NFL Preseason - Fantasy football thoughts: Week 3

      August 27, 2012 @ 00:09:33 PDT

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the Bad

Michael Turner, Falcons
Michael Turner isn't much of a "Burner" anymore....

Jake Locker looked better in his second preseason start, but it wasn't anything to write home about. He hit 11 of 20 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns. His accuracy wasn't where it needs to be, but that's never been a strong point. He is, however, fluid on his feet and is going to improvise some big plays this year -- I won't be surprised at all if Kendall Wright is on the receiving end of many of those.

In three preseason games, Michael Turner has averaged 3.5 yards per carry or less in every game. He doesn't have a carry longer than seven yards. He hasn't looked noticeably slower, but it's time for "The Burner" nickname to be retired. Don't dismiss him on draft day like a lot are. He's not a 1,300-yard back anymore, but he should still top the 1,000-yard plateau and see close to double-digit scores. There just won't be a lot of big performances along the way.

Daniel Thomas showed a bit more of what I was looking for. The second-year back for the Miami Dolphins rushed six times for 29 yards. He'll be in the weekly equation and could turn out to be a decent value-pick later in your draft.

A real nice showing out of Seahawks runner Robert Turbin, who had 92 yards on 14 carries, including a 25-yard touchdown run. Look for him to see plenty of work if Marshawn Lynch's Beast Mode is suspended.

Christian Ponder looks improved, which should be enough to squash any quarterback controversy. However, improved still won't be good enough for fantasy football consideration.

Lions running back Kevin Smith (ankle) hurt his ankle against the Raiders. He says it isn't a high-ankle sprain, but this is a painful reminder of how brittle Smith is. He has moved up the draft board this summer mostly due to the weak Detroit backfield, but don't dismiss Smith's long injury history.

The San Diego Chargers rested most of their starters, which was disappointing but understandable due to injuries on the offensive line. I really was hoping to see the rotation they'd use at running back in case we have to wait several weeks to see Ryan Mathews (clavicle) on the field. Unfortunately, the mystery continues....

Terrell Owens caught some passes that went his way this week, hauling in two balls for 41 yards. I'm not sure it'll be enough to earn a roster spot now that Sidney Rice (shoulders) is back in action. UPDATE: TO has, indeed, been cut by Seattle.

For as good as Andy Dalton and the Bengals' offense has looked at times, it was equally horrible against the Pack. He hit just 5 of 17 passes for 40 yards. He doesn't drop down the board any from the showing, but it's just a reminder he's a second-year quarterback and the erratic play will still be part of his game.

Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers find their way onto the Ugly list on the next page, and it isn't through any of their own doing. Read on....

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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, NFL.com, 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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