• Philadelphia Eagles RB Boston Scott started and ran 10 times, including a touchdown on the first drive. Kenneth Gainwell didn’t play until the Eagles’ second drive.
• Cleveland Browns RB Jerome Ford moved up to fourth on the depth chart after a 100-plus yard performance last week.
• Browns third-round pick WR David Bell started the game after not playing last week due to a foot injury.
• Thursday, Friday and Saturday’s preseason recaps have you covered for all of the fantasy football takeaways you might have missed.
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PHILADELPHIA EAGLES @ CLEVELAND BROWNS
Slightly slow the hype for Kenneth Gainwell: The second-year back is one of mine favorite sleepers for the season. He didn’t see a single snap on the Eagles’ first drive, with Boston Scott taking every play. Gainwell came in on the second drive, also saw double-digit carries and looked a little better running with the ball. Miles Sanders missed the game with an injury.
The Eagles typically rotate running backs by situation, so they are unlikely to follow this game’s plan exactly this season. The former Memphis Tiger should still take most of the third-down snaps. It’s also worth noting that Gainwell had been dealing with a hip injury, which could have helped Scott get the start today.
It was good to see him run so much and run well, but the fact that Scott is clearly part of the Eagles’ plan at running back is a little discouraging.
Avoid the Eagles’ third wide receiver: The top two spots on the depth chart are set, but there is a four-person battle fighting for the third spot. Jalen Reagor oath Quez Watkins started the game similar to last week, with former Colt Zach Pascal coming in for three-receiver sets and rotating in for both other receivers. Watkins had the most snaps last season, particularly in the slot, which is what the Eagles need, making him the favorite. Watkins also stopped playing late in the third quarter, while the others kept playing into the second.
None of them stood out today, with the Eagles focused on running the ball. Greg Ward could also be in the mix, but he missed both preseason games with a toe injury. We could likely see a heavy rotation of players, making it hard for any of them to be relevant in fantasy leagues.
Jerome Ford moves up the depth chart: Ford led the Browns in both rushing and receiving yards last week, and he scored a touchdown both ways. The only problem is that he was fifth on the depth chart. His good game moved him up to fourth above John Kelly. Ford featured earlier today, rotating in for D’Ernest Johnson. Johnson took seven of the first nine plays, then Ford took most of the second quarter with Kelly mixing in later in the quarter.
It will still be very difficult for Ford to contribute this season with the depth the Browns have at running back, but a potential Kareem Hunt trade would certainly help.
David Bell makes his debut: Bell started for Cleveland, which did not play the top two players on the depth chart, but he is already a clear top-four receiver on the team. He should be able to surpass Anthony Schwartz, who also started today, sooner rather than later. Bell led the team in receiving in the first half with two catches for 37 yards. He could very well rank third or fourth on the team in goals this season. Any rookie who is likely to be that high on the team in targets is at least worth taking a gamble late in fantasy drafts.
- Snaps include plays called back due to penalties, including offensive holding or defensive pass interference. The other three stats have these plays removed.
- Targets may differ from official NFL sources. The most likely discrepancy would be from a clear thrown-away pass, where the NFL may give the target to the nearest receiver, while this data will not.
- Carries are only on designated plays. Quarterback scrambles won’t count for the total number of carries in the game.