2019 Dynasty-Fantasy Preseason Analysis Wk4 – Giants 31, Patriots 29
Week 4 of the preseason and the Patriots came at NYG with a host of veteran, ‘starting’ type WRs early on…the 2019 debuts of Demaryius, Gordon, and Edelman.
This was also the battle between that great rookie QB from this year’s NFL Draft and his opponent, the Giants’ Daniel Jones.
*At the time, I am writing all this the 53-man rosters and all these trades are coming through. So, I have some/a lot of up to date 53-man info (but not all just yet).
Fantasy Player Notes…
-- Jarrett Stidham (18-28 for 225 yards, 2 TDs/1 INT, 7-50-0) was terrific again…and no one outside of New England fans and FFM cult members realizes (or cares) it’s happening.
Stidham ran the whole game and got to work with a lot of veteran/starter WRs.
Here’s how good Stidham is…Brian Hoyer was released Saturday. That’s a big endorsement by Belichick. That should carry a lot more weight than ‘look at my awesome preseason comp. pct.!’, but the media cannot get enough of Daniel Jones’s high completion percentages.
Daniel Jones (4-4 for 47 yards, 0 TDs/0 INT) has been fine, and people are making a big deal about his preseason but there’s something we’re missing in 2019…
We’re all used to the NFL taking the preseason somewhat seriously – it used to be not many starters Week 1 of the preseason and then some starters Week 2 and then Week 3 was a real test/prep game and Week 4 was sometimes ignored other times used as the ‘prep game’. However, in 2019, the entire NFL has shifted…they don’t care about the preseason anymore. Maybe 5-10 teams do, and 15-20+ held most everything back.
So, players could look better or worse depending upon who they drew and what week they got them. If you drew Denver or Baltimore, teams taking the preseason more seriously (at the beginning of games) then their opposing QBs tended to look bad. When you faced the Rams or Bears…they weren’t even trying. They were playing a lot of future CFL tryout players.
The one-time Jones really faced something was Week 3 vs. Cincy using some defensive starters…and that was when you saw jumpy, more soft armed Jones. In a clean pocket, with no pressure…confident laser beams to predetermined receivers found their mark.
Jones isn’t terrible…he’s just not the 6th pick overall in the draft-worthy.
…nor is he better than Jarrett Stidham.
…and Stidham makes a fraction of what Jones does – that’s what pisses me off for the terrible scouting and blind media push. It costs guys money and time before they can get to work/start. Stidham could wait three years before playing. Jones will be starting by Week 3 or 13 or somewhere in-between this season.
-- Stidham’s job early on in this game was to get the veteran WRs a workout, especially Gordon/Thomas…
Josh Gordon (2-30-0/6) looked solid, a bit rusty but fine.
Demaryius Thomas (7-87-2/8) seemed fine too. Athletically looked sound. Was still a bit tentative in spots, but I thought he locked up a roster spot…but Belichick cut him Saturday. We’re near the end of the line for DT. He may rejoin the team cheaper…as Belichick does…
-- With DT gone, and Braxton Berrios released as well…who did make the Patriots WR depth chart?
Well, we know Very Deep Sleeper Phillip Dorsett will be starting Week 1.
N’Keal Harry (DNP) and Jakobi Meyers (1-28-0/2) are in…but man has Meyers fizzled as he has faced better defensive coverage as the preseason wore on.
The shock was rookie UDFA WR out of Bemidji State Gunner Olzewski (2-35-0/2) making the team. A 5’10”/178 scrapper WR/return man/played CB in this game as well. I’m shocked he made it. He does not look ready, but I’ll defer to Belichick on this one…that’s how bad Demaryius must have been to Belichick’s eye…Gunner beat out DT, but Gunner is way more versatile.
-- The Patriots also cut Eric Saubert and Stephen Anderson…so, Matt LaCosse Week 1 is about to happen. For what it is worth.
-- The Giants are thin on depth of talent, so not as much to discuss here.
I was surprised T.J. Jones and Reggie White Jr. did not make the team while Alonzo Russell (5-92-2/15) apparently did. Why? I have no idea. If it was because of his 2 TD game here, it was a mistake. He is not a very fluid WR.
Russell made the NYG roster (it seems), but he would have been the Patriots 9th-10th best WR on the roster last week. That’s all you need to know about how these two teams are being run.
They’re really trying to sink Eli, aren’t they?
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