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.
The third week is always the most critical in the preseason. After all, this is where we get to see the “dress rehearsal” from just about every team. In addition, all the speculation about some of the rookies and younger players actually getting meaningful playing time in the regular season comes to light a little more as we see if they’re mixed in with the starters this week. We’ll break this out into several parts this week so you can stay up-to-date with all the latest happenings and we start with Thursday’s games.
Eagles 38, Dolphins 31
For the Eagles, it’s clear Carson Wentz is poised to make a leap in his second year. On the night, Wentz completed 6-of-10 passes for 129 yards with two touchdowns and one interception coming off a tipped pass. Outside of that blemish, Wentz looked solid and hooked up with each of his new receivers (Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith) on touchdowns. Smith broke loose early for a 50-yard score and Jeffery caught a nice 15-yard pass for his first touchdown as an Eagle. In other Eagles news, Wendell Smallwood rushed for 28 yards on four carries, which isn’t anything extraordinarily special. However, the noteworthy part there is the fact he rotated in with the starters. It’s clear Smallwood is going to eat into LeGarrette Blount’s carries. It’s also clear Blount just doesn’t really fit the offense very well, so that’s going to be something to follow in the coming weeks. Corey Clement continued his strong case for a roster spot with 42 yards and a touchdown on nine carries. He also clearly played ahead of Donnel Pumphrey (12 carries for 37 yards), who could be in danger of not making the team. One player who will make the team is Mack Hollins, who posted five catches for 44 yards. Hollins is a sneaky stash with the depth chart ahead of him at the position promising to look different next season.
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