Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/22/13
 We are heading into the 3rd week of preseason action and as far as action in the preseason goes, this is the closest thing we get to regular season football. For the most part we’ll see the 1st team Offense and 1st Team Defense playing at least a full half before seeing the 2nd and 3rd string players on the field. This is both a good and bad thing for Fantasy Football.Why it’s good: It gives us one last opportunity to see who is winning the position/depth chart battles, which QBs are showing or not showing chemistry with their receivers, which running backs are getting more carries compared their committee counterpart. In essence it gives us one more shot at learning as much as we possibly can about a player, group of players, and even an entire team before the regular season.Why it’s bad: It is inevitable that some key fantasy football players are going to get injured this weekend. We saw it happen last week with Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell who is projected to miss 6-8 weeks (does not need surgery) and to a much, MUCH lesser extent with Victor Cruz, Roddy White, and Wes Welker (please do not panic or pass up on those receivers because of these minor injuries in Mid-August). But the point is a lot of you are drafting this weekend and though we urge you to postpone your drafts until after the 3rd preseason game, sometimes the scheduling is out of your control. Here's some quick questions I'm hoping get answered during the 3rd preseason games along with some observations and new insights I'm looking to take away from each match-up:ThursdayPatriots vs. Lions: Will RB Shane Vereen, WR Kenbrell Thompkins, and TE Zach Sufdel continue to impress?  Who is Matthew Stafford throwing to other than Calvin Johnson: Ryan Broyles or Nate Burleson?Panthers vs. Ravens: Who is Joe Flacco connecting with other than Torrey Smith? What is the ratio of carries between Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce? Can Cam Newton and the Panthers put together and FINISH their drives on Offense. FridaySeahawks vs. Packers: Will Randall Cobb be in action and does his biceps injury have any affect on his performance? How does Eddie Lacy look? Will the Seahawks Defense have another dominant performance, similar to what they did against the Broncos last week?Bears vs. Raiders: More insight to a Marc Trestman offense and how much he will utilize Matt Forte this season. Anyone alive on Raiders offense?SaturdayBills vs. Redskins: No RG3, No EJ Manuel, not even Kirk Cousins. Instead we get Kevin Kolb vs. Rex Grossman...NEXTBrowns vs. Colts: Will Andrew Luck continue his August hot streak? TY Hilton continue to outplay Darrius Heyward-Bey? Get another look at Brandon Weeden’s connection with Jordan Cameron and Josh Gordon in Norv Turner’s offense. Does Trent Richardson look healthy?Jets vs. Giants: Geno Smith is starting for the Jets, does that make their offense any better? Can it really make it any worse compared to Mark Sanchez under center? No Victor Cruz for the Giants? David Wilson and Andre Brown splitting carries? Eagles vs. Jags: Will Mike Vick, DeSean Jackson, and LeSean McCoy stay hot? Will wee see more than one series from Maurice Jones Drew? If so, does he look 100% healthy?Bucs vs. Dolphins: Doug Martin recovered from last week’s head injury? Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas splitting carries or is this really Miller’s show and the Thomas news is just a Smoke Screen to motivate Miller?Chiefs vs. Steelers:  Who takes over for Le’Veon Bell in the Pittsburgh backfield? Jamaal Charles back from his foot sprain?  If not how does Knile Davis look? Bengals vs. Cowboys: Gio Bernard’s hype rolls on or slows down a bit? Dez Bryant continue to dominate? AJ Green finally in action, if so does he look healthy?Broncos vs. Rams: What will we see from Tavon Austin, Jared Cook, and Chris Givens? Daryl Richardson more impressive than Isiah Pead? Montee Ball or Ronnie Hillman more reps with the 1st team? Wes Welker in action?Falcons vs. Titans: Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez in action? Chris Johnson making more big plays? Chargers vs. Cardinals: Who is Philip Rivers throwing to at receiver? Carson Palmer and Larry Fitz a good tandem, showing good chemistry? Which Rookie RB Stefan Taylor or Andre Ellington will get more carries with starters?Sunday:Saints vs. Texans: Who breaks out as Saints No. 3 WR? No Arian Foster, but how does Ben Tate look?Vikings vs. 49ers: Adrian Peterson in action for the 1st time this preseason, NICE! Will Colin Kaepernick play more than 2 series and if so who is he connecting with other than Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis?
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