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Aug 24, 2018

NFL 2018 PRESEASON WEEK TWO

We are officially halfway through preseason football and closer to some meaningful games. As the preseason progresses, the first teams begin to see more reps and we can start over analyzing everything way too early.

Last week we saw more of the same from 41-year-old Tom Brady who threw for 172-yards and two TD’s over six drives. Not that anyone is doubting Brady at this point, but his strong performance is a very promising sign for the aging legend’s 19th NFL season. In the same night, the Eagles saw Nick Foles exit early with a shoulder strain. Troubling news indeed as Carson Wentz is already sidelined.  Nick Foles started the third preseason game against the 2-1 Browns last night and went for 127 yards with 0 TDs. Quarterback uncertainty looms heavy in Philadelphia.

Last week in Arizona, Josh Rosen had a very strong performance leading an 87-yard drive and his first NFL TD. Rosen will still be the number two guy behind 30 year old Sam Bradford, and still obviously has a lot to learn. However, if Rosen keeps stringing performances like this together, Bradford may not have a very long leash in 2018. Fellow rookie QB Baker Mayfield did not have the same kind of performance this week. Mayfield completed 7 of 13 passes for just 75 yards and a minuscule 4 fantasy points.

One Quarterback to keep your eye on this year is Patrick Mahomes. The Chiefs got rid of Alex Smith because they trust this young kid, and he showed off his talents this past weekend. Mahomes threw for 138 yards and a TD including a 69-yard TD pass to Tyreek Hill.  Mahomes has the electric WR/RB duo of Tyreek Hill and Kareem Hunt who combine for an explosive offense this season. Fellow second-year QB Deshaun Watson also looked good throwing for 73-yards and a TD. 22 year old Watson went down last year with a torn ACL in the midst of a breakout rookie season, so the Texans are obviously excited to see him bouncing back like he is.

In Indianapolis, there was a collective gasp when Andrew Luck went down hard on his surgically repaired right shoulder. Then, a collective sigh when he got up seemingly unharmed. Luck can be a top-10 QB but has sat out the last season and a half with shoulder issues. His preseason stats have been nothing to write home about, but simply being on the field and taking hits is a great sign for the Colts.

Raiders’ backup running back Chris Warren III is making his case for the 53 man roster. Warren rushed for 110 yards and a TD after going for 86 yards last week. To be fair, the Rams sat most of their starters in this game, but Hey! it is never too early to start drawing conclusions from these practice games.

Rookie QB Josh Allen will be getting the start in Buffalo after AJ McCarron suffered a hairline collarbone fracture. Allen will be the first of the four top-10 rookie QBs to get the starting nod so it will be interesting to see what he can do. Bills fans want magic, but Buffalo’s offensive coordinator Brian Daboll says he just wants from Josh Allen to improve. It's late August, so you will have the best idea of who will actually be playing come regular season which lends itself well to drafting fantasy. So get your teams in at Draftboard for our contests on Friday and Saturday.


Dan Quinn
CEO, Draftboard.com