Preseason weekend wrap
August, 11, 2014
By Eric Karabell | ESPN Insider
William Perlman/The Star-Ledger/USA TODAY SportsRashad Jennings was impressive against the Steelers, but should that affect your rankings at RB?Congratulations to all fantasy football owners who made it through the first weekend of preseason football without a drastic reconstruction of the rankings you spent weeks devising, adjusting your sleepers and busts, retooling your overall philosophy of how you’d like to build your teams this season. It's really only one weekend, and a pretty meaningless one in the big picture. In many cases, the starters that we'll be drafting early in fantasy either didn't get permitted to play or saw so little time that performance couldn't realistically be judged. Oh, plenty of reserves that you had previously never heard of put up some numbers, just like every August, and most of them won't be heard from this season.
Do you remember the top statistical performers from the 2013 preseason? Did you change your mind about quarterbacks Pat Devlin, Case Keenum or Matt Simms, because they led the NFL in passing yards? The leaders in rushing yards were Khiry Robinson -- who then was barely used by the New Orleans Saints during the regular season -- Jordan Todman, Joseph Randle, Christine Michael and David Wilson. Marcus Easley led all wide receivers in receiving yards … and then hauled in two receptions in the 16 games that mattered. These guys didn't help fantasy owners win anything, yet people were getting mildly excited about some of them last August. Seems silly today, no?
So we should be happy for those that threw, ran and caught well this first weekend, but I can't say I'm suddenly moving new Buffalo Bills running back Bryce Brown up my rankings because he continues to play well. He remains a distant third on the depth chart behind C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson. New England Patriots wide receiver Brian Tyms -- I bet 98 percent of you had never heard of him -- led the position with 119 receiving yards this weekend, but he might not make the team, in part because he's suspended the first four regular-season games. New York Giants rookie Andre Williams looked good from what I saw, but the team's starting RB, journeyman Rashad Jennings, looked better, breaking a 73-yarder for a score. See, it's all about perspective, and oh, Jennings is probably moving up in the rankings more than he should.