The Steelers beat the Cowboys last night in an ugly 16-3 slogfest last night, but it’s hard to complain about football being back.
Steelers rookie RB and first-round pick Najee Haris looked solid, rushing for 22 yards on 7 carries. Dwayne Haskins, who would likely take the reins in the event of a Big Ben injury, was serviceable, going 8-of-13 for 54 yards. Josh Dobbs through the only TD of the game. On the Cowboys side, RB Rico Dowdle led with 43 yards on 8 carries.
The preseason is more about trying to see if teams are tipping their hand with usage then trying to extrapolate who is performing well. We’ll get more and more revelations as we get deeper into August.
📰 Fantasy News for the true sickos.
* It’s hard to ignore the steady drumbeat on Jets rookie WR Elijah Moore. Day after day I log on to Twitter to see more hype: “If Moore continues what he’s doing in training camp into the regular season...It’s 50/50 that he could be this year's Justin Jefferson,” said Jets beat reporter DJ Bien-Aime. Conor Hughes shared similar sentiments: “I think the craziest thing about Moore is every day I come here saying I’m going to focus on someone else. Then he makes that impossible.”
* The blurbs on the Eagles backfield are all over the place these days. First it was Kenny Gainwell looking like the Nyheim Hines in this offense. Then yesterday it was Boston Scott splitting carries with Miles Sanders. And now we have Sanders struggling, per Dave Zangaro: “I want to make clear that purely as a runner, Sanders is having a very good camp. He looks quick, explosive and agile. But he’s had far too many drops and also fumbled on Day 8 of practice. The drops are what are very concerning.”
* It’s always safe to be skeptical about rookie tight ends producing in their first year, but it sounds like Colts TE Kylen Granson has a shot: “This is a guy who is going to play in 2021. Granson has taken his fair share of 1st-team reps, showing a different skill set than Jack Doyle and Mo Alie-Cox. Granson brings a different pace to the TE position and the Colts are going to use that in some capacity this year,” said Kevin Bowen.
* Just a week or so ago, Chargers RB Justin Jackson was a potential cut, but now the beat reports are changing course. Sports Illustrated's Fernando Ramirez: “Jackson has been taking a lot of the higher-up reps...If he stays healthy, he will be second in command behind Austin Ekeler."
* Ramirez also highlighted Chargers rookie WR Josh Palmer: “Palmer looks like a steal so far in practice. The ball rarely has, if ever, touched the ground when thrown to the receiver wearing a single digit. Tyron Johnson and Jalen Guyton have missed practice, which has opened the door for people to watch Palmer perform."
* Here’s a deep sleeper for you that I need to start drafting: Cardinals RB Eno Benjamin. Kliff Kingsbury on him: “I can't tell you how far he's come from last training camp to now, just the way he's approaching the game, study habits, in the classroom, on the field, I mean, it's been great to see.”
📚 The Fantasy Articles You Must Read
Alvin Kamara among players who will score fewer TDs in 2021 by Mike Clay. Over at ESPN+, part of the Rotopass network, Mike Clay looks at players who are bound to regress and score fewer touchdowns in 2021.
2021 Fantasy Football Tiers & Rankings: Wide Receivers by Rich Hribar. “These tiers will allow you to notice actionable gaps in player pricing per tier which in turn allows for arbitrage in your fantasy drafts.” Get access to all of Rich’s tiers at Sharp Football with a Rotopass sub.
🚑 The Injury Ward
* Jay Glazer reported that Carson Wentz should be back sooner rather than later. The initial time frame for his return was 5-12 weeks. That’s great news all around for the Colts.
* Glazer also reported that Cowboys QB Dak Prescott is dealing with a shoulder injury that is similar to a baseball injury. This is mildly concerning since the injury is now “week-to-week” but the team insists he’ll be ready for Week 1. I’m buying the dip in drafts.
* Titans WR Julio Jones picked up a small leg injury this week though Ian Rapopport says it’s “nothing major.” Get ready for a long season of missed practices and questionable tags for Julio.
* Giants WR Kenny Golladay is likely out 2-3 weeks as he recovers from his hamstring injury, per Pat Leonard of the New York Daily news.
* Lions RB D’Andre Swift has been limited at practice due to a tight groin. Head coach Dan Campbell on Swift: "He's bound pretty tight and he runs hot, so we're trying to get him (good work) and then back him down."
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Have a great weekend.