The season is coming. Your decisions now will affect your position later. Those who act fast on sleepers and take a risk on a standout in the preseason could be standing on top of the podium come January. Welcome to Gloatsville. Population you. Let’s get into the guys you might want to add…
Marquez Callaway – WR Saints
Callaway connected with Jameis on not one, but TWO deep balls last night, both of which were impressive catches under pressure from a defender. He ended the night with 5 receptions for 104 yards and 2 touchdowns. Callaway signed with the Saints as an undrafted free agent following the 2020 NFL draft, and contributed 213 yards in the 6 appearances he made. However this year, with Michael Thomas out for at least a few weeks, and injuries to other receivers on the depth chart too, there’s an opportunity for Callaway to get a lot of playing time, and if he plays like he did against the Jags on Monday night… All I’m saying is, if nobody in your league has picked him up yet, and a lot have already… you might want to. Still only 23 years old, maybe there’s something brewing around Marquez Callaway
Byron Pringle – WR Chiefs
Pringle has moved up the depth chart in KC this year with the departure of Sammy Watkins. He’s has been a reliable target for Mahomes over the middle in short yardage situations. In 2020, 17 of his 26 targets were in short yardage, between 0 and 9 yards. He caught 14 of those for 129 yards. With Watkins moving on, Pringle could see even more targets in that area, as Watkins was targeted another 34 times in short yardage.
However, on top of that, Pringle had a reception this week against the Cardinals, in the deep middle of the field. 41 yards in one play. So if Byron Pringle starts to get work deeper down the field, we could see a 5-600 yard season for him, adding a great depth contribution along with Demarcus Robinson. Pringle is trending upwards this week after a 4 reception game for 63 yards.
Jameis Winston – QB Saints
Well hello Jameis. Things might be turning around for Jameis Winston this season, with the help of legendary coach Sean Payton and a very strong looking Saints defence. Winston has taken a very mature approach to life after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and sat the entire 2020 season on the Saints bench, learning and watching how things work on a successful NFL roster. Of course the irony of that is that the Bucs were incredibly successful as soon as he left but… Tom Brady.
Jameis had himself a night last night and fantasy owners, including myself, believe we have an answer to the Saints starting QB question. Winston connected twice on excellent deep throws to Marquez Callaway who also makes the list off the back of those receptions. But Jameis was near on perfect. He threw 9/10 for 123 yards and 2 touchdowns, including throws into tight windows both short and deep down the field. Sean Payton has openly said that Jameis will not throw the infamous 30 interceptions under his watch, and if he wins the QB battle, he could be a top half QB in the NFL. Consider the fact that he plays on a good team, has one of the best offensive lines in the league, as well as a top run game. If the receivers can then step up in the absence of Michael Thomas, he’s one to have waiting on your bench. Life after Drew Brees might not be so bad…
Rodney Adams – WR Bears
Rodney Adams is a strange one. Maybe it’s just a great preseason game. But this is a guy who has been around the league since 2017. He was drafted by the Vikings in the 5th round back in the 2017 draft, and added 2 touchdowns in the preseason for them that year. He hasn’t however taken a meaningful snap in the NFL, ever. His story is a tough one, and he’s a guy you should route for. You can read about that here.
He’s bounced around practice squads including the Colts, but has been with the Bears since early 2020.
Then this week Adams had an impressive pre season game against the Bills. 3 receptions for 89 yards including a 73 yard touchdown is a great outing for a receiver trying to make the 53, and the Bears don’t exactly have the deepest wide receiver room, so he has a shot!
He’s being added to benches in Fantasy according to Sleeper, and could make the roster and even fight for the number 3 receiver spot behind Allen Robinson and Darnell Mooney. If you’re in a 12 man league with deep rosters, this gem might just be sitting there available. No harm in giving the young man a shot, he looked very sharp this weekend. There’s always a chance when new QBs come into town that they just gel differently with guys, and look more favourably upon certain receivers. Maybe the QB moves in Chicago will look favourably upon Rodney Adams?
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