Preseason Week 3 – Regular Season Approaching Fast

scoutPRO has been busy watching the NFL preseason 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 Week 3:

While the Jaguars continue waiting on holdout fantasy stud RB Maurice Jones-Drew, Rashad Jennings has put his best foot forward in this preseason, earning him consideration for owners if he gets the job in MJD’s absence. Although this team hasn’t shown a lot of offensive power in the past few seasons, Blaine Gabbert is developing at a better than expected rate, and rookie Justin Blackmon has already emerged as an impact player worthy of your roster.

We all know Aaron Rodgers is an elite QB, and Cedric Benson has looked good in his touches the past few weeks, but WR Jordy Nelson has been the real breakout star of the Packers’ preseason so far. The former second-round pick appears capable of topping even the very solid Greg Jennings as the Cheese’s #1 receiver. Becoming Rodgers’ favorite target is certainly nothing to be ignored by fantasy owners.

Although many pundits are expecting Trent Richardson to be a primetime contributor for the Browns in his first season, many signs have pointed to the team taking it slow with the #3 overall draft pick. It is hard to envision Richardson carrying the full load with Montario Hardesty and Brandon Jackson available to pitch in, which damages the rookie’s upside. Be careful not to overvalue him.

While Ray Rice continues to be himself (a super-elite RB), the real news out of Baltimore’s preseason games for fantasy owners are Joe Flacco and Torrey Smith, who have both increased their stock with solid performances. QB Flacco has shown composure, and runs a talented offense that will make him a great #2. Smith has been impressive, and will make a good #2 or an excellent #3 at WR. Keep eyes on Anquan Boldin in later rounds of the draft; he still has plenty to offer owners.

Torrey Smith's stock keeps rising.

The Cardinals QB ‘battle’ (more like ‘who stinks less’) between Kevin Kolb and John Skelton has now gotten even more confusing, as neither are slated to start in the Cards’ preseason finale vs. the Broncos. Forget either as an option this year, although there shouldn’t be any doubts about standout Larry Fitzgerald, as he has proven he can catch anything the pathetic duo can heave his way.

As usual, scoutPRO fantasy expert Nelson Sousa’s full report on what he saw is available for members on www.scoutpro.com. Check it out today! 

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