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Prepare in your season with theScore’s 2017 Fantasy Soccer Draft Package.
Each recreation night time in the course of the preseason, theScore will get you caught up on crucial fantasy performances from across the league.
Begin-much less in Seattle
It was solely the primary preseason recreation, however Eddie Lacy did not get the beginning for his new workforce. Which may not be an enormous deal, nevertheless it got here after beat reporters advised Thomas Rawls was persistently operating forward of Lacy in follow this week and seemed to be the Seahawks’ prime again.
Rawls is an energized runner with good agility and a willingness to ask contact. The third-yr again was bouncing down the sector throughout his time with the starters. In the meantime, Lacy seemed sluggish and deliberate in his cuts, which can have contributed to him being stuffed on a third-and-objective from the two-yard line. At the least the Seahawks have been lastly making an attempt to run on the objective line.
Neither again did a lot injury on the stat sheet, however Lacy did not even see the sector till Russell Wilson was out of the sport. We’ll proceed to observe how their snaps are divided up over the subsequent two preseason outings, however in the mean time Lacy is a particularly dangerous decide within the center rounds, whereas Rawls seems to be like an impressive worth late in drafts. C.J. Prosise stays a PPR stash.
The Chargers’ first unit solely performed one collection, nevertheless it appeared sharp as Philip Rivers dissected the Seahawks on a thirteen-play, seventy five-yard landing drive over the opening seven minutes.
Rivers accomplished 5-of-6 makes an attempt for fifty six yards and the rating, spreading the ball round to Hunter Henry, Antonio Gates, and Travis Benjamin. When confronted with a third-and-objective on the 5-yard line, he discovered his favourite 37-yr-previous tight finish, Gates, who fought off defenders to return down with the ball in the long run zone. It is one other reminder that Gates is not going away this season and will put a damper on Henry’s breakout potential.
Benjamin was one other fascinating participant to see step up Sunday. With rookie Mike Williams‘ availability this season in query because of a again damage, Benjamin is the participant who may benefit most. He was restricted by accidents final season, however might get his profession again on monitor and has an outdoor probability at being fantasy related in 2017.
Whats up, Kenny Golladay! The rookie receiver rode his offseason hype practice proper into stay recreation motion and managed to select up velocity by scoring a pair of touchdowns, embarrassing the Colts’ secondary within the course of.
Golladay appeared like he belonged, making wonderful changes on all three of his catches and outmaneuvering defenders whereas racking up fifty three complete yards to go together with his two scores.
The Lions, who chosen Golladay within the third spherical of this yr’s draft, seem to have discovered a participant able to making an immediate contribution. The rookie ought to begin the season because the staff’s third receiver, enjoying on the surface with Marvin Jones whereas Golden Tate strikes into the slot.
It is easy to get excited by a efficiency like this, however in the mean time Golladay continues to be means down the pecking order within the Lions’ passing assault and is just value a flier in deeper re-draft leagues.
- Ameer Abdullah did not see a lot work on Saturday, however nonetheless flashed his playmaking expertise instantly, catching a cross on the surface and inflicting an attacker to overlook en path to a 14-yard achieve. Abdullah’s expertise has by no means been the difficulty; as an alternative, it is his means to remain wholesome and the quantity he’ll obtain with Theo Riddick chopping into his passing work, whereas Zach Zenner and Dwayne Washington battle it out to be the brief-yardage hammer. There’s purpose to doubt Abdullah will ever emerge because the fantasy star many hope he might be.
- It is robust to get an excellent learn on the battle for the Colts’ No. three receiver spot whereas Andrew Luck stays sidelined. Chester Rogers seems to have the within monitor at beginning in three-receiver units, whereas Kamar Aiken and Phillip Dorsett function backups to Donte Moncrief and T.Y. Hilton, respectively. As soon as Luck returns, each Colts receiver within the beginning lineup could have fantasy worth.
- Chargers backup Branden Oliver combined in with the starters and turned a display cross from Rivers upfield for 14 yards earlier than being tackled inside the ten-yard line. Oliver is the clear handcuff to Melvin Gordon and may be used as a receiving choice, which might make him an much more fascinating bench stash.
- Paul Richardson caught Russell Wilson‘s first move of the sport and adopted that up with an exquisite diving catch down the left aspect of the sector. Sadly, that was his ultimate play of the night time, as he headed to the sidelines with a shoulder damage. After the sport information broke that Richardson shall be out for some time with an AC sprain. Tyler Lockett ought to see a slight uptick in targets whereas Richardson is recovering.