Ahhh NFL preseason. Or as I like to view it as, fantasy football scouting.
Arizona vs. New Orleans
Matt Leinart QB– Much like wide receivers, the third year is typically the year when quarterbacks break out. Judging from yesterday’s preseason game, Leinart may not have gotten that memo. Though Kornheiser couldn’t help mentioning Leinart’s beer bong escapades he also kept praising Leinart’s passing. Each major pass I saw Leinart complete was to wide open receivers. The rest of the time he was either running (well, Bledsoing) due to the lack of a solidified offensive line (and oft penalized) or trying desperately to get rid of the ball to anyone in front of him. Even if a quartback is 7/8, a one-yard pass to inflate numbers does not count. Additionally, these are the saint cornerbacks we’re talking about.
Draft Opinion: Continue to monitor during the next three preseason games. Could be worth drafting thanks to Fitz and Anquan Boldin.
Tim Hightower RB– Draft this rookie in your fantasy football leagues. He had a fantastic two series against a very much improved Saints front seven. Anytime someone can run on Charles Grant, Will Smith, and Sedrick Ellis, color me impressed. Ken Whisenhunt is very high on this rookie. High enough to cut Marcel Shipp. Thus, Hightower will see much more action, especially in goal situations. Furthermore, since Edge is approaching the magical age of thirty in which running backs begin to break down and get injured, Hightower could end up being the starter and a steal in the late rounds.
Draft Opinion: If you can get him towards the end of your fantasy draft, pull the trigger.
Steve Breaston WR– Was a great return man last year and is reportedly having a phenomenal camp. Had a good game and looked great in the number two role opposite Fitz. Will win the number three receiver job.
Draft Opinion: Based upon past history, Anquan Boldin will get injured for a 1-3 games sometime this season. Also, with the trade rumors still persisting, Breaston could again be a good late round guy to draft that could end up a good fantasy play for spot duty.
Drew Brees QB– Looked fantastic. Much improved from his first four games last year.
Draft Opinion: Obviously a good draft option.
Reggie Bush RB– Reggie had a tough game. The two runs over five yards he did have both got called back because of holding. The speed is still there. However, he appears to still have a tough time running between the tackles.
Draft Opinion: Bush is looking like an overrated number two fantasy running back and actually a W/R and nothing more. Keep monitoring his preseason progress.
Robert Meachem WR- Had good statistical game. However, I was must impressed when he hit an extra gear to catch up to an overthrown Mark Brunell pass for a sixty yard touchdown. He has the potential to be the number two receiver opposite Marcus Colston and could easily win that role with guys like David Patten as his competition.
Draft Opinion: Could be a good late round flyer
Adrian Arrington WR- See Meachem above.
Final Conclusion: Out of this game you can take away that Hightower is a potential sleeper and Drew Brees appears back in form.
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