The King provides his Fantasy analysis on NFL Preseason buzz.
Scott Engel, a veteran of over 20 years in the Fantasy industry, is an inaugural member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association’s Hall of Fame, a four-time FSWA award winner and the 2017 overall champion of the prestigious Greenwich Street Tavern Leagues.
Every preseason, there are storylines that create a buzz, and narratives that make the rounds, shaping Fantasy opinions. Let’s take a look at some of the chatter that has permeated the preseason so far, and how we should interpret and react to these hot topics.
Lamar Jackson may not be ready to start: The rookie’s first preseason outing was filled with ups and downs. He needs to improve his decision-making and he is very raw in terms of reading defenses. But if the Ravens start slowly or are out of it quickly, they may let him learn on the job, and good overall Fantasy numbers can be expected despite his mistakes. If you nab a solid starting QB, stash Jackson for later in the season.
There is suddenly a lot of offensive talent in Chicago: The Bears could be this year’s version of the Rams, as they have a potential young star at QB and have surrounded him with a plethora of talent in the offseason after a tough initial campaign. Everyone who has been pulled together is new, so it could take everything a few weeks to gel. But ultimately, Mitch Trubisky has high-end QB2 potential, Tarik Cohen could have a major PPR breakout year and Allen Robinson has a WR2 floor.