Matt Leinhart - Is redemption a hip injury away?
Did you know that New England's leading running back this preseason is sophomore BenJarvis Green-Ellis? Now that's a mouthful. He's run for 124 yards, and 6.2 YPC. Fred Taylor is second with 46 yards. Sammy Morris has now dropped to fifth on the team's depth chart.
Adrian Peterson and Michael Turner, who have been no slouches this preseason, are statistically second and third respectively to San Francisco 49er rookie, Glen Coffee (230 yards and a 6.1 YPC average). Is there a place in your heart for San Francisco? He's a free agent in most standard leagues.
Number four on the list? The Green Bay Packer's rookie, Tyrell Sutton with 154 yards; and darn, Brandon Jackson's hurt...again. Could be useful information to have.
--Wide Receiver and Tight End Factoids--
We all know about the outstanding play of wide receivers, Chris Henry and Troy Williamson this summer, but who lands third on the list? Rookie Hakeem Nicks of the New York Giants (208 yards and two scores). While all eyes are on Steve Smith and Domenik Hixon, it's been Nicks who has been looking like Eli Manning's potential Plaxico replacement. Smith and Hixon show up at the 196th and 202nd spots in the rankings. Third string running back, Danny Ware, has more receiving yards then those two.
Cook - Head and shoulders above Scaife and Crumpler
No one has blown it up on the defensive back side of things, but one guy I'm keeping my eye on in drafts is CB Leodis McKelvin of the Bills. Last year his main duty was return skills on special teams. He scored a lot of fantasy points in return yardage leagues in 2008. This season he's getting in on defense too, and so far he's the second highest scoring DB, with six tackles, three pass defenses and two interceptions in limited play. See full 2009 IDP rankings.
So does all this information tell us anything or is it all meaningless stats through three meaningless games? It is after all only preseason, right? Looking back at the 2008 preseason stats the only names that lit it up in both preseason and the regular season were all running backs. DeAngelo Williams, Chris Johnson and Michael Turner were all in the top eight. Then again so were Rashard Mendenhall and Darren McFadden. So can the preseason games tell us anything useful from a fantasy perspective?
What do you think?
Oh, one final thing I discovered this preseason, Philadelphia Eagles Coach, Andy Reid likes good young dominant wide receivers.
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