COACHING MOVES - Preseason Wrap up

Now that the preseason is officially over, it's time to look at where some of the position battles stand and target some sleepers who you might be able to scoop up in later rounds of your draft or on the waiver wire before your Week 1 matchup.


• The season kicks off with a Thursday night game between the Steelers and the Patriots. DeAngelo Williams will be Pittsburgh's lead running back for the first two weeks while Le'Veon Bell serves his suspension. Once Bell returns though, all bets are off for Williams so use him or lose him.

• For the Packers, we know that with Jordy Nelson out for the year Randall Cobb and Davante Adams will have to step up. But who will win Green Bay's No. 3 WR role: Ty Montgomery or second-year wideout Jeff Janis? Only time will tell, but once we get more clarity the winner will make for a good bench stash.

• Dolphins' rookie wideout DeVante Parker (foot) should suit up for Miami's season opener against the Redskins on September 13. He's worth a waiver-wire look or later-round flier in drafts for his upside but may not have a large role out of the gate.

• Rookie receiver Devin Funchess could play a major role for the Carolina Panthers this season but his lack of experience and a recent hamstring injury could hinder his production early on. We're keeping an eye on his development at the start of the season to see if he is worth a late-round pick or a waiver-wire claim.

• There's been a running back battle going on in the Atlanta backfield between Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman all preseason. It seems for now that it will be a timeshare early in the season, but if one back struggles, the other could move up the ranks and take over more of a lead role. Both back are worth drafting late and stashing on your bench.

• Rookie running back Matt Jones could have fantasy value immediately as a third-down and goal-line back playing behind Alfred Morris in Washington. Jones has had a monster preseason and should be targeted in the late rounds in all of your drafts.

• It sounds like Joseph Randle is the favorite to be the Cowboys' starting running back with Darren McFadden working in behind him. Randle is worth a spot on your roster as a flex running back, but we'll be keeping a close eye on how this backfield shapes up early on in the season. If McFadden went undrafted in your league, he's worth a waiver wire pickup.

• Rashad Jennings will be the lead back for the Giants to start the year with Shane Vareen and Andre Williams working in as change-of-pace backs. Vareen holds more value in a PPR league while Williams should only be drafted as a late round flier with a chance to vulture some touchdowns.