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Dynasty-Fantasy Football Analysis – 2017 Preseason Wk 1: Jets v. Titans

September 9, 2017 3:34 AM
August 16, 2017 5:02 PM

Wow. A barn-burner. 7-3 Jets. Basically, Robby Anderson caught a 53-yard bomb on like the 3rd play of the game because he’s a great deep ball receiver, one of the best in the league…which led to a first-drive score – and that was the whole game.

Tennessee pulled Marcus Mariota after a few drives…and they didn’t score a TD the entire game. The Jets had a little more fire/enthusiasm first-team v. first-team and then it was mostly all backups not doing much against each other.

There are a few interesting player notes that came from this game though…

— Taywan Taylor (4-56-0/9) is very, very good — he is the Kendall Wright everyone was looking for when the Titans wasted a first-round draft pick on Wright a few years ago. I believe he played the entire game for the most part. Seeing many uncatchable targets in the 4th quarter. He didn’t ‘start’, but came in quickly and was the guy Alex Tanney was looking for as much as possible.

Who’s going to start (and matter) for Tennessee at WR for fantasy?

You might leap right to Corey Davis because ‘rookies’, but honestly…first-round rookies have been an empty vacuum disaster for the past two years – either hurt or overrated or not high enough on QB food chain or all the above. Davis is currently hurt…shocker. He’s been hurt since February. Is there a first-round WR since the 2015 NFL Draft not hurt/nicked up right now?

Is the bargain college guys make with the devil – “I’ll make you a first round draft pick, but your hamstrings will never be sound again…nor your feet, possibly your knee. Occasionally, your shoulder and back.

Rishard Matthews (1-15-0/1) is a professional WR. He has history with Mariota more than any of the starters. He just disappears from targets because of constantly banged up Corey Davis?

Oh, and one of the most underrated, best WRs of the past five years in the NFL signed up here – Eric Decker (no stats). Decker started and looked like…Eric Decker…from what I could tell.

When healthy, this is one of the best WR trios in the NFL, potentially. Which one is best for fantasy 2017? Probably, none. They’ll all have their moments, spikes in production. There’s no true, obvious #1.

If Davis isn’t ready…Taywan Taylor may be an opening day starter. If so, the quickest guy they have in a fast break passing game will draw the lowest coverage. I’m just saying…

— Robby Anderson (3-71-0/3) might not be able to start for Tennessee but he’s the Jets #1 WR…that’s how deep the Jets are in talent. That’s not a slam at Robby either. I was on Anderson way ahead of the crowd so I don’t need to explain myself. Anderson has some #1 WR characteristics, but what’s interesting and what happened in this game…think about it…the Jets suck + crappy passing game + crappy team likely to be down in most games and passing heavy with McCown. Their best pass play – just throw it somewhere near Robby Anderson, and maybe something good will happen. It often does.

It’s an outside shot, but Robby Anderson may be the shock Allen Robinson circa 2015 performer – crazy targets and catches and production with a crappy QB just blindly throwing the ball up to him because ‘what else could he do‘?

— On defense, it was the Kevin Byard (4 tackles, 2 TFLs) show. I would not be shocked if he were top 5 among DBs in IDP scoring this season. He was all over the place and the main talking point among the announcers early on.

— You have to be kidding me with Christian Hackenberg (18-25 for 127 yards, 0 TD/0 INT). That doesn’t look like a bad stat line but it was basically ‘The Hack’ quick dropping back, staring down the option and getting rid of the ball quickly while defenders played off the receivers and allowed three-yard passes and then tackled the receivers instantly. The Hack went about 70% of a game against backups and could get into the end zone. He’s terrible.

— ArDarius Stewart (1-8-0/2) had a simple catch and then a nice stiff arm of a tackler, and then jawed about it for two minutes after. The guy is a Class-A jerk. He’s too pompous for how average he is. He’ll fail in this league because of his arrogance…he won’t get any better as a player, I suspect.

— Quick note – Marcus Mariota played that first series and had to scramble a few times. He looked 100% normal. He also looked like he added five-pounds of muscle. Could just be me.

— Austin Seferian-Jenkins (1-7-0/1) wasn’t in for long. Had one simple catch. Nothing I could extract much from his work. He looked fine/normal.

— Two rookie linebackers looked like solid players here…

The Titans IDP LB rookie Jayron Brown (4 tackles) was really active. I was a fan from scouting him for the draft, and his aggression carries over to the NFL. Good bounce in his feet, always giving effort on every play, good instincts to read run v. pass plays. Nice debut.

The Jets IDP LB rookie Connor Harris (2 tackles) was a small-school monster. He looked pretty decent here, not too far over his head. Still not sure he has the speed to start in the NFL, but his anticipation helped make up the speed gap.

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