Fantasy Football recap: takeaways from week 1 of the 2021 NFL preseason

Fantasy Football recap: takeaways from week 1 of the 2021 NFL preseason

The first full week of NFL 2021 preseason started with four teams who have made a lot of changes this offseason. Three rookie players saw their playing time with their first-team attack tonight, even though they weren’t the players we expected for the first week. None of the first team’s attacks managed to score a touchdown.

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Washington football team at the New England Patriots

  • RB Antonio Gibson, 5 carries for 15 yards, 2 rec. for 25 rec. yards (2.8 yards per course)
  • QB Mac Jones, 13 for 17, 87 yards (adjusted 81.3% completion percentage)


Don’t overreact to Antonio Gibson’s box score: Gibson was the focal point of Washington’s offense in the first downs – either he ran the ball or he was targeted on eight of his 11 snaps. Unfortunately, he stayed on the sidelines for all four third-down chances with the first-team offense and lost a short distance chance. Gibson is still a very good second-round pick, but there’s no indication Washington will expand his role just yet.

Buy the Damien Harris Hype: The Patriots’ biggest problem in recent seasons has been the team’s three- or four-man rotation, but Harris’s ADP has increased because that rotation may be coming to an end. He only had to share the backfield with James White in clear passing situations tonight. Rhamondre Stevenson did not play in the first half.

Do not draft Adam Humphries or Kendrick Bourne: The two wide receivers only played in three wide receiver sets tonight, although Washington lacked Curtis Samuel and New England lacked Nelson Agholor. Neither receiver should have enough playing time to be placed in a fantastic starting lineup, even if there is an injury. Humphries and Bourne each caught a pass.

Curtis Samuel project: Samuel didn’t play tonight, but he should play a role across the board once he’s healthy. Dyami Brown was his biggest competition, but he’s currently sixth on Washington’s depth chart. He just has to take Cam Sims’ job, which he should be able to do.

John Bates project in Dynasty: The fourth-round rookie has already carved out a place as a tight second winger in two tight two-end sets. He could replace Logan Thomas at some point in the future. He caught a 19-yard pass tonight.

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Steelers de Pittsburgh To Philadelphia Eagles

  • WR Quez Watkins, 2 targets, 1 rec., 79 yards, 1 TD (83 yards after the catch)
  • RB Anthony McFarland Jr., 9 races, 34 yards, 1 TD (3 first tries and combined touchdowns)


It’s time to worry about Dallas Goedert: Goedert has been the TE7 consensus throughout the offseason, given trade rumors surrounding Zach Ertz. But Ertz didn’t just play – he ended up playing more with the starters. These shots were just extra racing blocks, but it will hurt Goedert’s playing time. If Ertz is still on the roster in the 2021 season, Goedert is unlikely to end up in the top 10 for the fantastic tight end.

Pick up an end-of-tour flyer on Anthony McFarland Jr.: McFarland took a few shots with the starters after missing the Hall of Fame Game. He might not see much playing time in the regular season when everyone is healthy, but he could be the main runner if Najee Harris were to get injured.

Buy Pat Freiermuth in Dynasty: Freiermuth didn’t play in the Hall of Fame game, but he did manage to become the No.2 tight end in tight sets. He took 25% of the shots on 11 people and could take more from Eric Ebron as the season progresses. It should be a cause for concern for Ebron this season as well.

Remove Kenneth Gainwell from your end-of-round draft pick list: The Eagles didn’t have Miles Sanders tonight, but it still wasn’t enough for Gainwell to see any snaps with the starters. Jordan Howard and Boston Scott split the playing time; the fifth-round rookie started playing when the second team came in, but the Eagles focused on the passing game rather than allowing Gainwell to run.

Remove Greg Ward from your end-of-round draft selection list: Ward had been the Eagles wide receiver, but Quez Watkins appears to have passed Ward on the depth card. Jalen Reagor also played more first-team snaps in the slot, although reports indicated Reagor would take on that role. Once DeVonta Smith is healthy, Ward will be fifth on the depth chart.


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