Fantasy WRs To Notice After Week 3 Preseason

Sorry for the delay folks, but Hurricaine Irene reaked havoc on my internet connection. Thank you NFL network for rebroadcasting the games! Now that my DirecTV is back I can watch them. Week 3 of preseason is the last week of value to try to ascertain which players will have true value. Here are some of the players that have stood out to me thus far in preseason.

Nate Burleson – He has been around for 9 years and typically disappoints unless Megatron is out of the lineup. However, this preseason he has been very impressive. Last night he had 46 yards and 2 catches plus a TD. He caught a TD in the last  preseason game as well. With Matt Stafford being on fire Burleson’s value increases. Stafford is 24 for 31 with 356 yards and 5 TDs in the preseason. The key component is Stafford’s accuracy. He hasn’t thrown a pick and has been able to get rid of the ball under pressure. Stafford will face tons of pressure this year and that bodes well for Burleson. When he can’t hold the ball long enough to hit CJ on a deep route Burleson will be his check down receiver.

Antonio Brown – He has been on my radar for a couple weeks. I referenced him as a sleeper back on August 16th. I read somewhere that he might be the busiest number 3 receiver in all of the NFL. Well, if that statement pans out to be true then that places him in WR2 territory. He will be streaky but when he hits he will hit. Last night he was lights out — 137 yards, 2 TDs, and 4 catches. As the season progresses I could see him stealing time from the HOF bound Hines Ward. This is an eerily similar situation in GB where I can see Donald Driver giving way to Jordy Nelson. Speeds wins at the end of the day and both Brown and Nelson have it.

Sidney Rice — I have been meaning to write about him for the past 3 weeks. The negative fantasy implications about him are overblown. Most sites have him ranked anywhere from 21 to 37 in WR ranking. Does his QB suck? Yuppers… Last night Tavaris Jackson looked helpless. He was sacked 5 times! TJax did go 13 for 22 and threw a TD to no-name TE Dominique Byrd. I’m not saying Jackson will be a sleeper QB like my boys at Razzball but he will be serviceable enough to make Rice an effective WR2 in fantasy play. 

Rice only had two catches in this game but he was targeted a team high 5 times. Rice and Jackson don’t need to build a rapport because they already have one. Here is the take home point— I would ALWAYS rather have the #1 WR on a bad team then a #2 WR on a good team. Mainly because bad teams are always playing from behind in the second half and the #1 WR gets the majority of the looks. Just ask Stevie Johnson of the Buffalo Bills about that! Bad teams have to air it out just to keep the game respectable.

Marcus EasleyWalterfootball turned me on to this character. Never heard of him till this week. Donald Jones must not have played since he got his bell rung last week. Anyway, Easley lit it up with 51 yards, 1 TD, and 5 catches. IF and the key here is IF he beats out Donald Jones he will have value. However, I’m not stashing him in any of my rosters. I keep thinking back to two years ago when I preached about how good David Clowney was going to be on the Jets. Obviously, that prediction was an epic fail. Somehow I think Easley may be Clowneyisk….



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5 Responses to “Fantasy WRs To Notice After Week 3 Preseason”

  1. AC Slater says:

    Fluckie you are right on with Easily. Where do you think TO will go?

  2. The Fantasy Flukie says:

    @AC – TO….dare I say Arizona or St Louis if either team starts slow? That division is so up for grabs Owens can be a difference maker!

  3. UCONNFan says:

    Easley only had 1 TD, not 5… At his size and speed (6’2, 225 lbs, 4.42) he has the tools to impress… Prediction – Easley becomes #2 starter by week 4 and keeps the job until their season is over…

  4. The Fantasy Flukie says:

    @UCON – thanks for catching the typo on the TDs… I’ll fix that now… As for your prediction on Easley. It is certaintly possible in Buffalo. None of the receivers are standout except Steve Johnson.

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