Week one brought us some surprising performances and great story lines for week two. As we’ve said before, you’re likely out there combing through sites looking for what to watch for this week.
AT DLF, we won’t insult your intelligence. You already know who the best players are in fantasy and don’t need to watch a preseason game to see a series or two from established players to verify they’re still good. We realize you’re a professional and seasoned fantasy football player.
After doing this for as long as we have, we realize you come to this site for something a little different from the others and that’s exactly what we continue to focus on this preseason. We’re looking to unearth some of those deep sleepers, continue to track the progress of the rookies and clear up those position battles that are relevant in dynasty leagues more than conventional dynasty leagues.
With that in mind, here are thirty players to keep an eye on this week.
1. Julio Jones, WR ATL
His week one performance was simply dominant. He looks the part and has a chance to be special. We currently have him ranked as the 3rd best rookie in the Dynasty Essentials Guide, but he’s gaining ground on AJ Green and Mark Ingram.
2. Denarius Moore, WR OAK
The hype train in off the tracks. Can he continue to produce?
3. Antonio Brown, WR PIT
The Steeler receiving corps is loaded, but Brown delivered last week. His owners want to see it again before getting too excited.
4. Jake Locker, QB TEN
He looked surprisingly confident and effective in week one. Was it a fluke?
5. Donald Jones, WR BUF
He started ahead of the others in week one, but produced nothing. The coaching staff seems to be behind him, but we really need to see why.
6. Josh Johnson, QB TB
He has the tools to be a starter somewhere. While it won’t happen this season, he’s looking like a worthy long-term stash.
7. Montario Hardesty, RB CLE
He needs to get back in a game soon if he expects any kind of a role behind Hillis.
8. Cecil Shorts, WR JAX
He’s climbing up our watch list and seems to be making progress in cracking the Jags lineup sooner rather than later.
9. Darren Evans, RB IND
Can he repeat his solid performance and push Delone Carter?
10. Alex Smith, QB SF
The leash is getting awfully short and it looks like Harbaugh may not like him quite as much as he led on.
11. Ryan Mathews, RB SD
His camp has been nothing short of awful so far. He needs to have a good showing to hold off Mike Tolbert as the first option in San Diego.
12. Randall Cobb, WR GB
He looked the part in week one. Can he climb the depth chart?
13. Javon Ringer, RB TEN
Chris Johnson doesn’t look to coming to camp any time soon.
14. Josh Portis, QB SEA
He’s firmly on our sleeper list. Let’s see how bad the other Seahawk quarterbacks look.
15. Legedu Naanee, WR CAR
Looks like he’s getting the nod over LaFell at this point.
16. Chad Henne, QB MIA
He looked terrible last week and needs to show more soon to avoid all the Dolphins skill players losing value.
17. Eric Decker, WR DEN
It’s time for him to take off.
18. Evan Royster, RB WAS
He played ahead of Roy Helu in week one. Will it happen again or is the depth chart changing already?
19. Julius Thomas, TE DEN
He’s been dominant in practice – let’s see it translate to game action.
20. Tim Tebow, QB DEN
It’s like being on the freeway and seeing there’s an accident ahead. You creep along for twenty minutes before getting to the scene and inevitably stare at the wreckage and think, “oh, it’s not THAT bad.” It’s not, right?
21. John Beck, QB WAS
It’s like being on the freeway and seeing another accident. This time it’s pretty bad.
22. Lestar Jean, WR HOU
He had two catches for 53 yards on Monday night making people ask a simple question: “Who is Lestar Jean?” We should find out more this week.
23. Andre Roberts, WR ARI
One catch for nine yards and a fumble isn’t going to win you the job opposite Larry Fitzgerald. Let’s see more, eh?
24. Lance Kendricks, TE STL
He looked the part of a relevant option in re-draft league and not just a dynasty gem this week. Can he produce again?
25. Colt McCoy, QB CLE
He looked like a completely different player last week. What happens now?
26. Jimmy Clausen, QB CAR
His grip on the starting job is hanging by a thread.
27. Kregg Lumpkin, RB TB
It certainly looks like he could be the third down option and handcuff to LeGarrette Blount.
28. Kyle Williams, WR SF
He’s flying under the radar, but having a very good camp. Let’s see it translate into a game.
29. Dezmon Briscoe, WR TB
He’s pushing for time. Does it become impossible to ignore this week?
30. David Ausberry, TE OAK
The converted wide receiver is really making noise as of late. Kevin Boss was brought in to replace Zach Miller, but Ausberry is making a name for himself already.
Ken is on Twitter at DLF_KenK