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.
If you missed part one where we reviewed the quarterback issues in Buffalo and Jacksonville, be sure to check out our Dynasty Fantasy Football Preseason Notebook: Week Two, Part One.
Seahawks 20, Vikings 13
Two youngsters are making serious noise for the Seahawks – Kasen Williams and Chris Carson. Williams started against the Vikings and responded by catching two passes for 28 yards and a touchdown, narrowly missing a second score as he couldn’t quite adjust to another ball thrown into the end zone. Williams’ strong showing comes on the heels of his four catch, 119-yard performance last week. While the brakes should be pumped a bit considering the Seahawks were without Paul Richardson and Tyler Lockett, it would be a big surprise if Williams hasn’t earned himself some playing time and jumped former fellow Washington Husky Jermaine Kearse on the depth chart in the process. As for Carson, he posted 27 rushing yards on six carries and added a 17-yard reception. While those numbers aren’t anything to write home about, Carson worked with the first unit and rotated in with Eddie Lacy, who wasn’t impressive at all (20 yards on six carries). Thomas Rawls didn’t play because of an ankle injury but it’s clear our Seahawks Summer Sleeper is making a case to make the team and even earn some playing time. In the end, this backfield could be ugly from a fantasy football perspective this year.
For the Vikings, it’s clear they have not one, but two serious, young playmakers. Dalvin Cook is taking the running back job and, well, running with it. He posted 40 yards on seven carries against a solid rush defense and also added a catch for ten more yards. Cook is a dynamic player and narrowly missed breaking a couple of bigger runs. There are concerns about having him in a dynasty league but he’s quickly extinguishing any of those revolving around his athletic ability. Meanwhile, Stefon Diggs continues to evolve and he recorded 65 yards on four catches. If Sam Bradford can stay healthy, these two players could both have great seasons. Meanwhile, Laquon Treadwell is still being treated as if he was on a milk carton as he missed his second straight preseason game, this time with a minor lower leg injury. He’s running out of time to make an impact this year and needs to put it together to avoid another lost year.
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