32 teams, 32 fantasy lessons from the preseason
The preseason is over. Well, kind of. We have just one more week of meaningless games for the fantasy industry, seeing as even guys like Nelson Agholor won’t suit up in Week 4 of the preseason (yes, that’s real).
The previous three games might not have meant anything to fantasy football players directly, but they did have an impact on how you should be drafting your team and what some of the biggest takeaways have been.
Today is going to be a recap of sorts, where I attempt to cram everything I’ve learned throughout the preseason with you. Whether it be ADP movement, revelations from preseason games, injury news, or just my thoughts on current situations. I will give you one takeaway from every NFL team, so let’s not waste any more time.
David Johnson is the lead back, while Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington fight for backup snaps. The sophomore running back was used just 26 snaps in the three preseason games, but was targeted or carried the ball a massive 16 times. In the Week 3 dress rehearsal, David saw the first 11 snaps, Chris the next seven snaps, and then Ellington got in two with the first team offense. There are safer picks in the first round of your fantasy draft, but they don’t come with the upside of Mr. David Johnson.
When watching the Falcons preseason games, it’s clear who the more talented running back was between Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. Not only did Freeman out-produce him in the passing game (we already knew this would be the case), but he also out-rushed him, finishing with 59 yards on 14 carries (4.2 YPC) with a touchdown, while Coleman looked similar to last year with 31 yards on 10 carries (3.1 YPC) and no scores. Freeman creates space for himself, while Coleman gets what is blocked right now. Considering the Falcons defense graded as our fifth-worst defense in the preseason, Freeman is going to be on the field a lot as the Falcons play catch up. He’s a steal where he’s being taken in PPR formats (2.07).