2019 Dynasty-Fantasy Preseason Analysis Wk1 Ravens 29, Jaguars 0
John Harbaugh moved to 14-0 in his last 14 preseason games here, if I have my facts right. The Ravens jumped out quickly with a lot of their first teamers against mostly the Jacksonville 2nd-3rd teamers. Still, you’d hope the Jags might at least score in this game. Nope.
Some interesting player notes from this, as always. Let’s dive into it.
Fantasy Player Notes…
-- This game was mostly a story of the Ravens’ top rookies shining…and they were led by WR Miles Boykin (4-39-0/9).
It was a tricky thing with Boykin here. He had a couple ‘gaffes’ early. Not terrible, maybe even just ‘rookie debut nerves’ but the thoughts of those, and they happened early, were erased as Boykin started to soar. He was beating coverage down the field and just using his immense reach/target radius to just make catches over DBs without them knowing it was happening. Boykin ‘looked’ majestic. If only watched the Highlights (and not the low), you’d think he’s one of the best WRs in the 2019 draft. He had a sweet 30+ yard TD taken away by penalty on the O-Line.
That’s been the thing with Boykin…LOOKS great, looks pleasing to the eye. The measurables make you drool. His actual execution has been spotty.
In this one little preseason game, he was more on the ‘majestic’ side.
-- We got to see rookie RB Justice Hill (10-33-0, 2-16-0/2) work a good amount in this game. His stat line was ‘meh’, but I saw a couple moments/moves with him that left me going ‘wow’. So quick and elusive in spots.
I don’t think I can take it anymore…I can’t take watching anymore preseason because of all these rookies, too many of these rookies look so good right away. I typically watch the preseason, especially the rookie prospects and I ‘debunk’ their myths, and I am usually right. In 2019, I’m overwhelmed with the raw talent in this draft. It’s the single best/deepest fantasy-related rookie class I’ve ever been a part of.
I think the popularity of football hitting a fever pitch the last 10-15 years is spawning all these incredibly well-trained athletes who shunned baseball and basketball and are going all-in on football…and we’ve got a cornucopia of talent coming through the system now from that era. Most of the talent shunning the other sports to go to football are smart…they are moving to wide receiver and cornerback – well paid, less hits. Who wants to be a crash test dummy running back who has a short shelf life of getting constantly abused by multiple tacklers? Some do. But the could’ve been great basketball athletes can become well-paid, glorious-looking wide receivers in high school, college, the NFL.
Whatever the reasoning, there is a true flood of talent hitting the NFL – they should be expanding by 2-4 teams right now to get ahead of it. Fantasy football is going to be undergoing major metamorphosis every year now as there are too many talented players on every depth chart, making trying to figure out ‘who’s getting the touches?’ a lovely nightmare.
Justice Hill…not the best RB talent in this draft class, but he’s talented. It’s all about landing spot…sadly, he’s on a power run game led by a running QB. Hill will be a satellite, limited touch back here. Great for the NFL. Spotty for fantasy. Kenneth Dixon cannot make the team; Hill (and Dixon’s contract) will bounce him away.
-- Speaking of young talent, Jags’ WR D.J. Chark (1-2-0/3) looks like he has the dullest stat line you could have. No highlight moments. Who cares, right?
1) His first target, Chark just jab stepped and crossed over and burned his DB and was sprinting wide open for a 70+ yard TD, but Gardner Minshew thought DJC was cutting to the sidelines so he threw it to nowhere as Chark, 3+ yards ahead of his coverage with no safety over just watched the errant pass in disbelief.
2) Chark had a minor play in this game that was subtly sweet. A simple little catch, but he showed quickness, elusiveness, toughness scurrying around for 10 yards of activity for a 1-2 yard gain. It was a nothing results but the work he showed was better/more elusive than multiple defenders.
It’s all good with Chark.
-- Speaking of young Jags’ WRs…Keelan Cole (0-0-0/1) was returning kicks in this game. He returned one for a 90+ yard TD but it got called back. Cole looks like the for sure #4 WR unless Dede is hurt.
-- Rookie QB Gardner Minshew (7-14 for 46 yards, 0 TD/0 INT) looked a touch shaky early, looked like rookie debut jitters, but then started to settle in and play with more confidence and awareness. Not a great stat line but I thought he was fine. He’s a very nice young QB/backup here.
-- Ryquell Armstead (8-22-0, 1-6-0/1) is a rookie RB who DOESN’T capture my attention. I keep looking. I know he’s the main handcuff to Fournette right now…but I don’t see it.
-- Two IDPs who caught my attention…
Jags’ rookie DE Josh Allen (1 tackles, 1 TFL)…first play of the game, shooed away a block and tackled the running back in the backfield. He was quiet after that but looked fine/good.
Jags’ UDFA rookie safety Andrew Wingard (4 tackles) is a scrappy safety prospect I like, but the note here…he was playing some hybrid linebacker/safety in this game. That might be a decent thing for IDP if he’s classified as a DB but is playing a lot of OLB. He’s a hitter. He’s a solid player.
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