All 32 NFL teams were in action Thursday night, as the NFL put on its annual exhibition finale marathon. As is usually the case, the games featured a barrage of players competing for spots on the latter portion of depth charts. There were also other news and notes around the league unrelated to Thursday’s games, so without further ado, let’s delve into the latest!
Tuesday afternoon, a number of RotoWire staff and friends held the auction for the latest season in the Steak League — a name that stems from the fact that the GMs who finish at the bottom of the standings end up buying steak dinners for those at the top. As you might expect, it’s got some big-time internal bragging rights associated with it, and it’s a league I last won in 2013, when an unproven young pup named Le’Veon Bell hurt his ankle a few days before we auctioned and I was able to land him dirt cheap.
It’s a 14-team league with standard scoring (non-PPR, although this might be the last year we stick to the Old Ways) that starts one QB, two RB, three WR, one TE, one Flex (RB/WR/TE), one K, and three IDP (one each DL/LB/DB) with five bench spots. We’ve got a $200 auction budget, and it tends to go quickly. The competition is fierce — other GMs in the league include Chris Liss, Jeff Erickson, Mike Doria, Scott Jensted, and plenty of other names you’d recognize from around the site.
Much of the news out of camp today regards some key fantasy assets. With the next round of preseason clashes due to start in less than 24 hours, let’s check the latest updates from around the league.
- Odell Beckham has been absent from practice since Aug. 6 with a minor hip issue but is expected back soon. Coach Freddie Kitchens left open the possibility the star wideout could play in Saturday’s preseason game against the Colts. Whether he does or not, let this be a reminder that OBJ missed half his team’s games over the past two years, and at least four games in three of his five NFL seasons. Something to consider when taking him in the first round of fantasy drafts.