Andre Johnson, Ronnie Hillman, and Three More Preseason Thoughts
Five quick thoughts from preseason week three.
Andre Johnson doesn’t care that you think he’s old. He’s still a solid #1 WR who sports a LOW END 12.2 points/game PPR projection. His high end projection? 18.8 points/game. See for yourself. With an overall ADP of 30, you can get him as your WR1 if you think the RB-RB draft strategy is back.
Speaking of fantasy football projections, tailback Mark Ingram continued to flash the versatility that the Saints have promised to feature more this season when he gained 29 yards on a perfectly executed screen pass. He also broke off a 23-yard run up the middle.
Kinda makes you wonder if Mark Ingram can be a RB2 this year. There’s a lot of dissonance surrounding his fantasy potential this year, and it’s clear Pierre Thomas hasn’t been phased out either. So who will be most productive? Make your own projections here.
Offensive Coordinator Adam Gase said… “So this has been a big emphasis, and for us to have three fumbles in the first half (at Seattle) was totally unacceptable.
“We’ve been working on it again, and the point of emphasis has to be that we cannot turn the ball over.”
So said the Broncos’ Offensive Coordinator before Denver’s preseason week 3 game. So of course Ronnie Hillman fumbles. And the fumble is returned for a TD. That was Hillman’s second fumble in two games. Montee Ball didn’t fumble, but did manage to drop a wide open pass. Meanwhile Knowshon Moreno “looked like the Broncos’ most polished, confident and versatile back.” Moreno is the cheapest back to own in Denver’s backfield, and you might be surprised at his physically comparable players and late season productivity.
Alfred Morris has the starting running back locked up. But Helu looks like a solid pick for the backup position, and he could get on the field even more thanks to his pass-catching ability. Last season Morris only caught 11 passes, and though he worked hard on his catching skills in the offseason, an opening exists for a third down back in the Skins offense.
We might be sleeping too hard on Helu. It’s not hard to see him with 8+ points/game in PPR formats, and he has a very palatable 15th round ADP with more upside than many of the guys going before him (e.g. Daniel Thomas, Jonathan Franklin, Joseph Randle). Try plugging him in to the RB Sim App to see for yourself.
In that loss to the Bears, Pryor connected on 7-of-9 passes for 93 yards, rushed for 37 yards and accounted for two TDs.
Pryor’s ability to get out of the pocket and run certainly adds a different dimension to Oakland’s offense than Flynn. And it is a valuable dimension, given that an already-shaky Raiders line recently lost standout left tackle Jared Veldheer for the season.
Barring a miraculous recovery of arm strength it looks like Matt Flynn will once again be beaten out for QB1 duties. I don’t think Pryor will have a Russell Wilson-esque season, but if he holds on to the job, Pryor’s ascension sure makes the late round QB strategy more interesting than ever. For what it’s worth, even some opposing players think the Raiders should roll with Pryor.
Spoke with a Bears player after the game, and he said: “The Raiders have to go with Pryor. He at least gives them a chance.”
— Steve Corkran (@CorkOnTheNFL) August 24, 2013