It’s the most important week of the preseason (if there really is such a thing) as teams typically treat this weekend as a dress rehearsal of sorts. For dynasty enthusiasts, this promises us our most extended look at our shiny new rookies and veterans who have changed places in the off-season. As always, we’ll be updating the action each day and giving you our takeaways to keep you as informed as humanly possible. Friday night featured the first three games of week three and there were quite a few performances of note.
New England at Carolina
Tom Brady had a rough night for the Pats as he finished just 7-of-13 passing for 84 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions against the Panthers. This line really means nothing as we all know what Brady can (and will) do – it’s just a matter of when we’ll see him again. Jimmy Garoppolo was solid in relief as he completed 13-of-17 passes for 126 yards and a score. Reggie Wayne made his debut with the Pats and didn’t post a catch but did play the entire time with the starting unit – that’s notable. Jonas Gray started the game at running back over LeGarrette Blount (and the other 78 or so New England running backs who may have a chance to start in any given week) and gained 11 yards on five carries. If you think you know how any carries, receptions or playing time is going to be divided amongst the running back corps of the Patriots, you’re either a genius or have some kind of blackmail against Bill Belichick. The RBBC situation in New England just continues to remind us anyone can shine in that backfield on any given Sunday and knowing which one will do it is next to impossible. If every team employed New England’s running back philosophy, fantasy football would actually be dead and I’d be running some type of Star Wars site instead.
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