2019 Fantasy Football: Preseason Fantasy Stock - Week 3






With preseason underway, there will be updates daily to this 2019 Fantasy Football Preseason Stock page. Games will be added as I watch them. Adjustments will be made on my 2019 Fantasy Football Rankings accordingly. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.



2019 Preseason Notes: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4
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2019 Fantasy Football Preseason Stock - Week 3




Steelers at Titans

Derrick Henry, RB, Titans
Derrick Henry sat out the third preseason game, but I'm still going to give him a stock-down arrow. He wasn't healthy enough to play in this contest, and I realized that I haven't penalized him enough for former offensive line coach Mike Munchak's departure. Dion Lewis started instead and couldn't pick up a single rushing yard on two attempts.

Marcus Mariota, QB, Titans
Marcus Mariota struggled in the preseason dress rehearsal. He overthrew Corey Davis on his first drive and then took a safety to conclude his second possession, thanks to holding the ball too long. Mariota failed to complete all three of his attempts, though it should be noted that Adam Humphries dropped a pass. Mariota was quickly removed because of Tennessee's offensive line woes. There's a legitimate chance Ryan Tannehill unseats Mariota at some point.

For more on this game, go to the 2019 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.





49ers at Chiefs

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, 49ers
Jimmy Garoppolo played much better at Kansas City than he did on Monday night versus the Broncos, but he made some mistakes. Garoppolo began poorly, throwing way behind Dante Pettis on third down and sailing a high pass toward Marquise Goodwin that was nearly intercepted. However, Garoppolo rebounded after that. He made a nice touch throw to Pettis, then completed a great touch throw to Richie James downfield for a gain of 33. He then heaved a tremendous touchdown pass to Matt Breida for 20 yards. Garoppolo made one last error late in the first half when he fired into triple coverage, but this was definitely a major improvement overall. Garoppolo went 14-of-20 for 188 yards and a touchdown despite not having George Kittle at his disposal.

Dante Pettis, WR, 49ers
Dante Pettis deserves a stock-up arrow for his performance at Kansas City. He caught three passes for 36 yards, but the important thing is the improvement from Jimmy Garoppolo over what we saw last week. Pettis led all San Francisco players with five targets.

Darwin Thompson, RB, Chiefs
There was a report earlier in the week that rookie running back Darwin Thompson leapt Carlos Hyde on the depth chart. This was indeed true, as Thompson was the second running back in the game for Kansas City against the 49ers. Thompson saw action with Patrick Mahomes and the first-team offense. He carried the ball just three times for eight yards - in addition to two catches for nine receiving yards - but I see that as a positive because it shows that Andy Reid wants to utilize him in the regular season. Thompson had a couple of nice plays. He made a terrific spin move to avoid a defender after a catch, then pushed through some defenders to pick up six yards on the ground. Some of his negative plays occurred when Mahomes was removed from the game, though he failed to get a second foot inbounds on what should have been another reception.

Damien Williams, RB, Chiefs
Andy Reid chided Damien Williams earlier in the offseason because he couldn't get healthy. Williams made up for it with a 62-yard receiving touchdown on a wheel route in the preseason dress rehearsal. Williams ended up rushing for 19 yards on five carries, while also catching three passes for 74 receiving yards and the score. Williams has high fantasy bust potential because he has never handled a full workload for a season, and I'm not sure he can last an entire year, but his upside is through the roof.

For more on this game, go to the 2019 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.


Seahawks at Chargers

Austin Ekeler, RB, Chargers
Austin Ekeler carried the ball four times for 11 yards in the dress rehearsal, while Justin Jackson gained 13 yards on six attempts. As you might guess, Ekeler was a greater threat in the passing game, as he caught two passes for 22 yards. His stat line should have been much better, but Tyrod Taylor overthrew him for a deep score. It's beginning to look like Ekeler should be drafted early with Melvin Gordon likely to continue his holdout into the regular season.

For more on this game, go to the 2019 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.


Texans at Cowboys

Lamar Miller, RB, Texans
Lamar Miller was carted off when he received his first touch of the preseason. It's possible that he could be out for the year, so if you're drafting this weekend, you'll want to avoid him at all cost. Miller was already on our Fantasy Football Busts list, so chances are you weren't going to consider him anyway. Still, I wonder if the Texans will sign Jay Ajayi or trade for LeSean McCoy or Melvin Gordon. They need to address the position because they have nothing else at running back besides Duke Johnson.

Tony Pollard, RB, Cowboys
With Ezekiel Elliott continuing his holdout, Tony Pollard once again started in Dallas' backfield. Pollard looked great yet again, picking up 26 yards on six carries. He also caught two passes for 10 receiving yards. His numbers would have been better had a long reception of his not been wiped out by a block in the back. The NFL season begins for the Cowboys in exactly two weeks, yet Elliott hasn't ended his holdout yet. If you draft Elliott, you must secure Pollard as a handcuff.

For more on this game, go to the 2019 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.





Cardinals at Vikings

Dalvin Cook, RB, Vikings
Dalvin Cook had the most explosive play of the third preseason game, bursting downfield for an 85-yard touchdown run. Cook was given a couple of great blocks, but he was electric. Cook is undoubtedly talented, and something like this would make me more bullish on him. However, his ADP is going to rise as a result of this play, and the concerns still linger. Cook carries extreme risk because he's very injury-prone. He also doesn't have a very good offensive line in front of him.

Kirk Cousins, QB, Vikings
Kirk Cousins - not Kyler Murray - was the quarterback who looked like a rookie in the preseason dress rehearsal. Cousins had an abysmal showing, beginning 1-of-6 for minus-1 yards. He overshot Stefon Diggs on a deep pass and was nearly intercepted on a screen attempt. He was sacked twice. Diggs eventually dropped a pass, and Adam Thielen didn't play, but that doesn't excuse Cousins' poor performance, which ended 3-of-13 for 35 yards in exactly one half of action. Cousins will once again hold his team back, especially in big games.

For more on this game, go to the 2019 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.





Bills at Lions

LeSean McCoy, RB, Bills
LeSean McCoy handled most of the workload throughout the entire opening half in the preseason dress rehearsal. He rushed for 37 yards on six carries, and those numbers would look better if two runs of his for a collective 23 yards weren't negated by holds. Unlike last year, McCoy looks very spry and energized, so he might have some buy-low potential with no one believing in him anymore. It's just a matter of where he's traded. I could be wrong, but it looked like the Bills were showcasing McCoy for the other 31 teams in the NFL.

Devin Singletary, RB, Bills
Devin Singletary handled a carry right before halftime, scoring a 9-yard touchdown. It may sound bad that Singletary didn't receive much work until very late in the opening half, but that was his only touch of the evening. I think this is a positive sign that the coaching staff values Singletary and plans on using him extensively in the regular season. I ultimately believe LeSean McCoy will be traded, and Singletary will be the starter, with Gore serving as the primary backup.

For more on this game, go to the 2019 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.




Browns at Buccaneers

Baker Mayfield, QB, Browns
Baker Mayfield certainly looked like he didn't want to be on the field in Tampa for the preseason dress rehearsal. He was abysmal, as his line of 10-of-26, 72 yards and one interception in a whole half of action was indicative of how poorly he performed. Mayfield made a high number of awful throws, as he had accuracy issues throughout the evening. For example, he overshot tight end Demetrius Harris in the end zone despite having all the time in the world in the pocket. On another play, Mayfield had someone named Derrick Willies open for a substantial gain, but fired the ball way behind the receiver. These types of passes were seen all night, though his pick wasn't a big deal because he was just trying to make something happen on the final play of the opening half.

It would be incredibly troubling if we hadn't seen a great drive from Mayfield two weeks earlier. Mayfield looked like he showed up to the game intoxicated. Perhaps his visor blinded him. Maybe he went full degenerate and bet on the Buccaneers. Either way, he was horrible, though it should be noted that he threw to scrubs because Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry sat out.

Jameis Winston, QB, Buccaneers
Jameis Winston did not perform well in the dress rehearsal. He didn't have a chance, as he was sacked six times in his first 21 plays. Accuracy was also an issue when Winston had time in the pocket. One glaring example of this was when Winston had Breshad Perriman wide open for a deep touchdown. He launched the pass downfield, but it sailed helplessly out of bounds. Winston finished an underwhelming 9-of-19 for 88 yards. Winston won't face as much pressure in most games, and he'll have Mike Evans at his disposal for a change, but I don't think he's the clear-cut great option in the double-digit rounds that every single publication makes him out to be.

For more on this game, go to the 2019 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.


Redskins at Falcons

Derrius Guice, RB, Redskins
Derrius Guice saw his first action since he tore his ACL last August. He had some great highlights against Atlanta. His first run featured a nice cut-back for a gain of seven. He then had a nice stiff-arm to pick up six yards. He later appeared to score a touchdown, but it was nullified by an Ereck Flowers hold. Guice finished with 44 yards on 11 carries. He looked great, but two things are worth noting: First, Adrian Peterson didn't play, and he'll eat into Guice's workload during the season. Second, Washington's offensive line is a mess, so Guice is going to have trouble finding running lanes in most games.

Jordan Reed, TE, Redskins
There was a fantasy-relevant injury in the Redskins-Falcons game. Jordan Reed had to exit with a concussion. This was the seventh concussion in Reed's career, so he may have to miss some games. This is a shame, as the oft-injured tight end has endured horrible luck throughout his career.

For more on this game, go to the 2019 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.


Panthers at Patriots

Jakobi Meyers, WR, Patriots
Jakobi Meyers has enjoyed some bright moments this summer, but he took a big step backward in the dress rehearsal. The stat box says otherwise because Meyers caught seven passes for 74 yards, but he really screwed up when Tom Brady was on the field. Brady took a deep shot to Meyers on one occasion, but Meyers stopped running the route for some reason. Meyers then dropped a Brady pass. On another occasion, Brady had Meyers open, but decided not to throw to him, probably because he was fed up with his screw-ups. Meyers, to his credit, rebounded with a couple of diving catches, but Brady was long gone by that point. It's a shame that Meyers struggled, as he had a golden opportunity to establish himself as a fixture in New England's offense.

Sony Michel, RB, Patriots
Sony Michel saw his first action since undergoing a knee scope earlier in the offseason. Michel looked great versus the Panthers. He picked up a short-yardage run, then made a great burst with a terrific jump cut, though the play was nullified by a penalty. Still, Michel was terrific, gaining 36 yards on 10 carries. I'm going to move him up my rankings, though I'm still concerned about his ability to last an entire season.

Cam Newton, QB, Panthers
The big news surrounding the third preseason game is Cam Newton's injury. Newton's shoulder is OK, but he hurt his foot while trying to evade pressure in the pocket. Newton's tripped on someone's foot, then began scrambling gingerly. He left the field after that play to get X-rays. The good news is that the X-rays came back negative. The bad news is that Newton left the stadium in a walking boot. However, Ian Rapoport reported that Newton's injury "doesn't appear to be serious," so perhaps Newton will be able to play in the opener.

For more on this game, go to the 2019 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.


Jaguars at Dolphins

Dede Westbrook, WR, Jaguars
If the preseason dress rehearsal is any indication, Dede Westbrook may catch 100 passes this year. Nick Foles was locked in on Westbrook, throwing to him on seven of his 10 attempts. Westbrook reeled in four of those balls for 29 yards and a touchdown. Foles and Westbrook developed a strong connection in training camp, so it was nice to see the two thrive together in preseason action. Westbrook looks like a strong fantasy WR3 this season.

For more on this game, go to the 2019 NFL Preseason Fantasy Football Notes. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.


2019 Preseason Notes: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4
2019 Fantasy Football Stock Pages: Preseason Stock Week 1 | Preseason Stock Week 2 | Preseason Stock Week 3 | Training Camp Stock


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