As we enter the third week of the preseason, these players have stood out the last several days and should be looked at closely with fantasy football drafts approaching.
Jamaal Williams | Packers RB: The Packers are expected to use a committee backfield, but Jamaal Williams might be in a good position to lead it in 2018. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy says he thinks the second-year back is “poised to have a big year,” adding that he believes we’ll look back and say he was one of those players that had a jump from their first to second year in the NFL.
Leonard Fournette | Jaguars RB: Leonard Fourentte totaled 1,342 yards and ten touchdowns rushing and receiving in 13 games as a rookie last season, but he says the game is “a lot slower” for him this year. Things might have slowed down for the former LSU star last postseason when he ran for four touchdowns in two games. A leaner Fournette that says the game is slowing down should be a big-impact player for the Jags in 2018.
Mike Williams | Chargers WR: Mike Williams caught a 25-yard touchdown on a jump-ball in the end zone in last week’s preseason game, and it’s been all positive talk for last year’s No. 7 pick throughout the summer. In an NFL.com piece by Jim Trotter, Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said Williams is going to force them to use more three-wide-receiver sets, which is going to get the six-foot-four target on the field a ton.
James Washington | Steelers WR: Through two preseason games, second-round pick James Washington had lines of 2/44 and 5/114/2, and his play has gotten him elevated to second-team on the depth chart. If Washington keeps it up, he’ll be the clear third receiver along with Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster, which could mean an immediate year-one impact.
Christian Kirk | Cardinals WR: Cardinals rookie receiver Christian Kirk could also get on the field and make an immediate impact as a second-round pick. He’s not yet No. 2 on the depth chart behind Larry Fitzgerald, but he’s trending in that direction with a solid summer and preseason. Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks says the former Texas A&M playmaker is getting better every day. Kirk should have an opportunity to win a starting job in a primetime matchup against the Cowboys on Sunday night.