Preseason Game Cap: Seahawks at Chargers
As I said with our first Game Cap this morning, these are not comprehensive game reviews. Rather, Game Caps are a way for our readers to catch up on the key fantasy information that we find in each game.
Starting RB Ryan Mathews looks healthy and ran with good power. He also had nice leaping short yardage carry. He looks to be at full strength, which is obviously a big positive for the perpetually injured tailback. Ronnie Brown was the 2nd back in the game, but only had two carries and both were underwhelming.
After that, it was the Fozzy Whitaker Show. The little back from Texas did not do a whole lot though he did hit the hole hard and showed some wiggle at times. Whitaker should be a bench guy once Danny Woodhead, who sat out the game but could have played, gets back in the fold.
Our guy, rookie RB Michael Hill did get in and ran hard, but had absolutely nowhere to go. It’ll be interesting to see if he gets a better look next week.
Out for last night’s game, but not seriously hurt was WR Vincent Brown. He should return next week. Nobody in particular stepped up in his place. Eddie Royal started and had a nice grab early on and there was some good news on Antonio Gates, who was active early and was cutting well. No visible signs of the foot problems he’s struggled with. Very positive. I feel better about taking him if I have to. Rookie receiver Keenan Allen had a few grabs, but did nothing of note in either the good or bad column.
Philip Rivers played just a single series and gave to Charlie Whitehurst, who was typically unimpressive. Whitehhurst was clearly outplayed by rookie Brad Sorensen, who was much more decisive with the football. Based on what I saw last night, Sorensen should be the backup. We'll see how the rest of preseason plays out.
We’ll be able to tell more about the Chargers next week when they play more of their starters and play them longer into the game.
For the Seahawks, Russell Wilson is still tough to sack, even when you get close to him. He has outstanding awareness in the pocket as we’ve said before. He didn’t do a whole lot and was replaced by Brady Quinn after his second series. Quinn played pretty well before being replaced by Tavaris Jackson, who also looked good.
The big fantasy story for Seattle was our guy Christine Michael, who toted the rock 16 times for 89 yards. Michael showed off his speed and athleticism. He definitely has a chance to pass Robert Turbin on the depth chart though it’s way too early to make that call.
If you read our rookie rankings you know I like rookie RB Spencer Ware, out of LSU, who we’re told is being groomed as a fullback. Last night he got some work in at tailback and looked pretty good as we’d expect. He also had a nice blitz pickup. Seattle is beyond loaded in the backfield and they are all big backs. Coincidence? Not on your life. This team is built to pound the rock and they will so just that,
It’s possible that Ware goes back to fullback when Marshawn Lynch and Turbin are both active.
Rookie TE Luke Willson made a few grabs which is good to see. The rookie has a chance to do some things with the injuries at tight end in Seattle.
There wasn't a whole lot more to report from a fantasy angle. We'll definitely see more from Seattle next week.