Keep preseason numbers in perspective

Updated: August 16, 2011, 1:20 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

What do you think of Charlie Whitehurst, Anthony Dixon and Victor Cruz from a fantasy football standpoint? Probably not much, I'm guessing. In case you're wondering what this trio has in common, they were the league leaders last preseason in passing yards, rushing yards and receiving yards. Needless to say, they weren't able to continue the momentum once the games counted.

During the regular season, Seattle Seahawks backup quarterback Whitehurst did little with his 99 pass attempts, San Francisco 49ers running back Dixon averaged 3.4 yards on his 70 carries and was outplayed by old man Brian Westbrook, while Cruz never actually caught a pass for the New York Giants. I can't say things look considerably brighter for any of them in 2011. (Incidentally, so you know it's not an aberration, the 2009 preseason leaders were Todd Bouman, Tyrell Sutton and Leonard Pope, and the names from 2008 were Quinn Gray, Marcus Mason and Billy McMullen. Point made. Amaze your friends with bar bets!)