Fantasy News and Notes – RGIII Unimpressive?

Robert Griffin, III – Long time Patriots beat writer Mike Reiss wrote last week that Kirk Cousins, not RGIII, looked like the best Redskins quarterback during joint practices with the Pats. It’s still very early and a lot of players look rusty but hearing this is a bit of a concern, especially coming from a veteran writer like Reiss who has no interest in who starts for Washington. I’ve been driving the RGIII bandwagon this season and I’m not backing off just yet, but this might be enough for me to back him up with a quality backup just in case.

Jamaal Charles – Coming in to the season there were concerns that the Chiefs would scale back Charles’ workload after touching the ball 329 times last season, but Andy Reid told the media that he would be “comfortable” if Charles had a similar workload in 2014. While Reid didn’t specifically say Charles would have the same number of touches this season, it’s a good sign for fantasy owners.

Rashad Jennings – Jennings looked impressive in his second pre-season game with the Giants breaking off a 73 yard touchdown against the Steelers defense. Jennings should be a serviceable RB2, but the presence of goal line back Andre Williams will limit his upside.

Blake Bortles – The Jags first round pick looked impressive in the team’s first pre-season game against Tampa Bay completing 7 of 11 passes for 117 yards. While it’s assumed that Chad Henne will get most, if not all, of the team’s starts in 2014, this first game was a bit of an eye opener. Bortles is still a long shot to have value in re-draft leagues, but he’s a must own in dynasty leagues in the Jags improving offense.

Johnny Manziel – What would an NFL news update be without a Johnny Football note? Coming in to relieve Brian Hoyer, Manziel looked decent completing 7 of 11 for 63 yards, and also scrambling for 27 more. Manziel will start the team’s second pre-season game ahead of Hoyer as the team works to determine their week 1 starter (hint… it’s going to be Manziel)

Marqise Lee – Jags coach Gus Bradley publicly called out his rookie pass catcher after the team’s game against the Bucs for a lack of hustle and poor route running. While Lee has talent, I never liked his inconsistency and extensive injury history, so I’m not expecting much in 2014. Still, Lee has a very high upside though so he’s a must own in dynasty leagues.

Brandin Cooks – Cooks looked impressive yet again in the Saints first pre-season game against the Rams on Friday catching five passes for 55 yards. The most impressive play of the night was a 6-yard pass from Ryan Griffin, where Cooks stopped on a dime, reversed field and turned it in to a 25-yard touchdown. I’ve been all over Cooks from a dynasty perspective, but it might be time to jump him way up the rankings in redraft formats.

Martellus Bennett – Updating a previous report, the Bears’ tight end returned to the team after serving his brief suspension for fighting with a teammate. Bennett is an underrated fantasy asset and should be drafted as a mid to low TE1 in fantasy leagues.

Matt Schaub – Schaub continued his run of unimpressive play, this time in Oakland completing just 3 of 7 passes for 21 yards in pre-season game 1 against the Vikings. While Schaub isn’t fantasy relevant in all but the deepest of leagues, another poor performance could open the door for rookie Derek Carr to start sooner than expected. I wouldn’t want to rely on either in a redraft league, but Carr is at least worth monitoring in case he exceeds expectations.

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