Brought to you by - Total Football Advisors, LLC
*Pre-editor post (forgive any typos)
Cooper Rush v. Brandon Weeden as starters, four QBs played in this game and they combined for 0 TDs/2 INTs and 20 total points combined, so yeah…not a ton to work with here, but there was one fascinating battle taking place in-game…and we’ll start there.
Fantasy Player Notes…
-- Michael Gallup (4-29-0/6) played in this game, quite a bit…odd for a rookie of note playing in a Week 4 contest. Leads me to believe Gallup is not deemed ‘ready’ by The Sixth Sense (Jason Garrett). Getting the ‘rookie is not ready’ treatment/assumption. The fact that Calvin Ridley started for the Falcons and Gallup is playing Week 4 preseason games and will probably play only 10-15 snaps Week 1 is an abomination…but typical.
Anyways… Gallup had a war with Texans CB, whom I am fond of, UDFA rookie Andre Chachere (4 tackles, 2 PDs). They went at it, and that matters (to me) because Chachere is a good, tough cover guy who played very well here. Some notes from this matchup:
Chachere got the best of Gallup a couple times with some smart hands just as the ball arrived to Gallup; knocking the pass loose at the last moment. Chachere was tough…showed his very nice cover skills, but then showed even more physical toughness making tackles after the catch.
Gallup showed he’s just about uncoverable. I’m not sure anyone can run a slant pattern with more bounce, more change of direction with ease than Gallup. He was working with Cooper Rush, which was a disadvantage, so he had to work to overcome that and Chachere – and he was mostly successful. A nice test this late in the preseason.
Gallup’s style + Dak’s ability to throw quick hitter, short passes better than most anyone in the NFL = it’s going to equal FF/PPR gold someday.
…just not Week 1 because Cole Beasley and Terrance Williams are so critical to the offense. And by that I mean both of them are terrible and shouldn’t be starting and are holding the Cowboys back like Dez _ them did last year.
-- Cowboys UDFA RB Jordan Chunn (9-34-0, 2-10-0/4) still looks like a useful NFL RB in the future – a tough 230-pound RB with decent spring in his step and an ability to catch the ball. He may be better than Bo Scarbrough…both were cut and put on the practice squad.
-- Texans rookie TE Jordan Akins (2-33-0/2) really looked good here. Not a star but better than a backup. He’s bulked up/added frame nicely. He may wind up a TE2 this year, later in the season.
-- Texans UDFA RB Terry Swanson (17-69-1, 1-2-0/1) led all rushers in this game and had a 37-yard TD jolt…but I didn’t see anything ‘special’ lurking here. Not impressed all preseason.
-- Dallas rookie DE Dorance Armstrong (4 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFLs, 1 PD) showed up a bit in this game. The Cowboys are so deep at D-Line that I cannot imagine Armstrong seeing any substantial playing time until late 2019 or 2020.
-- This the way to end the last preseason recap of the 2018 season…
As I was re-watching this game, the Houston analysts calling the game were ‘breaking down’ the Texans’ LB depth chart. They noted, my IDP deep sleeper fave, Dylan Cole (DNP) was a lock for the roster…then the camera happened to pan to Cole.
As the analysts chirped about the LBs and the camera displayed Cole…one of them said, “Hey, remember…Bill O’Brien said Cole was ONE OF THE BEST PLAYERS ON THIS TEAM.” It wasn’t like a passing comment, like ‘this guy is good/we like this kid’. This quote was given more as O’Brien was trying to straighten the analyst out about where the team is at with Cole.
As a Dylan Cole believer (future Pro Bowl LB, who should be starting right now), I was very pleased to hear Cole was on O’Brien’s mind. Cole not playing Week 4 preseason was another tip of the cap that Cole is ‘in’ among the key players on the team (the ones ‘too good’ to play in Week 4). His time will come soon and when it does…possible #1 LB in all IDP week-to-week.
Our 2018 In-season subscriptions are now open – get ready for the regular season strategies and analysis: Fantasy Football Metrics