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Dynasty-Fantasy Football Analysis – 2017 Preseason Wk 4: Seahawks v. Raiders


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*Lots of games to cover and moving faster than editors can keep up with, so forgive any typos, etc. 2,000+ word articles on preseason games ain’t easy. Going for quantity over quality to get the news out ASAP.


You know what struck about this game – the compare and contrast of the depth of the two teams. This game was backups and against backups…the kinda backups mostly likely to be cut. I don’t have one real note about any Oakland player in this game…they have no players with names I even mildly like playing in this game, and when they made their cuts…I don’t think any of the cuts got snatched by other teams.

On the other hand, Seattle had at least two players grabbed (Kasen Williams, Alex Collins) and were able to trade Cassius Marsh to create a space. Three guys about to be cut – all desired by other teams, and I think a team should have grabbed Mike Davis as well. That’s how deep in skill players Seattle is…and Oakland is not.

I just have a funny feeling the bottom is about to drop out of Oakland in 2017+. Somehow we think Marshawn Lynch was the missing piece?


— I actually did have one note from Oakland in this game. E.J. Manuel (9-14 for 85 yards, 1 TD/0 INT) won the backup job over Connor Cook (8-19 for 88 yards, 0 TD/1 INT).

How bad is your football team if E.J. Manuel is your backup QB? How can an NFL management team look itself in the face, and at the most important position in the NFL times 10…a position that was critical when Carr went down for the playoffs last year…how do you have E.J. Manuel as your planned backup? It’s disgusting. Did they claim Kyle Sloter when Denver cut him…of course not! Who watches the dumb preseason games anyway? It interrupts GM’s late dinners and cocktails.

How bad a draft pick was Connor Cook if he couldn’t beat out E.J. Manuel?


Chris Carson (3-10-0) and C.J. Prosise (3-5-0) both got some work in…unusual for Week 4 preseason for these kinda guys to work. But not as unusual if Thomas Rawls is at risk and Seattle is eyeing them as a duo for Week 1 and for fear of Eddie Lacy being a bust.

Carson was named co-#2 RB with Lacy, behind Rawls.

I still don’t understand what Seattle is doing at running back…for fantasy or for the NFL. This is a mess behind a bad O-Line.


— Seattle WR Kasen Williams had a helluva preseason, but Seattle had to make tough cuts and Williams and not-so-bad rookie WR David Moore got released – Williams got grabbed by Cleveland because the Browns 37 WRs they drafted last year didn’t work out so hot. Moore went through waivers and is on the Seattle practice squad.

Williams dynasty sleep stock falls going to the mess that Cleveland.


— Seattle dropped RB Mike Davis (4-25-0), but got him back onto the practice squad…you know Mike Davis – the Chargers 2nd best RB right now. The Bills 2nd best RB right now. I could go on. I wish Davis had been picked up by a team, he deserved it…but no one in the NFL watches the preseason besides their own team…barely.

Last year draft pick Alex Collins was also released, but he was grabbed off waivers by Indy.


— Oakland placed promising ‘freak’ rookie DB Obi Melifonwu on I.R. but designated to return.




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About R.C. Fischer

R.C. Fischer is a fantasy football player analyst for Fantasy Football Metrics, and College Football Metrics. His group also provides player projections for Advanced Sports Logic’s football software “The Machine.”

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