Plenty of players’ fantasy football stocks are rising after Thursday’s preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. And why wouldn’t they be? The final score was 51-34 in favor of the Packers, so there was a good amount of offensive opportunity. We might have to take a grain of salt with these results, because there literally haven’t been this many points scored in a Packers preseason game ever. Still, scoring builds confidence and some of these young guys could use every bit they can get to make the final roster.
Building off of a solid first preseason game, we broke down whose stock is still trending up and whose might be going down.
Adams only had one catch, but he took a quick slant for 27 yards. He’s continually making it look easy and he’s ready to go for Week 1. For those looking to make Adams a first or second-round pick, there shouldn’t be any worries about him disappointing you.
Graham scored his first Rodgers-to-Graham TD in the first quarter which was great to see. He was really just standing in the end zone posting up like he’s supposed to and the defensive back didn’t stand a chance. Graham was lined up close to the line of scrimmage and primarily in a two-point stance for the game so, as expected, he should be running plenty of routes this season.
This might be a problem for defenses.— NFL (@NFL) August 17, 2018
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QB1 started the game and had a short field to work with in his lone drive. Finished 2/4, 35 yards, a touchdown, and a vintage 12-men-on-the-field penalty draw. And he made it out unscathed despite some close contact. No rust, no fuss.
Kumerow and his excellent flow took a sideline reception 82-yards to the house. That was the exclamation point on a night in which he hauled in all three of his targets for 114 yards. Making his second big play of the preseason, the UW-Whitewater product capitalized off of a bad angle by the defensive back, then rumbled into the end zone and possibly onto the 53-man roster. For redraft leagues, he’s probably best left undrafted. For dynasty leagues, however, he’s looking like a good prospect to roster.
Kickers are people, too! Crosby was busy on Thursday night with six extra points and three field goals, two of which were over 50 yards. The 33-year old can see a great benefit if Rodgers’ chemistry with Adams and Graham continues to build.
Ty finished with four carries for only 10 yards—again, not the best offensive line showing tonight. He also had a pair of nifty catches for 15 yards. However, Montgomery had his second special teams mishandling of the preseason, dropping a fumble on a kick return. Jamaal Williams exited the game with a minor ankle injury, however, so this running back situation is still worth monitoring.
Moore saw plenty of opportunities, but failed to really capitalize on any of them. He’s struggled with the a case of the drops and it’s getting harder for these backup quarterbacks to trust him. They want to complete passes for their own sakes.
The Packers will continue their preseason in Oakland against the Raiders on 08/24.