The preseason is upon us and that means we finally get a chance to see free agents with their new teams and our shiny new rookies in real game action. While many of our dynasty league staples won’t play much the first few weeks, we at least get to see some glimpses of some role players and get a taste for what they may (or may not) be able to do if given a bigger opportunity. While many fantasy football players won’t pay much attention to these games, they’re perfect for the true dynasty enthusiast to get an early idea on depth charts, player usage and even unearthing a future sleeper. We’ll go through the preseason games as they conclude each week and post this series with some short notes on what we observe during each game.
Indianapolis at New York Jets
You have to like what you saw from TY Hilton as he caught three passes for 38 yards. If this game was any indication (and it may not be since Reggie Wayne is being eased into things), Hilton could be the best receiver on the Colts this year. The news on him from camp has been glowing and he looks poised to take a nice step forward this season. Meanwhile, we didn’t see enough from Trent Richardson (five carries for 13 yards) to see if he looks any better. Hakeem Nicks caught one pass for 15 yards, but also didn’t do anything to silence those who think he may be washed up. Da’Rick Rogers may have an uphill climb to make the team, but he posted a nice 45-yard catch in limited action.
For the Jets, Chris Ivory started, but suffered a rib injury that doesn’t look to be too serious. Chris Johnson took his place and had 18 yards on six touches, including a one-yard touchdown run. The use of the running backs for the Jets is an interesting storyline, but it’s doubtful any of them are really going to carry your team to glory any time soon. Geno Smith started at quarterback as expected and finished his series completing four passes out of six attempts for 33 yards. Michael Vick played fairly well as the backup, but it’s obvious the Jets are going to do everything they can to make Smith successful. Eric Decker played for a short time and caught two passes for 12 yards in his New York debut. It’s really hard to tell what this offense is going to be able to accomplish, so they’ll be worth watching over the next few weeks.