10 takeaways from fantasy football from week 3 of the pre-season

There aren’t many ultra-important lessons to be learned from Week 3 of the NFL preseason, as many teams have continued to sit starters on both sides of the ball in an effort to let the youngsters one last chance to get a place on the list.

A few things are worked out, though, and before we take a closer look, one potential storyline jumped off the screen: The Green Bay Packers are in deep trouble if Aaron Rodgers runs out of time. The 38-year-old veteran remains sharp, but the holy guacamole is Jordan Love unprepared for the NFL.

After a pandemic-hit rookie season in 2020 and a second campaign learning the ropes in a format still impacted, the return to normal in his third year appears to have done nothing for his maturation on the pitch. . The heir apparent wasn’t even the best reserve quarterback of the lot in Week 3. Although it was just one game, there weren’t many positives in career since the main substitute to suggest that this team would even be competent if something happened. at No. 12. Fingers crossed, the Packers don’t need to rely on love at any time this year.

New York Jets wide receiver Denzel Mims earns honorable mention for his 7-102-1 line against the New York Giants. It was a quality display from a former top prospect whose near future is likely with a different ball club, although he still has no fantasy value at the moment.

In any case, what else have we learned that will impact fantasy football projects in the 2022 drafts and beyond?


Sam Howell gives commanders hope

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Yes, it’s pre-season. Yes, it’s a replacement. Yes, he is currently a third stringer. However, the point here is that in two of the three exhibition appearances, the rookie acquitted himself well. It wouldn’t matter if Washington’s starting quarterback wasn’t Carson Wentz. Howell completed 24 of 35 attempts for 280 yards and a touchdown. He added a team-best 62 yards rushing on eight bins, but Commanders returned five sacks from Howell. While he’s unlikely to represent anything in the fantasy if he has a chance in the starting lineup this year, Howell’s preseason finale is encouraging for a break-ice emergency and life after Wentz.


Tennessee’s future is bright

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Rookie quarterback Malik Willis’ preseason was mixed, but he looked decent enough against Arizona to provide hope for the future by connecting on 15 of 23 passes for 131 yards and a score. However, he threw a pick and took four sacks while averaging just 5.7 yards per attempt. The dynamic athlete showed his legs with 79 yards on four carries, which is how he will butter his bread early in his career.

Another rookie, wide receiver Treylon Burks, has endured a bumpy ride so far. He teased his fantasy potential in the third preseason contest by securing all three targets for 33 yards and a visit to the end zone. Granted, none of that work came with starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill, but it’s always positive to see this guy finally make plays on an NFL field.


Baker Mayfield won’t be looking over his shoulder

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It’s not that there were necessarily many doubts about Mayfield being the 2022 starter after acquiring the trade, but Sam Darnold’s sprained ankle (over 4-6 weeks) gives to Baker a long track to establish himself without fear of losing the job following a bad game. Mayfield completed 9-for-15 passes for 89 yards and two scores against Buffalo backups, solidifying his hold. He’s far from perfect, but it’s a win for Carolina’s entire cast of fantastic assets.


Demarcus Robinson emerges as a viable draft target

Robinson finished with four catches, 135 yards and a touchdown on six targets. No Lamar Jackson is to be noted, but that doesn’t automatically take away Robinson’s performance in Week 3 on a team desperately looking for someone not named Mark Andrews and Rashod Bateman to step in. Robinson flashed more than once during his NFL days, making the sixth-year pro an interesting deep-league driver, but it was a performance, and he’s not a lock to bring in the Tuesday’s final list.


Jacoby Brissett will cripple talented Cleveland players

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Houston, we have a problem in Cleveland. Not this problem… well, sort of. Brissett’s departure is a byproduct of the situation, and his fear is a concern for the fantastic options on this list. This will lead to more defenders in the box to slow down a dangerous rushing attack, and receiving outlets will face suppressed potential. Amari Cooper’s potential is stunted, while younger options, like David Bell and Donovan Peoples-Jones, go from flier to undraftable. Cleveland really should make a move to improve the position, even this late in the game. Tight end David Njoku is pretty much the only reliable option from week to week.


Isiah Pacheco etched his above a locker

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Kansas City hosted Green Bay and featured the rookie camp star in round seven as the main runner. Pacheco did not disappoint, rushing for 5.2 yards per carry on his 10 handles, including a long 13. Quality should secure his spot on the roster. The only question is whether he will be No. 2 or third on the depth chart after veteran Ronald Jones (8-43-0) finished on a high but still appears to be in the bubble. Jerick McKinnon could also be factored into the plans as a No. 2. If nothing else, Pacheco will find a kick-off return role and is one injury away from rushing the rock.


Dameon Pierce shines again, but Marlon Mack won’t go quiet

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Houston head coach Lovie Smith brought Pierce into the second preseason contest after seeing enough in camp and opening week. The final saw the former Florida Gators return to the court once again, and again he did not disappoint. Against San Francisco, Pierce ran just six times but racked up 37 yards and a score, which should lock him into the RB1 role, but it’ll likely be more of a ‘1a’ as Mack serves as ” 1b”. The former Indianapolis speedster had 55 yards on 10 attempts and will carve out a change role in an effort to keep him healthy and productive. The real question comes down to how many touches this backfield can offer with a defense that will struggle to hold the offense in position to hit the ball.


Jameis Winston in mid-season form

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After knee rehabilitation from a torn ACL in 2021 and a sprained foot that limited Winston’s availability on the court this summer, he came out shooting against the Los Angeles Chargers. The former Tampa Bay Buc went 4-for-4 and finished with 59 yards on a drive that resulted in a Mark Ingram TD dive. The rust has been removed, folks, and Jameis is ready to once again become famous in fantasy – which is great for all fantasy guns in this offense.


Justin Fields is closer than many seem to believe

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Cleveland didn’t play all of its starting defense, but Fields still deserves credit for dropping a trio of touchdowns on a unit that fielded several NFL-level players. He was near perfect with a 14-for-16 day at the office, resulting in 156 yards and the aforementioned three scores against no interceptions. Fields didn’t even take a sack and, perhaps most impressive of all, averaged 9.8 yards per attempt. He even added 11 yards on two carries. It’s preseason and only one game, but there’s a lot more energy surrounding his draft stock ahead of the final 10 days of player draft.


Tua-to-Tyreek should be A-OK

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Among the biggest stories of 2022, Tyreek Hill was traded to Miami. The transcendent question in all formats and fantasy circles is whether third-year pro Tua Tagovailoa can climb high enough to keep Hill from slipping into WR2 territory or worse. Miami took the pair out for a final tune-up against Philadelphia in what ended in a 48-10 shellacking. Tua missed just one of his seven throws and connected with Hill on two plays for 64 yards, just over half Tagovailoa’s yardage, en route to a perfect QB rating. The former Alabama southpaw also secured himself as the No. 2 fantasy passer on the rise.

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