Fantasy Football 2013: Buying or Selling Value of Top Preseason Stars (B/R)

This past week we took a look at who really is going to be as good as they looked in the preseason and who might not be.

There’s little more precarious than trying to figure out what preseason really means in terms of fantasy football value, so as always, I am happy to help.

Here’s a sample as always:

BUY: DeAndre Hopkins, Wide Receiver, Houston Texans

Hopkins looks like the solution to Houston’s longstanding quest to find a receiver opposite Andre Johnson. Johnson attracts the lion’s share of the secondary attention, but so far nobody has been able to regularly take advantage of that.

But that’s where the former Clemson University wide receiver comes in.

While he has missed most of the preseason due to a concussion, and according to CBS Houston, still isn’t through the NFL‘s concussion protocols, Hopkins should be ready to go Week 1.

What we saw in the small preseason sample was impressive, though. Hopkins caught a total of six balls for 74 yards and a touchdown.

The touchdown—which came in the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings—was a good example of what the wide receiver is capable of. In single coverage against cornerback Bobby Felder—who admittedly is a depth guy and may not be on the roster come Week 1—Hopkins ran a simple go route towards the end zone.

Felder stayed with him, but as the pass from T.J. Yates came in—a high, lofting ball—Hopkins leapt up, caught it at the high point of his jump and came down. Felder got his hand on the ball a bit but was turned around, and Hopkins held on as they fell to the turf in the end zone.

On the broadcast, announcer Spencer Tillman relayed a story about when he asked Houston wide receivers coach Larry Kirksey if Hopkins could catch in traffic. They said Kirksey simply told them, “There’s nothing he [Hopkins] can’t do.”

Hopkins can take advantage of the space created by his size and frame, while his speed can create separation.

That won’t change in the regular season.

As always you can read the whole thing at Bleacher Report.

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Fantasy Football 2013: What Did We Learn from Saturday’s Preseason Week 3 Games? (B/R)

I haven’t been too good about updating lately – I’m going to start scheduling myself a couple minutes post article to add the stuff I write here.

Today’s piece is about what we learned from Saturday night’s action from a fantasy football standpoint.

Here’s a sample – as always, you can read the whole thing at Bleacher Report.

Michael Vick is a guy who frustrates the heck out of most fantasy GMs.

At 33 he’s still one of the most athletically gifted players in the league. He’s also always hurt, so you never have him for a full season, nor see his full potential. Last year he turned the ball over all the time.

We saw it all on display again Saturday night. The good, bad and ugly.

The Good was his 15 for 23 effort resulting in 184 yards and a touchdown. The Good was his ability to take advantage of head coach Chip Kelly’s up-tempo offense to keep the defense off-balance, especially at the start of the second half.

The Bad were the moments he held the ball way too long, didn’t set his feet and made poor decisions to throw balls he never should have.

The Ugly was partially about Vick and partially about the team. For Vick it was his fumble and interception. After a season where he fumbled the ball 11 times and threw 10 interceptions, he can’t afford to make many mistakes.

On the interception, Vick threw a ball under pressure off of his back foot. It needed to be tossed out of bounds or totally clear from any player, but instead it floated right to Dwayne Gratz for a turnover.

Vick did that more than once, throwing the ball away poorly.

The offensive line was also part of The Ugly, allowing two sacks and seven quarterback hits in just two quarters. If you want to know why Vick is often hurt, that line is part of the reason.

With Michael Vick you get some fantastic fantasy numbers for part of a season. You also get a lot of turnovers and several missed games as well as a lot of unfulfilled promise.

Thanks for reading.