Scott Sergent stops by to talk about preseason guys who have the potential to make a difference in the regular season and what matchups he likes in Week 1. We also try to see how many fantasy team names we make out of the name ‘Tony Romo.’ Click the blue link below to stream podcast.
Of all the players you’ve watched this preseason, give me 3 that have surprised you the most (in a good way) and state the reasons why.
1. Christine Michael on the Seahawks. The leading rusher in preseason with 186 yards, this guy runs with confidence and sees the field very well for a rookie. He has that great combination we see from the best running backs of speed, power, and cutting ability. I’ll preempt everything I say in this podcast with “I know it’s only the preseason” but in the Seahawks third game he rushed for 97 yards on 11 carries and also caught a 25-yard touchdown pass. He isn’t super polished obviously since he’s a rookie, will probably need to get better at pass protection and reading blitzes, but he’s the better backup running back in Seattle over Robert Turbin and is a worthy handcuff for Marshawn Lynch. I wouldn’t draft him since he probably won’t carry the ball too much, but if Lynch shows even a hint of poor production, go grab him.
2. Sam Bradford on the Rams. People have seem to have fallen off on this guy but keep in mind he was the rookie of the year in 2010 and almost took a horrible Rams team to the playoffs. He’s 22-of-36 in the preseason with two touchdowns and no picks, but more importantly is he finally has some weapons at his disposal. With rookie slot Tavon Austin, who I think is gonna struggle at first but will really start to come along toward the end of the season and deep threat Chris Givens, who I think is in for a breakout season as well. And Jared Cook at tight end, who’s emerging as the teams dominant receiver, should be good if he ever figures out how to play as well in the game as he does in practice. Another area you have to cut Bradford some slack in is the coaching whirlwind in St. Louis. In three seasons, Bradford has run three separate offenses. He’s a very interesting No. 2 QB prospect and if you believe in him like I do, you can take him in the late rounds of the draft, probably will still be there in the 11-13 round range.
3. Stephen Williams wide receiver on the Seahawks. You wonder who would step in after Percy Harvin was ruled out for the season after he decided to undergo hip surgery, and Williams has looked like a guy who could push for some time opposite Golden Tate and Sidney Rice during the regular season. He’s caught a touchdown pass in each of Seattle’s three preseason games, including a 42-bomb from Brady Quinn that his big 6’5 frame snatched out of the hands of Means. Not only does he have the size, but also the speed to go with it. There hasn’t been any talk of him seeing any significant playing time in Seattle, so probably should avoid drafting him, but keep an eye on him throughout the season especially with the inconsistency that Golden Tate, who only has four catches for 49 yards this preseason, and Sidney Rice is nursing a knee injury that has kept him out of the entire preseason.
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Matchups I like in Week 1
Pierre Garcon WR vs. Philadelphia
The Redskins top receiver declared his foot ‘100 percent’ earlier this week and faces a weak Eagles secondary that consists of Bradley Fletcher and Brandon Boyskin. You can Wikipedia those guys before you continue this article.
Torrey Smith WR at Denver
Broncos top cornerback Champ Bailey is nursing a foot injury and is unlikely to start tonight’s opener. That leaves Smith vying against Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Tony Carter on the outside. Plus, there’s nobody else for Flacco to throw to with receiving tight end Dennis Pitta out. Many targets await.
Darius Heyward-Bey WR vs. Oakland
For some reason the Colts are still hanging on to the idea that Darius Heyward-Bey is the No. 2 guy over T.Y. Hilton, which makes it impossible not to favor him. He’s had a history of drops, but those didn’t surface in preseason, where he caught seven passes for 75 yards total. I still prefer Hilton, but Heyward-Bey is an intriguing flex option this week in deeper leagues.