At the end of the day, the Hall of Fame game is about as pointless as asking a Clinton to swear on a bible, when it comes to impact on fantasy football projections. Starters and stars see limited work and teams have had only about a week of practice to install their 7,000 play playbooks. But it’s friggin’ football. Bon appetite. Fire back a cold one, you deserve it.
I do have my eye on one player for Pittsburgh: DeAngelo Williams. Since he’ll be the starting RB for the Steelers during week one and two while Le’Veon Bell serves his suspension, it’ll be important to see if Williams is anything more than a handcuff. A good showing in preseason could elevate his stock so that fantasy owners try to stick it to the owner who drafts Bell in the first. I’ve never been a fan of Williams, and I’m predicting 0-2 starts for fantasy owners who use him to compensate for Bell’s absence.
Word on the street is Martavis Bryant will not play tonight. Bryant put up a lot of touchdowns in a short amount of time last year, really inflating his production. Goodness, he had about one touchdown every three receptions. Watch for his return in future preseason games and get a feel if he’s anything more than a deep threat. That’s what I’ll be doing since I watch EVERY SNAP OF EVERY PRESEASON GAME!
Naturally, I’m excited to see Adrian Peterson. Watch all the fantasy experts downgrade him after he goes 2 carries for one yard tonight. This game is meaningless, his body of work will be next to nothing, so I’ll be looking for intangibles like burst and angry running.
Teddy Bridgewater is flying nicely under the radar. He improved throughout last season, he was the 10th best fantasy QB over the past 3 weeks of the season. Now he’s entering his second season under Norv Turner, has a new WR1 in Mike Wallace who quietly caught 10 TDs last year, and will face defenses designed to stop the run. The Fantasy Football Draft Matrix doesn’t advise taking a backup QB in standard leagues, but if I was unhappy with my starter, I’d consider it for Bridgewater’s upside.