The NFL Preaseason and Fantasy Football

The number one rule of Fantasy Football is a fairly simple one, but one that fantasy managers regularly break. No one cares about your roster. It’s a tale as old as time, you look around in the office looking for anyone who you can let know you snagged Tom Brady in the last round. Peering for someone to care that you, a smart man, snagged Darrell Henderson in the 12th of your way-too-early drafted league. I also struggle with keeping my genius to myself.

My short comings however, well. People love those. I have been absolutely JERKED by the recent cuts from Quadree Ollison to David Moore to Brashard Perryman. Yes, I’m aware none of these are really “relevant”, but I’d argue you’s a single season player. The dynasty mantra is take that flyer, get your guy. Unfortunatly, I have more faith than NFL teams in my players.

I wanted to take a look at some cuts and adds that *MAY* (before anyone jumps down my throat) the fantasy season. It’s true that if a player was cut, how impactful could they be. Simply put, I’m a romantic. I believe that every name I’ve once loved, I can love again. That sometimes leads to success and just trainwrecks, depending on which side of the field you stand on.

Breshad Perriman – WR – Detroit Lions Cut

Ex-Lions WR Breshad Perriman reportedly signing with Chicago Bears to stay  in NFC North -

If you play Fantasy, there’s a slim chance that Perriman helped you win your league two years ago with his late season heroics with he Tampa Bay Bucs. Last year with the Jets however, Perriman was virtually useless, leading many redraft fantasy players to ignore the call. Perriman, a first round selection by the Ravens, has had a somewhat terrible career to be blunt, but was on the up in 2019 due to injuries. This year, Perriman started the season on a horrible Detroit Lions roster next to Tyrell Williams and Amon St-Brown so making the roster felt almost certain. The Lions are a confusing team but one thing is certain – they want the #1 overall pick come draft time. Perriman was picked up by the Chicago Bears and should see the third WR spot behind Allen Robinson and Darnell Mooney. Nothing to see here in redraft, but a potential flyer in deep / dynasty leagues. Don’t go trading for him, just monitor.

Keke Coutee – WR – Houston Texans Cut

Texans waive Keke Coutee

Keke Coutee is one of those names that you most likely have been monitoring since the Texans took him in the fourth round of the draft but sadly the kid just never panned out. A popular name amongst Fantasy fans, Coutee always seemed to be at the fork in the road with no real decision made about being relevant or not. I thought heading into this year that Coutee would fit in nicely for the Texans slot role, but the team had other ideas. Coutee finds himself in an interesting landing spot with the Colts practice squad which could turn into some playing time, but I think he’s time as a fantasy option is behind him. A possible add for dynasty if you have the space, but his time has come.

Wayne Gallman – RB – 49ers Cut

Falcons sign RB Wayne Gallman, cut Qadree Ollison

When Saquon Barkley went down last year, Wayne Gallman showed that he could potentially be an RB1 in the right situation down the road. The Clemson product had one game with over 100 yards against seattle and another with 94 against cincy with 6 touchdowns on the year. He wasn’t spectacular, but he can do enough to earn a roster spot when called upon, which is why it was a surprise to see the RB heavy offense in the Bay cut him. I sort of understand the decision with Mostert remaining the top dog and Trey Sermon arriving, but you’d have to think Gallman provides some upside against JaMycal hasty and Elijah Mitchell. All that aside, the Atlanta Falcons have scooped up Gallman and (again, destroying my Dynasty team) cut former Pitt running back Qadree Ollison, making Gallman a must add in deeper leagues with the uncertainty of Mike Davis as a full season starter. I know what he did last year, but Atlanta is different. Come on now.

Cam Newton – QB – Patriots

Patriots Cut Cam Newton After Covid-Related Disruptions - The New York Times


Where to even start with this one other than you HAVE to assume his missed time had some impact, right? Cam Newton hasn’t been the same since he took the Panthers to the Super Bowl that one truly transcendent season and it’s shown. He was a shell of himself in his first year with the Patriots, only having one game with over 200 passing yards after his COVID scare. It just isn’t there for Cam despite a heavy sentiment that he could be something with a full offseason. There have been rumors of Cam ending back up in New England after the Pats cut vet Brian Hoyer, but that’s still to be seen. The current Patriots Depth chart goes Mac Jones, a hurt Jarrett Stidham…and that’s it. The Pats did just add former Navy QB Malcolm Perry, a freak athlete who was waived by the Dolphins who is at this moment their best option for the backup position, but look for this team to add someone before week 1. Or, screw it. Bill knows more than me I suppose.

What storylines have you been following for the preseason that were missed? Let’s have a chat.


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