Preseason Week 2 Takeaways

What stood out from Week 2 of the Preseason? Here’s some news and notes from around the NFL:

  • This is Jameis Winston’s Saints team now. After an electric first half against the Jaguars, the former Heisman winner will likely be named the starting QB in New Orleans. Sean Payton loves Hill, but now he can utilize his Swiss Army knife capabilities.
  • Clearly one player to watch after the Saints-Jaguars game is Marquez Callaway. He seems to be in line to be the Saints top receiver until Michael Thomas returns. Also, watch out for Juwan Johnson if Adam Trautman’s injury is as severe as it looked.
  • Najee Harris is going to be a stud and, presuming health, is going to be a top-10 fantasy back this season. The volume is there, as is the trust in him to capitalize on that volume. The offensive line is a concern, but there’s not going to be many backs in the NFL with more touches than the rookie from Alabama.
  • Speaking of the Steelers, they may have found a gem in second-round Tight End Pat Freiermuth. The former Penn State star has been great in the red zone thus far and clearly has good connection with Ben Roethlisberger. We usually shouldn’t bite on rookie Tight Ends in fantasy, but between Kyle Pitts in Atlanta and Freiermuth we may have to break the trend this season. Regardless, Freiermuth seems like a great buy in dynasty leagues.
  • Don’t get your hopes too high, Jets fans. But Zach Wilson and his rocket arm look like the real deal. This rookie QB class could be pretty special. 
  • If two preseason games is any indication, I’m going to be really wrong about one team this season: the Denver Broncos. They look sharp all over the field and both Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater have been impressive. It’s only preseason. I still think the team can’t succeed in that division with those QBs. But the rest of the roster sure looks good. 
  • Mitch Trubisky is back? Mitch Trubisky is back! The former Bears first rounder looked incredible against his former team while starting for the Bills. Buffalo runs a very friendly QB system, as you’ve noticed from Josh Allen’s ascension. I wouldn’t be shocked to see Trubisky have a real chance at being a starter somewhere in 2022. 
  • Cam Newton looked competent in the Patriots 35-0 win over the Eagles, but now he’s shelved due to some uncharacteristic mismanagement in New England. Mac Jones now will get multiple days practicing with the 1’s. That’s probably not good for Cam’s long term fantasy value. 
  • Ja’Marr Chase is clearly struggling in Cincinnati. Whether it’s just getting used to playing ball again after a year off or the Bengals’ scheme we don’t know. I’m not concerned about his long term value in fantasy, but I wouldn’t be banking on immediate success like his former teammate Justin Jefferson.