The preseason is incredibly critical in dynasty leagues. After all, this is the first glimpse most of us have in regard 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 about half of the preseason games completed in week one, it’s time to spin around the league and note some of the important performances and their impact in dynasty leagues.
Bengals 30, Bears 27
The Bengals revamped their offense over the off-season and it showed. While it was just a preseason game, the 30 points is a number they only reached in three games last season when they had the last-ranked offense in the league. Starting quarterback Andy Dalton looked solid, playing the entire first-quarter and tossing a pair of touchdowns. The first went to starting running back Joe Mixon, who juked and spun away from the grips of a Bears defender before trotting into the end zone.
Cincinnati will use the pre-season to determine the best replacement for former starting receiver Brandon LaFell, who was released last week. Josh Malone (3 receptions, 41 yards) and Tyler Boyd (1/3, touchdown) made an impact, as did late-round rookie Auden Tate, who caught a 33-yard score in the second half. The favorite for the expanded role, John Ross, caught just one of five targets and was to blame for Dalton’s only interception after he fell down on his route.
Although they put up 27 points for the game, the Bears first-team offense, specifically quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, did not impress. Trusbisky and the majority of offensive starters sat out the Hall of Fame Game a week ago but played two series on Thursday. Those series resulted in negative yardage and frustration from fantasy owners with visions of the 2017 Rams amazing turnaround. It is worth noting that many of the top names still did not play, including Allen Robinson and Jordan Howard. Also noteworthy was the way the tight ends were used throughout the game for Chicago. Backups Daniel Brown and Adam Shaheen were two of the top three receivers in the game, totaling 143 yards on eight grabs. This bodes well for new starter and a favorite of mine Trey Burton’s outlook this season.