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Wally's World: Traveling down that 'Holiday Road' of Fantasy Football

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After a week spent vacationing in western Kentucky (translation; lots of swimming and fishing) we are back with another preseason edition of Wally’s World. We don’t need a map or high tech GPS system to navigate this trip because we are going whatever direction the fantasy road may lead us.

So after a long Sunday spent binge watching as much preseason football as humanly possible these are a few of the things I found intriguing. Fasten your seatbelt because we will be jumping around the world of fantasy football from standard formats as well as some thoughts regarding Individual Defensive Player (IDP) leagues.

It’s hard not to like Giants rookie RB Andre Williams. He looked good in the Hall of Fame game and is in a perfect position to contribute right away.

Starting RB Rashad Jennings looked pretty good himself in the G-Men’s second preseason game and it looks like a ground and pound type of season in New York.

Do not fret the zero catch total for WR Sammy Watkins last week as the kid will still be a valuable weapon for Buffalo. If skittish owners decide to pass him up on draft day then go ahead and jump on him. Watkins is a special talent and water always finds it level.

Color me skeptical regarding all the training camp praise that Denver RB Ronnie Hillman is receiving. Injuries to Montee Ball and C.J. Anderson will give Hillman every chance to shine, but I don’t think he will. Been there, done that and know how this movie ends.

The Giants are happy to see Damontre Moore rack up a sack, as they will need the second year DE to step up this season with the departure of Justin Tuck in free agency.

So the Jets are planning a three-headed RBBC monster this season? Thanks Rex. Let’s see how injuries and preseason performances shake out before avoiding this situation like the plague.

Call it a ‘sneaky premonition’ or ‘gut feeling’ but I love Green Bay WR Jarrett Boykin this season. Here’s hoping that he has a quiet preseason so he remains a nice value pick in drafts moving forward.

Have to love rookie LBs Ryan Shazier of the Steelers and Christian Kirksey in Cleveland, as both are poised for big roles on their defenses. In a division that will run the ball as much as any in the league these two youngsters should rack up very nice tackle numbers.

Hate to see Lions DE Ziggy Ansah miss so much of training camp. Reports are that he’s close to returning and he’ll need all the reps he can get moving forward. It’s hard to see where Detroit is going to generate pressure other than DTs Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley.

It’s probably good that second year Philadelphia RB Matthew Tucker had a fumble and dinged his hamstring in the preseason opener after scoring a pair of touchdowns. It will end up saving a lot of owners from themselves as it’s Darren Sproles and Chris Polk you want in the Eagles backfield behind LeSean McCoy.

This isn’t earth shattering fantasy news but if I’m on the Indianapolis Colts coaching staff I feel good about having Matt Hasselbeck as my backup QB. If Luck goes down that offense is still in good hands.

While preseason football will never make or break my fantasy evaluation of a particular player, it will help to solidify ideas or hunches I may have.

Case in point, is that I still feel good about rookie RB Devonta Freeman in Atlanta after their preseason tilt with Miami. At the same time there is a feeling of Deja vu with Dolphins RB Lamar Miller.

When the live bullets start flying it seems like Miller reverts to less than stellar form (I’m being kind here). Knowshon Moreno is looking better and better to me moving forward.


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