Ah, the preseason—full-price tickets for a quarter or two of starters, followed by a glorified scrimmage between a bunch of guys who’ll finish the month with a bunch of NFL t-shirts and some great memories to tell their friends.
Some memories—say a kick return for a score or two short-yardage touchdowns in the fourth quarter of a meaningless game—are better than others. But some performances might actually open eyes, influence coaches, and earn players playing time—playing time which can be turned into fantasy productivity.
Here’s a look at some of the more notable performances from the first weekend of the preseason, and what they might mean for fantasy owners.
Stevan Ridley vs Jaguars, 16-64, 2 TDs rushing and 7-47 1 TD receiving - The Patriots rookie ran wild over the Jaguars finishing with 111 total yards and three touchdowns. More importantly, the burly 225 lb. back scored from the goal line. This doesn't mean a major upgrade for Ridley - though he could assume a goal line roll this year - but more of a downgrade to BenJarvus Green-Ellis who may not be the best bull at the goal line this year. And to think we have not even seen Shane Vereen yet. Pats backfield will be a crap shoot to figure out and that makes Bill Belichick a happy camper.
Tarvaris Jackson vs Chargers, 3 of 5 for 13 yards passing - In fairness, this was only the first preseason game on a new team. In fairness, this was the offense that Jackson already knew and he looked true to why Viking fans wanted him gone. Jackson played for two series in the first quarter and was sacked and threw an intentional grounding pass straight up into the air that was miraculously not intercepted. Rough start for a rough year.
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