I started doing this article about ten years ago as kind of informal look at the “vibes” I was getting for all 32 teams after following them closely and watching all of their exhibition games. Over the years, though, it’s really grown in popularity because it’s been a strong indicator of things to come, and because it’s a great piece for readers to quickly access the “CliffsNotes” version of all of our preseason content. For instance, if you haven’t been following a thing in the NFL this summer, you can get caught up in just 10-15 minutes, at least in terms of the offensive side of things.
Every year at this time I feel very good about the work we’ve put in and the analysis we’ve put out there, and this year is certainly no exception. I think most readers would agree that we’ve taken very logical and realistic positions on everything we care about in the fantasy world, and for the most part, things have held up pretty well as we steamroll toward Week 1.
We all know mass chaos is about to ensue, but even over the last two crazy seasons, I’ve looked back at this article and it really was a strong indicator of things to come the majority of the time.
I don’t have a crystal ball, but my preseason vibes are the next best things, so let’s get to it…
Original 8/22 write-up: I can’t say the vibes are great based on the preseason, but I’m not worried about the Cardinals, assuming Larry Fitzgerald’s knee is fine (which it appears to be). The one positive I do see is the emergence of TE Troy Niklas, who is a physical specimen. I don’t expect a breakout, but Niklas could give Carson Palmer a very intriguing option in the passing game, especially in the red zone. Palmer’s been a little shaky, which gives you pause knowing how last year ended, but I can’t worry too much about this loaded offense. I’ve seen a few good runs from David Johnson this summer, as well. I do think Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington will get meaningful touches as a duo, but it’s best the Cards use Johnson judiciously as a runner because he’s a major weapon in the passing game. Overall, despite a so-so preseason thus far, the vibes are fine in Arizona.
8/29 Update: I know the vibes aren’t that great, but let’s keep things in perspective. Both of Palmer’s INTs were tipped balls, and he was without Fitzgerald and John Brown, who they are being cautious with (concussion). Da...