NFL Preseason - Fantasy football thoughts: Week 1

      August 15, 2012 @ 00:22:55 PDT

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Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers
Ryan Mathews has so much talent, yet cannot stay healthy

I'm selling

A few months ago I blogged Ryan Mathews could be this year's top scoring fantasy football back. Somewhere between last season and a few months ago, I apparently forgot the talented Chargers third-year back is as brittle as they come. One carry in the preseason requires surgery to repair a broken clavicle. Kiss good bye to the next four to six weeks; and, with Mathews' injury history, it would be no surprise if he needs all six weeks or longer to recover. I don't think I could turn down taking him as my RB2, but I'd be sure to add plenty of solid depth around him if I do.

Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill may have taken an early jump in the quarterback battle (it doesn't hurt that David Garrard will miss time due to injury). But I'm not excited about Tannehill posting a 167-yard, one-touchdown line against a backup group of defenders. You don't want any part of the Miami Dolphins quarterback saga this year.

Speaking of the Dolphins, second-year running back Daniel Thomas rushed just twice and had minus-2 yards in the process. He needs to pick it up and quickly.

The Cleveland Browns offense: I'm sorry, but rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden is not the answer ... at least not right now. This offense is going to struggle a lot this year.

Arizona Cardinals quarterback situation: I'm a big fan of Larry Fitzgerald, but neither John Skelton nor Kevin Kolb is the answer at quarterback. One almost has to feel bad for Fitz. Skelton hit 3 of 6 passes for 35 yards with a pick, while Kolb completed just one of his five attempts for 21 yards. Kurt Warner, are you sure you don't want to give it one last go?

What stood out to you during the first week of preseason action? Share it with fellow fantasy football fans in the space below.

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About Ryan R. Bonini

Founding KFFL in 1996, Bonini now serves as VP of Fantasy Sports Solutions for USA TODAY SPORTS, KFFL's parent company. Bonini was named 2009 Fantasy Football Writer of the Year by the FSWA, received honors with the Best Fantasy Football Series in '10 and was named into their Hall of Fame in '13.

His work has been found in USA TODAY Sports, Yahoo! Sports, FOX Sports, CBS Sports,, and many others. He has also been featured on numerous radio programs around the country. Bonini is a member of the PFWA, FSWA and FSTA.

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