What We Saw: Preseason Week 2

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The NFL preseason is here, and the entire QB List staff watched all the games so you don’t have to. Here, we’ll have the thoughts of each of our QB List writers on the fantasy-relevant things they saw in Week 2’s preseason games. And don’t forget to check out our thoughts on all of Week 1’s preseason action.

Eagles vs. Patriots

Week 2 of the preseason has begun, roles are slowly filling out for rookie and players brought on for depth, honestly, we can watch a bit more of this football game knowing that the likelihood of some of the players involved will more than likely be making the roster or close in on it. Springboarding into our nightly offering, the New England Patriots hosted the Philadelphia Eagles tonight, and here’s what I saw that I think may help us for the up fantasy staffing.

Edelman/Hogan/White is a trio to behold

Julian Edelman, as we have heard ad nauseam, is out for the first four weeks of the season, but is still getting on field and running routes and shaking off dust in the preseason. We got a welcomed first half of Tom Brady this week, so we got to watch as Brady connected in between route patches of both Edelman, then Hogan for a touch pass in the back of the end zone after a leisurely pocket move from Brady. James White was the original shift out for pass back before Dion Lewis even sniffed the field at Gillette, so seeing him back for this game was a sight to behold for us as well. The 5 foot 10, 205 lb back can dice like fine Japanese cutlery and is one of Brady’s favorite targets for that very reason. The Pats ended up playing this one very pass focused, and White left the field almost around the same time as Brady, wrapping up his half with 92 all-purpose yards. Edelman, arguably Brady’s favorite target, ended the tally for himself at 4 for 26, and Chris Hogan showed himself as a more than viable fill in for Edelman while out, rounding out his half with 5-25, and a touchdown on the above referenced back of end zone pass. I’ll be the first to admit I’m wrong all season if it helps us adjust and win our matchups, and while Jeremy Hill showed some major upside in the “Break In Case of Emergency” box in Preseason Week 1, I think his value could be possibly minimal if James White stays healthy, or if neither is traded, as White has the rapport with Brady and the playbook knowledge.

Upside potential can be seen for the Eagles

Nick Foles appeared to have been partying from the Super Bowl layover right up until before this game, as he looked rusty as can be. The Eagles were hindered by overthrows for almost all of the first half and were not saved until Nate Sudfeld put the pads on for the Eagles. I’ll be transparent, I had absolutely no idea there was a potential solid back up not named Foles in Philadelphia, but he made calculated risk throws, looked for the best options, and spread his passes across the likes of players like Shelton Gibson, DeAndre Carter, and Bryce Treggs. Gibson from the outside looks like a potential player to register in the back of your mind in deep leagues or dart throws, or someone who you may want to snag quick off your wire if he gets starters snaps. He moved across the field with ease and caught a deep pass in strong coverage from Sudfeld out of the end zone. Treggs looked like potential points per reception look if he gets the snaps, while Gibson looked like he could be a very solid 2nd or 3rd wideout in Philadelphia. Alshon Jeffery remains the go-to player in Philly, with Nelson Agholor and Mike Wallace behind him for the opportunity, but if Gibson can continue to impress the way he did in New England, he could be knocking on a third WR slot, or maybe even hovering in on some of Agholor’s targets. Give the 2nd year wide out of West Virginia a little attention over the end of preseason.

Cordarelle Patterson could sneak into relevance

I’ll be the first to admit I have always been a fan of what Cordarelle Patterson can bring to a team. Extreme speed (He ran a 4.42 40 yard dash at the combine, sixth fastest in his 2013 combine), big-play capability showcased in numerous highlight reel plays in college. He’s bounced from a Vikings team without a great quarterback, to a team in flux in the Raiders last year, before landing in New England this year, at only 27 years old. There is a lot to like here, and I think they may just have caught lightning in the bottle with this one. Patterson is seeing targets in the preseason and is impressing in training camp, and caught a shifty short touchdown pass in the 3rd Quarter this week from Brian Hoyer. This team has often had a connection with short yard receivers throughout the years, and while they still have that capability with Edelman, and Hogan, Patterson could really be the player that helps them tear the top off encroaching defenses. Patterson feels like one of those unsexy, “He’s been in the league forever” picks that may actually pay off if things finally fall into place. (Justin Smoak, fellow baseball fans?). 4 for 51, and another week showing he’s beginning to mesh with this offense. A flier in 10 team deep leagues and a prospective add in Dynasty/Point per reception leagues, in my assumption, is the best way to currently view Patterson, but I’m getting excited about this one!

-Matt Bevins

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Lifelong Orioles fan (which can be....painful at times) and a Ravens/Wizards/Terps fan. I also listen to way too much music and watch way too many movies.

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