2019 Dynasty-Fantasy Preseason Analysis Wk4 – Titans 19, Bears 15
I thought the worst part of watching/studying this game was going to be trying to sift through Logan Woodside vs. Tyler Bray playing the entire way.
Count that QB matchup as ‘joy’ compared to having to listen to special commentator on the Bears home feed — ex-Bears coach for a cup of coffee, Dave Wannstedt.
If you wanted to know what someone who knows the game but has no clue on any of the players or how to do professional broadcasting — you can check this one out. A great ‘here’s what not to be like’ show for aspiring broadcasters.
I have to apologize to Steve Mariucci. I thought he spoke the most useless football words per minute I’d ever heard. I’m talking not knowing anything of value PLUS how rapidly you said them and never stop talking. I tend to ramble thoughts at times on Video Q&A…but it’s mostly gold. Wannstedt was like a teenager with A.D.D. who was downing a six-pack of Red Bull every quarter and doing speed during every commercial break -- and whose Bears’ roster knowledge was not 4th week of the preseason deep.
I did take some fantasy notes in between cutting myself to adjust to Wannstedt killing my soul for a few hours.
Fantasy Player Notes...
— I really just wanted to see what happened with Titans rookie UDFA RB Alex Barnes (1-4-0, 1-6-0/1). I wish I hadn’t…
What happened? Worse than I could have imagined...
Jeremy McNichols started (later cut) I think and then Dalyn Dawkins (13-117-0, 4-31-2/6) came in and took most of the rest of the game and played like his life depended upon it. It did. And he did. He made the team.
Barnes came in for a moment for two touches and was gone. He looked like a guy knowing he would be cut and not really desiring to fight about it. Barnes is a lower key, thoughtful player/human who moves efficiently so it almost looks like he’s not trying. Old school/fake tough guy coaches don’t like that look because they resent players who had it easy back in their day of competing. There’s nobility in grinders for coaches because they were one. Mike Vrabel is the first to talk about such things, proudly, from his NFL experience.
Barnes got cut this past weekend and didn’t sign anywhere yet. He may just leave football after his Tennessee experience and I couldn’t blame him.
Which made me think bigger picture — the XFL is going to come after the NFL as a real alternative football experience for the next 2-3 years. And they have $$$ to spend.
Guys like Barnes could grind away/waste away overlooked in practice squads fighting for a chance (that they’ll likely never get) OR they can just go to the XFL and be a star in a new league.
The XFL is going to change your DYNASTY experience ahead. A lot of your last-on-the-roster stashes will be in the XFL soon, and you can’t blame them.
Will the NFL blackball them. Or threaten to?
— The player who I’ve liked back to his CFM grade as a Deep Sleeper/likely forgotten UDFA prospect is Colgate WR Thomas Ives (5-99-0/9).
Ives played like his life was depending upon it, but he still got cut so sleepy Riley Ridley could make the team.
Ives was working like a young, lesser Jordy Nelson at times. Don’t lose sight of him. I won’t. The Bears added him back to the P-Squad. He needs a year to work on his body…and then go be a leading receiver in the XFL.
— Another impressive UDFA...Titans 2nd-year DB Kareem Orr (14 tackles). He’s not amazing but he’s a clean, solid tackler for sure. He got cut but was signed back to Tennessee.
— One last mention...Titans rookie LB David Long (3 tackles) played some in this game. I’ll say it for the 4th week in a row — amazing tackler. So instinctive a player. He hits as well as anybody in this draft.
Long will matter in IDP someday but probably not in 2019.
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