August 17th Training Camp Fantasy Notes
August 16, 2015 | Chet
Breshad Perriman and his 4.25 40-yard dash remain sidelined with a strained tendon and an accompanied bruised knee that he earned in the very first day of training camp. That was nearly three weeks ago and they still aren’t sure of a timetable for his return, though Coach John Harbaugh is hoping that he’ll be back before the start of the regular season. With Torrey Smith off to San Francisco, Baltimore was hoping to have the rookie wideout set to stretch the field for QB Joe Flacco while taking some pressure off of Steve Smith in his final year of NFL duties. Breshad accumulated 1,044 yards in his final season at Central Florida in only 50 receptions so he’s got plenty of experience as a long-ball type (check out Breshad Perriman’s Dynasty Draft Profile).
This news really doesn’t help anyone’s fantasy stock as both Kamar Aiken and Marlon Brown also missed Saturday’s practice, meaning 3 of the projected top-4 WRs are having trouble staying on the field.
While the Buffalo Bills were on the other side of the field switching through quarterbacks, attempting to have a good look at each of them, Carolina had the good fortune of taking their QB out in the 2nd quarter Friday just to ensure health. Cam Newton started the night off 1-for-6 but completed a drive in which he found his boy Kelvin Benjamin in the end zone for a 2-yard pass. We know that Kelvin can ball against professional defensive backs, but what about rookie Devin Funchess? Well he’s attempting to make sure people know that Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson aren’t the only tree-sized tag team in the NFC South after making a couple nice plays including this impressive catch from Derek Anderson.
The oft-injured Jonathan Stewart didn’t get to handle the ball which seems is nothing more than precaution through the early parts of August.
Green Bay’s Clay Matthews returned to practice Saturday after missing the matchup against the Patriots to start preseason play. The Cheeseheads will definitely want one of their best defensive players and his 11.0 2014 sacks back in the lineup before the start of their season to help avoid too many “shootout” games. The team actually finished as the no.2 fantasy defense (behind Philadelphia), accumulating 6.9 FPts/G. With teams commonly forced to air the ball out to try to keep pace with Green Bay’s blistering offense, it’s not too hard to see how they were top-10 in both sacks and interceptions.
Sadly for those of us who had already had a good amount of stock in one Mr. C.J. Spiller, he will now be missing the rest of the preseason after having arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday. After missing a practice and the preseason opener some were skeptical of his absence and the announcement of the surgery proved them right. He is expected to be back in time for week one so he can turn into King Checkdown now that Jimmy Graham and Pierre Thomas are no longer with the team. This boosts Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson’s value for the short term, but Robinson probably still shouldn’t be bothered with in your year-long leagues.
The No. 4 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft was worked into the offense gameplan very early in the Oakland Raider’s preseason opener, with all four of his touches coming in the first eight snaps of the game. He accrued 3 catches for 22 yards and 3 additional yards on an end-around. Amari Cooper (Check out his Dynasty Draft Profile) was targeted one more time -in the end zone- but the route was jumped and intercepted. Said QB Derek Carr, “We were just on different pages. We’ll get that cleaned up. I’ve got to do my part to fix that.” The rookie and veteran Michael Crabtree should help to compliment each other’s game throughout the season as Oakland will look to pass often, even if most of those passes come in the fourth quarter. In 2014 Derek Carr was forced to throw the ball 599 times, the 7th most in all of the NFL.