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Here it is, another week of NFL preseason games.  Hopefully your fantasy football players are more involved this week, so we might get a better idea about how each team will look like in the regular season.  It’s critical to keep up with the NFLkbenjamin changing landscape, because it gives you a jump on the waiver wire and possible trade scenarios.  My efforts concentrated on the younger players and/or new team additions.  Here are some quick observations based on around the first three-quarters of each game:

Chiefs vs Panthers

The return of Cam Newton disappointed to say the least.  He looked a bit gimpy at times, especially when he rolled away from impending blitzers.  The quarterback’s upper body is still shows the power to throw the ball on a wire 50+ yards downfield without a solid base.  Rookie receiver Kelvin Benjamin got behind the defense a few times.  Once, Cam missed him with too much torque, but the second time Benjamin made the catch between three defenders.  It was a thing of beauty, because he caught the ball at its highest point and shielded the ball away from all three defenders.  Much injured Jonathan Stewart has some burst and power back, but how long will it last?   Good thing Carolina has one of the most dominant front seven defensive fronts in the league. Read More »

Here it is, another week of NFL preseason games.  Hopefully your fantasy football players are more involved this week, so we might get a better idea about how each team will look like in the regular season.  It’s critical to keep up with the NFL clowneychanging landscape, because it gives you a jump on the waiver wire and possible trade scenarios.  My efforts concentrated on the younger players and/or new team additions.  Here are some quick observations based on around the first three-quarters of each game:

Falcons vs Texans

The hype train led by HBO’s Hard Knocks and most of the fantasy community including myself is cooling in regards to rookie running back Devonta Freeman.  He was the fourth member of the Atlanta backfield to show up.  Sure he looks more productive against his competition, but then again much of the defense he played against won’t be in the league.  The back got three snaps in the first half and one of those was for a kneel down play.  The young player who is for real is second year inside backer, Paul Worrilow.  He flows quickly to the ball, decoding the play almost instantaneously.  Worrilow plays the run a little better than the pass, hits hard, and holds his own in pass coverage.

The monster known as Jadeveon Clowney made his presence felt against the Falcons first team offense.  He anticipates where the ball is flowing, gets there before the offense, and strikes.  His combination of vision, speed, and power is uncanny.  Arian Foster owners take note, there are two backs that are vying for his scraps or an injury to him.  Jonathan Grimes runs with power and balance.  He is the steady back that has a little penance using a spin move or snaring a ball out of the air with his soft hands.  The rookie Albert Blue gets lower and is much more explosive.  The problem with Blue is that he doesn’t have the patience for the blocking scheme yet.  Ever since Mobile, rookie tight CJ Fiedorowicz keeps growing on me.  He is a good blocker who is always on the field and sneaks out for passes.  Considering the uncertainty at quarterback, the tight ends and backs might be the most popular offensive weapons.  Read More »

Here it is, another week of NFL preseason games.  Hopefully your fantasy football players are more involved this week, so we might get a better idea about how each team will look like in the regular season.  It’s critical to keep up with the NFL dunbarchanging landscape, because it gives you a jump on the waiver wire and possible trade scenarios.  My efforts concentrated on the younger players and/or new team additions.  Here are some quick observations based on around the first three-quarters of each game:

Cowboys vs Ravens

The battle for Jason Witten’s backup job seems to be over.  James Hanna dropped his first target (a wide-open screen pass) that was on the other side of the field for the action , where the tight end had 40 yards of cushion.  After that play, Hanna saw the gridiron sporadically.   Gavin Escobar, however, showed good sideline awareness, and caught contested passes with a defender draped over him.  We finally got to see a glimpse of Lance Dunbar.  The third year former North Texas back demonstrated suddenness with good vision.  He catches the ball well in stride, but didn’t have enough space to maneuver around to be very effective.  His supposed competition, Joseph Randle, also looked good in space; but unlike Dunbar, Randle made too many errors.  The second year Oklahoma State runner bobbled a kickoff and looked like a kindergartener in pass protection.  Romo gets hit enough, he doesn’t need someone falling down to give the defense a better shot at smashing the signal caller. Read More »

Here it is, another week of NFL preseason games.  Hopefully your fantasy football players are more involved this week, so we might get a better idea about how each team will look like in the regular season.  It’s critical to keep up with the NFLvaccy changing landscape, because it gives you a jump on the waiver wire and possible trade scenarios.  My efforts concentrated on the younger players and/or new team additions.  Here are some quick observations based on around the first three-quarters of each game:

Titans/Saints

The young superstar receiver, Brandin Cooks, who was so active the week before had a quiet game.  He did get behind the defense a few times, but only connected once.  The rookie catches the ball in stride and has great sideline awareness.  Khiry Robinson, the second year back, showed some versatility lining up in the backfield and out wide.  He has quick feet, can get small in the hole, but did not stand out during the game.  Taking advantage of the preseason is exactly what Ryan Griffin is doing. The current third string quarterback is showing more touch and connected deep downfield.  Defensive end Cameron Jordan continues to dominate the line of scrimmage, throwing offensive linemen around, so he can get make the play.  The ball hawk award should go to safety Kenny Vaccaro.  He plays physical, forcing fumbles, and attacking on blitzes going untouched to sack the opposition. Read More »

Here it is, another week of NFL preseason games.  Hopefully your fantasy football starters play a bit more, so we might get a few more glimpses into what each team will look like in the regular season.  Keeping up with the latest news is very m leeimportant as it can get you a jump on the waiver wire and possible trade scenarios.  My efforts concentrated on the younger players and/or new team additions.  Here are some quick observations based on around the first three-quarters of each game:

Jags vs Bears

There wasn’t anything of note on the Bears side due to the broken collarbone of second year receiver Marquess Wilson.   The Jaguars brought out one of their biggest free agent acquisitions, running back Toby Gerhart.  He has good leg drive, uses a nice stiff-arm, and does well when running north and south.  His problems start when the runner gets forced to run east and west; Gerhart does not have the speed to turn the corner and usually gets spread out to cause a negative or unproductive play.  Rookie receiver Marqise Lee ran smooth routes, caught the ball in stride, and was heavily targeted.  The wide out tells a story with his routes.  On his touchdown catch, Lee played possum acting like it was a run play; then he reversed his direction sharply to break free into the end zone.  Even though Jaguars aren’t saying it right now, first round quarterback, Blake Bortles, is fighting for the starting job now.  The young signal caller gets the ball quickly, scans the field, and shows good ball placement.  Bortles looks confident in the pocket, stepping up from danger,  and sets his feet to deliver the pigskin accurately. Read More »

I admittedly haven’t done an auction league for a few years, so I smartly signed up for a money fantasy football dynasty auction league.  In this dynasty league, the price you pay in auction ends up as the contract price you pay the player for theauction length of the contract plus an extra five percent each year (you can dole out contract lengths after the draft is over).

This auction features a slow 12 hour clock draft on myfantasyleague.com that resets every time a higher bid gets entered.  Every team starts off with $300 of salary and each owner must roster 40 players with the option to hold five rookies or second year players acquired during the draft on their taxi squad.  The advantage of using the taxi squad is that a team’s salary cap is only charged 10% of their contract.

Auctions are a lot like Texas Hold’em tournaments.  They tend to last a real long time and good owners need to stay patient.  I kept my patience for two and a half days, but then I decided to try to play the bully and that didn’t go so well.  In my head, there needed to be a police officer making sure people paid the price for quarterbacks since it is a 14 team league that can play quarterbacks in a flex position aka “super-flex”.  My roster already had Ben Roethlisberger and Matt Ryan.  So I smartly tried to raise the price on Robert Griffin III and Ryan Tannehill since 17 quarterbacks got drafted.  Let’s just say that I have four quarterbacks on my team (35% of my budget committed to that position).

Thankfully I glanced over the rules prior to drafting and did not notice that there is no trading during the draft.  I can drop one of the quarterbacks before I sign them with no penalty, but I can’t do that until after the draft is over.  The league may vote to allow trades the last week of preseason.  I hope so, as my silliness with money management could be costly.

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At dynasty blitz, I am watching each preseason game and let my readers known what I’m seeing.  The NFL landscape is very fluid, so please consider that this is only the first week.  My efforts concentrated on the younger players and/or newclowney team additions.  Here are some quick observations after watching the first half of each game:

Texans/Cards

There wasn’t much to write about the Texans as their dismal efforts stunk up the joint in their first preseason action.  It wasn’t all their fault with Arian Foster, Brian Cushing, and Andre Johnson  not playing.  Houston’s number one draft pick, Jadeveon Clowney, did put on quite a show though.  The converted outside linebacker looked lost in pass coverage and got beat for a touchdown in the first quarter (penalty nullified the play).  Clowney raced off the line of scrimmage to get immediate pressure on the signal caller and blew up a gut shot run play with a five yard loss.  Read More »

At dynasty blitz, I am watching each preseason game and let my readers known what I’m seeing.  The NFL landscape is very fluid, so please consider that this is only the first week.  My efforts concentrated on the younger players and/or new Careyteam additions.  Here are some quick observations after watching the first half of each game:

Bucs/Jags

The return of Doug Martin got met with a whimper instead of applause.  He looked rather ordinary with little room to run.  The offensive line did not get off their stances quicker than the Jags defensive line.  In regards to the quarterbacks, second year Mike Glennon seemed more poised than newly acquired journeyman Josh McCown.  I have a feeling the younger player could make a push into the starting lineup before we all get to see “The Great Pumpkin”. Then again it could be that Glennon played against the second team while McCown faced the fearsome attacking Jacksonville starting defense. Read More »

At dynasty blitz, I am watching each preseason game and let my readers known what I’m seeing.  The NFL landscape is very fluid, so please consider that this is only the beginning.  My efforts concentrated on the younger players and/or new barrteam additions.  Here are some quick observations after watching the first half of each game:

Saints/Rams

New Orleans seems committed to running the ball a bit more.  Former first round pick, Mark Ingram, ran hard and powerfully, using a stiff-arm while looking more physical than he did at any time last season.  The back bounced off defenders and pulled out a rare spin move.  Backup rusher, Khiry Robinson, looked good in space, caught the ball well, and jumped over the line of scrimmage to score a short touchdown.  Training camp reports have been positive about second year quarterback Ryan Griffin.  The signal caller has a quick release, shows good pocket presence stepping up to get away from danger, but still needs work.  If you are looking for speed/quickness, Brandin Cooks is willing to answer the call.  The rookie offensive weapon returned punts, ran inside and outside routes taking a few hard shots in the middle of the field. Read More »

Here at dynasty blitz, I am continuing to watch every preseason game and let my readers known what I’m seeing. The NFL landscape is fluid, so please keep in mind that this is only the first week. My concentration was on the younger players rg3and/or new team additions. Here are some quick observations after watching the first half of each game: Read More »

Here at dynasty blitz, I will watch every preseason game and let my readers known what I’m seeing.  The NFL landscape is fluid, so please keep in mind that this is only the first week.  My concentration was on the younger players and/or new borlandteam additions.  Here are some quick observations after watching the first half of each game:

49ers/Ravens

LB Chris Borland, SF- The young backer got the start beside Michael Wilhoite.  He looked a bit overwhelmed with the speed of the game, and got knocked around the line of scrimmage.  It may take some time with him.

WR Bruce Ellington, SF- He returned the first two kickoffs and demonstrated good vision with quick cuts.  The rookie wide out did not see any offensive targets with the first team or the second team to my knowledge.  Read More »

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