The fake games continue, and with the lockout erasing offseason OTAs and training camp availability shortened for many players the second week saw several regulars get extended action. The Patriots, Steelers and Chargers all look to be in midseason form, the Texans are turning heads, and the Browns—yes, the Browns—are flashing some offense as well. Oh, and Tarvaris Jackson threw a touchdown for the Vikings—which used to be a good thing, only now he’s with the Seahawks so it’s not so great.
It’s still the exhibition season, but there are some performances fantasy owners need to be cognizant of.
Michael Vick vs. Steelers, 5-12-47-0-3 passing, 2-3 rushing – The Dream Team had a nightmare outing in Pittsburgh, with the lone highlight of Vick’s three-pick night being his hard tackle on Troy Polamalu. If you’re a Vick doubter this is fuel for your fire; if you’re a Vick believer, his trade value will never be lower and if your draft or auction is this week he’s eminently obtainable. As my radio co-host Christian Peterson pointed out on our show this weekend, if you get 16 games of Vick at last year’s productivity level you’re getting the sixth-most productive fantasy quarterback on his passing stats alone… plus Ray Rice’s rushing numbers. Just sayin’.
Arian Foster vs. Saints, 5-47-2 rushing, 1-6 receiving; Ben Tate 9-95-1 rushing, 1-13 receiving – Foster’s hamstring looks just fine and his performance did absolutely nothing to dissuade those eyeing him with the first overall fantasy pick. But keep in mind that the Texans had Tate queued up to be their starter last season prior to his injury, and he looked good enough here that it will be extremely difficult to keep him off the field.
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