NFL 2018 Preseason Week 2 Fantasy Football Notebook

by Dennis Sosic
2018 NFL Week 2 Preseason Fantasy Football Notebook

Hello Fantasy friends and foes. Welcome back to the Fantasy Six Pack NFL 2018 Preseason Fantasy Football Notebook.

If you happen to miss the Week 1 news and notes, take a look at my NFL 2018 Preseason Week 1 Fantasy Football Notebook.

Onto Week 2 of the 2018 NFL Preseason with Fantasy owners wondering can anyone understand the new NFL rules? What is going on with QB jobs in Buffalo and New York? How will the injuries affect the NFL and Fantasy landscapes? Who were the winners of Week 2?

You can find the answers to these questions, and a whole lot more,  right here in the NFL 2018 NFL Preseason Week 2 Fantasy Football Notebook.

NFL 2018 Preseason Week 2 Fantasy Football Notebook

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What the ?&%^% is going on with these new NFL rules?

Through 32 preseason games, the referees have assessed 49 penalties for the new "leading with the helmet" rule. The inconsistency and idiotic usage of this rule seem to indicate that no one knows what the rule actually is. Not the refs! Not the players!

The refs seem to make it a point that the rule comes into play in every game regardless of the significance. Understandably, the preseason should be the "testing" ground for newly instituted rules, but shouldn't we have ONE set of rules that everyone is aware of AND understands!

Can anyone PLEASE explain to me what a legal tackle is? Anyone?! Please! Defensive players are outraged. Offensive players now fear the new rules force defenders to go even lower on the body - which means ankles and knees taking the brunt.

The perception of safety in the NFL and the desire to make it a safer game is, of course, paramount. However, is this the best that the almighty NFL can come up with? With more and more former players and their families filing concussion lawsuits, the NFL is trying to create the image of being proactive on their stand of player safety issues.

ALL football fans know it is a dangerous game. The rule changes are supposedly for the players' safety, but they have gone too far. Additionally, they don't even know what constitutes a legal hit anymore. Does anyone know?

Wait, I got an idea. I still might have flags and flags belts that I used to wear in my younger years. Well, nevermind, the NFL will mess up instituting the new rules of that as well. Come on NFL! You HAVE to be better than that!

Who wins the QB jobs with the Bills and the Jets?

Bills QB race down to Josh Allen and Nathan Peterman?

Presumed starter A.J. McCarron, who signed a two-year contract with the Bills in the offseason, completed just 3-of-6 passes for 12 yards in four series. The Bills offense gained only 22 yards on 12 plays while he was behind center. McCarron escaped an apparent broken collarbone Friday. He may resume practicing soon, but for now, he will sit out the remainder of the preseason. With McCarron out, two candidates remain to take over as the Bills starting quarterback.

Everyone knows that Josh Allen, the No.7 overall pick, is the quarterback hopeful of the future. The Bills want to take a cautious approach with Allen, who seems to have all the physical tools, but just needs game experience. Allen played well and led the Bills on three scoring drives. He completed 9-of-13 for 60 yards with one touchdown pass. Peterman, who started two games as a rookie last season, rallied the Bills with a touchdown pass finishing 8-for-10 and 113 yards.

The Bills announced Allen will start the third preseason game. This is the one where starters play the most. It would seem logical to suggest Allen as the starter come Week 1. However, there is now a lot of buzz about Bills looking for a veteran quarterback.

The Jets have a three-headed monster at QB

Rookie Sam Darnold returned to earth this week, going 8-of-11 for 62 yards and throwing a pick. Teddy Bridgewater came in and completed 10-of-15 passes for 127 yards, a touchdown, and one interception. Josh McCown didn't play, which is not surprising. The Jets know what they have in the veteran journeyman.

It remains a three-man race that anyone can win. Stay tuned for next week.

What were the notable injuries of NFL Preseason Week 2?

AJ McCarron, QB, Buffalo Bills

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McCarron suffered an apparent hairline fracture in his collarbone Friday. After further evaluation over the weekend, there was no fracture, but he may still miss several weeks. Rookie Josh Allen and Nathan Peterman now vie for the starting job.

Redskins Running Backs

Samaje Perine (ankle) was in a walking boot on Saturday and looks to be out for up to two weeks. Byron Marshall (lower leg), even longer - up to four weeks. These injuries came just one week after the Redskins suffered the first blow to their backfield when they lost rookie Darius Guice for the season after tearing his ACL.

The Redskins now have just three healthy running backs. This necessitated them to bring in veteran running back Adrian Peterson. This is a situation to stay away from in fantasy, unless you are taking a deep flier in the late rounds.

Jamal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers

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Williams suffered a minor low ankle sprain in Thursday's action. He had 818 yards from scrimmage and six touchdowns last season as a rookie. Most expected Williams as the starter on first and second downs while Aaron Jones served his two-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Ty Montgomery will continue as the Packers' third-down and pass back. Jamal Williams appears to have avoided the dreaded high ankle sprain and had basically a two-game tryout for a significant role in a high-octane offense. Fantasy owners should look for Williams as their low-end RB2/high-end FLEX.

Adam Shaheen, TE, Chicago Bears

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Shaheen left the game early on Saturday night against the Denver Broncos with an ankle injury. At the time, he was spotted getting carted off the field. Based on initial tests, they determined Shaheen suffered a low ankle sprain. This diagnosis would seem to make it favorable for him playing in Week 1.

In 2017, the 6'6" and 270-pound rookie stayed in as a blocker at a high rate. He caught 12 passes for 127 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games, including two passes for 20-plus yards.

Shaheen is projected to form a tight end tandem with off-season signing Trey Burton. Shaheen would take on the traditional in-line Y tight end position. Burton will occupy the U tight end, part of the formation where he moves all around as a receiver. He shone in Week 2, catching 4-of-5 passes for 45 yards and a score. Burton is a top-10 tight end, while Shaheen is someone that should not be on rosters unless Burton gets injured.

Isaiah Wynn, OL, New England Patriots

First-round offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn tore his Achilles tendon in Thursday night's game and will miss his rookie season. He was a candidate to replace Nate Solder as Tom Brady's bodyguard on the blind side. At worst, the Patriots were looking at him at either tackle spots prior to his injury. However, his 6-2, 310-pound frame suggests he might protect better at guard in the pros.

The Patriots could be in some trouble on their offensive line, whose main responsibility is to keep Brady upright. This injury leaves Trent Brown-at 6-8 and 380 pounds. He's the largest player in the NFL at left tackle. Brown played on the right side for the 49ers, who traded him to New England during this year's draft.

Zack Martin, OL, Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys guard has been diagnosed with a hyperextended knee following Saturday's 21-13 preseason loss to the Bengals, ESPN reported, citing an unidentified source.

The two-time All-Pro and four-time Pro Bowler is one of the key players on the Cowboys offensive line. Losing Martin would create a major trickle-down effect on the Cowboys offense, specifically their running game.

The good news is that the results of his MRI came back and it appears that he has no structural or ligament damage to his knee. He should be ready to return for Week 1.

Who were with Winners of NFL Preseason Week 2?

Jimmy Garrapolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers

Jimmy Garoppolo made very few mistakes in Week 2 action, finishing 10-of-12 for 136 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown to wideout Trent Taylor in about a quarter of work. His only pass of the second quarter was a deflected interception.

He was impressive and showed poise, especially on third and fourth downs. He completed 7-of-7 for 106 yards with six going for first downs. I think the 49ers have found themselves a quarterback for years to come.

Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs

Mahomes bomb to Tyreek Hill was a thing of beauty. He threw it over three defenders and it traveled 68.6 yards in the air. That’s longer than any NFL pass traveled in all of 2017, including pre- and postseason throws.

His arm strength gives the Chiefs' offense a new vertical dimension it never had under Alex Smith. Mahomes will be fun to watch this season. At the same time, maddening as he learns the pro game, but these big-time throws lead to big plays and points.

Josh Rosen, QB, Arizona Cardinals

The rookie quarterback is playing well so far this preseason. In Saturday's game, he was 10-of-16 for 107 yards and a touchdown for a 102.9 rating, leading two scoring drives in his 27 snaps.

He has shown accuracy and anticipation which put him among the top quarterbacks of the 2018 draft class. He may not start 2018 as the Cardinals' quarterback, but do not be surprised if Rosen moves ahead of Sam Bradford before the season is out.

Davis Webb, QB, New York Giants

Well, Davis Webb did a good job of shutting me up. After calling for him to be ousted as the backup to Eli Manning, due to his horrible 9-for-22, 70-yard performance in the preseason opener, Webb played well in Week 2.

Webb came out and completed 14-of-20 passes for 140 yards and a passer rating of 106.2 as the starter. It looks like Webb will indeed be the Giants second-string quarterback going into the 2018 season.

Christian McCafferey, RB, Carolina Panthers

In his rookie season, McCaffrey had just one carry go for more than 18 yards, a 40-yard run in Week 12. In Week 2 of the NFL Preseason, McCaffrey was set up by wonderful blocking, hit a gaping hole and outran two defenders for a 71-yard touchdown run.

Take away his long run, he still averaged 5.25 yards per carry on his other four carries. He also caught four passes for 28 yards, including a long of 18 yards. His ability to earn yards between the tackles has been impressive this season. Hopefully, this touchdown is a sign of things to come for the second-year running back.

James White, RB, New England Patriots

James White continues to be underrated and produce for the Patriots. He finished the Week 2 game with four carries for 31 yards and six receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown. Do not forget about James White late in your fantasy drafts.

Marquise Goodwin, WR, San Francisco 49ers.

After two preseason games, Marquise Goodwin seems set as the No.1 WR for the 49ers. He finished with three catches for 61 yards in Week 2, including a 40-yard bomb down the sideline to set up a score.

The chemistry that Garropolo and Goodwin exhibited in the second half last season when Goodwin had a five-game stretch of 78-plus yards has carried over to the preseason. Look for huge things from Goodwin in the 2018 season.

Taywan Taylor, WR, Tennessee Titans

Taywan Taylor had a gigantic game for the Titans on Saturday. He caught four passes for 95 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Taylor, who ran an unofficial time of 4.39 in the 40 in college and ran a 4.45 and 4.5 at the NFL Combine, took a screen pass 47 yards for his first touchdown. With Rishard Matthews (undisclosed) still not available this camp, Taylor has stepped up and should be starting opposite Corey Davis Week 1. Look for Taylor in your drafts as he will provide sneaky production for fantasy owners.

James Washington, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

It looks like the Steelers found another wideout gem in the second round. Last season, they selected JuJu-Smith Schuster and in the 2018 draft, the Steelers chose wideout James Washington. He has been impressive so far this preseason and showcased his reputation for winning contested catches and highlight ability on both of his touchdown catches.

Washington finished the game with five receptions for 114 yards and two touchdowns. The Steelers' offense will be hard to defend this season. Grab Washington late in your drafts, especially in standard formats. He will probably won't have many catches, but he will make them count for six points.

Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers

Former first-round pick Mike Williams spent most of his rookie season battling a back injury. I really didn't want to put him on this list, because I want to get him in all of my drafts. He is a great late-round flyer who could score double-digit touchdowns this season.

Trey Burton, TE, Chicago Bears

Trey Burton showed the Bears what kind of weapon he can be in this offense in Week 2. He caught 4-of-5 targets for 45 yards and a score. He was moved all around the formation and we saw why the Bears paid big money to acquire him in free agency. Burton will finish the 2018 season as a top- seven TE.

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