NFL Preseason Week 1: Fantasy Football Player News

We finally get to stop talking about what rookie did what in college and what this player can do with his new team. With preseason action upon us, we can finally start talking about performances. Let’s take a look at Fantasy Football player news according to what happened this weekend and how it affects your Fantasy drafts.


Fantasy Football Player News: New Teams

Cedric Benson, RB, CIN - Fantasy Football Player News

It looks like Cedric Benson will be running over people in Lambeau Field this season.

Cedric Benson, RB, GB: Looks like the Packers will be locking up the free-agent running back this weekend. This is obviously bad news for James Starks’ Fantasy value, as well as the sleeper chances of RB Alex Green. Consider Benson an RB3 and Starks as an RB4 for now.

Peyton Manning, RB, DEN: The biggest free agent to hit the market in 20 years looked good in limited action with his new team. The real news here is that his throws were crisp despite a year away from the game with a neck injury. The risk is still there, and I’m still not looking to draft him as a Top 10 Fantasy quarterback. That likely means I won’t own him this year.

Terrell Owens, WR, SEA: Your draftmates could look at this news two ways – 1. You might have a guy in your league that drafts based on numbers from 2008 that takes T.O. in the middle rounds. 2. Your owners are quick to mock, making ballsy picks on players like Owens a risky endeavor. That means he could be yours in the late rounds, which is an appropriate spot to take him.


Fantasy Football Player News: Rookies

Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS: His first action in the NFL went well, and he led the Redskins on a first-quarter, 80-yard scoring drive against Buffalo. He even threw a 20-yard TD pass to WR Pierre Garcon. Great to see he didn’t have a disastrous start, which can do some damage to a young player’s confidence, but this isn’t enough to make me draft RG3 as a Fantasy starter just yet.

Ryan Tannehill, QB, MIA: Not a bad first effort from the Texas A&M product. David Garrard is out a couple weeks after knee surgery, so Tannehill and Matt Moore will see more preseason action than originally planned. Both played well Friday night, but it was against the Bucs, who had the worst defense in the league last season and is still horrible at tackling. Expect Tannehill’s Fantasy profile to get better as “Hard Knocks” continues. He’s still not worth drafting in yearly leagues, however.

Brandon Weeden, QB, CLE: Not a great preseason opener against the Lions, but Weeden has already been named the Browns’ starting QB. The 28-year-old rookie is still someone to think about in dynasty leagues only.

David Wilson, RB, NYG: The rookie out of Virginia Tech rushed for 43 yards on seven carries against the Jaguars. Understand, though, that it was mostly in the second half against the Jaguars’ backups. (Use that last tidbit of info to discourage other drafters. I like Wilson a lot as an RB4 with big upside. He had 145 all-purpose yards in the game, and he could be a big part of the Giants’ offense this year – even as a backup RB.

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