NFL Preseason - Fantasy football thoughts: Week 3
August 27, 2012 @ 00:09:33 PDT
and the Ugly
A month ago, I was digging the upside of Carson Palmer this year. Three preseason games later and I don't know if I can run away from him fast enough. Palmer just doesn't look sharp in a timing-based offense, which Oakland has deployed this year. Against the Lions, which was his "best" preseason outing of the year, he still threw two interceptions. He did hit 65.4 percent of his passes, which is a positive compared to where he was in his first two games. Palmer has completed 33 of 56 passing attempts and thrown four picks this preseason without tossing a touchdown pass.
The Packers offensive line still worries me. They're not opening the holes they need to and need to do a better job on both run and pass blocking.
The Patriots offensive line falls into the same category as the Packers. I really hoped I'd see massive improvement over the last few weeks. Unfortunately, that hasn't been the case.
Nothing about the Arizona Cardinals passing game has impressed me. Kevin Kolb looked better, hitting 17 of 22 passes for 156 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions against the Titans. The offensive line has looked miserable and isn't going to do any favors for Kolb or John Skelton. Speaking of Skelton, he had a forgettable night. His first two plays were a sack and a pick-six. He finished hitting just 4 of 10 passes for 41 yards.
Sticking with Arizona, Beanie Wells (knee) returned. He didn't seem to have much pop to him. Couple that with the offensive line woes and Ryan Williams playing a factor and it's starting to seem to me that Beanie is a player I'd rather avoid at all costs this year.
I just keep waiting and waiting to see something special from Sam Bradford. I might be waiting for quite some time. He hit just 6 of 17 passes for 64 yards in his worst showing of the preseason and he took his first two sacks of the year. The Rams have a lot of work to rebuild the confidence of this third-year pro. I don't have the patience for him to be on any of my fantasy rosters this year.
The Browns are tough to say we know exactly who they are, as Trent Richardson (knee) didn't play again. However, from what I've seen of Brandon Weeden thus far I cannot say I'm impressed. Weeden hit 9 of 20 passes for 117 yards. He just looks overmatched often. In his defense, Richardson hasn't been out there and a great running game can quickly take pressure off a young quarterback. Not in his defense: The Browns still need a massive upgrade at wide receiver, although I was pleased with rook Josh Gordon, who finished with 50 yards on three catches.
Now that three weeks of the NFL preseason are in the books, which players really moved up or down the draft board in your opinion? Is there someone high on your target list? Share your thoughts below.
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About Ryan R. Bonini
Founding KFFL in 1996, Bonini serves as VP of technology for KFFL's parent company, USA TODAY SPORTS. Bonini was named the 2009 Fantasy Football Writer of the Year by the FSWA and received honors with the Best Fantasy Football Series in '10.
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