Looking Ahead To Week 3 of the NFL Preseason


For most teams, week 3 of preseason is their most important game. If healthy, all the starters participate in week 3 before not playing in week 4. It's our best chance to scout talent, and this is typically when positional battles are finalized, if not earlier. Here is the most interesting scenario in every week 3 game this year, from a fantasy perspective.

Miami Dolphins at Philadelphia Eagles - Recent news has surfaced that LeGarrette Blount is incapable of meeting expectations when in the shotgun formation, and he could be cut. Wendell Smallwood could end up being the week 1 starter in Philadelphia. With Blount at 5.04, this could be a crucial situation for your fantasy team.

Carolina Panthers at Jacksonville Jaguars - The Jaguars chose not to release an official depth chart this week, signaling that there is a positional battle going on between Blake Bortles and Chad Henne. Bortles is doing awful (what's new?) this preseason and it may be time for a change. I'm just hoping one of them outplays the other for the sake of Allen Robinson's value.

New England Patriots at Detroit Lions - New England's backfield situation gets more complicated by the day. I wasn't on the Mike Gillislee hype train to begin with, and I'm certainly not now after Rex Burkhead shined in their 2nd preseason game against Houston. If anything, this could be a sign that Burkhead is taking over the lead role of pass catching back.

Kansas City Chiefs at Seattle Seahawks - Seattle's backfield went from a soft spot on the team to a potential workhorse bunch. Starting in training camp, we've heard positive reports about Thomas Rawls and seen elite preseason games from Alex Collins and Chris Carson. The thing I'll be watching for most, however, is the Rawls/Lacy battle. The RB1 in Seattle will provide RB2 value, and it's important to know which guy is the smart guy to draft.


New York Jets at New York Giants - For back to back weeks, Paul Perkins has disappointed. He was expected to be a workhorse in the Giants' offense, and it will be an interesting situation to follow with a potential committee forming.

Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons - Bruce Arians recently said that John Brown is not guaranteed a spot on the team, which is shocking. He was expected to be the WR2, but Arians said that Jaron Brown is the team's 2nd wide receiver. The WR2 in Arizona could provide big play value late.

Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens - With Anquan Boldin retiring, there are plenty of targets available in Buffalo. Whoever sees the most targets out of Jordan Matthews, Zay Jones, and Charles Clay will undoubtedly have value.

Cleveland Browns at Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Right now, it's unclear if OJ Howard or Cameron Brate is the lead TE down in Florida. I'm expecting the winner of this battle to provide TE1 value because of how Winston loves to target his tight ends.

Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers - James Conner was expected to be the lead back behind Le'Veon Bell, but he is the 2nd lowest graded RB among 104 this preseason, according to Evan Silva on Twitter. Hopefully he performs better or else Pittsburgh might look to free agency at a possible De'Angelo Williams reunion.

Houston Texans at New Orleans Saints - Alvin Kamara played incredibly well Sunday, busting off a 50-yard touchdown run early. This was expected to be a backfield led by Ingram and Peterson, but Kamara could prove once again that he is a great late round stash.

Oakland Raiders at Dallas Cowboys - There are a ton of things to watch for, but with Darren McFadden running away (no pun intended) with the starting job in Elliott's absence last week, I'm paying attention to Marshawn Lynch. He only rushed twice last Saturday so hopefully we get to see him in some real action.

LA Chargers at LA Rams - I am looking to see if Jared Goff can repeat his stellar Week 2 performance. If he can, Sammy Watkins, Cooper Kupp, and even Todd Gurley see a great boost in value.

Green Bay Packers at Denver Broncos - Reports have surfaced from training camp that Jamaal Williams is pushing Ty Montgomery for his job. Montgomery missed week 2, so it's unclear whether or not these reports are true or not.

Chicago Bears at Tennessee Titans - Hopefully Corey Davis can play in week 3 because this should give us a clearer picture at who the WR1 really is down in Nashville. If he misses, I'm watching to see if Derrick Henry can build off his great Week 2 performance.

Cincinnati Bengals at Washington Redskins - Terrelle Pryor has caught only one pass in two games with the Washington Redskins, which is mildly concerning. Hopefully he can get some more catches under his belt before the season starts.

San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings - I'm still not 100% sold on Dalvin Cook being drafted ahead of McCaffrey. He's showed plenty of talent early on in preseason, but I can be comfortable with him if he's able to do it again.