Tajae Sharpe, Jadeveon Clowney, Dak Prescott, Keenan Allen, and Marvin Jones are among the players making my top-10 Preseason Week 2 story lines.
THOUGHTS ON ANALYZING THE PRESEASON
The most difficult part of analyzing preseason football is maintaining balanced judgment. We see flashes of ability, technique, and production and we can let our enthusiasm get the best of us during our fantasy drafts.
There are exceptional cases when these factors should rightfully override good decision-making and advanced technique but the more you can discern flash from substance, the less often you’ll be enamored with the wrong things. Now that I’ve set myself up for a healthy portion of crow, here are the top 10 items from my notebook after studying this week’s preseason games.
1. WR TAJAE SHARPE IS FOR REAL
The “steady drumbeat” is one of the main themes of good preseason analysis on the Audible Podcast. Does the player make a good impression in mini camp? Is he earning reps with the first-team? Is he consistent with his on-field production in practice and under the lights?
Answer yes to all three questions and you have a Titans wide receiver Tajae Sharpe, who continues to show advanced skills for his experience level—especially on this dig route where he reacts to Marcus Mariota‘s adjustment to the oncoming safety.
There are so many good things here: route awareness and understanding of the coverage, rapport with his quarterback, an effortless technique adjustment with his hand position once the angle of the target changed, and the focus and toughness to make the play within a tight spot.
Marcus Mariota says the rookie ‘makes it easy’ for quarterbacks. Sharpe’s ADP of 257 (81st WR taken and 2) in PPR leagues will rise as we close out August. But even if Sharpe’s ADP climbs from the gutter of the 21st round to the 15th—or even the 12th—the leap won’t outpace his fantasy value as a great bye-week option with every-week WR3 upside.