Week 2 of the NFL preseason treated fans and fantasy football managers to the second dress rehearsal of 2021. We saw a little more of many teams' starters, and PFF’s Nathan Jahnke, Dwain McFarland and Ian Hartitz each broke down notable takeaways following the Week 2 slate.
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With Week 3 upon us and DFS lineups to set, it's time to dive into the fantasy-relevant details of Friday Night’s four-game slate featuring the Indianapolis Colts versus the Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles versus the New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers versus the Carolina Panthers and Minnesota Vikings versus the Kansas City Chiefs.
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WHO’S PLAYING THEIR STARTERS?
Before the positional breakdown, let's brush up on how each team plans to enter its final preseason game as far as playing time for starters.
Detroit Lions: resting starters. Head coach Dan Campbell apparently convinced the Colts to bench their guys because he is not putting his starters out, either.
Philadelphia Eagles: resting starters. Nick Sirianni hasn’t explicitly stated whether his starters will play, but we can read between the lines. The Eagles head coach believes the joint practices with the Jets are almost as good as preseason games, so I doubt we see Jalen Hurts or anybody of relevance play much on Friday.
Kansas City Chiefs: half at most. Andy Reid said he’ll play the 1s in the first half. But he also said the team played a ton of snaps last week versus Arizona, so he can be flexible with allotted playing time.