1. Justin Fields, CHI - Despite throwing just three passes (with each traveling three yards or less in the air), Fields ended the day with over 100 yards passing and two touchdowns. While the heavy lifting was done by D.J. Moore and Khalil Herbert, Fields was able to extend plays and provide prospective fantasy drafters with a very strong 2023 debut – albeit a short-lived one.
2. Tank Dell, HOU - The rookie WR was electric in his first preseason action, consistently reeling in catches and capping his night with a highlight-reel touchdown. He drew 8 targets on the night, 5 more than any other receiver had in the game. If Dell can continue to impress, he could push for a starting spot in the Texans' questionable receiving corps in the regular season.
3. Derek Carr, NO - Carr played just one drive, but engineered it to perfection and offered strong reassurance that he can lead the Saints offense to be very fantasy conducive. He looked as sharp as ever, completing passes to four different receivers. Carr will be a breath of fresh air in 2023 for a Saints offense that has been stuck in QB limbo since Drew Brees retired.
4. Khalil Herbert, CHI - Herbert looked like the obvious lead back in Chicago on Saturday, racking up over 4 YPC and taking his lone reception 56 yards to the house. Roschon Johnson rushed for 44 yards on the day on 12 carries but had 24 of those yards come on a single carry. Herbert has always been efficient, and he demonstrated that once again.
5. Sam Howell, WAS - Howell looked sharp in his preseason debut, spreading the ball around and finding second-year WR Jahan Dotson for a 26-yard score to finish his night. Jacoby Brissett was pedestrian while filling in for Howell, and it looks like it’s Howell’s job to lose with two more weeks of preseason action yet to be played.