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Fantasy Football Week 2 Preseason Takeaways: Chris Olave continues to impress

By Jennifer Eakins, 4for4

Special to Yahoo Sports

Are we done with the preseason yet? Getting through a whole game at this juncture isn’t the easiest of tasks, as most of the fantasy-relevant guys are barely on the field, but at least we saw more than in Week 1. As fantasy managers, we do need some clarity before the bulk of drafting starts, so that's where I come in. Here's a position-by-position look at how Week 2 went down, so you can plan and adjust accordingly for the onslaught of upcoming drafts.

Quarterbacks

Seattle’s QB competition is not over

Drew Lock was sidelined due to COVID-19, and Geno Smith had a chance to separate himself but didn’t really make it happen. Smith orchestrated five punts in the six possessions he was a part of, with one series ending in a missed field goal. The lackluster performance wasn’t entirely Smith’s fault; there were dropped passes and penalties, which added to the poor showing. Lock will need a strong outing next week with Smith faltering again to win the job, but the bottom line here is that Seattle is probably not going to be a great football team to invest in for fantasy purposes in 2022.

Carson Wentz may be best left on the waiver wire

I doubt many of you were rushing to draft Wentz in single-QB leagues, but if there was a flicker of thought to do so, it’s best that you don’t. The 29-year-old finished 6-of-9 for 64 yards in three series and was 0-for-3 on third downs. Yikes.

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Running Backs

Zack Moss is not going away quietly

Why can we never have shiny things like a clear Buffalo backfield? Moss returned from the depths of cutsville to score two touchdowns on Saturday night and operated as their main back in short-yardage situations. Rookie James Cook was also effective when his number was called, rushing four times for 38 yards, with one catch on one target for another 12 yards. Devin Singletary is an eighth or ninth-round pick right now on Yahoo, with Cook going in Round 12 and Moss going undrafted in the vast majority of leagues.

The backup RB role behind James Conner in Arizona may have gotten cloudier

We hate muddy RB rooms for fantasy football purposes, and Jonathan Ward is putting in the work to make things less clear for us during draft season. Eno Benjamin was out in front as the Cards RB2, but Ward’s performance of three rushes for 11 yards, a catch for 27, and three kickoff returns for 90 yards may have earned him a seat at the Arizona RB table this season. Both Benjamin and Ward are late-round darts in best ball.

Wide Receivers

Chris Olave is still out there balling

After turning heads at the joint practices with the Packers earlier in the week, Olave caught a 20-yard touchdown for his first NFL score on Saturday night. With limited competition for targets behind Michael Thomas, who hasn’t played an NFL snap since December of 2020 and has a hamstring injury currently, Olave could have a highly productive rookie campaign in New Orleans and currently has an ADP of 126.2 on Yahoo.

Rookie receiver Chris Olave is quickly carving out a role with the Saints, making him appealing in fantasy drafts. (Photo by Larry Radloff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Rookie receiver Chris Olave is quickly carving out a role with the Saints, making him appealing in fantasy drafts. (Photo by Larry Radloff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Don’t sleep on Jahan Dotson

Training camp hype favored oft-injured Curtis Samuel as the Commanders' WR2, and Dotson’s ADP has made in a late-round flier, often going undrafted in shallow leagues on Yahoo. Washington showed their faith in the first-round rookie on Sunday, as Dotson tied Terry McLaurin with 18 first-team snaps and 10 routes with the ones, as well. It’s tough to get too excited about targets from Carson Wentz after his preseason action, but Dotson’s inexpensive draft price makes him worthy of consideration in all formats.

We may need to care about Nelson Agholor again (at least for best ball)

The recent tradition of trying to figure out the Patriots' weapons both via ground and air is alive and well for 2022. While most drafters are trying to decide between Jakobi Meyers, Kendrick Bourne, DeVante Parker, or rookie Tyquan Thornton (who now has a collarbone injury) , Nelson Agholor has been the forgotten man. QB Mac Jones connected with Agholor on a critical seven-yard third down, then again on a 45-yard bomb down the sideline. While the former Eagle and Raider is not advisable for redraft purposes, a dart throw Agholor’s way could provide a few big-play-oriented spike weeks a la DeSean Jackson in best ball formats.

Josh Palmer is who we think he is

The Chargers WR3 has been a staple for me this summer as a fantasy WR4/5. We want pieces of high-scoring offenses, and Palmer is a player sitting in a great spot to outperform his draft stock, which costs you a late-round pick on Yahoo or nothing at all on waivers. Both Keenan Allen and Mike Williams have dealt with injury and inconsistency issues, so if anything were to happen to either, Palmer’s role could spike even higher. The 22-year-old had a solid outing on Saturday night, posting a 3-75-1 line in LAC’s loss to the Cowboys.

We finally have a WR1 in Jacksonville

It’s been a minute since the Jags have had a clear alpha in the WR room, but it appears they have their man in Christian Kirk. The wideout signed a four-year deal worth $72 million in March which indicated their intentions, then targeted Kirk a team-high eight times on Saturday, including twice on third downs, which led to five catches for 54 yards.

Prepare the bust in Canton for Gabriel Davis

Well, maybe not, but he did have a pretty good day against the Broncos' backups, catching two of three targets for 47 yards and a touchdown. Davis has been one of the most polarizing players in terms of draft spot and, for now, is still a seventh-rounder as the 24th WR off Yahoo draft boards.

Wan’Dale Robinson is worth drafting

For the second week in a row, the rookie played the majority of slot snaps for New York in 11 personnel and saw three balls on Sunday against the Bengals. It appears the Giants want him involved, so his floor should be fairly safe. Daniel Jones looked more confident under center this week, and if this offense takes any steps forward, which shouldn’t be too difficult, Robinson should be a fantasy contributor despite being a late-round flier or undrafted in most Yahoo leagues.

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Tight Ends

Jody Fortson is looking like he could be a thing

As if the Chiefs' pass-catching group was not crowded and foggy enough, we now have Jody Fortson playing his way into possible fantasy relevancy. Operating as a legitimate red-zone threat for KC, Fortson caught two touchdowns from Patrick Mahomes against the Commanders, one of which was a very tight window, indicating the confidence his QB has in the sophomore TE. While Travis Kelce is still their TE1, Fortson could be a sneaky best ball dart for those looking to diversify.

Create another HOF bust for Ravens TE Isaiah Likely

One of the biggest surprises of 2022 so far, Likely has 12 catches this preseason which includes eight receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown from Sunday night’s contest against the Cardinals. The TE in the body of a WR showed he can get open in coverage and break tackles, most likely earning himself that third pass-catching spot behind Mark Andrews and Rashad Bateman in the Ravens offense.

Kickers

Will Lutz is back, baby

After missing the 2021 season due to a core muscle injury, the Saints kicker easily stuck a 59-yard field goal on Friday night after nailing his only attempt in their first preseason game, as well.

Giants kicker Graham Gano left with a concussion

After diving to make a tackle, Gano was diagnosed with a head injury and did not return to Sunday’s on-field action. He could be ready to play by Week 1, but with concussions, it’s tough to rely on a set timetable. The Giants will likely seek out a replacement if things don’t look promising.

This article was originally published on 4for4.com

A proud alumna of the UGA Grady College of Journalism, Jennifer Eakins has been working in the sports industry for well over a decade. She has had stints with CNN Sports, the Atlanta Hawks and the Colorado Rockies. Her first fantasy football draft took place in 1996 where she selected Ricky Watters with the first overall pick, and she has been a fantasy degenerate ever since.

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