scoutPRO has been busy watching all of the preseason Week 2 action unfold, and keeping our eyes on some players to watch or avoid as fantasy owners prepare to draft their 2012 rosters. Here are some of the most interesting developments from the weekend:
Michael Turner looks extremely slow. He has been ineffective in the first two weeks of the preseason, and with Matt Ryan making plenty of throws targeting Roddy White and Julio Jones, expectations for Turner are even lower.
It is still unclear whether the Bills will be able to live up to the lofty standard they set during last year’s surprise season. Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller both have had little success on the ground in the first two exhibitions, and behind Stevie Johnson, the boys from Buffalo are lacking much depth at WR, save for perhaps Donald Jones. These guys will need to be much better to merit roster spots, especially in less deep leagues.
Will this finally be the year the Raiders break 2 years stuck at the 8-8 plateau for a winning season? Darren McFadden is making a case for consideration among the elite RBs of the league, and he has been targeted with a number of screen and short passes in the current offense. Darius Heyward-Bey may fall down the draft board a bit after looking a bit untidy so far this preseason, but he will be a serious value at WR to owners who pick him up.
They still feature one of the league’s most intimidating defenses, but the Jets just can’t seem to get things together on the offensive side of the ball. Mark Sanchez went 9-11 in the second preseason game, but it wasn’t pretty. None of the team’s WR corps, save for perhaps the injured Santonio Holmes (who should be ready to go for Week 1), appear to be at a high enough level to earn a roster spot.Shonn Greene looks disoriented, running into his own lineman on several occasions this past week. Buyer beware; this offense is shaky at best.
The Cowboys have shown some interesting tricks in their first pair of preseason matchups that should grab the attention of fantasy owners everywhere. Dez Bryant has been a beast – but he is somewhat fragile (reports that he hurt his knee again in practice Monday are another red flag for owners). If he can stay healthy, he will absolutely be a top flight WR. Tony Romo’s athleticism has helped him maintain his status as one of the best QB options outside of the few elite guys at the top. Assuming Miles Austin is ready to go for Week 1, he should be ready to rock and roll to duplicate his great 2011 season.
scoutPRO fantasy expert Nelson Sousa’s full report on what he saw is available for members on www.scoutpro.com. Check it out today!