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Fantasy observations: HOF Game

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By Michael Blunda

Even though it was an inconsequential preseason game, Sunday night's tilt between the Bills and Titans gave football fans their first taste of NFL action for the 2009 season. Here are some observations from a fantasy perspective:

BILLS

  • Terrell Owens already looks to be in mid-season form, effortlessly grabbing two passes for 27 yards in the first quarter. Trent Edwards is going to feed him the ball all year, so T.O. should have plenty of chances to rack up receptions, yardage and TDs. He's a high-end No. 2 WR who could wind up with numbers worth of a No. 1.
  • The no-huddle offense is going to be a work-in-progress. Edwards didn't seem totally comfortable with it yet, throwing an INT in his only series, and the O-line really struggled at times. Watching how Buffalo progresses with this throughout the preseason will be interesting.
  • Xavier Omon looked the best of any of the Bills' RBs, but he's buried too far down the depth chart to make a fantasy impact. He'd need injuries to two of the three guys ahead of him (Marshawn Lynch, Fred Jackson and Dominic Rhodes) to have any value.
  • The team's offensive star probably was PK Rian Lindell who scored all the team's offensive points by drilling all three of his FG attempts, including kicks of 47 and 52 yards. If you're looking for a sleeper at the position, he's a solid choice.

TITANS

  • The arrival of Nate Washington looks like it will add a new dimension to the offense. Washington was an early favorite of Kerry Collins on Sunday, catching two passes for 25 yards, and his speed was something the receiving corps desperately lacked in 2008. In addition to deep balls, he could pile up big yardage on screen passes. His presence should help Collins' value, as well.
  • The roughly 30-pound offseason weight loss by LenDale White is noticeable when he runs the ball. He's not the plodder he used to be, looking quicker and, obviously, lighter on his feet. It doesn't seem to have taken away from his ability to pick up tough yards inside, so he should remain a goal-line fiend. I'd be willing to bet that he improves upon his 3.9 YPC from last season.
  • TE Jared Cook showed flashes of why people in Tennessee are so excited about this rookie. The big, strong and fast Cook had three catches for 30 yards and could have some fantasy value right out of the gate in deeper leagues. Alge Crumpler, on the other hand, won't, despite his team-high 32 yards on three grabs.
  • Chris Johnson didn't have his best effort, rushing six times for 17 yards, 16 of which came on one carry. Don't let one exhibition outing affect your thoughts on him, though; he's still poised for a monster campaign.

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