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Darius Jackson goes 5-30 rushing 08-26-2016
Darius Jackson RB DAL
Rookie RB Darius Jackson rushed five times for 30 yards in the Cowboys' third preseason game, adding one reception for nine yards. Through three preseason contests, Dallas' sixth-round pick has 120 yards on 31 carries (3.87 YPC) and two catches for 24 yards. Jackson should get one more long look in the preseason finale before the Cowboys decide whether to keep him on the 53. Jackson's chances will rise if Darren McFadden stays on reserve/NFI, though the Cowboys could wind up keeping only three backs if Lance Dunbar (knee) is truly healthy behind Zeke Elliott and Alfred Morris.
Alex Collins rushes for 19 yards vs. Cowboys 08-26-2016
Alex Collins RB SEA
Seahawks RB Alex Collins rushed three times for 19 yards in Thursday's preseason game. The fifth-rounder was buried deep on the depth chart, getting run behind someone named George Farmer. It's a clear indication he's on the roster bubble. Collins has taken the rock 12 times for 37 yards (3.08 YPC) thus far this preseason. He should get an extended look in the finale.
Prosise works as Seahawks third-down back 08-26-2016
C.J. Prosise RB SEA
C.J. Prosise rushed four times for 23 yards in his preseason debut Thursday night. Although he didn't quite fill up the stat sheet, this was a big step forward for Prosise after an injury-plagued spring and beginning to camp. He worked as the Seahawks' first-team third-down back behind Christine Michael, and also mixed into the game on some second-and-long plays. Neither Michael nor Thomas Rawls is adept in the passing game, so Prosise could have a role in Week 1. Prosise should be owned in all Dynasty leagues and belongs on re-draft watch lists.
Alfred Morris rushes for 17 yards vs. Seattle 08-26-2016
Alfred Morris RB DAL
Alfred Morris rushed five times for 17 yards in Thursday's preseason game, adding two catches for 11 yards. Morris entered after Ezekiel Elliott torched the Seahawks' stout first-team defense in his preseason debut. Still only 27, Morris should have plenty left in the tank as a runner - he's rushed 21 times for 113 yards this preseason - but is a distant second behind Zeke on the depth chart. Morris is a pure handcuff, albeit one that will have serious fantasy value behind Dallas' dominant line were Elliott to go down with injury.
Cole Beasley reels in 4-of-6 targets Thursday 08-26-2016
Cole Beasley WR DAL
Cole Beasley caught 4-of-6 targets for 30 yards in the Cowboys' third preseason game Thursday. With Dez Bryant inactive, Beasley saw a little more attention than normal from Dak Prescott, who replaced Tony Romo (back/coaches' decision) after just three snaps. Beasley was leading the team in targets when he exited early in the second half. Beasley was targeted deep on one throw, but it fell incomplete. He simply isn't an option far away from the line of scrimmage. Beasley is expected to man the slot for Dallas, but it's not going to translate to big numbers.
Dak Prescott's preseason: 7 TDs, 0 turnovers 08-26-2016
Dak Prescott QB DAL
Dak Prescott completed 17-of-23 passes for 116 yards and one touchdown in the Cowboys' third preseason game, adding two rushes for 12 yards. Through three exhibition contests, Prescott is 39-of-50 passing (78.0 percent) for 454 yards (9.08 YPA) and a 5:0 TD-to-INT ratio with 53 yards and two more scores on seven carries. That makes seven all-purpose touchdowns for Dak, compared to zero turnovers. The sample size remains small and Prescott has been put in consistently favorable situations by Dallas' coaching staff, but he also warrants recognition as one of the NFL's best preseason stories. He particularly excelled under pressure in Thursday night's game at Seattle, keeping the offense on the move despite the absence of Dez Bryant (concussion).
Tyler Lockett goes 3/41/1 in dress rehearsal 08-26-2016
Tyler Lockett WR SEA
Tyler Lockett caught 3-of-3 targets for 41 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason game. Lockett's score was a nine-yard grab in the third quarter where he worked himself open in the end zone for a scrambling Russell Wilson. It was the kind of big play that's become Lockett's signature, though he still appears to be third on the depth chart behind Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse. He was even out-snapped by Paul Richardson this evening. Lockett is already one of the league's most dynamic playmakers, but the Seahawks could be reluctant to overexpose him on offense because of how dangerous he is on special teams. Lockett is going to have some big fantasy weeks, but could be too unpredictable to be a reliable WR3.
P. Richardson enters Seahawks WR rotation 08-26-2016
Paul Richardson WR SEA
Seahawks WR Paul Richardson caught 2-of-3 targets for 19 yards and a touchdown in Thursday night's third preseason game. His touchdown came from eight yards out on a rainbow from Russell Wilson. A 4.4-flat speedster whose first two NFL seasons were washed out by injuries, Richardson was a second-round pick in the 2014 draft. He played more first-team snaps than Tyler Lockett in Thursday's exhibition game and looks to have secured a role in Seattle's receiver rotation. Richardson is worth stashing in deep Dynasty leagues. He is a threat to Lockett's 2016 re-draft value.
Jermaine Kearse catches 3 passes in tune up 08-26-2016
Jermaine Kearse WR SEA
Jermaine Kearse caught 3-of-4 targets for 32 yards in Thursday's preseason game. According to Pro Football Focus' Nathan Jahnke, Kearse out-snapped Tyler Lockett 21-10 in the first half. Lockett is undeniably on the rise, but Kearse appears to have him edged in two-receiver sets to begin the season. Seattle didn't give Kearse a three-year, $13.5 million contract for nothing. Lockett is still the preferred fantasy own, of course. Kearse's grabs this evening were his lone receptions in three preseason games.
C-Mike's preseason: 24-157 rushing (6.5 YPC) 08-26-2016
Christine Michael RB SEA
Christine Michael rushed seven times for 58 yards in the Seahawks' third preseason game Thursday night. A resurgent C-Mike now has 24 preseason carries for 157 yards, good for a 6.5 yards-per-carry average. He has both grinded out tough yards and showed big-play ability this August while earning the trust of the Seahawks' coaching staff. If you aren't taking Michael serious by now, your head is in the sand. Michael has dominated first-team snaps with Russell Wilson. Even if it isn't as the Seahawks' starter over Rawls, Michael has earned a meaningful early-season role in Seattle's post-Marshawn Lynch backfield.
Russell Wilson closes preseason in style 08-26-2016
Russell Wilson QB SEA
Russell Wilson completed 16-of-21 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns in Thursday's preseason game, rushing three times for two yards. We'd say he's ready for the regular season. The highlight was an absurd third quarter scramble where Wilson bought time for seemingly minutes on end before finally finding Tyler Lockett in the end zone for a nine-yard touchdown. It was the kind of play that sets Wilson apart, and has his fantasy arrow still screaming upward after years of continual improvement. Wilson finishes the summer 24-of-38 for 303 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He's an elite QB1.
Baldwin catches four in preseason tune-up 08-26-2016
Doug Baldwin WR SEA
Doug Baldwin caught 4-of-6 targets for 29 yards in the Seahawks' third preseason game against the Cowboys. His six targets were easily a team-high among first-teamers. Baldwin could have had a bigger night, but Russell Wilson barely overshot him on a deep ball down the right sideline near the end zone. If Baldwin is done for the preseason, he'll end it with six catches for 52 yards on nine targets. It's incredibly difficult to see Baldwin catching 14 touchdowns like he did a year ago, but he remains the clear-cut No. 1 option in Seattle and a very solid WR2 in the early part of drafts.
Keanu Neal due back for Week 1 08-26-2016
Keanu Neal SS ATL
Falcons first-round pick SS Keanu Neal (knee) expects to be ready for Week 1.

Adam Schefter on Twitter
Neal suffered a non-contact knee injury in Atlanta's third preseason game, but he's believed to have escaped without a serious ailment. Behind the Falcons' leaky front seven, Neal offers big tackle potential as an IDP rookie.