The preseason is incredibly critical in dynasty leagues. After all, this is the first glimpse most of us have in regards to seeing our prized current or future rookie draft picks. It’s also the first chance we have to view many veteran players battle it out for certain positions or even a valuable roster spot in fantasy or reality. With the rest of the preseason games completed in week one, it’s time to spin around the league once more and note some of the important performances and their impact in dynasty leagues. If you missed the first installment of this series, make sure you keep yourself in the loop and check it out here.
Steelers 20, Giants 12
Joshua Dobbs got the start for the Steelers and had his fair share of ups and downs going 8-of-15 for 100 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. It’s clear Dobbs is far from NFL ready and the Steelers are going to need to a good job of grooming him this season if Ben Roethlisberger is really serious about retiring soon. Landry Jones should be the backup this season but he’s far from a long-term answer. JuJu Smith Schuster was making his long-anticipated debut but had to leave early with a concussion. He looked solid with a four-yard catch and a nine yard rush but that’s obviously a small sample size and his injury was a quick buzzkill.
As for the Giants, the running game was squarely in the crosshairs this week. Paul Perkins started but gained just three yards on five carries. Meanwhile, Orleans Darkwa was mixed in and gained 18 yards on just three carries. Many have assumed Perkins would just take the early down role and move forward but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Darkwa has been pushing him this off-season and is making a case to take the job for himself. Evan Engram was quiet in his debut with one catch for 11 yards as well.
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