Fantasy football: Thursday night roundup

Aug 25, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) picks up a first down during the first quarter during a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 25, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) picks up a first down during the first quarter during a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports /

Last night kicked off Week 3 of the NFL preseason and quite a few big names in fantasy football were in action. This is the week in the preseason where the starers will play the most amount of snaps in a game before the regular season and will give us the best estimation for what we will see in the regular season.

I Love What I See

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (7 carries, 48 yards) made his preseason debut and he lived up to the hype. If his body can handle it, he should see north of 275 total touches. He’s worth a long look at the end of the first round and if you see his name at any point in the second round, you draft him immediately.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (16/21, 192 yards, 2 touchdowns) finally looked like himself this preseason. The Seahawks poor offensive line doesn’t downgrade Wilson because he constantly finds ways to turn broken plays into big plays. With that said, don’t allow this performance to make you reach on his fifth round ADP, anything sooner and he loses his value.

I Like What I See

Dolphins RB Arian Foster (7 touches, 30 yards, 1 touchdown) clearly looked like the the Dolphins best RB. As long as he’s healthy, his 7th-8th round ADP is a steal.

Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (20/29, 155 yards, 1 INT and 22 rushing yards) looked better than his stats show. His one and only interception this preseason was a result of a deflection at the line of scrimmage. His running ability and weapons make him an intriguing QB2 at his 14th round ADP.

Dolphins WR Kenny Stills (4 receptions, 46 yards) led the Dolphins in receiving yards for the second straight week. He’s currently going undrafted in 10-team leagues. He’s a starting and capable WR in an Adam Gase offense and that makes him worth a flier in every format.

Cowboys TE Jason Witten (1 reception, 17 yards, 1 TD) was simply more man than K.J. Wright on his TD reception, plucking the ball right over him. Witten is an intriguing TE2 because Romo relies on him and as we saw yesterday, maybe Dak Prescott will too if he’s forced into action.

Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin (4 receptions, 29 yards) led the way with six targets for the Seahawks. He might not be special at any one thing but he’s the obvious No.1 WR and should set a new career high in targets in 2016. He’s a solid pick at his sixth round ADP.

Seahawks RB Christine Michael (7 carries, 58 yards) had his third straight solid preseason game. He’s worth a late-round pick in any league and any format. Thomas Rawls owners should feel uneasy and he is a risk at his fourth round ADP.

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Keep in Mind…

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman each saw a lot of action in the first half.  Freeman in no way will come close to his 338 touches from a year ago. His ADP at the end of the second round is reasonable but don’t reach for him.

Dolphins WR Devante Parker played behind WR Kenny Stills and saw less targets than Stills this preseason. Parker’s eighth round ADP looks to be a little high and maybe you should let somebody else draft him in that spot.

Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry (4 receptions, 40 yards) has just as many targets as Kenny Stills (12) this preseason but less receiving yards. He should still lead the Dolphins in targets and receptions but he shouldn’t be viewed as the PPR monster he was a season ago.

Seattle’s WR Tyler Lockett (3 receptions, 41 yards, 1 TD) is easily the Seahawks most explosive WR but clearly plays behind Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse. His eighth round ADP is too high for my liking.

Just Please, Go Away

Falcons QB Matt Ryan (12/22, 129 yards 1 INT) followed his unimpressive 2015 season with a bad 2016 preseason. In three games, he failed to score a touchdown and completed less than 55% of his preseason passes. He shouldn’t be drafted in 10 or 12 team leagues and will only be a weekly streamer option in a handful of weeks.

Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi (9 touches, 23 yards) looks like an average RB with below average receiving skills. Even if Arian Foster were to get hurt, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see RB Isaiah Pead be the better fantasy RB for the Dolphins.

Dolphins TE Jordan Cameron (1 reception, 6 yards) simply does not look like the same person we saw in Cleveland back in 2013. If your fantasy league is setup where the goal is to score lot of points, than Cameron is undraftable.

Cowboys QB Tony Romo suffered what appeared at first to be a serious back injury. He turned out to be okay but he simply isn’t worth his 11th-round ADP. Listen to me. You can do better.

Let’s Not Overreact

Falcons WR Julio Jones left the game with an ankle injury but it did not appear serious. With over two weeks before the Falcons first regular season game, Julio will be 100%.

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant missed the game with a concussion but he has over two weeks to be cleared. He’s safe to draft in the late first or early second round.