by Will Overton
Week three of the preseason is the week which many decisions are made and where lasting impressions can go a long way. With most first teams playing close to or more than a whole half of football we were given a chance to learn more about out potential fantasy picks.
We saw Russell Wilson win a starting job, Steven Ridley secure his starting job, a couple of receivers looking strong and a whole lot more.
1. Russell Wilson – QB, Seattle Seahwks: I admittedly thought it was a very long shot that Russell Wilson would beat out Matt Flynn and his mega-contract. But he got the start last weekend and went 13 – 19 for 185 yards and 2 TD’s, while carrying the ball twice for 58 yards as well. In three preseason games he is 36 – 56 for 464 yards and has 5 TD’s and 1 INT, with a lot of rushing yards as well. In the end it was enough to be named the week one starter for the Seahawks against Arizona. There is no guarantee Wilson can keep this job, but he’s going to get the opportunity and Pete Carroll clearly seems to be backing him all the way right now. I’d take him as a flier late in standard leagues. He would make for a risky backup though with no guarantees to his job security.
2. Stevan Ridley – RB, New England Patriots: With Shane Vereen going down with an injury, Ridley was the workhorse last weekend and he carried the load well. Ridley ran the ball 16 times for 87 yards and scored one TD. He also caught 3 passes for 17 yards. The Patriots are still a pass first and pass often team, but Ridley should be looking at between 15 – 20 carries per week if he’s the featured back and that could make him a solid flex position player in standard leagues and potentially a RB2 in deep leagues.
More Quick Hits
- The New York Jets need a number two receiver opposite Santonio Holmes and it looks like Stephen Hill is in the driver seat for that job. Hill had 5 catches for 68 yards last night, including several targets from Mark Sanchez. Hill has some work to do on route running, but in terms of pure talent, he should get the job and at least be somewhat useful.
- Yards continue to rack up for William Powell in Arizona as he continues to impress, this week it was 7 carries for 71 yards and a TD. Powell certainly has a spot locked up on the team right now and with the injury history of Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams he could find himself in playing time soon.
- Things are getting on track for Peyton Manning who threw 2 TD passes in this weekend’s game. Both TD passes went to Eric Decker who continues to be Manning’s favorite weapon with seven targets. This looks like it could be a big year for Decker.
- Baltimore may have a new number one receiver in town. Torrey Smith caught 8 passes for 103 yards on Thursday and that was only in a half of a game and on an ankle that wasn’t 100%. Flacco and Smith are establishing a good connection and big things may be in store.
- It looks like Jake Locker may have been the right choice for the Titans as he went 11 – 20 with a couple of TD’s against Arizona. There is no guarantee as to what Locker is capable of yet, but he’s certainly worth a flier.
- It looks like if Michael Vick goes down this season for any significant amount of time Nick Foles will be the guy who steps in as he managed to throw two TD’s in the first quarter of this weekend’s game with Vick out. In a deep league Foles may be worth stashing on the bench.
- The backup running back job in New York seems set as David Wilson looked really good for the Giants. Wilson ran the ball just 5 times for 49 yards including a 20 yard carry. Wilson also caught two passes for 26 yards.
- With Austin Collie going down and a good preseason going T.Y. Hilton could be in line for serious playing time this season. Hilton caught 4 passes for 54 yards and a TD pass from Andrew Luck. Hilton has all the makings of a quality slot receiver.
- As if the running back situation in Washington wasn’t murky enough, Alfred Morris has come on the scene and with the Redskins backfield banged up he has made a name for himself. Morris carried the ball 14 times for 107 yards and a TD, largely against a first team defense. Who knows what is going to happen with Washington’s backfield, but Morris might make a nice late round flier in deep leagues.