Cameron Sparks

Preseason Overreactions: Week 2

newton1_1Cam Newton – The number one overall pick in the 2011 draft has been very underwhelming this preseason and it’s certainly not for lack of opportunity. So far this preseason Cam has reaffirmed his early critics question his accuracy going 15 for 33 with 200 passing yards in his 1st 2 games. What’s worse is he’s done it against the opposition’s 2nd team defense and hasn’t done much with his legs only rushing for 18 yards in 2 games. Maybe he gets better when Steve Smith returns, but my money’s on no. Steer clear of Cam.

Stevan Ridley – This offseason the man in the gray hoodie did us fantasy owners no favors by drafting 2 more rookie RBs to go with Kevin Faulk and the “Law Firm”, Benjarvus Green-Ellis. Though fantasy owners may not know all year, Ridley is certainly making his case as to why he deserves to be in the rotation. Currently leading all RBs in rushing this preseason with 148 yards and 2 TDs, Ridley has definitely opened the eyes of NE coaches and some fantasy owners alike. What’s more is Ridley also has caught 10 passes for 74 yards and another TD, showing his versatility. Backs in New England come and go from game to game but keep Ridley on your list as a deep sleeper.

Harry Douglas – Finally healthy, Harry Douglas has shown why the Atlanta falcons were patient with him and his injuries all of these years. Douglas can flat out fly and is a good option in the slot for Matt Ryan between Roddy White and rookie, Julio Jones. This won’t be a big year for Douglas as White and Jones will be the primary targets but in deep leagues keep an eye on Douglas throughout the season to see if he can grow into a Mike Wallace type role….with less stats of course.

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