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Preseason Week 3 Notes


We think we learned some stuff in Week 1 and Week 2 of the preseason. Week 3 will either confirm that stuff or send us back to the drawing board. I'll be keeping a running tab of observations and fantasy takeaways, so check back often.


* RB Devonta Freeman played 6 of 9 snaps on the Falcons' opening possession before taking a seat for the rest of the night. RB Ito Smith played the other 3 snaps on that drive.


* Redskins RB Derrius Guice saw his 1st game action since last summer's torn ACL. He played 18 of 30 snaps (60%) in the 1st half, ceding to RB Chris Thompson on 3rd downs and in hurry-up mode to end the half. Guice looked good, carrying 11 times for 44 yards, including this nasty stiff arm. He also caught his lone target for 4 yards. (Adrian Peterson didn't play in this one.)


* Another strong showing for Giants QB Daniel Jones, who went 9-of-11 for 141 yards against the Bengals. The rookie's preseason stats: 25 of 30 (83.3%) for 369 yards (12.3 YPA), 2 TDs and 0 INTs.


* Jaguars RB snaps with QB Nick Foles vs. the Dolphins:

Leonard Fournette - 17

Ryquell Armstead - 1


* Jaguars QB Nick Foles' target distribution vs. Miami:

Dede Westbrook - 7

Leonard Fournette - 3

And that's it.


* Patriots RB snaps with QB Tom Brady against the Panthers:

Sony Michel - 12

James White - 8

Rex Burkhead - 6

Damien Harris - 0


* Patriots RB Sony Michel was impressive vs. Carolina. He finished with 36 yards on 10 carries but showed good burst, change of direction and power. He had this 30-yarder called back by a holding penalty.


* Bengals RB Rodney Anderson made his preseason debut on Thursday night after his final college season ended with a torn ACL. The rookie managed just 7 yards on 8 carries but caught all 4 of his targets for 51 yards, including this impressive catch and run. Anderson is a long shot for 2019 fantasy value behind Joe Mixon, Gio Bernard and maybe Trayveon Williams. But he's a nice dynasty stash.


* Eagles WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside balled out in Thursday night's game against the Ravens, hauling in 8 of 9 targets for 104 yards and a score. Here's video of every target. If injury strikes Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson or Nelson Agholor this year, JJAW looks capable of making a fantasy impact.


* Lions RB Kerryon Johnson was pulled before most of the other starters on Friday night. But he played all 5 snaps on the opening possession, including a 3rd and 6. That's encouraging after he was pulled on all three 3rd downs with the 1st-team offense in the 2nd exhibition.


* Lions QB Matt Stafford's target distribution vs. the Bills:

T.J. Hockenson - 4

Danny Amendola - 4

Marvin Jones - 3

Kerryon Johnson - 2

C.J. Anderson - 2

Jesse James - 2

Ty Johnson - 1

(Kenny Golladay had 1 target that was negated by a penalty.)


* Bills RB snaps with QB Josh Allen vs. Detroit:

LeSean McCoy - 14

Frank Gore - 9

Devin Singletary - 1


* Bucs RB snaps with QB Jameis Winston vs. the Browns:

Ronald Jones - 11

Peyton Barber - 10

Dare Ogunbowale - 10

Andre Ellington - 3

Most of Ogunbowale's snaps came in hurry-up mode at the end of the 1st half. He might be emerging as Tampa's pass-catching back.


* Cardinals QB Kyler Murray's target distribution vs. the Vikings:

Christian Kirk - 6

KeeSean Johnson - 4

David Johnson - 2

Charles Clay - 2

Ricky Seals-Jones - 2

Trent Sherfield - 2

Damiere Byrd - 2

Larry Fitzgerald - 1

Maxx Williams - 1

Chase Edmonds - 1


* Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes' target distribution vs. the 49ers:

Damien Williams - 3

Tyreek Hill - 3

Darwin Thompson - 2

Sammy Watkins - 1

Blake Bell - 1


* Cardinals RB snaps in a little less than 1 half of action with QB Kyler Muray vs. the Vikings:

David Johnson - 27

Chase Edmonds - 7

Johnson finished with 9 carries and 2 targets.


* Chiefs RB snaps with QB Patrick Mahomes vs. the 49ers:

Damien Williams - 7

Darwin Thompson - 5

Darrell Williams - 2


* Steelers RB snaps with QB Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday night:

James Conner - 15

Jaylen Samuels - 3

Trey Edmunds - 1