Skrine was unable to return down with the ball. The excellent news is Mariota is again on the sector and will probably be able to go for Week 1.
Why danger it?
Technically, we’re nonetheless within the first week of the preseason, regardless that the Cowboys and Cardinals are onto their second exhibition video games of the yr. It is nonetheless robust to know why groups danger a few of their largest stars in meaningless video games.
David Johnson performed half of the Cardinals’ opening drive, carrying the rock 3 times for sixteen yards. Each time he touched the ball, fantasy house owners held their collective breath in hopes top-of-the-line gamers within the league did not endure a critical damage. Fortunately, Johnson seemed nice and escaped unscathed.
Darren McFadden is not the elite expertise that Johnson is, however he is in place to start out the primary six video games of the season if Ezekiel Elliott‘s suspension holds up. So why was the quickly-to-be 30-yr-previous again nonetheless within the recreation properly into the second quarter Saturday night time? McFadden completed with 36 yards on seven touches and 0 accidents. Thank the fantasy gods. He’ll be an intriguing mid-spherical decide as a possible excessive-finish RB2 if Elliott is sidelined.
Johnson did not play the complete first drive with the Cardinals’ starters, however they nonetheless managed to succeed in the top zone, with Carson Palmer discovering Brittan Golden for a 12-yard rating.
Palmer was regular, finishing four-of-eight passes for 39 yards and the landing throughout his lone collection, however overthrew a large-open Jaron Brown deep down the center of the sector halfway via the drive.
It was nonetheless a constructive outing for the 37-yr-previous quarterback, who continues to show that the group’s new strategy limiting his reps in apply is certainly working. Palmer is an fascinating upside QB2 in fantasy who has an opportunity to get again to QB1 manufacturing.
- Robby Anderson seems to have the within monitor on the Jets’ No. 1 receiver job after Quincy Enunwa was misplaced for the season. Anderson hauled in a fifty three-yard bomb as a part of a 3-catch, seventy one-yard night. He is a sleeper in re-draft leagues who might return low-finish WR3 worth if he secures a spot atop the depth chart.
DeAndre Washington acquired the decision for the Raiders forward of Jalen Richard on Saturday, however each gamers noticed 5 carries on the night time. Washington seemed like the higher backup, however neither participant made an actual mark. This can be a battle that ought to persist all through the preseason and is one fantasy house owners have to pay shut consideration to given Marshawn Lynch‘s age and the probability of him lacking video games sooner or later this season. Give the sting to Washington in the intervening time.
- Rico Gathers scored for the second straight preseason recreation whereas flattening 4 passes for forty seven yards. The Cowboys tight finish has topped one hundred yards by means of two exhibition video games and has the look of a participant who ought to be on the sector on Sundays. He is value a stash in dynasty leagues as a attainable inheritor obvious to Jason Witten.
- Talking of gamers who seem like they need to have a minimum of half-time roles on their offense, Andre Ellington all the time seems harmful when he will get the ball in area and it is shocking the Cardinals have by no means discovered a approach to maximize his expertise. Firmly behind David and Chris Johnson on the depth chart, Ellington’s solely path to enjoying time may be if he will get reduce earlier than the season.