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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 4’s preseason games. And don’t forget to check out our thoughts on all of Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3!
Dolphins vs. Falcons
You’re going to see this mentioned a bunch throughout this article, but it’s Week 4 of the preseason, which means there isn’t going to be a whole lot of fantasy-relevant things going on in these games. That being said, they’re not all entirely void of fantasy importance, and this one had a few things worth mentioning.
This game was split 50/50 between Brock Osweiler and David Fales at the quarterback position. More than likely the Brock Lobster is going to be the primary backup to Ryan Tannehill and he looked solid, finishing the game with 147 yards and two touchdowns on 16 completions. Fales on the other hand, not as much, with 13 completions and just 94 yards and an interception.
The main thing I want to talk about here though is the running game. While Brandon Radcliff finished the game with the most carries, it’s Kallen Ballage that I want to mention. I’m a Ballage fan, and a run like this is why:
He looks good. He’s quick and has good burst, and while Frank Gore is likely the primary backup to Kenyan Drake, Ballage is a name to keep in mind, especially in dynasty leagues.
For the Falcons, the game mostly featured Kurt Benkert at the quarterback position with Garrett Grayson popping in just briefly. Matt Schaub is Matt Ryan‘s primary backup and Grayson is likely to be the third-stringer, which leaves Benkert out in the cold, and considering how he played, that’s no shock.
Similar to the Dolphins, the main thing I want to talk about here is the running game. Specifically, I want to talk about Malik Williams, because he looked really good.
Now the Falcons backfield is a fantasy mess. You’ve got Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman splitting carries with talented rookie Ito Smith in there as well. But Williams flashed some serious talent, and maybe it’s nothing, maybe he ends up cut in favor of Terrence Magee as the fourth-stringer, but the dude looked good regardless. Just a name to keep in your mind.