Fantasy Football Notes
Cleveland’s Brady Quinn had a strong showing in Cleveland’s preseason win against Tennessee. He completed 11 of 15 passes for 128 yards and a score to all but nail down the starting QB job.
Speaking of starting QB jobs, another QB battle ended when Tampa Bay named Byron Leftwich as their starting QB. You know what you’re going to get from Leftwich, which is leadership and determination. Fantasy numbers won’t be there, and I would downgrade Antonio Bryant. Kellen Winslow could see more targets. If the Bucs struggle, Leftwich’s leash will be short, allowing Rookie Josh Freeman to get his shot. I would avoid all Tampa QBs. There’s just no fantasy value there, especially with a three-back attack.
Atlanta Falcons RB Jerious Norwood injured his knee in Saturday’s preseason game. This is an important one to watch because he is Michael Turner’s handcuff. He also has some value as a flex player in larger leagues.
Kansas City QB Matt Cassel injured his knee as well. Starters rarely play in the last preseason game so you may not get a clear read on Cassel’s status for the season opener until the first regular season injury reports come out. He did seem fine, but if he’s out for any time, Brodie Croyle would take over. Devard Darling who was slated to be Kansas City’s #2 WR also hurt his knee. He was becoming a nice sleeper pick. Mark Bradley could work his way back into the mix if Darling’s injury is serious.
Cleveland RB Jerome Harrison hurt his ankle. He was a trendy sleeper pick early on, but James Davis has left him in the dust. Davis will push Jamal Lewis for touches, especially if he continues to be some much more effective than the vet.
Oakland’s Javon Walker and Seattle’s Deion Branch played their first preseason action, but don’t expect much from the wideouts, especially earlier in the season.
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