What we learned from Week 2 of the NFL preseason

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Have we finished pre-season yet? Getting into a full game this turn isn’t the easiest of tasks, as most fantasy-related players barely work the field, but at least we saw more than we did in week one. As fantasy directors we need some clarity before the bulk of the phrasing begins, this is where you come in. Here’s a position-by-position look at how Week 2 went down, so you can plan and adjust according to the onslaught of upcoming drafts.

quarterback

Desmond Reader loves to share: With so many question marks surrounding Ridder and his small arsenal, it was good to see him lead an impressive (yet penalty-laden) campaign in his pre-season debut. The sophomore QB completed 7-of-9 passes for 80 yards along with a 7-yard catch, which included 2 punts to Drake London for 33 yards, 1 throw to rookie Bijan Robinson for 6 yards and a one-handed 9-yard grab from T Kyle Bates.

Maybe we should ease up on Jimmy Garoppolo: On one series as a starter, Jimmy Garoppolo led an effective 68-yard touchdown drive for nine minutes. He was 4-for-4 for 39 yards, throwing to four different receivers. It was his first procedure since December 4, and he appeared healthy and comfortable with the scheme. Right now, Garoppolo is leaving the draft boards as fantasy QB17 in the 12th round on Yahoo (higher than you’ll find anywhere else). His 119.1 ADP is an area where many QBs are taken.

Brock Purdy is back and his elbow is backIn his first appearance since tearing his UCL in his right elbow in January, Purdy went 4 of 5 for 65 yards with mostly short passes, scrambled for eight yards, and even grabbed his first sack. He looked solid and well on his way to starting the season opener on September 10th.

Tua Tagovailoa had some rust to shake off: The Miami QB threw a pick in his first in-game pick after suffering a concussion on Christmas Day. He quickly bounced back for a 14-play, 93-yard drive that ended on a 2-yard score by Raheem Mostert. Tagovailoa took his first blow and likely used it Latest jiu jitsu training to fall properly, which was a relief to many.

running backs

Rookie Bijan Robinson appears as advertised: He was limited to just one series, but Robinson made the men miss and showed elite speed on his four carries that gained 20 yards. You’ll have to pay for the 21-year-old if you want to include him though, as Robinson is currently RB4 and ADP 9.8 on Yahoo.

We’ve seen Denver RB Javonte Williams for the first time since Week 4 of 2022: Recovering from multiple ligament tears, Williams has been bubble-packed so far this summer through Saturday. On limited action, the 23-year-old carried the ball three times for 12 yards, with four more catches for 18 yards on two carries.

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Tennessee RB Tejay Spurs Shows He’s Ready for the NFL: The rookie was quick and elusive as he snagged a defender and took the ball 33 yards home. Spurs finished the night with 57 yards on seven carries while teammate Julius Chestnut also had the game himself, rushing for 98 yards on 13 attempts.

Tank Bigsby keeps rolling: The Jags’ rookie RB ran for 70 yards on 13 carries in the first half against the Lions and now has 122 yards on 22 carries in six preseason seasons. Currently, RB60 on Yahoo makes Bigsby a great late draft pick with a lot of upside.

Kinder Miller’s knee looks fine: After a scare in a game last week for a rookie with what was diagnosed as a sprain, Miller returned to the field on Sunday. The 21-year-old carried the ball 10 times for 23 yards, which included a 7-yard score.

wide receptors

Rookie WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba showed his talent early on: Smith-Njegba caught three punts for 58 yards, which included a nice over-the-shoulder run for a 48-yard gain that led to a short touchdown. It’s probably third in the targeting standings in heavy attack, so it may take a while to get a real fantasy relevance, but like the current WR38, Smith-Njigba makes depth as good as the WR3/4.

New year, same mysterious WR in Kansas City: It’s great if you’re a Chiefs fan, but not so much for fantasy football purposes. Five of the WRs’ best six balls were scored in Kansas City before the kickoff was pulled Saturday night, as rookie Rashi Rice caught eight balls for 96 yards as the lead receiver.

What a transformation for Galen Hyatt: The ADP hasn’t slipped any further this summer than Giants’ rookie WR, as his third-team running back in the early OTAs looked like an afterthought on New York’s offense. Over the past several weeks, Hyatt has been turning heads and subsequently moving draft boards back up (currently 126.7 on Yahoo). The 21-year-old added fuel to the fire with a 33-yard touchdown Friday night.

narrow ends

Add more rows of seats to the Darren Waller hype bus: We figured Waller could be the target leader in New York this season and so far so good. TE saw four of his nine tackles from Daniel Jones on Friday night, of which he caught three for 30 yards. Waller is drafted as TE7 in the early 7th round of the 10-team leagues.

Rookie Dalton Kincaid seized his moment: With Dawson Knox sidelined with a finger injury, Kincaid took the advantage and ended up as one of the only bright spots in what was a brutal outing for the Bills. The first year TE caught three passes for 45 yards and continues to impress. Buffalo is expected to do more than two TE’s in 2023, which likely means consistent action for Kincaid, who is currently a 13th round pick on Yahoo.

In-game injuries

This article originally appeared on 4for4.com

A proud graduate of the UGA Grady School of Journalism, Jennifer Eakins has been in the sports industry for over a decade. She has had stints with CNN Sports, Atlanta Hawks, and Colorado Rockies. Her first fantasy football draft took place in 1996 where she selected Ricky Watters with the first overall pick, and she’s been a runaway fantasy ever since.

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