Five tidbits of preseason information, wrapped in a bite sized piece of analysis.
Franklin’s game, based on the off-season and first three weeks of training camp, hasn’t fit as well in the NFL.
Franklin, 5 feet 10 inches and 205 pounds, can’t get out of neutral. He rushed seven times for 17 yards in the intrasquad scrimmage and nine for 23 in the first two games.
It’s just 16 carries, but Franklin’s average of 2.5 yards is about on par with the way he has practiced, too.
Jonathan Franklin is being drafted in the 9th round of PPR redraft leagues, and the 1st round of dynasty rookie drafts. Let’s slow the roll. Despite some initial negativity on our part, training camp and preseason reports are very high on fellow Packer’s rookie Eddie Lacy, who may be the best value in the GB backfield. In the same ADP range, Pierre Thomas boasts a flex-like 9+ points/game projection, and has proven productivity in the NO backfield. In dynasty rookie formats, we’re much higher, long term on Zac Stacy and Christine Michael.
And Harbaugh suggested Marlon Moore has a strong lead on one of the other spots..
“(I) wouldn’t say anything is cemented, but …Marlon Moore has done an excellent job…”
Matt Maiocco suggests than Marlon Moore has the inside track on one of the 49ers WR spots. Anquan Boldin, Quinton Patton, and Kyle Williams seem to be locks for three of the other spots. Besides adding more fuel to the A.J. Jenkins-may-not-make-the-roster speculation, there’s probably not much to do here. Marlon Moore has 6 career receptions in 29 career games, and wasn’t a dominant college receiver. But if you’re feeling saucy, you could create some projections for him using our Custom WR Cheat Sheet tool.
Via Lance Zierlein
A. Foster’s lingering back issues are a concern. Run blocking has been poor by 1st unit so far & I expect Texans to increase focus on pass
— Lance Zierlein (@LanceZierlein) August 18, 2013
Arian Foster is struggling a bit with a lingering back issue, and has yet to practice this spring. Foster has only missed three games in the past three years, but you may want to bump backup Ben Tate up a few spots on your target lists. Our RB App projects him at 8 points/game (PPR) with his backup workload. If Foster misses time Tate should profit mightily. It’s not too late to look for a breakout from Tate.
Both Vikings quarterbacks continue to struggle. Christian Ponder made a few nice plays buying time in the pocket, but he also felt pressure when it wasn’t there. The Vikings started the game with three consecutive three-and-outs. Ponder is 6-of-14 passing for just 68 yards with one interception in the preseason. Matt Cassel has not played any better.
Neither Christian Ponder nor Matt Cassel has looked good this preseason. Shocking, I know. With Adrian Peterson out of the lineup, Ponder & Cassel managed as many fumbles as Jennings & Patterson managed receptions (3). And yet Greg Jennings (7th round) and Cordarelle Patterson (12th round) are being drafted ahead of WRs with seemingly better prospcts. See Mike Williams and Reuben Randle, for example.
Helu successfully returned to game action Aug. 8, finishing with 57 yards on 13 carries against the Tennessee Titans. It was an important milestone for a Redskins offense counting on Helu to complement featured running back Alfred Morris.
Don’t forget that, when healthy, Helu was a productive back in 2011. If he keeps the Racial Slur’s 3rd down job, he might have flex value in PPR formats on his own, and as the main backup to Alfred Morris, he also has some handcuff appeal. We even thought he had some deep dynasty appeal back in May. Plugging him into the RB Lab App for a conservative per game projection of 2 carries/8 yards and 3 receptions/21 yards produces an 8+ points/game (PPR) projection. At his current ADP (16th round in 12 team PPR leagues) he offers good upside.