Were he healthy, Luck could have challenged to be the No. It's become painfully evident that he isn't—and there's no telling given his injury history when he will be. It may not be fair to say Marcus Mariota's fantasy stock is "down. But since Mariota has floundered in preseason action, he's undraftable in all but the deepest leagues and superflexes. Head coach Mike Vrabel can proclaim until he's blue in the face that Mariota's his guy at quarterback, but there was a reason the team traded for Ryan Tannehill in the offseason.
What Darnold definitely has is a vastly improved array of passing-game weapons, a better offensive line and a growing rapport with wide receivers Robby Anderson and Jamison Crowder. The ingredients are there for a big step forward in Darnold's second pro season, and in the preseason Darnold's looked the part of someone ready to take it.
Even in this era of spread schemes, running backs are still the kings of fantasy football. It's simple: Without a good stable of tailbacks, you won't win anything in In the overwhelming majority of fantasy drafts, the first three picks—at least—will all be running backs. So are 10 of the first Tevin Coleman's a talented young tailback who has finished inside fantasy RB2 territory in three straight seasons, but many drafters have been scared off by San Francisco's crowded backfield.
That running back picture is clearing up, though. Jerick McKinnon suffered a setback in his ACL rehab that could land him on injured reserve to start the season, and Matt Breida's been bothered by a pectoral injury in camp. The last time Coleman was in a Kyle Shanahan offense he finished 20th in PPR fantasy points among running backs—and that was playing second fiddle to Devonta Freeman in Atlanta. Every offseason there's a running back who surges up draft boards as summer turns to fall.
In , that back is Miami's Kalen Ballage. First came the news that despite the belief that Kenyan Drake would be the team's No. He says it, and I believe him, that he's in great shape. So I don't think that'll be an issue when he does come back. Every fantasy owner is dying to know when that holdout will end, and the risk it won't before Week 1 is getting more and more real by the day. Unless we receive word that Gordon will be reporting, which I don't expect, then I will be leaving the risk of investing a high pick on Gordon to my league competitors.
Adrian Peterson , Washington Redskins. Yep, that's right. We've reached a day where one of the best running backs of his generation is a "sleeper.
On just about every RB ranking, you'll see second-year back Derrius Guice listed ahead of Peterson, even though the former has yet to log a single regular-season carry and the latter topped 1, yards on the ground in Let the other drafters target Guice who still hasn't been cleared for full contact , and then you can pick up Peterson in the later rounds. The wide receiver position has grown in fantasy value in recent years. That makes sense, given that NFL teams are passing more than ever. Not to mention that more and more fantasy leagues now require at least three weekly starters.
However, there's also substantially more depth available at this position than in the backfield. You can in theory hit the running back spot hard, circle back later and still build a decent batch of pass-catchers. Or grab one of this year's elite tight ends. That isn't to say the high-end wideouts don't have significant value—only that there are options available. Green was on the field. That's worth bearing in mind given that Green is out indefinitely after ankle surgery.
But it doesn't change that fact that Boyd's shown the ability to serve as Cincinnati's No. That means plenty of targets—and we've officially hit the point where Boyd's coming off draft boards before Green. I think he can hit another gear, too. Crowder's also quickly developed a rapport with Darnold, which has been evident in the preseason. The year-old receiver has shown the ability to be a productive fantasy asset in PPR formats in the past.
Antonio Brown , Oakland Raiders. I haven't given up on Antonio Brown in Oakland. While the Niners have George Kittle , they don't have a lot of experience at wideout and my belief is that the preseason talk of Pettis losing his starting job was just talk: A coach trying to motivate a player having an inconsistent camp.
Arizona's poor offensive line prevents Kyler Murray and David Johnson from having huge seasons. Kliff Kingsbury's offenses at Texas Tech always got the ball out quickly, and Murray's mobility will help him buy more time. He could catch balls in this offense. Basically, Arizona's O-line struggles will hurt the team's overall success much more than it will the fantasy production of Murray and Johnson. George Kittle and Zach Ertz are worth a pick in the first three rounds. They're great, but neither is likely to repeat the truly historic seasons they had last year.
I expect volume to decrease for both, especially Ertz with more talented pass-catchers in Philly. And Kittle is unlikely to have three different plays of plus yards this season the last TE to have three gains of plus yards in a CAREER was Marcus Pollard, who played 14 seasons from to , and Kittle did it in one year. Drafting them in the second or third is paying full price for last year's production, and I much prefer the running backs and wide receivers available at that point in the draft. Miles Sanders is the only Eagles RB you want this year. Last season, the Eagles ranked eighth in red zone rush percentage and Howard has at least nine rushing TDs in each of the past two seasons.
Doug Pederson has used multiple backs every year he has been with Philadelphia and I don't expect that to change. If Howard stays healthy, he's going to have a weekly fantasy-viable role. The loss of Odell Beckham Jr. In the four games Beckham missed last season, Barkley averaged Yes, his efficiency took a hit, but the sheer volume and receiving usage will negate that.
The Giants' offensive line is also much better, and though Eli Manning is terrible, if he's any worse than he was last season we're going to see Daniel Jones. Barkley should be the first player drafted in every league. To be fair, that's a standard storyline in every preseason. But this year more than ever, I'm in on the Patriots' run game. James White was the seventh-best RB in fantasy last season and is going as RB23 in a year where the Pats have fewer pass-catching competition. Sony Michel has looked healthy this preseason for a team that has been a top-two team in goal-to-go carries in each of the past three years.
Michel, currently going as RB24 in the sixth round, has a legit chance to lead the NFL in rushing touchdowns this season. And Damien Harris makes for a fine late-round flier, too. Tarik Cohen 's role increases now that Jordan Howard is in Philly. Not only will Cohen's role NOT increase, it's will actually decrease this year. Don't believe me? Will you believe head coach Matt Nagy? Nagy recently told the Chicago Sun-Times, "We moved [Cohen] around a lot last year, and I do feel like there was a time -- probably later in the season -- where we probably gave him a little bit too much. They got there by running the hell out of the ball, not turning it over and playing good defense.
That's exactly what the Skins will do this year and Derrius Guice , who looked awesome in his preseason debut, will get a majority of the work and remains a steal at his ninth-round ADP. Look, we know Josh Allen likes to chuck it deep. So how about John Brown as a late flier?
Brown's career average of 15 yards per catch is 18th best among qualified wideouts. He's going as WR60 right now. Kalen Ballage , Dolphins. Devin Singletary , Bills.
Justin Jackson , Chargers. Player A: 98 catches, 1, receiving yards, 1. Player A is Kenny Golladay 's first 26 career games. Player B is Calvin Johnson's first 26 career games. Player C: Player C is Baker Mayfield in Player D is Aaron Rodgers in , his first full season as a starter. Player E: Player F is Deshaun Watson last season. Player G is Joe Mixon in Player H is Ezekiel Elliott in Player I is the final carries of for Aaron Jones. Player J is the final carries of for Saquon Barkley. Free Aaron Jones! Player K: 86 catches one drop for 1, yards and 6 TDs on targets Player L: 77 catches three drops for 1, yards and 6 TDs on targets.
Player M: There were only seven QB games with passing yards and 45 rushing yards in This player was responsible for three of them and was QB5 on a per-game basis from Week 4 on.
Answer: Mitchell Trubisky. Player N: Player O: Player O is Keenan Allen in Player N is Christian McCaffrey 's pass-catching stats only. Player P: 1.
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