Chris Givens, Coby Fleener and Five More Preseason Nuggets


Five morsels of preseason information, wrapped in a tasty piece of analysis.

Via Evan Silva

Fleener seems to get the jitters in traffic. Becomes mistake prone.



The Colts’ TE Prospect and collegiate teammate of Andrew Luck is not having a good camp, and now needs an MRI for a knee injury as well. In an offensive system that should play to the TEs, this could be a boost for Dwayne Allen, who posted a surprisingly good fantasy points/red zone target, assuming he recovers well from his foot injury. If you don’t care for either, try our TE Volatility Rankings on for size.


Via It Is What It Is

Jump about 8:10 in to this podcast to hear Lions’ beat writer Chris McCosky say that Mikel Leshoure “has not done anything to ingratiate himself” to the coaching staff. He thinks that Leshoure getting just a single carry in the preseason game vs. the Browns may have been a way to “send a message” to Leshoure. We’ve written negatively about Leshoure here and here. Joique Bell remains the non-Reggie Bush RB to own in the Detroit backfield, and he’s available on waivers in 12 team PPR leagues.


Via Blaine Gabbert’s Strong Outing

The second-year QB was extremely sharp against the Jets, prior to taking that knock, hitting on 13-of-16 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown. Henne, by comparison, finished 4-of-10 for 30 yards and an interception.

Despite breaking his throwing thumb, Blaine Gabbert has won the Jaguars’ QB competition, which says something about the quality of that competition. Nevertheless, this should have little fantasy impact on the Jags’ other fantasy relevant players. If you’re comfortable with his health and age, Maurice Jones-Drew has done just fine with middling QB David Garrard and sub-middling Gabbert; MJD could be in for a great 2013. And our QB/Receiver Efficiency App shows that Cecil Shorts was more efficient with Gabbert at QB:

Chad Henne Cecil Shorts 57 31 475 4 2 8.16
Blaine Gabbert Cecil Shorts 48 24 504 3 1 10.8


Via Cardinals Vs Cowboys Takeaways

Andre Roberts also joined the party, as he had a solid afternoon as well. If the first two preseason games are any indication then perhaps we are also seeing some chemistry developing between the two as well, As they paired up for a few completions early on.

In two preseason games Andre Roberts has 3 receptions for 48 yards and 1 TD. Not earth shattering, but better than Michael Floyd‘s 2/20/0 line. I’m not suggesting Roberts is better than Floyd, but Bruce Arians does like Roberts-esque WRs. Essentially undrafted in 12 team PPR formats, our WR App gives him a healthy high end projection of 12+ points/game.

Via Tape Don’t Lie

Playing Z receiver in St. Louis’ new wide-open spread, Givens jumpstarted the offense in the preseason opener by beating Browns top CB Joe Haden‘s jam for a 20-yard gain down the right sideline. Again lined up at Z, Givens ran a go route off play action down the right seam, burning Browns CB Trevin WadeSam Bradford‘s deep ball was on the money for a 59-yard connection.

In two preseason games, Givens has 4 receptions for 139 yards and a TD, including 57 yard and 59 yard completions. We don’t always recommend drafting small WRs, but when we do, they look like Chris Givens. He’s available in the 10th round – a full round after Vincent Brown, about whom we’re less sanguine. Givens is a good value with good upside.

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