Thu Aug 15 10:50pm ET
By STEPHEN WHYNO
AP Sports Writer
Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Kerry Wynn (72) comes in to sack Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Ryan Finley (5) throws a pass during the first half of the team's NFL preseason football game against the Washington Redskins, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) scrambles away from Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Jordan Willis (75), defensive tackle Andrew Brown (93) and defensive tackle Renell Wren (95) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Washington Redskins quarterback Case Keenum (8) hands the ball off to running back Adrian Peterson (26) during the first quarter of the team's NFL preseason football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Landover, Md., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Ryan Finley (5) looks for a receiver under pressure from Washington Redskins linebacker Ryan Anderson (52) during the first quarter of an NFL preseason football game in Landover, Md., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) Washington first-round pick Dwayne Haskins made strong throws and his share of mistakes, and fellow rookie Ryan Finley continued to make his case to be Cincinnati's backup quarterback in the Bengals' 23-13 victory over the Redskins on Thursday night in each team's second preseason game.
Haskins threw a 55-yard TD pass to camp standout Robert Davis and was 7 of 14 for 114 yards with a fumble. The 15th overall pick took two sacks but showed poise under pressure and was more effective than veteran Case Keenum, who played the first three drives and was 3 of 7 for 52 yards.
Keenum, Haskins and longtime backup Colt McCoy are competing to be the Redskins' Week 1 starter. McCoy has yet to play in the preseason while he deals with lingering pain from a broken leg last year.
After already passing Jeff Driskell on Cincinnati's depth chart, Finley again showed why he's now the favorite to back up Andy Dalton. The fourth-round pick out of N.C. State completed his first nine passes and was 20 of 26 for 150 yards with two TD passes.
Dalton was 5 of 9 for 36 yards and an interception in three series before giving way to Finley. Redskins defensive lineman Daron Payne tipped Dalton's third-down pass in the red zone, and safety Montae Nicholson picked it off and returned it 96 yards for a touchdown.
The first six plays of the game featured seven flags, and the penalty parade continued all night. The Bengals and Redskins combined for 22 penalties that added up to 195 yards.
PUNT RETURN FIREWORKS
Bengals receiver Alex Erickson returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter. It's the second consecutive week the Redskins allowed a punt return TD as they get accustomed to new special teams coach Nate Kaczor.
Bengals: WR John Ross remained out with a hamstring injury. ... WR A.J. Green is expected to miss the start of the season following ankle surgery.
Redskins: DL Tim Settle left the game with a knee injury. ... RT Morgan Moses left with an undisclosed injury. ... Rookie LB Cole Holcomb was held out for precautionary reasons, and LB Shaun Dion Hamilton was out with a chest injury. ... RB Shaun Wilson injured his left ankle on Erickson's punt return and had to be carted off.
Bengals: Host the New York Giants in each team's third preseason game Aug. 22.
Redskins: Hope to get McCoy some action when they visit the Atlanta Falcons on Aug. 22.
New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson made three catches for 11 yards in a loss to the Patriots Sunday. Anderson was targeted five times but could get nothing done as the Jets had just 105 yards of total offense with third-string QB Luke Falk making his first career start. Of all the Jets offensive weapons, Anderson has suffered the most with starting QB Sam Darnold (mono) out of action as Anderson has always been a receiver reliant on big plays and the Jets simply can't throw the ball downfield given their current QB situation. The Jets have a bye in Week 4 but will face another tough matchup in Week 5 at Philadelphia. If Darnold plays, Anderson is a boom-or-bust WR3 but he should be avoided as long as Darnold is out.
Oakland Raiders running back Jalen Richard was on the field for a season-high 29 snaps in the team's Week 3 loss to the Vikings. It helped that Josh Jacobs was dealing with an illness and a hip injury earlier this week, not to mention the team trailed by three scores for most of the game. Richard didn't do much with his playing time, however, picking up 29 scrimmage yards on two rushes and three catches as his involvement in the passing game has faded this year. Owners of Jacobs shouldn't worry about the rookie losing his bell-cow status, as Richard is no threat to his workload. The 25-year-old doesn't carry any standalone value and will be off the fantasy radar as long as Jacobs is active.
New York Jets quarterback Luke Falk was dreadful Sunday in New England completing 12 of 22 passes for 98 yards. Falk didn't lead a touchdown drive and threw an interception in the ugly loss. Falk was serviceable in Week 2 when he was forced into action, but the Patriots Defense completely dominated today sacking Falk five times and giving up only 105 total yards. The Jets have a much-needed bye next week before another tough matchup at Philadelphia in Week 5. The team hopes starting QB Sam Darnold (mono) will be healthy enough to play, but if not all the Jets fantasy options need to be downgraded with Falk under center.
The New England Patriots Defense stifled an opponent once again as the team cruised to a 30-14 win over the Jets. The Jets were never in this game as the Patriots pass rush racked up five sacks while allowing only 35 rushing yards. The defense, technically, still has not allowed a touchdown all season as the Jets scored on a special teams fumble and a pick-six from backup quarterback Jarrett Stidham. The Patriots defense has risen quickly to become an elite unit in fantasy moving forward.
Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman ran for a season-high 88 yards on 16 carries in addition to three receptions for seven yards against Indianapolis on Sunday. Freeman was productive despite failing to find the end zone against the Colts, but it was a step in the right direction after amassing just 41 yards on the ground through the first two weeks of the year. He remains a must-start in most fantasy leagues, however, but he will have to do more to keep that tag moving forward, including scoring a touchdown.
New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell carried the ball 18 times for 35 yards and hauled in all four of his targets for 28 yards against the Patriots on Sunday. A 63-yard day is disappointing for fantasy owners, but considering the Jets only gained 105 yards of offense total things could have been worse for Bell. The Jets offense could get nothing going with third-string quarterback Luke Falk making his first career start on the road against a defense that is yet to allow a touchdown this season. If nothing else, fantasy owners can be satisfied Bell out-touched Ty Montgomery 22-2 and he is still the centerpiece of New York's offense. The Jets will be on bye in Week 4, but Bell will continue to be a must-start running back in fantasy moving forward.
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns on 29-for-34 passing in the narrow loss to the Colts in Week 3. After throwing five picks during the first two games of the year, his lone interception in this one was a step in the right direction. Despite Ryan's inaccuracies in the passing game, he remains one of the most productive fantasy quarterbacks in 2019, however, and should continue to have a place in starting lineups in a majority of formats. He will look to keep it going in Week 4 against the Titans.
New England Patriots wide receiver Jakobi Meyers caught two passes for 38 yards in the team's 30-14 win over the Jets. Meyers was the star of the Patriots training camp but took a backseat after Antonio Brown signed with the team. Now with Brown out of the fold, Meyers is looking at an expanded opportunity moving forward. This performance was a small step in the right direction and his snaps should be on the rise in the coming weeks.
New England Patriots wide receiver caught six passes for a team-high 83 receiving yards in the Patriots 30-14 win over the Jets. Gordon got off to a slow start but finished the game with 11 targets and some big-time catches. The talented receiver appeared to injure his hand in the second half but came back and immediately made some plays. Gordon's ability to win one-on-one matchups with his size makes him a force outside the numbers. A huge fantasy performance is on the horizon for Gordon moving forward.
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr threw for 242 yards and a touchdown in the team's 34-14 loss to the Vikings Sunday. He also threw one ugly interception, but he managed to save face with a 75-yard touchdown drive in the final two minutes of garbage time. Carr's 27-for-34 completion rate (79.4%) was decent, but his early-season mediocre results aren't moving the needle much for his fantasy appeal. He'll get an easier matchup in Week 4 at Indianapolis versus a banged-up Colts secondary, but managers should look elsewhere for a potential streamer.
New England Patriots wide receiver Phillip Dorsett caught six passes for 53 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown catch in the team's 30-14 win over the Jets in Week 3. With Antonio Brown out of the fold, Dorsett's snaps were on the rise and he delivered. Dorsett ran crisp routes as quarterback Tom Brady targeted him seven times. Moving forward, fantasy owners can expect Dorsett to play a bigger role in the offense but will have to fight for targets with teammates Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady completed 28-of-42 passes for 306 yards and two touchdowns in the Patriots convincing 30-14 win over the Jets. Brady now has multiple touchdown passes in each of his first three games this season after another sharp performance. The Patriots built an early lead but that did not prevent their offense from throwing the football and posted only 68 rushing yards the entire game. Brady now has seven touchdown passes this season with zero interceptions as the Patriots offense currently is a force to be reckoned with.
New England Patriots running back Sony Michel carried the ball nine times for only 11 yards with one touchdown in the team's 30-14 win over the Jets in Week 3. Fantasy owners certainly became excited when Michel scored on the Patriots first possession but mostly disappeared from the game plan after that. Michel remains the starter and more talented back but slowly is losing snaps to Rex Burkhead. Michel's limited ability in the passing game is costing him opportunities at this point. The second-year back will try and bounce back next week.
New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead led the team with 11 carries for 47 yards and one touchdown in the team's 30-14 victory over the Jets. Burkhead also added six catches for 22 yards and is earning more snaps by the week. The Patriots offense has leaned heavily on the arm of Tom Brady to begin the season and Burkhead has value in the backfield as well as the passing game. Running back Sony Michel is a more talented player but Burkhead is earning plenty of touches in the backfield. Burkhead will be a streamer to watch heading into Week 4.
Oakland Raiders tight end Darren Waller dominated targets once again in the team's Week 3 loss to the Vikings. He caught a team-high 13-of-14 targets for 134 scoreless yards, proving to have one of the safest floors among tight ends so far this season. Waller's role has grown every week since a six catch 63-yard performance in Week 1, and his early-season success is only looking like the tip of the iceberg. With the offense likely playing from behind in the majority of games this season, Waller is shaping up to be an every-week starter in all fantasy formats. He'll look to get his first TD of the season in another plus matchup in Week 4 at Indianapolis, who most recently gave up two scores to Falcons tight end Austin Hooper.
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Tyrell Williams failed to make an impact against a tough Vikings Defense for the majority of the team's Week 3 contest, but his late-game TD saved his fantasy day. He picked up three catches for an unimpressive 29 yards as he hauled in an 11-yard TD on a slant in garbage time. There will undoubtedly be better days for the 28-year-old who came into this game leading the team with 151 receiving yards and two scores. Williams will re-enter WR3 status in Week 4 when the team travels to Indianapolis to take on a banged-up Colts Defense.
Oakland Raiders wide receiver J.J. Nelson had a nice welcome back game after dealing with an ankle injury throughout the first few weeks of the season. He hauled in a 29-yard touchdown in the second quarter on a flea-flicker from quarterback Derek Carr, finishing the day with four catches for 36 yards. Nelson is a boom or bust option in fantasy and is better off left alone on waiver wires. His big-play ability is admirable, but he's never shown much consistency over his career and won't develop into a primary target in this offense.
Oakland Raiders running back Josh Jacobs struggled to get anything going in the team's Week 3 loss to the Vikings. He picked up 44 yards on 10 carries while failing to haul in either of his two targets in the passing game. With the team playing from behind for the entirety of the game, Jacobs wasn't relied upon as often with the offense in pass-mode. Jacobs remains the bell cow back, but his ceiling is capped on a team that likely won't need to run the ball more than 25 times in a game very often. The rookie will get a more favorable matchup in Week 4 against a Colts Defense that has struggled to stop the run this season.
Detroit Lions CB Darius Slay (hamstring) suffered a hamstring injury during the Week 3 game and is considered questionable to return.
Atlanta Falcons DE Takkarist McKinley (knee) suffered a knee injury during the Week 3 game and is considered questionable to return.