Well my fantasy loving brethren, the third week of preseason football, or the ‘dress rehearsal’ is in the books and real football is just around the corner. So what have we learned? That the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills are in real trouble at the quarterback position and the trickle down effect could affect their wide receivers’ fantasy potential. Or, it would if the Jets had any wide receivers with fantasy potential I suppose.
Anytime a team is hoping that Mark Sanchez can get healthy enough to start for them it is a very bad sign of things to come. Run, Chris Ivory, run! The big winner from this past weekend’s games is apparently quarterback Matt Leinart, who is back in the league. Sorry Bills fans. I’m really sorry.
On to happier thoughts and 10 names that stood out to me from the third week of preseason action.
Marlon Brown, WR, Baltimore:
Brown had a very impressive outing in the Ravens’ third preseason game against the Carolina Panthers with four catches for 59 yards and a touchdown. Given the chance to run with the first team, Brown did not look out of place at all as he ran crisp routes and showed nice yards after the catch skills.
The undrafted rookie from Georgia has not only made a case for a spot on the 53-man roster but has thrown his hat into the ring to be No. 2 or 3 on the Ravens depth chart.
Let’s face it, folks. Behind Torrey Smith Baltimore has a ‘Huey, Dewey and Louie’ situation at the wide receiver position and I’m more than willing to roll the dice on the 6-foot-5 Brown to make some noise in 2013. Monitor the final cuts in Baltimore, and, once Brown secures a roster spot, do not be afraid to take a late-round flier on him. Brown is a sneaky good sleeper option that offers wide receiver depth with upside in deeper leagues.
Terrelle Pryor, QB, Oakland:
It has to be feeling like Deja vu all over again for quarterback Matt Flynn. For the second consecutive year, he is on track to lose his starting position during the preseason. Pryor took advantage of the combination of looking good against the Chicago Bears’ second team defense and Flynn’s inept play to throw his hat squarely into the ring to become the Raiders starting quarterback in 2013.
Through three preseason games, Pryor has completed 14-of-24 passes for 190 yards with one touchdown and added 83 yards rushing with one score. Flynn has looked lost in his time on the field, tossing two interceptions and getting sacked seven times while throwing for a single touchdown.
Count me firmly among those that believe Oakland will go with Pryor as their starting quarterback and return Flynn to his familiar clipboard holding status. Pryor offers sneaky good fantasy value due to the rushing totals he could amass and ’garbage time’ scoring opportunities.