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Key Starters and Tough Calls - Lineup Spotlights for Week 6

Welcome to Week 6, RotoBallers! Below you will find some of my spotlight choices and players to go with or consider avoiding when faced with tough lineup decisions in Week 6 of the fantasy football season.

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Week 6 RB Spotlight Options

Jonathan Taylor; He is tied for the lead among rookies with 3 rushing TDs and ranks 3rd with 307 rush yards this season. Taylor only has a long run of 16 yards  and has not shown much ability to create extra running room or big plays. If he doesn’t have his best game yet this week vs. Cincinnati, you may have to think about trading him if your fantasy team is not above .500. He eventually may display more upside, and is a must-start RB2 this week, but he needs to show us more soon.

Phillip Lindsay/Royce Freeman: Here is an interesting tweet from my friend and one of my favorite fantasy analysts nowadays, Jacob Gibbs of SportsLine. It reminds us that the Broncos have never been fully trustworthy of Phillip Lindsay. So if you are desperate for an RB option this week, expect Royce Freeman to get in he mix for Denver. New England is fifth-best in Fantasy Points Per Game allowed to RBs, so neither is an ideal option, yet you can still get enough from Lindsay to use him as a flex option and hope for close to 10 points for Freeman. With injuries and bye weeks forcing us to go deep, you have to look for potential volume over matchups in many cases.

La'Mical Perine: If you have a pressing need at the RB2 spot this week, you can consider Jets rookie La’Mical Perine. The frequently misguided Adam Gase has indicated he cannot expect to heavily lean on a 37 year-old Frank Gore with Le’Veon Bell gone. But Gase has proven he will often forgo the best apparent route of potential success. So a time share between Gore and Perine is very possible. Yet Perine may get enough touches to ably plug your flex or gaping RB2 hole this week, and even Gase can likely see that Gore has no goal-line potential anymore. No matter their record, the Jets always play Miami tough, so you may be able to get a decent amount of Fantasy output from Perine this week.

Darrell Henderson/Cam Akers; Henderson has 4 TDs in his past 3 games on the road. Cam Akers had a career-high 61 rush yards last week. Henderson has earned more playing time than expected, but Akers was drafted to play a significant role in the Rams offense. This backfield situation has the look of an emerging time share. San Francisco is an obviously challenging matchup, but Henderson remains in play as a low-end RB2 with better TD potential for now and Akers may get enough quality touches to consider him as a desperation play.

 

Week 6 WR Spotlight Options

Brandin Cooks: The suddenly resurgent Cooks led the Texans with eight catches for 161 yards and a TD in Week 5.  With Bill O’Brien gone, and offensive coordinator Tim Kelly free to operate the offense as he sees fit, Cooks re-emerged in the form we have often seen in the past. The Titans rank 24th vs. WRs, so Cooks has a better matchup than you may anticipate, and he is a quality fantasy WR3 play in Week 6.

Travis Fulgham: He set career highs with 10 receptions for 152 yards and had his second career TD catch in Week 5. The matchup looks very unfriendly vs. the Ravens this week, but again, we are looking for potential volume over matchups right now. Fulgham has already won the trust of Carson Wentz by making big plays and showing the willingness to battle for tough catches. He can be a worthy flex or deep WR play if you are thin at either position this week.

Preston Williams: The second-year man had four catches for a team-high 106 yards and TD last week. He has a TD catch in 2 of his past 3 games.  Williams seems to be finally getting close to his pre-injury form of his rookie year, when he was a very pleasant fantasy surprise. Expect another TD catch vs. the Jets this week. Isaiah Ford is also worthy of desperation consideration because of the matchup with the Jets.

Mecole Hardman: There is a lot of Hardman fantasy love going around this week with Sammy Watkins out. I can see starting him if you have a very pressing need at WR or the flex spot. But I would certainly not use him over a more reliable or proven option. Hardman has yet to show he can be reliable, even when Watkins has been hurt or simply not performing as hoped. While Watkins dealt with injuries for a three-game stretch last year, Hardman had receiving lines of 4-79, 4-45 and 2-28 with a TD. He has not yet proved that he can turn increased opportunities into more upside.  I am not saying a good outing cannot happen, but I need to see it first before I consider Hardman as anything more than a deeper streamer.

 

Week 6 QB Spotlight Options

Matthew Stafford:  He has two or more TD passes in his past three road games. We have not seen his best fantasy game yet this season, and Kenny Golladay is healthy after getting the bye week for extra rest from an earlier injury. The Jaguars are 25th in Fantasy Points Per Game Allowed to QBs, so he is a good streaming option, especially if you have Russell Wilson, Drew Brees or Justin Herbert unavailable this week.

Kirk Cousins: I expect the Vikings to continue to lean more on the run, because that is who they are. I don’t have Cousins ranked inside the Top 15 even while facing Atlanta. Cousins ranks 24th in completions and 20th in passing yards. I would not be surprised to see two-plus TD passes, but I am not expecting a 300-yard game, either. He is a respectable streamer, yet I am not expecting too much upside.

 

Week 6 TE Spotlight Options

Eric Ebron: Ebron has caught TD passes in two consecutive games. With JuJu Smith-Schuster underperforming, Diontae Johnson out and Chase Claypool sure to draw more defensive attention this week, Ebron will have opportunities to make more key plays for the Steelers in a big AFC North showdown with the upstart Browns. Cleveland is also 27th in FFPG allowed to TEs.

Robert Tonyan: When Tonyan caught three TD passes in Week 4, he became the first Green Bay TE since 2011 to pull off the feat (remember Jermichael Finley?) You may be wondering if Tonyan is going to be here today, gone tomorrow. I say he is here to stay as a quality fantasy option. There was much internal and inner circle chatter about Tonyan in the preseason. He worked out with George Kittle in the offseason and Green Bay does not have a dependable pass-catcher outside of Davante Adams. TE is extra-thin with Darren Waller, Hunter Henry and Jared Cook off this week. Tonyan is a top 5 play in Week 6 regardless of matchup.



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Engel's Angles: In-Season Tips for Success and Survival

This has been a somewhat stressful and more of an anxiety-inducing fantasy football season than what we have been used to. Major injuries and other health concerns have appeared to add more challenges than we normally deal with in a given year. Of course, the twists and turns we face throughout a season makes our game so riveting and entertaining.

Here are some key tips and recommendations to help you survive and advance this season. While nothing in fantasy football is absolute, following many of these guidelines can help you navigate through the rest of the schedule with more confidence and potentially better results.

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The King’s In-Season Fantasy Football Tips

-Don’t assume the negative in terms of your fantasy outlook for Week 6 or any other week if you have key players on byes. Sure, there is no Russell Wilson, Alvin Kamara, Keenan Allen or Darren Waller this week. You may not have ideal replacements in your lineup for this upcoming matchup. But that doesn’t mean your outlook is surely a negative one. Replace these idle players with ones that have a chance of giving you a decent statistical floor. Don’t look for explosive upside in every situation in which you have to replace a regular starter, put in someone that can give you an adequate amount of points to stay competitive. In some cases, getting seven to nine points from a reserve can keep you in the mix to win your game. Also remember that your opponent may be dealing with similar issues.

-When you are making waiver moves, always go for the player who can help you more immediately than the “stash” type of option. With a heavy wave of injuries having already impacted many rosters and potential game rescheduling instances possibly cropping up at any time, your bench needs to be stocked with “insurance” and “emergency” options first and foremost. If you have to cut one player to add another, the guys who don’t seem like they can immediately contribute have to go first.

-Do not fear matchups as you did in the past. Matchups should only be used to govern decisions between two similarly valued players. The days of the shutdown defense are gone. Darrelle Revis and the Legion of Boom are no more. Through five weeks, we have seen a total of 51.4 points per game, and seven teams are averaging over 30 points per game. Those markers are the highest in each category since the 1970 season. The 3,958 points and 436 offensive TDs to this point are also the most in league history.

Earlier this season, DK Metcalf had a six-catch, 92 yard outing with a 54-yard TD catch vs. New England when many fantasy players were concerned about him facing Stephen Gilmore. Miles Sanders ripped off a long TD run vs. Pittsburgh in Week 5. Defenses don’t always win the matchup, especially in today’s higher-scoring environment. A matchup can be considered when making a tough lineup decision, but should not be a mandate to bench a quality player.

-This may be hard to do, but don’t panic or overreact while you watch live scoring, Matchups are not fully decided on Sunday afternoons at 2 pm ET, and certainly not after one Thursday game. Let the games play out, and remember that many good performances are not spread out over a full game, they can happen in bursts. You may be behind by 20 points at 2:30 and that deficit may be erased by 4:30. More on that here.

-Pay attention to kickers. Too many Fantasy players just go for familiar names on high scoring offenses and ignore the trends. Graham Gano and Randy Bullock are both Top 5 kickers right now and are widely available in many leagues. Meanwhile, Greg Zuerlein is 17th and Robbie Gould is 15th, and remain locked into many lineups based on reputation and past production. Kickers can save your week when other players don’t perform up to expectations, so pay closer attention to who is truly performing well at the position.

-Don’t try to predict what will happen during your waiver runs. Many times, I have seen players assume they won’t get a guy because of where they are in the order, and are surprised when they land the targeted acquisition the next morning. If you really want to go aggressively after a free agent target, trade up in the waiver order if you can.

-Do not worry about who the other team has or starts. You can’t control who your opponent plays, you have enough to be concerned about with your own lineup. Never, ever make a lineup decision based on who the other team starts. You cannot control outcomes that way. Starting Preston Williams because your opponent has Ryan Fitzpatrick does not cancel out or ease the impact of Fitzpatrick’s production vs. your team. A good day for one of those players can still be possible while the other has a bad outing. The scoring is also different at each position.

-Do not consider benching a player because he faces the defense you are starting, as the two performances can also prove to be independent of each other. Sanders could still rush for 100 yards and a TD this week vs. Baltimore while the Ravens roll up sacks and force a turnover or two.

-When you have good depth at a position, that does not mean you have to make a trade. With the aforementioned injuries and unpredictable scheduling issues, having a strong bench is an asset, and you should not necessarily weaken your bench to improve your starters. When injuries strike, or a game is postponed, you will be thankful for quality depth. A starter quality player on your bench does not have to be dealt away when he can serve as top-notch insurance.

-If your team is performing well, don’t mess with success. Seek out trades when you have a clear need. You should always entertain offers, but you should not look to actively get rid of players when they are leading you to success. Ride with a positive wave as long as you can.

-If you have not started well, the season is not over after five weeks. It sounds cliché, but take one week at a time. Don’t let the bigger picture overwhelm you and remember there are still eight games left in the fantasy regular season. Last year I lost six of my first seven games in my most important league and then never lost again throughout the Super Bowl. That was in a league where no trades were allowed.

-When you are making trades, you should always try to win the deal and get the better end of it. But in most cases, you have to be prepared to give up something to get something. Sure, you can start out with a lowball offer, but most of them will be rejected by savvy fantasy opponents. If you want to upgrade, be prepared to part with something of value. If you can pull off a favorable trade that clearly marks you as the winner, go for it. But always be ready to give up more than you initially offered in many situations.

-If your league allows for trade vetoes, don’t get angry if your deal gets voted down, especially if it appears lopsided. Those are the rules and you knew what they were when you signed up for the league. I am not a fan of vetoes, as I believe each player should learn his own lesson if he comes out on the short end of a deal. But if those are the rules, you have to deal with it.

-Don’t second guess your decisions too much, or fret about them too much afterwards. You can only make the most informed calls to put your team in the best position to win. Once the games start, no one can fully predict spontaneous athletic execution. A tipped pass, a blown coverage, are among many items that are nearly impossible to forecast. None of us are privy to NFL playbooks and adjustments are constantly made throughout games to uniquely affect outcomes. Don’t always confuse the result with the decision. Fantasy Football is a game filled with unpredictability, and that is why it is so compelling.

-Appreciate the game of Fantasy Football as much as you can in today’s environment. I personally thank the players for providing us with much-needed fun and entertainment, and for the league for working through unprecedented circumstances. I do believe they have considered the impact of every rescheduling matter on fantasy football to some degree, even if it’s not a top priority. I am thankful for Fantasy Football for all it has done for all of you this year, to give you a great diversion and hobby when we have truly needed it.



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Key Starters and Tough Calls - Lineup Spotlights for Week 5

Welcome to Week 5, RotoBallers! Below you will find some of my spotlight choices and players to go with when faced with tough lineup decisions in Week 5 of the fantasy football season.

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Spotlight Running Backs for Week 5

Antonio Gibson: He had a career-high 128 scrimmage yards (82 rec, 46 rush) and a rush TD last week. Gibson is one of two NFL RBs (James Robinson) with 250-plus scrimmage yards (284) and three TDs in 2020. I have to admit that he has become more of an immediate contributor than I though he would be. Gibson has already vaulted into must-start territory as a RB2. He is the only RB to rush for a score vs. the Ravens this year. I recommend starting him regardless of matchup.

Kenyan Drake: You have to give him one more chance this week as he faces the Jets. New York ranks 25th in Fantasy Points Per Game allowed to running backs. The Cardinals may want to get him going in a very friendly matchup. Drake may still get goal-line chances stolen away by Kyler Murray and Chase Edmonds, but he is capable of scoring from 10-plus yards out when he is displaying his better form. Drake is ideally used as a flex play and give him the edge one more time in a close lineup call.

Joshua Kelley: He is not going to dominate the carries, as Kelley must show he can hold onto the football. The rookie has fumbled in two consecutive games. Kelley has flashed his potential already, though, as he has 258 scrimmage yards this season. Justin Jackson will get his share of the touches but both are flex plays. This game will be a proving ground for Kelley to see how dependable he can be. The Chargers certainly have to like the spark he has played with at times. An opportunity to show he deserves a bigger share of the touches could spur a good performance.

D'Ernest Johnson: He was one of the hottest waiver wire adds this past week and should spell Kareem Hunt at times. But you should temper expectations for now and see what his true role should be first. Reserve Johnson for this week if you can. Hunt is looking like a major threat to defenses and could take on a major portion of the RB workload for the Browns. He leads the AFC with five TDs. The Colts are fourth-best in Fantasy Points Per Game allowed to RBs and Johnson is unproven.

 

Spotlight Wide Receivers for Week 5

Robby Anderson: Another example of a player who fares better after he leaves Adam Gase, Anderson has 28 catches and two 100-yard games, plus a 99-yard outing. Teddy Bridgewater has been more aggressive throwing downfield than many expected, and Anderson is also stepping up in situations that call for high percentage catches. The Panthers take on the Falcons this week, and Anderson could explode for his best game yet with Carolina.

Deebo Samuel: Now that he has one game in the 2020 bank after returning in Week 4, you should feel comfortable about starting Samuel as a WR3 again. Jimmy Garoppolo also returns this week, which only helps Samuel’s outlook. Miami ranks 25th in FFPG allowed to WRs. If you have been patiently been waiting to activate Samuel again, you can get him back into your lineup and enjoy the results.

Golden Tate: Samuel may emerge as one of the premier yardage-after-the-catch wide receivers in the game, but Tate has long been one of the best in that regard. Entering this season, only Michael Thomas had more yardage after the catch since 2017. Tate still has those skills, but has not been able to demonstrate them enough yet this season. Expect to see classic Golden Tate this week in a shootout vs. the Cowboys.

Christian Kirk: This is a deep, daring play that can pay off nicely. Kirk is also worthy of usage as a DFS value this week. The awful Jets secondary is going to be so concerned with DeAndre Hopkins, that other contributors in the passing game will get freed up to make plays. Kirk is overrated in fantasy football and has not met many expectations so far this year, yet this could be a one-week smash spot for him.

The King and Michael Florio's Sleeper and Value Plays for Week 5 

 

Spotlight Tight Ends for Week 5

Mo Alie-Cox: Trey Burton and Jack Doyle are back in the TE mix in Indianapolis, but it is Alie-Cox who has the most upside and playmaking appeal for Philip Rivers. Like Antonio Gates, Alie-Cox has a basketball background. He has scored in two consecutive games and the Browns allow the fourth-most FFPG to TEs.

Ian Thomas: The matchup with Atlanta is obviously an enticing one. The Falcons have allowed the most FFPG to TEs this season. But Thomas does not have more than two catches or 16 yards in any game so far. Using Thomas may prove to be a risk that does not pay off. He has not shown he can produce much at all so far this year, so do not start him unless you are desperate for a TE plugger. I would take the alternative in most cases in a tight lineup decision involving Thomas.

 

Spotlight Quarterbacks for Week 5

Joe Burrow: In the current NFL environment, there are no shutdown defenses anymore. Even if the Ravens stifle Burrow early and move out to a big lead, he can potentially pad his totals nicely playing catch-up. Burrow is already looking like a fearless gunner. He is the first rookie QB with 300-plus pass yards in three consecutive games in NFL history. Burrow leads the AFC in completions and passing attempts. He is not a surefire start this week, but don’t assume he will flame out, either. He is still worth Week 5 streaming consideration. Also, the spread on this game is too much to not take advantage of. Cincinnati will cover a 13-point spread. They are better than what that spread advertises and divisional games can be close.

Matt Ryan: He has one TD pass in his past two games and the Panthers are fourth-best in FFPG allowed to QBs. Ryan may not have Julio Jones this week. You should not start him over alternatives such as  Bridgewater, Justin Herbert, Burrow, Gardner Minshew, Jared Goff and Kirk Cousins.



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Week 5 Fantasy Football Contingency Guide: Deeper Options to Consider

These unpredictable times we are living in are causing fantasy football players to make adjustments on the fly and prepare for anything to happen. We have your Week 5 lineup contingency plans here. With uncertainty surrounding a few teams, and two on byes, you may have to dig deeper for lineup options.

Some of the players listed here may still available on free agency after your initial waiver wire runs. You may have to add them and be ready to use them if needed. Many of these players won’t be regarded as ideal starters for sure, but they will have to get consideration in worst-case scenarios. In leagues where your commissioner allows you to designate a “contingency” player for possible postponed games, these are viable options.

Players at each position are listed in order of preference for Week 4 usage. The rundown ranges from potentially adequate replacements to desperation options.

 

Running Backs

Myles Gaskin: Even in a matchup with the 49ers, who allow the least Fantasy Points Per Game to RBs, you have to strongly consider using Gaskin because he is most likely to lead the Miami backfield in touches again. Availability may be more important than concerning yourself with matchups in some situations this week. The priority fill-in guys are the ones who will likely get the most possible touches.

D’Ernest Johnson: For those who acquire him off free agency, you might have to plug him in right away. The Colts are fourth-best in Fantasy Points Per Game allowed to RBs, but as with Gaskin, it’s about availability.

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Devonta Freeman, Giants: He is only two weeks into his Giants tenure, but he can catch some passes out of the backfield and Dallas is obviously vulnerable to the running game. They allowed the 26th-most Fantasy Points to running backs in Week 4 as they were ripped up by the Browns on the ground.

Justin Jackson: If you add Jackson, you may have to start him immediately in Week 4. He should assume part of a time share with Joshua Kelley, especially because the rookie has fumbled in two consecutive games.

Malcolm Brown: The Rams backfield is highly unpredictable right now, but the veteran already has 45 carries in four games, so he will make some contributions.

Chase Edmonds: He appears to be deserving of a growing role in the Arizona offense, and the Cardinals face the Jets this week.

Duke Johnson: The Jaguars allow the 27th-most Fantasy Points Per Game to RBs, and Johnson could start to see his role increase in the offense a bit more this week.

Ke’Shawn Vaughn: He registered his first NFL TD in Week 4 and the Buccaneers will likely continue to utilize him if Leonard Fournette sits out again. But Tampa Bay plays Thursday, and you would have to make an early decision to use him.

Nyheim Hines: His output can wildly fluctuate from week to week, but he will always get some touches, especially in the passing game, and sometimes near the goal line.

Gus Edwards: The Bengals rank No. 20 in Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game to RBs. The Ravens backfield is the most unpredictable in the league, but he did lead the team with nine rushing attempts last week.

Chris Thompson: If the game with the Texans becomes a shootout, or if the Jaguars fall behind, Thompson could contribute some receptions. He had five catches in Week 3.

 

Wide Receivers

Laviska Shenault Jr.: The rookie is rapidly emerging, and Shenault admirably battles hard for extra yardage after the catch. He deserves strong lineup consideration as the Jaguars take on the Texans.

Zach Pascal: He had four games with five-plus receptions, two 100-yard outings and five TD catches in 2019. Injuries have forced him into a role where he may become a frequent target for Philip Rivers.

Greg Ward: He has 18 targets in the past two games and may continue to be the top WR target for Carson Wentz. You can’t let a Steelers matchup scare you away. Again, it’s about availability. Plus, defenses don’t always win matchups in today’s high-scoring NFL.

Justin Gage: Julio Jones continues to deal with hamstring issues. Gage may be needed to step forward to make more plays this week.

Christian Kirk: He returned to action last week and faces the Jets next. One of his best performances of the year could come this week. The New York secondary is certainly very vulnerable to just more than one wide receiver, and will have enough major trouble trying to contain DeAndre Hopkins.

Randall Cobb: We saw him total 95 yards and score in Week 3. He has some upside potential vs. Jacksonville this week.

David Moore: He has re-emerged as a big-play threat for the Seahawks, with two TD catches so far. The Vikings allow the 29th-most FFPG to WRs. Defenses focus heavily on Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf, and that frees up Moore for some downfield opportunities and TD chances. Russell Wilson does not hesitate to spread the ball around or gun to a familiar target like Moore.

Anthony Miller: The inconsistent Miller may have been dropped in some leagues, but he still has TD potential. Miller does have two TD catches this year.

Cedrick Wilson: He had a 100-yard game two weeks ago and six targets in Week 4. Wilson can make a a splash play in the high-volume Cowboys passing game at any time, especially in a possible shootout with the Giants.  Wilson is an upside play with no real floor.

Jeff Smith: Pushed into a larger role, he caught seven passes for 81 yards in his season debut in Week 4. Smith may be needed to make significant contributions in the Jets passing game again this week.

Isaiah Ford: Preston Williams is not looking like he is fully healthy. Ford had 10 targets in Week 4 and nine in Week 2.

 

Quarterbacks

Justin Herbert: He is still available in some leagues despite throwing for 290-plus yards in all of his starts so far. Herbert faces the Saints, who rank 26th in FFPG allowed to QBs.

Teddy Bridgewater: He faces the Falcons.

Kirk Cousins: The Vikings remain a run-first team, but Cousins has two-plus TD potential vs. Seattle.

Daniel Jones: We could see his better statistical form in a high-scoring affair vs. Dallas.

 

Tight Ends

Eric Ebron: The Eagles allow the third-most FFPG to TEs.

Jimmy Graham: He remains a TD threat, a short-yardage back at the TE position.

Greg Olsen: The longtime Panther and new Seahawk has two double-figure Fantasy outings so far.

Dan Arnold: He has disappointed so far, but a TD is a good possibility vs. the Jets.



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Week 4 Lineup Spotlights, Streaming and Replacement Options

In a special edition of the Lineup Spotlight, we provide an in-depth rundown of potential players that can fill holes in your lineup this week. With so many players potentially unavailable for various reasons, many Fantasy leaguers are dipping into their reserves or going back to the waiver wire for viable starting options. We list them at all levels of preference here. It’s your complete guide to Week 4 fantasy survival.

We only list players here who are not considered regular starters, and many of the lower-level types could be available as weekend waiver pickups. At each position, players are listed in order of preference for your lineups. Skill position picks here are based on PPR ranks.

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Week 4 Running Back Spotlights, Streamers, and Fill-Ins

Mike Davis: Maybe you don’t consider him a must-start option, but he is one this week. He has two games already with eight catches, and is one of only two NFL RBs to have accomplished that this year. The Cardinals allow the fifth-most receiving yards to RBs.

Devin Singletary: No team allows more Fantasy Points Per Game or receiving yards to RBs than the Raiders.

Jeff Wilson Jr: In Week 3, he scored twice in a game for the third time in the past two years.

Zack Moss: He should be ready to return to action this week and the matchup is ultra-friendly.

Ronald Jones: He can be a risk for disappointment for sure, but the volume will certainly be there with Leonard Fournette out.

J.K. Dobbins: You never know if any Ravens RB will produce well at any time, but Baltimore should dominate against Washington and the rookie could make some noise in the process.

Devonta Freeman: The matchup doesn’t look too good, but he could catch enough passes out of the backfield to finish with decent fantasy totals.

Chase Edmonds: Carolina allows the second-most FFPG to RBs and the third-most receiving yards. Edmonds can score from anywhere on the field and is a threat to steal some touches near the goal line as both a receiver and runner.

Jordan Howard: The Seattle-Miami game is expected to be high-scoring, and Howard could get a chance to finish off a drive or two with a short scoring run. You could get a line of 10 rushing yards and two TDs, but that is still 13 points.

Brian Hill: The Packers allow the third-most FFPG to RBs. He tore off a 35-yard run last week, too. Add him and keep him because Todd Gurley is always a significant risk to suffer another unfortunate injury.

 

Week 4 Wide Receiver Spotlights, Streamers, and Fill-Ins

Jarvis Landry: Dallas allows the second-most FFPG to WRs.

John Brown: He is underrated and often overlooked. He is a top WR3 play in Week 4. Brown had 10 catches and two TDs in his first two games and is ready to return from a calf injury.

Robby Anderson: The Cardinals are banged up in the secondary. He is one of four NFC WRs with 20 catches and 275 yards this season.

Sammy Watkins: No team can stop the Chiefs. He is unreliable and boom or bust, but you can take a chance on the “boom” if you need streaming help.

Isaiah Ford: This is the one guy your opponents may miss out on. Ford caught seven passes two weeks ago and secondary WRs have performed very well vs. the Seahawks.

Anthony Miller: Nick Foles does like throwing to slot WRs, as noted by RotoBaller’s Mike Florio.

Greg Ward Jr: The 49ers have injury concerns in the secondary, and the depleted Eagles may turn to Ward for more volume again.

Andy Isabella: If DeAndre Hopkins is out, he should get low-end WR3 consideration.

Randall Cobb: The Vikings rank 29th in FFPG allowed to WRs.

Hunter Renfrow: Injuries at WR make Derek Carr return to him for familiarity

Malik Taylor: This is a desperation special. He could step forward with Allen Lazard out, Davante Adams looking iffy and in a great matchup vs. Atlanta. A nifty DFS play, too.

The King and Jacob Gibbs of SportsLine Share Week 4 Sleeper and Value Plays

 

Week 4 Quarterback Spotlights, Streamers, and Fill-Ins

Joe Burrow: He leads the AFC in pass attempts and completions. The Jaguars rank 28th in FFPG allowed to QBs.

Baker Mayfield: The Cowboys allow the third-most FFPG to QBs.

Jared Goff: Has anyone noticed he has thrown two or more TD passes in seven of his last eight starts?

Kirk Cousins: A shootout with the Texans is a major possibility.

Teddy Bridgewater: He is actually seventh in the league in passing yards and faces the banged-up Cardinals secondary we have already mentioned.  He just needs to throw the ball successfully into the end zone more.

Nick Mullens: He threw for 343 yards last week and the 49ers get George Kittle and Deebo Samuel back. One of the most underrated backup QBs in the NFL.

 

Week 4 Tight End Spotlights, Streamers, and Fill-Ins

Dalton Schultz: The Browns allow the most FFPG in the AFC to TEs.

Robert Tonyan: He has scored in two consecutive games and the Falcons allow the second-most FFPG to TEs.

Rob Gronkowski: After catching six passes last week, he could be on the verge of his best game with Tampa Bay so far.

Tyler Eifert: It’s a “Revenge Game” vs. the Bengals.

Adam Trautman: The rookie will replace the injured Jared Cook and could get a TD target or two.



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RB Insurance Report: Essential Adds and Backfield Updates

Chris Carson often plays at a fantasy RB1 level when he is available. But he has a checkered injury history that even preceded his college days. So when I drafted him in several leagues this season, I made sure to take Carlos Hyde later on as an insurance pick every time. So when Carson went down with an ankle injury this week that was not quite a result of his own unfortunate tendency to get banged up, I still did not have to run to the waiver wire to roster Hyde.

Mike Davis was a top fantasy pickup last week when Christian McCaffrey suffered an ankle injury. Vet few fantasy players who drafted CMC did not think about grabbing his immediate NFL backup in case of emergency. Durability was another appealing factor when drafting McCaffrey first overall this summer. But in the NFL, anyone can obviously get hurt at any time.

Some players are simply more prone to injuries or seem to be at higher risk. No matter how much of the “danger” level is associated with any running back, it is always a smart move to roster the immediate NFL backup of your starting RBs. It’s been preached by fantasy experts constantly over the past three-plus decades, but the recommendations never get fully followed. So here is an update on who you need to roster as fantasy insurance pickups for your top running backs. Many of the RBs listed are not rostered in many leagues. We also provide insights on less certain and stable situations behind many current RB starters.

 

Clear RB Backup Situations: Get ‘Em Now

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Chase Edmonds, Arizona: He is a versatile backup to Kenyan Drake who has performed well when given opportunities before. He averaged 5.1 yards per carry last year and had a 126-yard, three TD performance.

Brian Hill, Atlanta: He is maybe the most appealing add on this list. The Todd Gurley injury risk factor is well-documented and Hill is his clear backup. He had a strong camp, ripped off a 35-yard run on Sunday and could be an instant fantasy starter if and when Gurley goes down again. I would not wish for a Gurley injury, but always be well prepared for it. I am rostering Hill in some leagues where I don’t even have Gurley on my team.

Artavis Pierce, Chicago: With Tarik Cohen out for the year, he was promoted from the practice squad. He may be the best pure runner on the team right now after David Montgomery. Ryan Nall and Cordarrelle Patterson are certainly not the answers in case of a Montgomery injury.

Tony Pollard, Dallas: Some may have cut him because they expected a larger role for Pollard as a change-of-pacer. Ezekiel Elliott is remarkably durable, but it’s the safe move to roster Pollard behind him if you can.

Phillip Lindsay, Denver: Phillip Lindsay is on the way back and should be added as a free agent if you have Melvin Gordon as a starter. Many fantasy coaches/GMs dropped him when he was injured recently.

Jamaal Williams, Green Bay: A.J. Dillon has not made much a mark so far with the Packers and Williams continues to be the back who sees the field when Aaron Jones needs a breather. In the event of a Jones injury, Williams is the strong bet to carry the majority of the workload.

Darrel Williams, Chiefs: He is held in high regard internally and the Chiefs would likely turn to him as the main ball carrier if Clyde Edwards-Helaire missed any time. Darwin Thompson might share some work but Williams appears to be the preferred fantasy insurance backup here for now.

Devontae Booker, Raiders: He is the most capable RB to handle lead ball-carrier duties if Josh Jacobs went down at any time. Jalen Richard would be his complement as a pass-catcher.

Matt Breida, Dolphins: Myles Gaskin has surprisingly vaulted to the top of the Dolphins depth chart early in the season. If he falters or gets injured at any point, though, Breida would likely be the main ball carrier for Miami while ceding to Jordan Howard at the goal line.

Darrynton Evans, Titans: He has returned from a hamstring injury and is now the obvious NFL and Fantasy backup to Derrick Henry.

Peyton Barber, Washington Football: Antonio Gibson has already emerged as the preferred RB in Washington, but the team does seem comfortable turning to Barber if Gibson missed any time. In deeper leagues, you can roster him as some emergency insurance.

 

Uncertain and Less Stable Situations

Baltimore: There is a pure committee here. Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins are widely rostered. If one gets injured, though, Gus Edwards becomes an immediate add. None are worth starting consideration right now.

Cincinnati: Most assume that Giovani Bernard is the direct backup to Joe Mixon. But it could be a time share between Bernard and Trayveon Williams if Mixon went down.

Detroit: Adrian Peterson is the lead RB for now, and Kerryon Johnson appears to be his primary backup. But you don’t want to start anyone here and it could be awhile before D’Andre Swift gets onto the field more often.

Houston: Duke Johnson is dealing with an ankle injury but should be the definite David Johnson NFL and Fantasy backup when he returns. For now, the Texans have not done well in case of emergency at the position, with C.J. Prosise as the primary backup.

Indianapolis: A Jonathan Taylor injury would likely lead to a Nyheim Hines/Jordan Wilkins time share.

Jacksonville: If and when Devine Ozigbo returns, he should be the primary backup, but for now only Chris Thompson and Dare Ogunbowale are behind James Robinson, and they are both pure pass-catching types.

Los Angeles Rams: Darrell Henderson is the starter for now, but a healthy Cam Akers could get back into the mix soon. Both should be rostered right now, as a Henderson/Akers split might eventually develop.

New England: It could be a different player leading the backfield every week, but eventually Damien Harris can emerge as the lead option when healthy. He is worth stashing if you have the room.

New York Giants: Devonta Freeman should become the clear starter, but there is no one behind him you would want to use if he does not play well or gets hurt.

New York Jets: Le’Veon Bell could return soon, and as long as Adam Gase remains head coach, Frank Gore will be the second guy on the depth chart and La’Mical Perine won’t be worth a roster spot.

Philadelphia: We have already seen that you want no part of this backfield without Miles Sanders.

Pittsburgh: Benny Snell would figure to be the lead ball-carrier if James Conner missed time again, but we cannot be certain of how much Anthony McFarland Jr. would cut into his potential workload.

Guys You Most Likely Have to Trade For to Acquire Them as Insurance Backups/Alternatives: Alexander Mattison, Latavius Murray, Kareem Hunt, Joshua Kelley, Zack Moss, Leonard Fournette/Ronald Jones II.



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Waiver Wire Teases - Players To Avoid Or Not Overspend On

Remember when Nyheim Hines was the hottest pickup in Fantasy Football in Week 1? He was supposed to be the next Austin Ekeler, but he completely disappeared a week later. Fantasy players have also been teased by the likes of Benny Snell Jr., and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who has proven to be a waiver wire bust prior to this season.

You must be very careful to not overreact to splashy fantasy outings from players who don’t have much of a track record of previous success or are not ticketed for consistent roles in the offenses of their NFL teams. Fantasy players also often speculate on potential waiver sleepers who often turn out to be non-contributors. Your priority waiver claims and FAB dollars are important. So we want to make sure you don’t overspend our use a priority pick on a player who may not be worthy. You should temper expectations on unproven or less established performers who suddenly bust out.

We are not suggesting the players on this list should be fully avoided or it is impossible for them to build on surprising short-term outings. But do not make them priority claims or overspend on them. They may be more likely to burn you than help you.  The rundown includes both players coming off surprising outings and others who you may be speculating on. Some of the lesser players on this list may not be worth rostering if you have to drop a respectable bench option.

 

Potential Waiver Wire Teases - Week 4

Rex Burkhead, RB, NE: He was the No. 2 scorer at running back in Week 3, but savvy fantasy players know a different RB could shine in any given week for New England. Anyone remember Jonas Gray? Plus, James White and Damien Harris could both be back soon.

Cordarrelle Patterson, WR/RB, CHI: Some may speculate that the season-ending injury to Tarik Cohen could give Patterson some more opportunities for offensive touches. Maybe so, but he won’t get enough quality work to make any sort of Fantasy impact.

Travis Homer, RB, SEA: Carlos Hyde will be the lead ball carrier while Chris Carson is out, that is why the Seahawks signed him. Homer is a complementary and third down back with very limited Fantasy appeal.

Chris Thompson, RB, JAC: He caught five passes in Week 3, but James Robinson dominates the quality touches in the Jaguars backfield and Thompson is no longer the same potentially explosive performer he was a few years ago.

La'Mical Perine, RB, NYJ: He carried seven times in Week 3, but as long as Adam Gase is still the head coach, Frank Gore will remain ahead of the rookie on the depth chart, and Le'Veon Bell is returning soon.

Anthony McFarland Jr., RB, PIT: We saw some glimpses of him as a ball carrier in Week 3, but if James Conner goes down again, the RB touches may split between McFarland and Benny Snell.

Cedrick Wilson, WR, DAL: While everyone was expecting CeeDee Lamb to torch the Seahawks, Wilson spoiled the projected Fantasy fun, unexpectedly catching five passes for 107 yards and two TDs. He still figures to be nothing more than Dallas’ No. 4 WR, though, and his Week 3 outing will soon be forgotten.

Greg Ward Jr., WR, PHI: He stepped up for the receiver-needy Eagles on Sunday, catching eight passes for 72 yards and a TD. But Ward has been called on to play a larger role in the passing game before and has shown almost no big-play ability and he is just a decent chain-mover. He produced seven catches for 61 yards in his best outing last year but only caught three balls for 24 yards when he was needed the most in the NFC Wild Card game. There is zero upside here with a strong chance of a disappearing act at any time.

Hunter Renfrow, WR, OAK: After flashing late last season, Renfrow re-emerged in Week 3, catching six passes for 84 yards and a TD. But once Henry Ruggs returns, his role in the passing game could be reduced again.

Randall Cobb, WR, HOU: He caught four passes for 95 yards and a TD in Week 3. But his best seasons are already behind him and Cobb totaled just 82 yards in his first two games of the season.

Kalif Raymond, WR, TEN: This downfield ace finished with 118 yards on just three catches on Sunday, with receptions of 61 and 44 yards. He is nothing more than an occasional deep ball specialist, though, and should not be rostered in any leagues.

Gabriel Davis, WR, BUF: The somewhat unheralded rookie caught four passes for 81 yards in Week 3. But he will continue to be lower on the receiving depth chart and you cannot expect frequent Fantasy contributors.

Jimmy Graham, TE, CHI: The former Fantasy star caught five balls for 60 yards and scored twice in Week 3. But he had just 43 receiving yards in his first two games and is mostly just a short yardage scoring specialist at this point of his career. He is either end zone or bust and only a mid-range Fantasy TE2 at best. Think of Graham as you would Jordan Howard, a goal-line only RB.

Tyler Kroft, TE, BUF: He caught two TD passes on Sunday, but he has teased briefly before in his career, only to quickly return to irrelevance. He was filling in for an injured Dawson Knox, who does not contribute much himself.

Jace Sternberger, TE, GB: Some of the Fantasy players who targeted Sternberger as a possible sleeper in the preseason may have gotten a bit excited on Sunday when he caught three passes for 36 yards. Robert Tonyan, however, has emerged as Green Bay’s No. 1 pass-catching TE for now and may not budge from the spot for awhile.



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Key Starters and Tough Calls - Lineup Spotlights for Week 3

Welcome to Week 3, RotoBallers! Below you will find some of my spotlight plays and players to go with when faced with tough lineup decisions for Week 3 of the fantasy football season.

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Spotlight RB Starters for Week 3

Joshua Kelley, Chargers: Both Los Angeles RBs are in play this week. Carolina has allowed the most Fantasy Points Per Game to running backs over the first two weeks. Kelley had 113 scrimmage yards in Week 2 and has already effectively taken over much of the old Melvin Gordon role for the Chargers. He should be viewed as a low-end RB this week. Los Angeles does not need to put pressure on its rookie QB when the team can lean heavily on the RBs in this matchup. In many tight decisions involving Kelley, you should stick with most RB choices who take on heavier workloads over him. But he should be used over most other time share backs and flex-type options.

Leonard Fournette, Buccaneers: He made his first bid to take over the starting job last week and can seal it up against Denver. Fournette rushed for 103 yards and two TDs last week and showed why he was signed by Tampa Bay. He can solidify a position which has been an issue for some time now. Denver has allowed 227 rushing yards in the first two games and the defense may spend a lot of time on the field this week. Fournette likely sees the opportunity to officially seize the starting job and will take advantage of the chance. He is a low-end RB2 and a very promising flex option this week.

Jeff Wilson Jr., 49ers: Many fantasy players are focused on Jerick McKinnon taking over a significant role in an injury-depleted Niners backfield. But Wilson may be the lead ball carrier and inside runner for San Francisco this week, and he will certainly be the preferred goal-line option. Expect a time share in which both 49ers RBs will be useful as flex plays or lineup pluggers. Last season, Wilson had consecutive games with two TD runs in September. In a two-game sample in December of 2018, he had 226 yards from scrimmage and an eight-catch performance. Kyle Shanahan has not hesitated to go to Wilson when he has needed to reach into his RB depth pool, and he will produce at least respectable totals this week.

Devin Singletary, Bills: With Zach Moss out, Singletary should be quite busy against the Rams. Los Angeles has allowed the fifth-most FFPG to RBs among NFC teams. Singletary has 110-plus scrimmage yards in three of his past four home games. He totaled 76 yards from scrimmage on just a dozen touches in Week 2. In his rookie season, Singletary showed the willingness to take on an increased workload, carrying the ball 20 times in three games. He should get a decent amount of volume this week and is a viable flex or plug-in play.

 

Spotlight WR Starters for Week 3

CeeDee Lamb, Cowboys: He is the hot option for Week 3, as the matchup is highly appealing against a Seahawks pass defense that has allowed the most FFPG to opposing WRs. Lamb works out of the slot, and Seattle already has injury issues at LB and nickel back that only make Lamb’s draw even more appealing. He is a must-start Fantasy WR2 type this week. But if you have good WR depth, he is not a surefire option over more proven performers with strong matchups, such as Tyler Lockett in the same game, or Allen Robinson in a bounce-back spot vs, Atlanta. All three Dallas WRs are in play this week as Top 25 choices at the position. But I would not be using Lamb over Calvin Ridley based on a matchup alone. He is a very exciting play, but in 10-team leagues and on rosters where WR depth is excellent, you must be judicious about who you choose him over. In many tight calls, I would take the more established player.

Anthony Miller, Bears: He provided zero Fantasy points last week as he played less snaps than Darnell Mooney. Miller may be feeling the pressure to respond this week and Mitchell Trubisky will likely make an effort to get him involved in the passing flow again. Atlanta has allowed the fourth-most FFPG to WRs so far and this is a case of where a player rebounds from a down outing to regain his place in the offensive mix. The matchup is obviously a friendly one and Miller cannot afford to deliver two stinkers in a row, so he is worthy of WR3/flex consideration.

N'Keal Harry, Patriots: He caught eight passes last week, yet no one seems to be saying much about Harry. Cam Newton, though, is making a strong effort to get him the ball frequently, and Bill Belichick wants to see returns on the only first-round investment he has ever made on a WR in his storied Patriots tenure. Cam is a better passer than he was in Carolina already. His mechanics are improved, and Harry has an opportunity to play a prime role in the New England passing game. This could be the week when Fantasy players take real notice of Harry. Get ahead of those who will react after Week 3 and consider him for a WR3/flex spot.

Darius Slayton, Giants: The reflex move by most fantasy players is to think about reserving Slayton when they see the 49ers as the matchup. But the Niners have actually allowed the third-most receptions to opposing WRs after two weeks. They are also fifth among NFC teams in FFPG allowed to the position. The 49ers are badly banged up and cannot be viewed as the usual full shutdown unit. The Giants need to rework their offensive attack without Saquon Barkley and are a desperate team that can perform above expectations this week. Slayton hung 102 yards and two TDs against Pittsburgh in the opener and is the team’s best playmaker with Barkley out. He has three receiving TDs in his past three home games and should remain in many lineups as a WR3.

 

Spotlight TE Starters for Week 3

Drew Sample, Bengals: The Eagles have allowed the fourth-most FFPG to TEs and the most TD receptions (four). If you are without George Kittle this week, Sample is a quality plugger as Joe Burrow continues to gun the ball frequently.

Dalton Schultz, Cowboys: Facing Seattle is not exactly a plum draw for all pass-catchers. The Seahawks can cover the TE well when both of their starting safeties are in the game. Schultz is coming off a breakout game, though, and with the WRs drawing so much attention, he is also a viable plug-in.

 

Spotlight QB Starters for Week 3

Carson Wentz, Eagles: Philadelphia is in a must-win situation with a good matchup vs. Cincinnati.

Matt Ryan, Falcons: Don’t get matchup crazy and start Trubisky or Justin Herbert over him. Ryan is still a back-end QB1 this week. The stars deserve to stay in lineups when they have earned it, especially over less proven or reliable options. Defenses don't win every matchup, especially in today's pass-happy NFL.



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Key Starters and Tough Calls - Lineup Spotlights for Week 2

Welcome to Week 2, RotoBallers! Below you will find some of my spotlight plays and players to go with when faced with tough lineup decisions for Week 2 of the fantasy football season.

These are based off my Premium Weekly Lineup Rankings, available as part of the RotoBaller's NFL Premium Pass. Enter promo code KING at checkout for a 10% discount and get access to all of my ranks in all formats, plus a full roster of tools and analysis for the entire 2019 season.

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Spotlight RB Starters for Week 2

Malcolm Brown: While Cam Akers was looking surprisingly tentative, Brown had 110 scrimmage yards and two rushing TDs in Week 1. Brown ran with authority and apparent confidence, and until Akers starts to look like the decisive runner he was drafted to be, Brown has RB2 potential and should definitely be considered in that range this week. You should be starting Brown over the likes of players with tough matchups such as Melvin Gordon, or with less certain roles, like James Conner.

Ronald Jones II: I am well-known for not being a Fantasy fan of Jones, but he actually did not look bad at all against a tough New Orleans front in Week 1. The matchup looks a lot friendlier vs. Carolina and he could get some chances to finish off drives with short-range TD runs. Jones is aiming for his third game in row at home with 100-plus scrimmage yards. If Jones delivers the goods, trade him after this game. At the very least, a time share with Leonard Fournette is still a very strong future possibility. That still may be Jones’ best eventual scenario. Bruce Arians acquired Fournette to take on a significant role, not to be a lesser-used reserve. If both RBs play well it keeps  them fresher throughout games and forces the defense to account for both of their styles.

Jonathan Taylor: There were some concerns about the rookie’s ability to catch passes out of the backfield early in his career, but he had six catches last week, the second-most receiving yards by a rookie RB in an NFL debut since 2000. Taylor is now ticketed to start sooner than expected with Marlon Mack done for the season. He should have a good statistical floor because of the instant potential versatility. If he gets into a rhythm as a ball carrier there is also a pretty good ceiling this week. Start Taylor with confidence as a RB2. The numbers will at least be adequate.

Miles Sanders: Many fantasy owners need to know when to shed the concerns about injuries. There is nothing reportedly lingering about Sanders’ hamstring issue from Week 1, and he has practiced in full. Sanders may be utilized quite a few times in the passing game because Carson Wentz’s toolbox at receiver seems almost empty other than at TE. You can assuredly start Sanders a fantasy RB2. You will at least get respectable fantasy totals in his return.

 

Spotlight WR Starters for Week 2

CeeDee Lamb: All three of the top Dallas WRs are in play this week as Top 25 choices at the position. Lamb may be on the verge of his first impressive pro performance. He already showed a solid rapport with Dak Prescott in the opener and displayed good yardage after the catch potential. I would expect his first NFL TD against Atlanta.

Parris Campbell: He caught six passes for 71 yards in the opener and Philip Rivers relied on him for possession grabs. That is a highly encouraging sign. We have yet to see Campbell unfurl his downfield skills, and if he can make both chain-moving and big-play catches, that gives him a lot of Fantasy promise. He is a must-start as a Fantasy WR3 against a Minnesota secondary that was shredded last week. Philip Rivers will have time to locate Campbell behind a solid offensive line. Campbell is also one of our Top Sleeper and Value Plays for Week 2 in the video below:

The King and Joe Gallina's Sleeper and Value Plays for Week 2 

Marquise Brown: The Ravens’ exciting second-year wideout is in fantasy WR1 territory this week. He is healthy and coming off his third career 100-yard game if you include the playoffs. In most decisions where you ask “Brown or” someone else who is never a must-start, the answer will definitely be Brown this week. He simply is a lock in a great matchup vs. Houston. I only have 10 other WRs ranked ahead of Brown this week. He  had six receiving TDs in seven road games last season.

N'Keal Harry: He caught five passes against Miami and Cam Newton has been talking Harry up. If you are desperate for some WR help this week, take the shot on Harry. He fits the bill of the type of WR that can work well in the new-look Patriots offense with Newton. He can take a quick-hit pass and gain some yardage after the catch. The Seahawks will be focused on containing Julian Edelman and watching Newton as a runner, which could open up Harry to make some significant plays and truly get onto the fantasy radar for the first time in his career. Harry may also register his first TD catch from Newton this week. Remember, Bill Belichick drafted Harry in the first round and wants to start seeing the returns.

 

Spotlight TE Starters for Week 2

Jonnu Smith: He is shooting for his third game in a row at home with 60-plus receiving yards. With A.J. Brown out and Corey Davis commanding a lot of defensive attention, Ryan Tannehill should look for Smith frequently. He is a big, very athletic target who learned under the tutelage of Delanie Walker. "He took me under his wing" Smith told USA Today about Walker. He was one of those guys that helped transform the position as far as being able to do electrifying things with the ball in his hands." His combination of pure skills and what he has absorbed from the likes of Walker could push him to a breakout season that begins this week. Smith is a Top 10 start at TE  and should be used over some players that were drafted higher at the position, including Hayden Hurst and Noah Fant.

Dan Arnold: I have already broadcast his name widely as a “super sleeper”, and the fantasy splashdown of Dan Arnold happens this week. Washington allowed the most Fantasy points to TEs in the opener, and Arnold gets a much easier draw after facing San Francisco in the opener. Maxx Williams is also out, ensuring more playing time for Arnold this week. He is a Top 15 TE start and a good plug-in if you are without George Kittle.

 

Spotlight QB Concerns for Week 2

Aaron Rodgers: He has two-plus TD passes in four of his past five home starts vs. Detroit. That seems to be another good reason for Rodgers to sustain the momentum of his Week 1 outing. But Matt LaFleur likes to run the ball and does not want to put the offense purely on Rodgers' shoulders like Mike McCarthy did. Rodgers could be a good, but not great start this week as Green Bay reverts to establishing more of the offensive balance that led them to a 13-3 record last year while protecting Rodgers from more big hits. He is a Top 10 start this week, but not a Top 5 choice at the position.

Carson Wentz: As we have already indicated, Wentz has WR issues, and he also has protection concerns while heading into a matchup against the Rams. After he was sacked eight times by Philadelphia, now Wentz will line up against Aaron Donald. Forget his name appeal, Wentz is not a recommended fantasy starter for Week 2.



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Week 2 Fantasy Football Sleeper and Value Plays

The "King", Scott Engel and "The Living Fantasy Legend" Joe Gallina identify the best fantasy football sleepers and value plays for season-long and DFS lineups for Week 2 of fantasy football. Target these players for use if you need a lineup plug-in or are looking to save some DFS cash in your DraftKings and FanDuel lineups..

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Know When to Hold 'Em... Players Who Shouldn't Be on Waivers

Many fantasy players overreact to results from the first week of games, and at varying levels. Some experienced competitors know how to remain patient after such a small sample size. Others are too quick to throw underperforming players onto the free-agent list and then regret such moves later on.

You may be thinking of cutting some of the following players, or you already have. That could turn out to a mistake. If you released any of the guys featured here, get them back on your roster if you can. If someone else cut any of them, you should add these players to your roster.

Every name on this rundown could realistically appear on your free agent list this week. There are always the impatient types who will impulsively make a regrettable move. Don't be the one to make these mistakes, be the one to capitalize on them.

 

Running Backs

Matt Breida, Miami Dolphins: He should still emerge as the lead running back in Miami. Myles Gaskin may turn out to be a wasted waiver addition. Breida will bounce back from a 22-yard outing in the opener and should be a quality flex option this year as long as he stays healthy.

Mark Ingram II, Baltimore Ravens: He rushed for 29 yards in the opener and J.K. Dobbins was the lead RB. Don’t be surprised if the Ravens work him back into the offensive flow in Week 2. They are not just going to mothball a proven veteran RB who can be very useful.

Leonard Fournette, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: After a five -arry, five-yard offensive debut, in which Ronald Jones II looked like the better RB, you may be down on Fournette. But at the very least, once he becomes more comfortable in the Tampa Bay offense, he will earn his part of a timeshare. The possibility remains that he could still become the Buccaneers’ lead RB over time.

James White, New England Patriots: He caught only three passes in his first game playing with Cam Newton. The new Patriots QB will soon realize that White is his best pass-catching option outside of Julian Edelman.

Le’Veon Bell, New York Jets: Sometimes, Fantasy players make the mistake of cutting a player when he is injured. Bell could return as soon as Week 5 and will likely assume a heavy workload again. You don’t want to release a player who will get a lot of volume when he returns. Bell is no longer a Fantasy superstar under Adam Gase, yet he will continue to be a busy RB when he gets back into New York’s offensive mix.

Cam Akers, Los Angeles Rams: Savvy fantasy players will know they have to be patient with Akers. Yet there will certainly be some who overreact to Malcolm Brown outplaying the rookie on Sunday. Don’t be one of those fantasy GMs/coaches, because Akers was drafted to be the lead back and just needs some more time to be eased into the role.

 

Wide Receivers

Breshad Perriman, New York Jets: It was a tough defensive draw for all of the Jets this week other than Jamison Crowder, who caught seven or more passes for the third consecutive time against Buffalo. Perriman will get more involved in the New York passing game going forward, especially when they get involved in some high-scoring affairs.

Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals: It was clear that Joe Burrow was leaning more heavily on A.J. Green in his pro debut. But as he progresses as a pure passer, Boyd will start to produce more. We all know that we cannot count on Green to stay healthy, so Boyd could become Cincinnati’s No. 1 WR again at any time.

Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers: Expectations are certainly lowered for Allen working with Tyrod Taylor. He totaled 37 receiving yards in the season opener. There will be times going forward, though, when Taylor will lean on Allen for quality totals. There does not appear to be much upside with Taylor at the helm, but Allen does not belong on free agency, either.

Preston Williams, Miami Dolphins: He is coming off a major knee injury and only caught two passes at New England. It was a tough matchup in Williams’ return to action. Ryan Fitzpatrick will have some better outings ahead and Williams will benefit. An eventual QB switch could also lead to more steady production.

Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Browns: This is a prime example that no name in this feature is safe from hitting the waiver wire. I had someone directly ask me early this week if they should cut Beckham.

You can never fully release a player with such tremendous talent who is capable of a big performance at any time based on a disappointing outing. Sure, Beckham has fallen short of expectations since he came to Cleveland, but he is certainly capable of producing much better than just about anyone you would find on free agency. Maybe Beckham is not who he was in New York fantasy-wise, but that does not make him waiver wire fodder, either.

 

Tight Ends

Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: He was invisible in Tampa Bay’s opener, but he is coming off a long layoff and Tom Brady will have to go to him more in key situations to expand his chances of keeping the offense moving. Exercise some patience with Gronkowski, who missed a year and has changed teams during an unusual offseason and preseason.

Dan Arnold, Arizona Cardinals: Seeing him not do much against the 49ers does not shake my confidence that he remains a super sleeper. The TDs and improved Fantasy output are not far away at all.

Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins: He only totaled 30 receiving yards in Miami’s opener, but a breakout season remains very possible.

Chris Herndon, New York Jets: He finished with 37 receiving yards against Jacksonville, but he did catch six passes and TD receptions are coming soon. He is another potential breakthrough candidate who should remain on your roster.



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The Engel Eye: Key Fantasy Football Observations and Tips

Here are some of the King’s important observations as we move forward after Week 1.

It is important not to overreact too much to opening week results. We help you deduce what could turn out to be for real and what may be illusions.

These insights can certainly help you make some key roster decisions as your team takes further shape for the weeks ahead. The aim of the feature is to help you stay level-headed after just one week of results.

 

The King’s Key Fantasy Insights, Observations and Tips

-Running backs dominated the first two rounds of fantasy football drafts this season, yet there were no 100-yard rushers on the first Sunday of the NFL season. This likely won’t turn out to be a regular trend, but it is an indicator that the league is more pass-happy than ever. Many teams will attempt to emulate the Kansas City offensive attack as best they can, after defense did not win a championship last season. RBs who finished near the goal line on Sunday seemed to stand out even more in Week 1.

-There was internal buzz in Seattle about how we have not seen the best of Chris Carson as a pass-catcher yet. Carson caught six passes for 45 yards and two TDs at Atlanta. The screen pass to the RB was emphasized more than usual in the opener, and if Carson adds more frequent receptions, he will be a no-doubt RB1 with top-six potential when healthy.

-Cam Newton is back to being the fantasy QB he was in Carolina - he is a strong and fearless rushing threat with a shaky supporting cast. Rushing for 75 yards and two TDs in his Patriots debut shows he is already back on the fantasy QB1 radar, but he won’t be back in Top 5 territory unless playmakers other than Julian Edelman emerge. James White can help Newton produce even better if he develops a better rapport with him.

-A reminder that opportunity does not always lead to production: Boston Scott was the “hot” starting call of Week 1 with Miles Sanders out, yet he was mostly unproven in a potential featured role. Scott is a nice complementary piece to a main RB, but showed he cannot be counted on in any sort of lead role. He totaled 55 yards from scrimmage and was not much of a factor at all. The buzz on Scott was too loud, and I had warned he should not be used over a more established performer. Remember the Scott example next time you are considering a plug-in starter with not much of a track record over another option who has succeeded in the past.

-Some are shocked that Peyton Barber rushed for two short scores and “vultured” Antonio Gibson. The reality is, goal-line running is not easy. No one just “falls into the end zone” in the NFL. Be patient with Gibson, though. He will begin to grasp the finer points of goal-line running over time; he is a raw talent who needs to progress in that regard. Clyde Edwards-Helaire will also improve soon as a short-yardage artist. Neither one of these rookies experienced a true preseason. Their time as bigger threats near the scoring stripe will come. CEH, of course, will emerge more quickly for shorter TDs and may not share any touches in such situations when he does.

-Aaron Rodgers looked like his classic self in the season opener. But Matt LaFleur does like to run the ball, and it’s unlikely Green Bay will return to being a pass-first team. If the Packers go back to such a model, it leads to heavy defensive focus on Rodgers and exposes him to more frequent hits. Green Bay needs the Rodgers they saw on Sunday, who made crisp and pinpoint timely throws. But they must maintain offensive balance if they can. Rodgers is capable of leading the Packers deep into the playoffs again, yet it would be an optimum approach for him to be highly efficient rather than very busy. What makes sense for the Packers could lead to Rodgers being a solid, and occasionally outstanding Fantasy QB this year rather than him rejoining the elite.

-Don’t waste a waiver pickup on Marquez Valdes-Scantling. We have seen this act before, where he explodes and then disappears for awhile. For those fantasy footballers who remember Devery Henderson, it’s a very applicable comparison. Henderson would catch a deep pass or two every once in a while, would get added in many leagues, and then would be dropped during the quiet spell that lasted for a few weeks afterward.

-You have all heard the horrifying numbers so far: Austin Ekeler caught one pass for three yards. He was targeted just one time. Virgil Green was targeted twice as much as Ekeler. Tyrod Taylor is just not Philip Rivers. He does not seem interested in making the safe pass. The coaching staff will remind Taylor that Ekeler caught 92 passes last year. Yet it already seems highly unlikely that Ekeler will produce anywhere near the type of receiving totals he did last year. Don’t expect more than 75 catches at max. It’s too early to panic on his receiving output, but the QB change should erase talk of Ekeler as a Fantasy RB1 based on pass-catching volume. He can still be a good dual purpose RB2.

-I maintain that Dan Arnold will emerge as a back-end Fantasy TE1. He caught only two passes for 21 yards against San Francisco, but he should be a more significant contributor in Week 2 vs. Washington. The upcoming opponent allowed 11 catches for 119 yards and a TD to the Philadelphia TEs in the season opener.

-I have to admit that Ronald Jones II didn’t look bad against a tough Saints run defense. He rushed for 66 yards on 17 carries. Leonard Fournette was held to five yards on five carries. I expect he will perform better going forward. If Jones can continue to play at a respectable level this could possibly turn out to be a pure time share in a best case scenario for him.. But after one week, I am sticking with Fournette still emerging as the better Fantasy option as the goal-line runner and more dependable producer.

-Cam Akers ran very tentatively on Sunday night, and Malcolm Brown simply looked like the more confident and assured veteran. You will have to be more patient on Akers than you might have anticipated. He was not as decisive as expected, reminiscent of Miles Sanders early in his rookie year. Every player is different, yet it is clear the unusual preseason may have hindered Akers’ progress. Still, he should eventually emerge as the preferred RB for the Rams.



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The King's Key Starters and Tough Calls - Lineup Spotlights for Week 1

Welcome to Week 1 of the 2020 season, RotoBallers! Below you will find some of my spotlight plays and possible replacement options for your injured starters. I also provide some of my favorite DFS targets.

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Spotlight Starters and Matchups to Watch for Week 1

-Much of the Fantasy hype in Seattle surrounds DK Metcalf, and deservedly so. But don’t forget about Tyler Lockett. He finished with an 82-1,057-8 line last year even though he was not healthy for the full season, The continued emergence of Metcalf can only help him face less defensive attention than in the past and he remains Russell Wilson’s most trusted pass-catcher. He is a must-start in seasonal leagues and a strong DFS play.

-Nick Chubb rushed for 165 yards and three TDs the last time he traveled to Baltimore. The Ravens be focused on containing him and will try to put the game in the hands of Baker Mayfield. Entering a crucial season, Mayfield will face a pivotal test right away, and look for him to lean on Odell Beckham Jr.. Chubb may disappoint but Beckham will not. There will be volume, even against a quality secondary.

-Jamison Crowder had eight-plus catches in both games last year vs. Buffalo, and the Bills will be wary of him stacking up a heavy amount of receptions again. Look for Sam Darnold to rely on TE Chris Herndon, who is healthy again and should be headed for a breakout campaign. Don’t hesitate to start Herndon this week. It’s a tough secondary draw for the Jets and the tight end will be the safest route of moving the ball in the air. Someone has to catch passes, even if the opponent is a formidable one.

-Are we not giving the Raiders enough fantasy respect? Derek Carr became the first player in storied franchise annals to throw for 4,000 yards in consecutive seasons last year and his 70.5 completion percentage was also a Raiders record and second in the NFL. Josh Jacobs rushed for 1,150 yards despite missing three games. Hunter Renfrow finished strong last year and is a quality WR play, especially if you have to replace another injured WR. Yes, it seems like 18 years since the Raiders were good and and 37 years since they were great. Silver and Black hasn’t been much scarier than Cleveland Brown or Jet green in recent years. But the key position players other than Darren Waller deserve more positive fantasy recognition. Carr is a fine two-QB play and DFS option this week.

-The Lions and Bears will be a low-scoring affair and the defenses will be strong plays. Without Kenny Golladay, Matthew Stafford should look to second-year TE T.J. Hockenson more frequently.

-It seems like T.Y. Hilton is not getting much buzz because of the focus on the Colts running game. But he comes into the season aiming for his fourth consecutive 70-plus yard game and the draw should be a good one against Jacksonville. Philip Rivers could depend a lot on Hilton much like he did with Keenan Allen in Los Angeles.

-My big prediction for this week is that Miami will beat New England on the road. The Dolphins ate improved and the franchise is finally headed in the right direction. Mike Gesicki will have a big opener and Matt Breida may emerge as the Dolphins’ lead RB right away. Gesicki should be busy as the Patriots secondary focuses on DeVante Parker, and Preston Williams may be eased into action. Don’t hesitate to start Miami’s sleeper defensive unit, either. You may want to keep Cam Newton reserved for this week, as he is coming off a long layoff and is meshing with a new team. Miami has won two of the past three vs. New England and I would take them to cover for sure. The Dolphins beat the Patriots 27-24 in Foxboro late last year.

-I expect a low scoring game between Philadelphia and Washington as well. The Eagles are already banged up on offense and the Washington defense is underrated. Carson Wentz is not a Top 10 QB start this week. Washington may double-team DeSean Jackson to prevent big plays. Steven Sims is another good WR injury fill-in. This game will be closer than you think, too.

-The Bengals passing game should be off your radar in Week 1. Joe Burrow is a rookie QB seeing his first NFL action after an abbreviated preseason and the matchup is not an easy one against the Chargers. I would not recommend starting A.J. Green until you see how he performs. You have to be skeptical of him anyway. Bugger WRs wear down quicker and he is 32 years old with an obviously checkered recent injury history. In tight decisions involving Tyler Boyd, go with the alternative.

-Do not hesitate to start Rob Gronkowski as your TE or even at a flex spot if you don’t have a surefire option there. With Mike Evans likely out, Tom Brady should go to his favorite longtime target on key downs and in scoring situations. Scotty Miller is also a desperation WR play and a DFS option.

-Kendrick Bourne is another nifty play in DFS and for those is dire need of a WR replacement. The 49ers WR corps is saddled with injury issues and Bourne has caught TD passes in each of his last two meetings with the Cardinals.

-Even though Malcolm Brown is starting for the Rams, that will mean he is most likely to be on the field for the first play of the game. The Rams want to effectively run the ball in theor matchup vs. Dallas and throughout the season. If Cam Akers shows signs of life early he could very well get the same sort of workload we saw from Clyde Edwards-Helaire on Thursday. He should at least be started at flex spots.

-If Courtland Sutton cannot play Monday night, expect Drew Lock to frequently target second-year breakout candidate Noah Fant.



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Fantasy Football Bold Predictions For The 2020 Season

The "King", Scott Engel and the "Roto Chef", Pierre Camus issue their boldest Fantasy Football predictions for the upcoming season. You cannot miss out on the players covered here. If you did not draft them, consider trading for the guys included in this video rundown.

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Fantasy Football Bold Predictions for the 2020 Season

Scott and Pierre state their cases for the best breakout performers, stars on the rise and sleeper gems to acquire. Who will bust out and what players will be remembered for rising to higher levels than many expected?

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The King's Updated Fantasy Football Draft Rankings

Welcome back RotoBallers! Below you will find my updated fantasy football draft rankings for the 2020 preseason.

At the end of this article, you will find my updated top 175 overall PPR rankings and top 150 Superflex rankings. My Half-PPR and Standard scoring (non-PPR) rankings are also updated, and if you want to see my PPR rankings broken down by position, you can find them on our Premium dashboard along with lots of other great draft tools.

I have also provided some updated rankings analysis regarding latest news and key player outlooks here. If any other significant news pieces affect rankings they will be reflected here with needed tweaks until the season opener. Commentary reflects PPR rankings yet can also apply to other positions.

 

The King’s Updated Rankings: Latest Analysis and Insights

Updated Analysis (Sept. 5th)

We are seeing some RBs named "starters" as Week 1 gets closer, and a possible shared backfield to open the season in Kansas City. Don't overreact to these pieces of news too much in the shorter term, as we have not experienced a normal preseason. Rookies and player who have changed teams may need more time during the regular season to ease into their projected lead roles. Take advantage in your drafts if guys like Cam Akers and Leonard Fournette start to drop.

  • Cam Akers will still be the featured back for the Rams, and it shouldn’t take long. The "starter" tag for Malcolm Brown is a prime example of how you should not overreact to some possible early-season roles. As a "starter", Brown will just be guaranteed to be on the field for the first play of the game.
  • Don’t draft Clyde Edwards-Helaire over a more proven top RB in the early to mid first round, but he is still a strong pick towards the end of the round. Darrel Williams should be the later round fantasy insurance backup.
  • Devine Ozigbo is now the best Jacksonville RB4 to draft, and take James Robinson as a potential flex position flier after the Top 40 RBs are off the board. Don’t totally forget Ryquell Armstead, as he could still emerge as the starter later in the season.
  • Damien Harris can still get a chance to be the eventual starter in New England, but if Sony Michel gets off to a strong start it may be harder for him to earn more than part of a committee role at best.
  • Try to get one of the Top 15 to 17 RBs off the board to feel comfortable with your top two picks at the position. After that point you are looking at the second starting spot making you more uncomfortable about opening the season with an adequate RB2.

 

Previous Analysis (Pre Sept. 5th)

Tampa Bay RBs: I have Leonard Fournette as RB23. He may share some work early on as he gets acclimated, but I expect him to be the pure lead runner by Week 3 or so. He can register a healthy amount of TD runs finishing off drives for the Tampa Bay offense if he avoids injuries. That has been an issue for him in the past. He is a better pass blocker than Ronald Jones, another reason why they added Fournette. I now have Jones at 41. He will be a time share back to start the season with a progressively shrinking role. He may open the year as the starter, which means he will be on the field for the first play of the game. I don’t buy into “coachspeak” from Bruce Arians backing Jones.

Jacksonville RBs: Ryquell Armstead has missed time because of illnesses, and Devine Ozigbo might open the season sharing time with him. This could end up being a time share and whichever player performs better in the first few weeks may earn the lead role. Armstead is a speedy runner with receiving potential and Ozigbo is more of a power runner. They are ranked right next to each other as RBs 36 and 37.

Washington RBs: After Adrian Peterson was cut, we may be looking at a full-blown committee here. Peyton Barber could be the main ball carrier, but he could eventually be overtaken by Bryce Love down the line. Antonio Gibson will complement Barber and has the most upside, yet he could be boom or bust. J.D. McKissic likely won't be a factor. Gibosn is RB42, Barber is RB43 and Love is at RB49. McKissic is RB 66.

Josh Gordon: Fantasy players still somehow get so intrigued and tempted by Gordon, but he will be the third WR in Seattle firmly behind Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf. Gordon can be a valuable No. 3 piece for Russell Wilson, yet he will be a high-profile role secondary target with the Seahawks. He won’t contribute enough to be anything more than a very late Best Ball target or DFS salary saver in fantasy football. Gordon is not even in the Top 65 at WR and won’t be worth a roster spot in traditional fantasy leagues. He’ll be a key performer for Seattle on some important downs, however he won’t produce well enough statistically overall to help most fantasy teams when he is available to play.

Le'Veon Bell: The stock is dropping and so is his ranking, as Bell is now RB26. Adam Gase continues his weird obsession with Frank Gore and there are indicators that Bell is unhappy in New York.Bell may have been frustrated with Jamal Adams because he wanted to get out of town, too. Gase held Kenyan Drake back in Miami and his bungling ways are going to continue to adversely affect Bell, too. He might regret leaving Pittsburgh at this point.

Miami RBs: Don’t be surprised if Matt Breida becomes the preferred ball carrier, while Jordan Howard is the goal-line guy. They are ranked right next to each other at RBs 31 and 32. If Breida stays healthy he is tenacious and gritty and can be a viable flex option.

D'Andre Swift: He may still win the starting job down the line this season. Swift can be a value Play to stash for the first few weeks. Be patient and reap later rewards. Swift is RB33 but will rise quickly later in the season.

Tyler Boyd/A.J. Green: Boyd is underrated. He is coming off two consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and the Bengals get the obvious QB upgrade for 2020. Boyd will be Cincinnati’s true WR1 this year. Green is simply too much of an injury risk and his best seasons may be behind him at age 32 after all the health issues he has endured through. Bigger WRs sometimes break down physically before we fully expect them to. Boyd is 14 spots ahead of Green at WR25. Don’t go after Green as a fantasy starter based on his past. Picking him may turn out to be a name recognition type of reach.

Anthony Miller: Nick Foles can steady the Bears offense to the point where the passing game actually garners some basic defensive respect. Miller is WR42, yet could easily serve as a fantasy WT3 this year with some occasional upside.

Hunter Renfrow: He will be Oakland’s leading WR this season. Renfrow played very well at the end of last year and could turn out to be a great value pick. He is my WR42 with an arrow pointing up.

Golden Tate: Over the past two seasons, only Michael Thomas has more yardage after the catch at WR. Don’t overlook Tate as a later WR pick, as he could be the Giants’ leading WR in 2020. He was brought in last year with the intention of being a very dependable target for a young QB.

The value TE strategy: If you choose to wait on TEs, there are a pair of sleepers that can serve you well. Chris Herndon (TE11) appears to be on the verge of a true breakout season and has the potential to be your starter. Back him up with TE14 Dan Arnold, who is my super sleeper of the year. Do not be surprised when he has six-plus TD catches in 2020 and emerges as a back-end fantasy TE1. The Cardinals are looking for Arnold to bust out and become a significant TD threat. You can land him with a final pick in your draft. Arnold may be the best-kept deep sleeper secret in fantasy football this year.

Detroit Fantasy City: Matthew Stafford (QB9) was playing at a Top 5 QB level when he was injured last year. The Lions may look to establish more offensive balance this season with a more dependable running game, but Stafford is still will have a floor of being a Top 10 fantasy QB. The ceiling could be Top 5 territory again. Kenny Golladay is WR6 and is a major all-around threat. He wins contested catches, gains yardage after the catch and had six TDs in the red zone this year. He could finish as a Top 3-4 fantasy WR in 2020 as he joins the true fantasy elite at the position

 

Updated PPR Rankings - Top 200

Rank Player Name Team Position ECR vs. ECR
1 Christian McCaffrey CAR RB 1 0
2 Saquon Barkley NYG RB 2 0
3 Alvin Kamara NO RB 4 1
4 Ezekiel Elliott DAL RB 3 -1
5 Michael Thomas NO WR 5 0
6 Lamar Jackson BAL QB 30 24
7 Derrick Henry TEN RB 8 1
8 Dalvin Cook MIN RB 6 -2
9 Joe Mixon CIN RB 13 4
10 Kenyan Drake ARI RB 18 8
11 Miles Sanders PHI RB 15 4
12 Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC RB 9 -3
13 Josh Jacobs LV RB 20 7
14 Davante Adams GB WR 7 -7
15 Tyreek Hill KC WR 11 -4
16 Julio Jones ATL WR 10 -6
17 Travis Kelce KC TE 17 0
18 George Kittle SF TE 19 1
19 Austin Ekeler LAC RB 12 -7
20 Nick Chubb CLE RB 24 4
21 Chris Carson SEA RB 38 17
22 DeAndre Hopkins ARI WR 14 -8
23 Kenny Golladay DET WR 23 0
24 Chris Godwin TB WR 16 -8
25 Aaron Jones GB RB 22 -3
26 JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT WR 28 2
27 Allen Robinson CHI WR 21 -6
28 Patrick Mahomes KC QB 26 -2
29 Mark Andrews BAL TE 34 5
30 D.J. Moore CAR WR 25 -5
31 James Conner PIT RB 39 8
32 Jonathan Taylor IND RB 51 19
33 Cam Akers LAR RB 66 33
34 Raheem Mostert SF RB 70 36
35 Adam Thielen MIN WR 29 -6
36 Amari Cooper DAL WR 33 -3
37 Odell Beckham Jr. CLE WR 31 -6
38 Cooper Kupp LAR WR 35 -3
39 Zach Ertz PHI TE 41 2
40 DeVante Parker MIA WR 54 14
41 Mike Evans TB WR 27 -14
42 D.J. Chark JAC WR 42 0
43 D.K. Metcalf SEA WR 52 9
44 Tyler Lockett SEA WR 44 0
45 Calvin Ridley ATL WR 36 -9
46 Stefon Diggs BUF WR 58 12
47 Robert Woods LAR WR 32 -15
48 Keenan Allen LAC WR 46 -2
49 Terry McLaurin WAS WR 43 -6
50 Le'Veon Bell NYJ RB 45 -5
51 Melvin Gordon DEN RB 47 -4
52 A.J. Brown TEN WR 40 -12
53 Courtland Sutton DEN WR 50 -3
54 Darren Waller LV TE 55 1
55 Todd Gurley ATL RB 37 -18
56 David Johnson HOU RB 48 -8
57 Tyler Higbee LAR TE 84 27
58 Mark Ingram II BAL RB 57 -1
59 Dak Prescott DAL QB 53 -6
60 Russell Wilson SEA QB 59 -1
61 Leonard Fournette TB RB 49 -12
62 Kareem Hunt CLE RB 61 -1
63 Marquise Brown BAL WR 67 4
64 Tyler Boyd CIN WR 60 -4
65 Kyler Murray ARI QB 62 -3
66 James White NE RB 74 8
67 T.Y. Hilton IND WR 56 -11
68 Jarvis Landry CLE WR 64 -4
69 Will Fuller HOU WR 77 8
70 Deshaun Watson HOU QB 63 -7
71 Hayden Hurst ATL TE 89 18
72 David Montgomery CHI RB 75 3
73 Josh Allen BUF QB 78 5
74 Zack Moss BUF RB 107 33
75 J.K. Dobbins BAL RB 94 19
76 Devin Singletary BUF RB 72 -4
77 Brandin Cooks HOU WR 81 4
78 Marvin Jones DET WR 76 -2
79 Julian Edelman NE WR 68 -11
80 Diontae Johnson PIT WR 86 6
81 Matt Ryan ATL QB 79 -2
82 Matt Breida MIA RB 98 16
83 Matthew Stafford DET QB 97 14
84 Tom Brady TB QB 91 7
85 Drew Brees NO QB 90 5
86 Evan Engram NYG TE 73 -13
87 D'Andre Swift DET RB 71 -16
88 Jordan Howard MIA RB 93 5
89 CeeDee Lamb DAL WR 101 12
90 Michael Gallup DAL WR 65 -25
91 Carson Wentz PHI QB 88 -3
92 Rob Gronkowski TB TE 114 22
93 Sony Michel NE RB 132 39
94 Antonio Gibson WAS RB 82 -12
95 Darius Slayton NYG WR 104 9
96 Devine Ozigbo JAC RB 288 192
97 Chris Herndon IV NYJ TE 147 50
98 Ben Roethlisberger PIT QB 117 19
99 Cam Newton NE QB 119 20
100 Daniel Jones NYG QB 118 18
101 Tarik Cohen CHI RB 80 -21
102 A.J. Green CIN WR 69 -33
103 Jared Cook NO TE 112 9
104 Aaron Rodgers GB QB 102 -2
105 John Brown BUF WR 99 -6
106 Anthony Miller CHI WR 100 -6
107 Jamison Crowder NYJ WR 85 -22
108 Deebo Samuel SF WR 95 -13
109 Breshad Perriman NYJ WR 153 44
110 Hunter Henry LAC TE 83 -27
111 Phillip Lindsay DEN RB 96 -15
112 Hunter Renfrow LV WR 172 60
113 Preston Williams MIA WR 105 -8
114 Mike Gesicki MIA TE 111 -3
115 Dan Arnold ARI TE 334 219
116 Ryan Tannehill TEN QB 131 15
117 Allen Lazard GB WR 139 22
118 Golden Tate NYG WR 110 -8
119 Kerryon Johnson DET RB 108 -11
120 Henry Ruggs III LV WR 120 0
121 Marlon Mack IND RB 124 3
122 Tevin Coleman SF RB 116 -6
123 Emmanuel Sanders NO WR 103 -20
124 Ronald Jones II TB RB 106 -18
125 Steven Sims WAS WR 189 64
126 Damien Harris NE RB 165 39
127 Noah Fant DEN TE 125 -2
128 Sterling Shepard NYG WR 92 -36
129 Gardner Minshew II JAC QB 150 21
130 T.J. Hockenson DET TE 121 -9
131 James Robinson JAC RB 350 219
132 Peyton Barber WAS RB 285 153
133 Joshua Kelley LAC RB 195 62
134 Robby Anderson CAR WR 144 10
135 Jerry Jeudy DEN WR 113 -22
136 Mike Williams LAC WR 123 -13
137 Christian Kirk ARI WR 87 -50
138 Jalen Reagor PHI WR 130 -8
139 Laviska Shenault Jr. JAC WR 180 41
140 Jared Goff LAR QB 122 -18
141 Pittsburgh Steelers PIT DST 161 20
142 Boston Scott PHI RB 146 4
143 Ryquell Armstead JAC RB 141 -2
144 San Francisco 49ers SF DST 160 16
145 Baker Mayfield CLE QB 129 -16
146 N'Keal Harry NE WR 140 -6
147 New Orleans Saints NO DST 176 29
148 Latavius Murray NO RB 115 -33
149 Duke Johnson HOU RB 126 -23
150 A.J. Dillon GB RB 187 37
151 Joe Burrow CIN QB 134 -17
152 Brandon Aiyuk SF WR 149 -3
153 Kirk Cousins MIN QB 157 4
154 Baltimore Ravens BAL DST 163 9
155 Alexander Mattison MIN RB 142 -13
156 Carlos Hyde SEA RB 197 41
157 Tampa Bay Buccaneers TB DST 235 78
158 Justin Jefferson MIN WR 135 -23
159 Philip Rivers IND QB 164 5
160 Justin Tucker BAL K 177 17
161 DeSean Jackson PHI WR 148 -13
162 Darrel Williams KC RB 252 90
163 Harrison Butker KC K 174 11
164 Bryce Love WAS RB 200 36
165 Buffalo Bills BUF DST 170 5
166 Wil Lutz NO K 182 16
167 Zane Gonzalez ARI K 216 49
168 Josh Lambo JAC K 282 114
169 Drew Lock DEN QB 167 -2
170 Greg Zuerlein DAL K 191 21
171 Jake Elliott PHI K 219 48
172 Sam Darnold NYJ QB 185 13
173 Teddy Bridgewater CAR QB 169 -4
174 Jimmy Garoppolo SF QB 159 -15
175 Derek Carr LV QB 186 11
176 Tyrod Taylor LAC QB 222 46
177 Benny Snell Jr. PIT RB 228 51
178 Tua Tagovailoa MIA QB 290 112
179 Brian Hill ATL RB 284 105
180 Chris Thompson JAC RB 136 -44
181 Parris Campbell IND WR 158 -23
182 Malcolm Brown LAR RB 231 49
183 OlaBisi Johnson MIN WR 327 144
184 Sammy Watkins KC WR 154 -30
185 Larry Fitzgerald ARI WR 168 -17
186 Ryan Fitzpatrick MIA QB 255 69
187 Mitch Trubisky CHI QB 293 106
188 Dwayne Haskins WAS QB 234 46
189 Jerick McKinnon SF RB 221 32
190 Tony Pollard DAL RB 152 -38
191 Chase Edmonds ARI RB 155 -36
192 Frank Gore NYJ RB 273 81
193 Devonta Freeman FA RB 306 113
194 Austin Hooper CLE TE 109 -85
195 Dallas Goedert PHI TE 127 -68
196 Nyheim Hines IND RB 151 -45
197 Blake Jarwin DAL TE 137 -60
198 J.J. Arcega-Whiteside PHI WR 271 73
199 Alshon Jeffery PHI WR 183 -16
200 Justin Jackson LAC RB 175 -25

 

Updated Superflex Top 150

Name Team Position
Christian McCaffrey CAR RB
Saquon Barkley NYG RB
Lamar Jackson BAL QB
Patrick Mahomes KC QB
Alvin Kamara NO RB
Ezekiel Elliott DAL RB
Michael Thomas NO WR
Derrick Henry TEN RB
Dalvin Cook MIN RB
Dak Prescott DAL QB
Russell Wilson SEA QB
Joe Mixon CIN RB
Kenyan Drake ARI RB
Miles Sanders PHI RB
Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC RB
Kyler Murray ARI QB
Josh Jacobs LV RB
Davante Adams GB WR
Tyreek Hill KC WR
Julio Jones ATL WR
Travis Kelce KC TE
Deshaun Watson HOU QB
Josh Allen BUF QB
George Kittle SF TE
Nick Chubb CLE RB
Chris Carson SEA RB
Austin Ekeler LAC RB
Matt Ryan ATL QB
DeAndre Hopkins ARI WR
Kenny Golladay DET WR
Chris Godwin TB WR
Matthew Stafford DET QB
Aaron Jones GB RB
Tom Brady TB QB
JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT WR
Allen Robinson CHI WR
Mark Andrews BAL TE
Drew Brees NO QB
Carson Wentz PHI QB
D.J. Moore CAR WR
James Conner PIT RB
Jonathan Taylor IND RB
Cam Akers LAR RB
Mark Ingram II BAL RB
Adam Thielen MIN WR
Amari Cooper DAL WR
Odell Beckham Jr. CLE WR
Cooper Kupp LAR WR
Ben Roethlisberger PIT QB
Zach Ertz PHI TE
DeVante Parker MIA WR
Mike Evans TB WR
D.K. Metcalf SEA WR
Tyler Lockett SEA WR
D.J. Chark JAC WR
Cam Newton NE QB
Calvin Ridley ATL WR
Daniel Jones NYG QB
Stefon Diggs BUF WR
Keenan Allen LAC WR
Terry McLaurin WAS WR
Robert Woods LAR WR
Raheem Mostert SF RB
Le'Veon Bell NYJ RB
A.J. Brown TEN WR
Aaron Rodgers GB QB
Ryan Tannehill TEN QB
Courtland Sutton DEN WR
Darren Waller LV TE
Gardner Minshew II JAC QB
Melvin Gordon DEN RB
Todd Gurley ATL RB
Jared Goff LAR QB
Tyler Higbee LAR TE
David Johnson HOU RB
Leonard Fournette TB RB
Kareem Hunt CLE RB
Tyler Boyd CIN WR
Marquise Brown BAL WR
Baker Mayfield CLE QB
Joe Burrow CIN QB
James White NE RB
T.Y. Hilton IND WR
Kirk Cousins MIN QB
Jarvis Landry CLE WR
Will Fuller HOU WR
Hayden Hurst ATL TE
David Montgomery CHI RB
Philip Rivers IND QB
Drew Lock DEN QB
Zack Moss BUF RB
Devin Singletary BUF RB
Matt Breida MIA RB
Brandin Cooks HOU WR
Sam Darnold NYJ QB
Teddy Bridgewater CAR QB
Marvin Jones DET WR
Julian Edelman NE WR
Jimmy Garoppolo SF QB
Derek Carr LV QB
Diontae Johnson PIT WR
Jordan Howard MIA RB
Tyrod Taylor LAC QB
Evan Engram NYG TE
Tua Tagovailoa MIA QB
D'Andre Swift DET RB
Sony Michel NE RB
CeeDee Lamb DAL WR
Michael Gallup DAL WR
Rob Gronkowski TB TE
Devine Ozigbo JAC RB
Phillip Lindsay DEN RB
Ryan Fitzpatrick MIA QB
Darius Slayton NYG WR
Kerryon Johnson DET RB
Mitch Trubisky CHI QB
Jared Cook NO TE
Tarik Cohen CHI RB
A.J. Green CIN WR
Dwayne Haskins WAS QB
Chris Herndon IV NYJ TE
Jamison Crowder NYJ WR
John Brown BUF WR
Anthony Miller CHI WR
Deebo Samuel SF WR
Breshad Perriman NYJ WR
Hunter Henry LAC TE
Hunter Renfrow LV WR
Allen Lazard GB WR
Mike Gesicki MIA TE
Dan Arnold ARI TE
Emmanuel Sanders NO WR
Preston Williams MIA WR
Henry Ruggs III LV WR
Antonio Gibson WAS RB
Marlon Mack IND RB
Golden Tate NYG WR
Steven Sims WAS WR
Noah Fant DEN TE
Sterling Shepard NYG WR
T.J. Hockenson DET TE
Robby Anderson CAR WR
Jerry Jeudy DEN WR
Mike Williams LAC WR
Christian Kirk ARI WR
Jalen Reagor PHI WR
Laviska Shenault Jr. JAC WR
N'Keal Harry NE WR
Brandon Aiyuk SF WR


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The King's RotoBaller Challenge Draft Review

Fantasy Football is unique and often wonderful in how it can connect people and bring them together. The community aspect of the game has always made it so appealing, and it creates and sustains friendships and unique bonds. This is very evident when you consider how many people have office leagues, family leagues, and of course leagues that help people stay connected to current and old friends. Plus, you can even play fantasy football for charity with Major League Baseball players at Big League Impact this season. Our national interactive pastime is so influential that you can engage with your favorite athletes and help change people’s lives in the process.

So when Fleaflicker.com hosted a RotoBaller Challenge Draft that I shared on social media, it was amazing and heartwarming to see who joined the league. RotoBaller readers, SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio Subscribers and personal friends I have made over the years came out to form a field of 12 from all my years and endeavors in the industry.

You can compete in a RotoBaller Challenge league at any time right here. It is totally free to play and you can compete for cash prizes. You will play against other RotoBaller readers, listeners and other new possible friends. These are 17-round drafts with starting lineups of 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 2 FLEX, 1 TE, 1 K and a DST. These are PPR leagues with six points for a TD pass. Join the RotoBaller Challenge now!

 

The King’s RotoBaller Challenge Review - No. 2 Spot

Round One: Saquon Barkley – If you are in the territory to get one of the top-four running backs, consider yourself fortunate. No running back in fantasy football has more upside than Barkley. He could outscore Christian McCaffery this season if he stays healthy over the full campaign. Barkley had three long runs of 59 or more yards in 2019 games, and two long receptions of 50-plus yards. McCaffery had three total long plays of 50-plus yards, none as a receiver. CMC is a volume monster, but Barkley is more explosive.


Round Two: DeAndre Hopkins -
The stock has fallen on Hopkins, but he is still firmly rated as a mid-range fantasy WR1. He reportedly is going to play with additional motivation after being traded, and will still be the clear No. 1 pass-catcher for his new team. The Cardinals organization will embrace him and he will be much happier than he was in Houston. The positive intangible factors will ensure that Hopkins still remains one of the better players at his position.

Round Three: Lamar Jackson The consensus top dozen-plus RBs were off the board, so I selected the guy who gives you running back numbers at quarterback. Even if Jackson regresses, he can still supply 900-plus rushing yards with respectable passing production. No other QB in fantasy football history has ever been capable of such production. With the very prime RBs gone, I decided to go best WR available in Round Two and I took the chance that Jackson would be available three picks later. If he was gone I would have opted for Adam Thielen. You don’t have to fully focus on RBs early if the flow of the draft dictates otherwise.

Round Four: Cam Akers If you want to lurk for a RB2 in the fourth round, especially at the later spot I was at, the Rams rookie is the ideal target. In many drafts, you will see him go later, but I wanted him for sure by this point. He is ranked inside my top-20 RBs and if you want to assure yourself of getting a player you favor, do not hesitate to make an aggressive move to get him. In my estimation, there was a drop-off at RB after Akers. I risked waiting on him as my RB2 and landed him. Akers will quickly establish himself as the Rams’ featured back.

Round Five: Amari Cooper I did strongly consider DK Metcalf at this spot. It was not an easy decision. But I am already rostering Metcalf in many other leagues and have Cooper ranked higher. I am not as pessimistic on him as some others are. The addition of CeeDee Lamb should draw some defensive attention away from Cooper, and Mike McCarthy loves to gun the ball. You could say McCarthy is a “Love Gun” kind of coach. My favorite album of all time, by the way. I expect 75 catches and 1,100-plus yards from Cooper.

Round Six: Marquise Brown I unintentionally ended up with the Baltimore QB/WR hookup here. Brown was the top WR on my board and has a lot of promise as my third starter at the position. I expect him to boost his 12.7 yards per catch number up a few notches, Brown is healthy after a foot injury curtailed some of his upside as a rookie, and Jackson will improve as a passer in 2020.

Round Seven: Will Fuller I often pass on him because Fuller seems to get injured when he sneezes. But he may be the most explosive WR in the game when he is available to play, and he should be the WR1 for the Texans. I will take my chances with Fuller as a flex option who could help me win a few weeks. Especially in leagues with IR spots, as he is bound to occupy one of them at some point.

Round Eight: Damien Harris He is the most talented pure runner on the Patriots roster. New England will run an RPO offense that will benefit their lead ball carrier. Harris is going to contend for the starting job this season.

Round Nine: Zack Moss There is obvious buzz regarding his goal-line prowess and potential versatility. He has some flex promise for the value in this round.

Round 10: Chris Herndon In leagues where I miss out on my key targets at TE, I will wait and take Herndon as my projected starter. He will be one of Sam Darnold’s preferred targets this season. I saw their connection start to take shape in person when they were both rookies.

Round 11: Breshad Perriman: Consecutive Jets? Do I really want to win games? In fantasy, though, Darnold may have to throw often as he plays from behind often and the defense forces shootouts. Perriman will be his No. 1 downfield target.

Round 12: Allen Lazard There are some gems available deeper in the draft at WR when you go for the potential RB values a few picks earlier.

Rounds 13 through 17: Joshua Kelley is undervalued and his ceiling is becoming a flex player. … Hunter Renfrow is my favorite late-round WR. … The Bills Defense is a Top 6 unit and gets a good Week 1 draw against the Jets. They will get sacks and turnovers even if the opponent scores 20 to 24 points. …. Zane Gonzalez is an underrated Top 5 Fantasy kicker. … Dan Arnold s my SUPER sleeper that no one else seems to be talking about. He is the best alternative/backup to Herndon when you wait on the TE position.

 

Draft Board

Round 1

Pick Player Team
1.1 #1

Strutters

1.2 #2
RB NYG
1.3 #3
RB DAL
1.4 #4
RB TEN

purple city byrds

1.5 #5
1.6 #6
RB NO
1.7 #7
RB MIN

BobbieLee

1.8 #8
RB CLE
1.9 #9
RB CIN
1.10 #10
1.11 #11
WR GB
1.12 #12
RB PHI

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Round 2

2.1 #13
TE KC

I Would Walk 500 Miles

2.2 #14
RB LAC
2.3 #15
RB LV
2.4 #16
RB GB
2.5 #17
WR KC
2.6 #18
RB ARI

BobbieLee

2.7 #19
WR ATL
2.8 #20
WR TB
2.9 #21
TE SF

purple city byrds

2.10 #22
WR DET
2.11 #23
WR ARI
2.12 #24

Strutters

Round 3

3.1 #25
RB SEA

Strutters

3.2 #26
QB BAL
3.3 #27
RB HOU
3.4 #28
RB IND

purple city byrds

3.5 #29
RB DEN
3.6 #30
RB PIT
3.7 #31

BobbieLee

3.8 #32
RB ATL
3.9 #33
WR TB
3.10 #34
WR MIN
3.11 #35
WR CHI
3.12 #36
WR CAR

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Round 4

4.1 #37
TE BAL

I Would Walk 500 Miles

4.2 #38
RB NYJ
4.3 #39
WR ATL
4.4 #40
4.5 #41
WR TEN
4.6 #42
WR JAC

BobbieLee

4.7 #43
4.8 #44
WR CLE
4.9 #45
WR WAS

purple city byrds

4.10 #46
WR SEA
4.11 #47
RB LAR
4.12 #48
WR LAR

Strutters

Round 5

5.1 #49
WR LAR

Strutters

5.2 #50
WR DAL
5.3 #51
RB BAL
5.4 #52
WR SEA

purple city byrds

5.5 #53
TE PHI
5.6 #54
QB DAL
5.7 #55

BobbieLee

5.8 #56
5.9 #57
RB DET
5.10 #58 Team 10
5.11 #59
WR MIA
5.12 #60
WR CIN

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Round 6

6.1 #61
RB CLE

I Would Walk 500 Miles

6.2 #62
WR IND
6.3 #63
WR BUF
6.4 #64
WR LAC
6.5 #65
QB SEA
6.6 #66
WR DAL

BobbieLee

6.7 #67
WR CIN
6.8 #68
RB CHI
6.9 #69
QB ARI

purple city byrds

6.10 #70
QB HOU
6.11 #71
WR BAL
6.12 #72
TE LV

Strutters

Round 7

7.1 #73
TE NYG

Strutters

7.2 #74
WR HOU
7.3 #75
WR HOU
7.4 #76
WR DET

purple city byrds

7.5 #77
RB NE
7.6 #78
TE LAR
7.7 #79
TE ATL

BobbieLee

7.8 #80
7.9 #81
WR ARI
7.10 #82
WR CLE
7.11 #83
RB MIA
7.12 #84

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Round 8

8.1 #85
QB ATL

I Would Walk 500 Miles

8.2 #86
RB BAL
8.3 #87
QB PHI
8.4 #88
TE LAC
8.5 #89
WR PIT
8.6 #90
WR NYG

BobbieLee

8.7 #91
WR SF
8.8 #92
RB MIA
8.9 #93
RB SF

purple city byrds

8.10 #94
RB DEN
8.11 #95
RB NE
8.12 #96
WR DAL

Strutters

Round 9

9.1 #97
WR BUF

Strutters

9.2 #98
RB BUF
9.3 #99
TE NO
9.4 #100
RB IND

purple city byrds

9.5 #101
QB NO
9.6 #102
9.7 #103
QB NYG

BobbieLee

9.8 #104
9.9 #105
QB GB
9.10 #106
TE MIA
9.11 #107
WR NYJ
9.12 #108

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Round 10

10.1 #109

I Would Walk 500 Miles

10.2 #110
QB BUF
10.3 #111
WR CHI
10.4 #112
10.5 #113
RB DET
10.6 #114
WR PHI

BobbieLee

10.7 #115
WR LV
10.8 #116
WR DEN
10.9 #117
RB NE

purple city byrds

10.10 #118
WR LAC
10.11 #119
10.12 #120
RB PHI

Strutters

Round 11

11.1 #121
RB SEA

Strutters

11.2 #122
11.3 #123
RB WAS
11.4 #124

purple city byrds

11.5 #125
TE CLE
11.6 #126
11.7 #127
RB WAS

BobbieLee

11.8 #128
TE DEN
11.9 #129
QB TB
11.10 #130
RB LAC
11.11 #131
11.12 #132
RB HOU

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Round 12

12.1 #133
TE DET

I Would Walk 500 Miles

12.2 #134
RB ARI
12.3 #135
QB NE
12.4 #136
TE TEN
12.5 #137
RB DAL
12.6 #138
QB CIN

BobbieLee

12.7 #139
TE DAL
12.8 #140
12.9 #141

purple city byrds

12.10 #142
RB IND
12.11 #143
WR GB
12.12 #144

Strutters

Round 13

13.1 #145
WR NE

Strutters

13.2 #146
RB LAC
13.3 #147
WR CAR
13.4 #148
TE PHI

purple city byrds

13.5 #149
13.6 #150
RB PIT
13.7 #151
D/ST BAL

BobbieLee

13.8 #152
WR NYG
13.9 #153
RB GB
13.10 #154
TE IND
13.11 #155
TE PIT
13.12 #156

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Round 14

14.1 #157
RB JAC

I Would Walk 500 Miles

14.2 #158
WR PHI
14.3 #159
14.4 #160
RB CIN
14.5 #161
14.6 #162

BobbieLee

14.7 #163
WR CAR
14.8 #164
QB LAR
14.9 #165
QB CLE

purple city byrds

14.10 #166
QB TEN
14.11 #167
14.12 #168

Strutters

Round 15

15.1 #169
WR SF

Strutters

15.2 #170
D/ST BUF
15.3 #171
15.4 #172
D/ST CHI

purple city byrds

15.5 #173
15.6 #174
15.7 #175
RB NYJ

BobbieLee

15.8 #176
15.9 #177
WR IND
15.10 #178
WR KC
15.11 #179
QB JAC
15.12 #180
RB WAS

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Round 16

16.1 #181
K BAL

I Would Walk 500 Miles

16.2 #182
K NO
16.3 #183
WR IND
16.4 #184
16.5 #185
TE CAR
16.6 #186
WR WAS

BobbieLee

16.7 #187
RB TEN
16.8 #188
16.9 #189

purple city byrds

16.10 #190
16.11 #191
K ARI
16.12 #192
WR HOU

Strutters

Round 17

17.1 #193
K SF

Strutters

17.2 #194
TE ARI
17.3 #195
K DAL
17.4 #196
K TB

purple city byrds

17.5 #197
K SEA
17.6 #198
K DET
17.7 #199
TE JAC

BobbieLee

17.8 #200
K PHI
17.9 #201
17.10 #202
D/ST MIN
17.11 #203
D/ST LAR
17.12 #204
D/ST IND

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The King's Updated Fantasy Football One-Man Mock Draft

This is my updated and final one-man mock exercise of the preseason. I put myself in the draft chairs and minds of every participant in an advance look at the 2020 campaign.

The four rounds of this early one-man mock are based on a 12-team, full PPR format. I have considered roster structure for each spot when I make the choices. The format is based on the standard four points for a TD pass and helps you build the corel of your starting lineup.

The results here are based on a blend of my own personal rankings and the flow of the draft itself. This one-man mock drill reflects that where players are ranked and when they may be picked are two different angles you must consider. I incorporate where players are going off the board in the majority of the many drafts I have completed so far. There are several instances where I may have my top-ranked player available at the time, but I may be able to wait another round or so on him. There will also be instances where need and drop-off at a position will dictate the choice.

 

Round One

1. Christian McCaffrey: He may see a slight dip in overall volume as the Carolina offense establishes more balance, but he will still be the best pick for the most possible quality touches in the game.

2. Saquon Barkley: If he stays healthy, Barkley could finish as the best RB in fantasy football, because no one has more upside. Jason Garrett will maximize his tremendous potential.

3. Alvin Kamara: He is going to regain elite status now that he is healthy. The most efficient dual-threat in fantasy football, he should score 14 or more times. I ma not moving him down yet because of the holdout concerns.

4. Ezekiel Elliott: The workload could be trimmed a bit, as Mike McCarthy likes to emphasize the passing game and he has the weaponry to change the scope of the offense. But Elliott will still score a ton to finish off many drives.

5. Michael Thomas: There is a slight drop-off at running back after the Top 4 off the board, so it’s fine to pivot away from the RB position here and address it in the next round.

6. Derrick Henry: He is entering his prime as the most dominant pure runner in the league. The monster rushing and TD totals combined will somewhat compensate for the lack of receiving output. Don’t let the PPR critics steer you away from this choice.

7. Dalvin Cook: If he could somehow avoid injuries, he would challenge Barkley for the No. 2 overall spot. You know the drill, get Alexander Mattison in the double-digit rounds.

8. Miles Sanders: Don’t be concerned about the preseason injury, there is no indication it will be a lingering factor when the season begins. You should never drop the better players on your draft board based on temporary health situations.

9. Clyde Edwards-Helaire: The rookie is not a recommended mid first-rounder to me when I prefer more established performers. If you take him as early as sixth, though, I don’t consider it crazy. More on CEH here.

10. Joe Mixon: Has fallen a bit in drafts in recently, yet there are no major indicators Mixon is not a solid pick by this point. The offense will certainly improve this season and he should provide better numbers after earning every yard last year.

11. Kenyan Drake: An injury report has also dropped his stock slightly, but passing on Drake would be regrettable. He is still set to be a true feature back for the first time ever and is on the verge of a significant breakout to RB1 levels.

12. Davante Adams: He is slipping into the second round, even late, in some recent drafts I have been in. If you can land Green Bay’s best offensive player past this point you are getting a great early round value. Outside of Thomas, no other WR will dominate his team’s target share like Adams.

 

Round Two

13. Josh Jacobs: He averaged 4.8 yards per attempt as a rookie and can prove he is a true fantasy RB1 this season. The signing of Theo Riddick has no impact on his outlook. There is still the possibility he improves as a pass-catcher.

14. Nick Chubb: The presence of Kareem Hunt certainly dents his appeal as a possible RB1. If you go RB/RB in the first two rounds, though, Chubb becomes a real luxury as your second starter at the position.

15. Austin Ekeler: He is not a first-rounder, as the QB change and more defensive attention will cut into his overall production and he may share rushing touches with Joshua Kelley. Yet he is still a fine RB2 pick here.

16. Tyreek Hill: Once the prime dozen-plus RBs are gone, you can wait on your second starter for at least one more round while opting for elite WRs. Hill starts to change the positional flow at this point.

17. Julio Jones: He was second in the NFL in receiving yards last season and 31 is not “old” for a WR as FantasyPros outlines here.

18. Travis Kelce: The Chiefs superstar gives you WR1 production at the thinnest position in fantasy football. Last season, only eight WRs scored more fantasy points than Kelce.

19. Aaron Jones: He could be in his final season with the Pack and likely wants to prove last year was no fluke. The drafting of A.J. Dillon may hurt him more in the future than this season, even if a few goal-line carries are stolen. A solid RB2 target.

20. Jonathan Taylor: He is not quite my highest-ranked RB at this point, but Taylor is stirring a lot of buzz and this is where you may have to take him in some drafts.

21. Chris Godwin: The Buccaneers won’t throw as frequently as they did with Jameis Winston, but the offense should be better overall and Godwin will be Tom Brady’s top target. He may not finish as fantasy WR2 again, yet he only should place a few spots lower.

22. George Kittle: He had a quiet postseason, but Kittle clearly remains in a tier of his own as the No. 2 TE in fantasy football. You have to love getting 80 catches and 1,000 yards at his position. Kittle soared past those markers last year while missing two games.

23. Lamar Jackson: Other experts tell you to wait on a QB. Well, I say wait on all the others. No other quarterback gives you RB production with respectable passing production. Others say he will regress. If he "drops" to 900-plus rushing yards there is still no one else as unique as Jackson at QB.

24. DeAndre Hopkins: So many Fantasy players are expecting notable slippage, yet he will still be a top star target for a rising young QB. Hopkins still sits on the fantasy WR1/2 cusp.

 

Round Three

25. James Conner: He has started to suddenly regain respect over the past few weeks. Just two years ago, he had well over 1,450 yards from scrimmage with 13 TDs and 55 receptions. Grab Benny Snell as the insurance pick in the final rounds.

26. Kenny Golladay: The young and exciting Lions WR led the NFL in TD receptions last year and now gets a healthy Matthew Stafford back. He was seventh in Contested Catch Rate last year, according to playerprofiler.com. Golladay had six of his 11 TD catches in the red zone.

27. JuJu Smith-Schuster: He will playing for a payday, as the Steelers have a history of parting with their top wideouts after awhile, and JJSS is in a contract year.

28. Allen Robinson: I have so much admiration for Robinson, as he finished as WR8 last year despite wildly erratic QB play from Mitchell Trubisky. Nick Foles should ensure that the Chicago passing game will at least command basic defensive respect and may even boost A-Rob’s outlook a bit.

29. Chris Carson: I actually have him ranked as RB13, but you can wait until at least this range to take Carson. The team that drafted Jonathan Taylor can use Carson as the RB1 and Taylor as the RB2 even though Taylor had to be picked earlier to ensure landing him. Carson was fifth in the NFL in rushing yards last year despite missing a game and a good chunk of two others. Carlos Hyde is the essential fantasy backup when you draft Carson. More on Carson here.

30. Adam Thielen: He does not seem like much of an upside pick, yet he can show off his best form again with Stefon Diggs done. We also remind you that 30 is not “old” for a WR.

31. Melvin Gordon: Preseason health concerns have revived worries about his durability. Yet he can still play at close to an RB1 level when healthy and you just need to grab Phillip Lindsay later for the backup insurance.

32. D.J. Moore: Nearly reached 1,100 yards and 90 catches last year despite QB issues, and now gets an obvious upgrade at the position. Defense may force the offense to throw frequently.

33. Patrick Mahomes: This team combines Tyreek Hill and Mahomes for the ultimate fantasy scoring connection. It is a proven winning strategy when you don’t fully give into the RB demand early on.

34. Odell Beckham Jr.: A hopeful pick based on a new coaching staff trying to spark Baker Mayfield. Beckham is still a superstar talent.

35. Cooper Kupp: Jared Goff’s favorite target, especially for TDs. That is not going to change.

36. Mike Evans: Should be the lesser WR of the top two in Tampa Bay with Brady, yet still capable of being a quality fantasy WR2.

 

Round Four

37. Cam Akers: Can make the quickest impact of any rookie other than Edwards-Helaire.

38. DK Metcalf: His ceiling is as a higher-end WR2. More on Metcalf here.

39. Tyler Lockett: He is an underrated fantasy WR2.

40. David JohnsonThis is a “need” pick. Get some RB depth behind Johnson, a real risk to fail with the Texans.

41.Todd GurleyAnother RB “need” pick.

42. Amari Cooper: Is he falling too far? You will still get 75 catches and 1,100 yards.

43. D.J. Chark: Could vault into back-end fantasy WR1 territory this year.

44. A.J. Brown: Often goes ahead of Metcalf, but not in this mock.

45. Kareem Hunt: If you find yourself in need of an RB at this point, it's not too early to gun for Hunt.

46. Terry McLaurin: Could rise even more in Year Two.

47. Calvin Ridley: Julio gets the big yardage, and he is the prime Atlanta TD threat in the passing game.

48. DeVante Parker: He is actually my WR15, yet you can wait until this range to get good value on Parker.



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FFPC Average Draft Position Report: ADP Analysis and Insights

Examining the Average Draft Positions from the Fantasy Football Players Championship (FFPC) gives us a great snapshot of what high-stakes fantasy football players are thinking. The ADPs, which are housed in FantasyMojo.com’s deluxe shop of FFPC data, show you what some of the most competitive fantasy players in the world are thinking.

For this exercise, we consulted recent ADP from the Footballguys Championship format in the FFPC, which includes a starting lineup of 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 2 FLEX, 1 K, and 1 Defense.

The FFPC format is PPR with 1.5 points for TE receptions.

 

FFPC ADP Report: Player Values and Reactions

OVERALL PLAYER POS ADP
1 Christian McCaffrey (13) RB1 1 (1.1)
2 Saquon Barkley (11) RB2 2 (1.2)
3 Ezekiel Elliott (10) RB3 3 (1.3)
4 Alvin Kamara (6) RB4 4 (1.4)
5 Michael Thomas (6) WR1 6 (1.6)
6 Dalvin Cook (7) RB5 6 (1.6)
7 Clyde Edwards-Helaire (10) RB6 8 (1.8)
8 Derrick Henry (7) RB7 8 (1.8)
9 Travis Kelce (10) TE1 9 (1.9)
10 Miles Sanders (9) RB8 9 (1.9)
11 Joe Mixon (9) RB9 12 (1.12)
12 Kenyan Drake (8) RB10 13 (2.1)
13 Davante Adams (5) WR2 13 (2.1)
14 George Kittle (11) TE2 14 (2.2)
15 Josh Jacobs (6) RB11 15 (2.3)
16 Tyreek Hill (10) WR3 15 (2.3)
17 Austin Ekeler (10) RB12 17 (2.5)
18 Julio Jones (10) WR4 18 (2.6)
19 Nick Chubb (9) RB13 19 (2.7)
20 DeAndre Hopkins (8) WR5 20 (2.8)
21 Aaron Jones (5) RB14 21 (2.9)
22 Chris Godwin (13) WR6 21 (2.9)
23 James Conner (8) RB15 26 (3.2)
24 Kenny Golladay (5) WR7 26 (3.2)
25 Patrick Mahomes (10) QB1 26 (3.2)
26 Lamar Jackson (8) QB2 27 (3.3)
27 Mark Andrews (8) TE3 29 (3.5)
28 Allen Robinson (11) WR8 31 (3.7)
29 Mike Evans (13) WR9 31 (3.7)
30 D.J. Moore (13) WR10 31 (3.7)

The current FFPC Top 30 in ADPs, via fantasymojo.com

Miles Sanders (Round 1, Pick 10, RB8): It appears high stakes Fantasy players are not dropping Sanders on their draft boards despite reports he is dealing with a lower-body injury. That is a smart approach. From all indications, Sanders’ injury is not a major concern. You should not bump prominent players down your board when their injuries do not affect them in the longer term. You are not drafting in the moment, you are drafting in the preseason. If you pass on Sanders now because of a temporary injury situation, you may regret it when he is possibly performing at a high level as soon as Week 2 or 3.

James Conner (3/2, RB15): The fantasy community seems to be warming up a bit more to Conner recently. Just two seasons ago, he totaled 1,470 yards from scrimmage, had 12 rushing TDs, and caught 55 passes. He is only 25 years old. Conner is a contract year and has the motivation to regain his better form and get paid. Don’t overlook him as a RB2 option, especially with Ben Roethlisberger returning to revive the Pittsburgh offense.

D.J. Moore (3/7, WR10): Savvy Fantasy players realize that Moore nearly reached 90 receptions and 1,200 yards last season despite the QB issues in Carolina. Now the Panthers can stabilize the offense with Teddy Bridgewater and that should translate to improved TD production for Moore. Carolina should throw frequently and more effectively, and Moore clearly is the team’s best WR. Drafting him as a possible back-end WR1 is not crazy at all.

Chris Carson (4/4, RB21): You can read my detailed fantasy scouting report on Carson here. If he can actually manage to stay healthy for a full season, he will play at an RB1 level. For those who wait until the fourth round to take their second running back, Carson is an ideal target. Just make sure you get Carlos Hyde in the later rounds as the essential fantasy insurance play.

Kareem Hunt (5/3, RB23): The fantasy buzz is increasing on Hunt, even though he rushed for 40 yards just one-time last season and topped 50 receiving yards once. If you can grab him as a flex that makes sense because he caught 37 passes in eight games. There is not a great amount of upside with Hunt, yet you can pretty much expect 10 to 14 PPR points from him very often.

Noah Fant (9/6, TE15): He has the potential to bust into TE1 territory in his second pro season. Drew Lock should look his frequently over a full campaign. Fant is a very promising upside play. He has incredible athletic ability and eventually projects to be one of the better TEs in Fantasy Football. He is a big matchup problem for any defense and can score from almost anywhere on the field. The breakout is coming, maybe as soon as this season.

Chris Herndon (10/7, TE18): Here is another possible breakthrough performer at the TE position. If you miss out on a premier player at TE, Fant and Herndon are nifty targets who could outperform expectations and emerge as weekly starters. Herndon showed many flashes of potential as a rookie in 2018 and the Jets are intending to make him an important factor in their passing game this year. He should be one of the top-scoring threats when the team gets closer to the goal line, and he already has a quality rapport with Sam Darnold for usage on important passing downs.

Damien Harris (10/11, RB47): How much longer will he remain a value in this sort of range? He is running with the first-team offense in camp and Sony Michel is dealing with a significant foot injury that is threatening his availability for the start of the season. Harris projects to be a possible lead RB type if given the opportunity, and working in an RPO offense can only help him stand out. He has the most potential upside of any RB on the roster and just needs a chance to show what he can do. Grab this tempting sleeper type any chance you get in this portion of the draft.

DeSean Jackson (11/8, WR51): This may turn out to be a totally wasted pick, even at the end of the 11th round. Jackson has been overrated since 2014. He has not caught more than four TD passes in any of the past five seasons. Jackson is now 33 years old and has even less appeal as a boom-or-bust downfield type. There are better sleeper and value targets remaining even by this point of the draft

Matthew Stafford (12/10, QB12): Experienced and high stakes players will often wait on a QB, and landing Stafford by this point of the draft is a nice payoff for patience. Stafford had 2,499 passing yards and 19 TDs passes in half of a season last year. Even if the Lions can incorporate more of a running game this season, Stafford could still be good for 4,300 passing yards and 30-plus TD tosses.

Bryce Love (13/9, RB57): Antonio Gibson is being drafted nearly four rounds earlier on average, but he is an overrated rookie who needs to learn a lot about the finer points of the game at the NFL level. Love just needs to show he is healthy and he could push for lead RB duties in Washington. Gibson will not get enough overall quality touches to make a significant impact.

Hunter Renfrow (18/10, WR80): Someone will have to step forward as a dependable target in the Las Vegas passing game, and Renfrow may be the best bet. He is being overlooked by fantasy players, but the Raiders regard him very highly internally. He could certainly become more dependable than incoming rookies or the already failed Tyrell Williams. Renfrow has deep sleeper appeal.



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The King's FFPC Pros vs. Joes Best Ball Superflex Draft Breakdown

I admitted on Twitter this week that I prefer Best Ball drafts over mocks. The results actually count for something and are much more competitive. Best Ball drafts help you get the reps you want while also demanding you make your picks with full authenticity. You get better as a drafter every time you do one, and your picks truly matter. Execute some Best Ball drafts and you’ll be ready to feel comfortable in any draft setting.

I have been reeling off Best Ball reps in the Fantasy Football Players Championship in various formats. Because there are no in-season moves required, you can do as many of these as you want without being overloaded when the seasons starts. My latest Best Ball draft was in a 28-round FFPC Superflex format. Reviewing my results and strategies can help you build your own strong draft plan. FFPC scoring is PPR with an extra half-point for TEs and four points for a TD pass. Starting lineups are 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 FLEX, 1 Superflex, 1 TE, 1 K and 1 Defense.

This was a “slow” draft, which I always enjoy for the regular anticipation of picks to come and the fun of extending the draft over more than a week, etc. I drafted from the third position. Full results follow the analysis.

 

The King’s FFPC Superflex Mock Draft

Rounds 1 Through 3: Lamar Jackson, Julio Jones, Austin Ekeler – I was actually wondering whether Jackson would slip to me at third, and was prepared to take Patrick Mahomes. As I noted in Engel’s Angles this week, always be ready with alternatives if the player you prefer does not fall to you. Sounds simple, but it is an approach not exercised enough. In high stakes formats and Best Ball leagues, you must opt for upside, and Jones still has a lot of that. He had the second-most receiving yards in the league last year, and 31 is not yet “old” for a WR. I have Melvin Gordon ranked over Ekeler, but where you have players ranked and where they may be taken can often differ. I came out of the first three rounds with strong anchor players at every key Superflex position here. That is an approach to consider in these types of drafts in no certain order in the first three rounds.

Rounds 4 Through 6: Ben Roethlisberger, Melvin Gordon III, Darren Waller: I have Roethlisberger ranked 13th at QB and expect a strong rebound season with alluring Best Ball value upside. If you grab two QBs in the first four rounds in a Superflex or two-QB format, odds are you will be very satisfied with your starting duo. I certainly lucked out waiting on Gordon. He is an underrated bounce-back target. Two years ago, he was a first-round pick, and he can be much the same player with a heavy workload in Denver. Waller was a very good pick in a format that awards 1.5 points per reception for a TE. Knowing how deep WR is, you can wait on some starters at the position while you fill up on other key slots first. RB is always in high demand, two QB starters are required here and there was the added emphasis on the TE. The wide receiver position is one where you can be patient and still land quality starters.

Rounds 7 Through 9: DK Metcalf, Tua Tagovailoa, Rob Gronkowski: The Metcalf pick was proof that patience pays off at WR in a Superflex format when many players are loading up at other positions. The Rams WRs, Terry McLaurin, Tyler Lockett and D.J. Chark, all fine WR2 types, also went in the fifth round. Tagovailoa was a “need” pick by this point as a potential backup QB. All Superflex drafts are different. In some, many of the better QBs will be gone in the first four rounds. In others, GM/coaches will wait longer and you can still land a comfortable QB2 in the fifth round and later. Gronkowski actually gets flex consideration in the TE-emphasized scoring here. A year off and a reunion with Tom Brady should make him a Top 10 TE target.

Rounds 10 through 12: Sony Michel, Tyler Boyd, Breshad Perriman: The news this week that Michel is still dealing with a foot injury was frustrating, but one regrettable pick doesn’t ruin a full draft. During a slow draft, good news and bad news will break. The Edwards-Helaire/Damien Williams and Derrius Guice news also broke during this draft. In a slow draft, you can at least make potential adjustments when the headlines emerge. That is usually not possible during a regular live draft. Boyd is an underrated fantasy WR3. Perriman could become the Jets’ No. 1 Fantasy WR. Again, patience paid off at WR as I was very satisfied with my Top 4.

Rounds 13 Through 15: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Carlos Hyde, Joshua Kelley: Taking Fitzpatrick to combine with Tagovailoa assures me of locking up the Miami QB situation to back up my two starters. The veteran can certainly be a decent Fantasy backup and the rookie has upside. I had waited on my QB depth and determined this was the ideal backup QB solution. The Miami QB competition can produce one respectable reserve option no matter who wins out. Hyde could end up starting a few games for the Seahawks if Chris Carson continues to deal with injuries. Kelley is being widely overlooked. He should be the Chargers’ preferred inside and goal-line runner. Plus, I already had Ekeler and Kelly could see an even larger role if the veteran were to miss any time.

Rounds 16 through 18: Hunter Renfrow, Steven Sims, Saints Defense: Renfrow is an internal favorite in Las Vegas and has some serious sleeper promise as the possible WR1 for the Raiders. Sims has a good chance to become a nifty speed complement to McLaurin. He is a clever late Best Ball target. The Saints have a Top 5 Fantasy defense. They are solid from the front wall to the back end and Cameron Jordan leads a strong pass rush. Defenses were starting to go off the board by this point and I also grabbed another of my preferred choices, Tampa Bay, with the next selection. It’s fine to go with the flow for non-skill position picks in the late stages. Keep picking at other positions until the run starts on the necessary defenses and kickers.

The Late Rounds: Dan Arnold (Round 21) should be a deep sleeper target, as the Cardinals plan to utilize him on key passing downs and in shorter yardage TD situations. Alshon Jeffery (23) can still have a few good games when healthy. Tee Higgins (24) may push for a starting job as a rookie and could play a significant role if A.J. Green gets hurt again. Qadree Ollison (26) may steal some TD chances from Todd Gurley and could operate in a timeshare as the lead short-yardage runner if the ex-Rams RB misses any time. Peyton Barber was worthy of a 27th round dart after Guice was cut by Washington.

 

Pros vs. Joes Draft Results

Pick  Round  Team  Last Name  First Name  Position
1 1 35 SF #12 McCaffrey Christian RB
2 1 Superflux 2 Barkley Saquon RB
3 1 RotoBaller: The King Jackson Lamar QB
4 1 ¡LeedsCarajo!BB19 Mahomes Patrick QB
5 1 Dracarys Elliott Ezekiel RB
6 1 LOB Kamara Alvin RB
7 1 50Treez BBSF Kelce Travis TE
8 1 Kobeez Krew Thomas Michael WR
9 1 Vermeer's Vanity Cook Dalvin RB
10 1 Natural Disasters Prescott Dak QB
11 1 SuperDebbieSlow3 Drake Kenyan RB
12 1 Dave Hollins Murray Kyler QB
13 2 Dave Hollins Henry Derrick RB
14 2 SuperDebbieSlow3 Kittle George TE
15 2 Natural Disasters Watson Deshaun QB
16 2 Vermeer's Vanity Sanders Miles RB
17 2 Kobeez Krew Mixon Joe RB
18 2 50Treez BBSF Wilson Russell QB
19 2 LOB Allen Josh QB
20 2 Dracarys Adams Davante WR
21 2 ¡LeedsCarajo!BB19 Hill Tyreek WR
22 2 RotoBaller: The King Jones Julio WR
23 2 Superflux 2 Ryan Matt QB
24 2 35 SF #12 Jacobs Josh RB
25 3 35 SF #12 Chubb Nick RB
26 3 Superflux 2 Jones Aaron RB
27 3 RotoBaller: The King Ekeler Austin RB
28 3 ¡LeedsCarajo!BB19 Wentz Carson QB
29 3 Dracarys Stafford Matthew QB
30 3 LOB Hopkins DeAndre WR
31 3 50Treez BBSF Godwin Chris WR
32 3 Kobeez Krew Brady Tom QB
33 3 Vermeer's Vanity Brees Drew QB
34 3 Natural Disasters Ertz Zach TE
35 3 SuperDebbieSlow3 Edwards-Helaire Clyde RB
36 3 Dave Hollins Gurley Todd RB
37 4 Dave Hollins Rodgers Aaron QB
38 4 SuperDebbieSlow3 Andrews Mark TE
39 4 Natural Disasters Newton Cam QB
40 4 Vermeer's Vanity Jones Daniel QB
41 4 Kobeez Krew Mayfield Baker QB
42 4 50Treez BBSF Moore D.J. WR
43 4 LOB Goff Jared QB
44 4 Dracarys Burrow Joe QB
45 4 ¡LeedsCarajo!BB19 Conner James RB
46 4 RotoBaller: The King Roethlisberger Ben QB
47 4 Superflux 2 Tannehill Ryan QB
48 4 35 SF #12 Garoppolo Jimmy QB
49 5 35 SF #12 Bridgewater Teddy QB
50 5 Superflux 2 Cousins Kirk QB
51 5 RotoBaller: The King Gordon Melvin RB
52 5 ¡LeedsCarajo!BB19 Smith-Schuster JuJu WR
53 5 Dracarys Minshew Gardner QB
54 5 LOB Lock Drew QB
55 5 50Treez BBSF Golladay Kenny WR
56 5 Kobeez Krew Bell Le'Veon RB
57 5 Vermeer's Vanity Robinson Allen WR
58 5 Natural Disasters Cooper Amari WR
59 5 SuperDebbieSlow3 Carr Derek QB
60 5 Dave Hollins Rivers Philip QB
61 6 Dave Hollins Johnson David RB
62 6 SuperDebbieSlow3 Darnold Sam QB
63 6 Natural Disasters Carson Chris RB
64 6 Vermeer's Vanity Ridley Calvin WR
65 6 Kobeez Krew Evans Mike WR
66 6 50Treez BBSF Taylor Jonathan RB
67 6 LOB Fournette Leonard RB
68 6 Dracarys Thielen Adam WR
69 6 ¡LeedsCarajo!BB19 Hunt Kareem RB
70 6 RotoBaller: The King Waller Darren TE
71 6 Superflux 2 Montgomery David RB
72 6 35 SF #12 Beckham Odell WR
73 7 35 SF #12 Brown A.J. WR
74 7 Superflux 2 Ingram Mark RB
75 7 RotoBaller: The King Metcalf D.K. WR
76 7 ¡LeedsCarajo!BB19 Woods Robert WR
77 7 Dracarys McLaurin Terry WR
78 7 LOB Kupp Cooper WR
79 7 50Treez BBSF Lockett Tyler WR
80 7 Kobeez Krew Singletary Devin RB
81 7 Vermeer's Vanity Chark D.J. WR
82 7 Natural Disasters Engram Evan TE
83 7 SuperDebbieSlow3 Haskins Dwayne QB
84 7 Dave Hollins Taylor Tyrod QB
85 8 Dave Hollins Akers Cam RB
86 8 SuperDebbieSlow3 Sutton Courtland WR
87 8 Natural Disasters Allen Keenan WR
88 8 Vermeer's Vanity Hurst Hayden TE
89 8 Kobeez Krew Higbee Tyler TE
90 8 50Treez BBSF Swift D'Andre RB
91 8 LOB Mostert Raheem RB
92 8 Dracarys Gallup Michael WR
93 8 ¡LeedsCarajo!BB19 Dobbins J.K. RB
94 8 RotoBaller: The King Tagovailoa Tua QB
95 8 Superflux 2 Parker DeVante WR
96 8 35 SF #12 Williams Damien RB
97 9 35 SF #12 Guice Derrius RB
98 9 Superflux 2 Green A.J. WR
99 9 RotoBaller: The King Gronkowski Rob TE
100 9 ¡LeedsCarajo!BB19 Cook Jared TE
101 9 Dracarys Howard Jordan RB
102 9 LOB Jones Ronald RB
103 9 50Treez BBSF Brown Marquise WR
104 9 Kobeez Krew Henry Hunter TE
105 9 Vermeer's Vanity Mattison Alexander RB
106 9 Natural Disasters White James RB
107 9 SuperDebbieSlow3 Diggs Stefon WR
108 9 Dave Hollins Gesicki Mike TE
109 10 Dave Hollins Hilton T.Y. WR
110 10 SuperDebbieSlow3 Cohen Tarik RB
111 10 Natural Disasters Vaughn Ke'Shawn RB
112 10 Vermeer's Vanity Pollard Tony RB
113 10 Kobeez Krew Landry Jarvis WR
114 10 50Treez BBSF Mack Marlon RB
115 10 LOB Hockenson T.J. TE
116 10 Dracarys Breida Matt RB
117 10 ¡LeedsCarajo!BB19 Hooper Austin TE
118 10 RotoBaller: The King Michel Sony RB
119 10 Superflux 2 Smith Jonnu TE
120 10 35 SF #12 Goedert Dallas TE
121 11 35 SF #12 Fuller Will WR
122 11 Superflux 2 Fant Noah TE
123 11 RotoBaller: The King Boyd Tyler WR
124 11 ¡LeedsCarajo!BB19 Coleman Tevin RB
125 11 Dracarys Edelman Julian WR
126 11 LOB Cooks Brandin WR
127 11 50Treez BBSF Moss Zack RB
128 11 Kobeez Krew Johnson Kerryon RB
129 11 Vermeer's Vanity Murray Latavius RB
130 11 Natural Disasters Jones Marvin WR
131 11 SuperDebbieSlow3 Johnson Diontae WR
132 11 Dave Hollins Thomas Ian TE
133 12 Dave Hollins Kirk Christian WR
134 12 SuperDebbieSlow3 Scott Boston RB
135 12 Natural Disasters Lindsay Phillip RB
136 12 Vermeer's Vanity Jeudy Jerry WR
137 12 Kobeez Krew Jarwin Blake TE
138 12 50Treez BBSF Foles Nick QB
139 12 LOB Henderson Darrell RB
140 12 Dracarys Lamb CeeDee WR
141 12 ¡LeedsCarajo!BB19 Harris Damien RB
142 12 RotoBaller: The King Perriman Breshad WR
143 12 Superflux 2 Hardman Mecole WR
144 12 35 SF #12 Doyle Jack TE
145 13 35 SF #12 Samuel Deebo WR
146 13 Superflux 2 Reagor Jalen WR
147 13 RotoBaller: The King Fitzpatrick Ryan QB
148 13 ¡LeedsCarajo!BB19 Crowder Jamison WR
149 13 Dracarys Edmonds Chase RB
150 13 LOB Ebron Eric TE
151 13 50Treez BBSF Gibson Antonio RB
152 13 Kobeez Krew Sanders Emmanuel WR
153 13 Vermeer's Vanity Dillon AJ RB
154 13 Natural Disasters Ruggs Henry WR
155 13 SuperDebbieSlow3 Johnson Duke RB
156 13 Dave Hollins Hines Nyheim RB
157 14 Dave Hollins Slayton Darius WR
158 14 SuperDebbieSlow3 Shepard Sterling WR
159 14 Natural Disasters Jackson Justin RB
160 14 Vermeer's Vanity Herndon Chris TE
161 14 Kobeez Krew Williams Mike WR
162 14 50Treez BBSF Trubisky Mitchell QB
163 14 LOB Brown John WR
164 14 Dracarys Smith Irv TE
165 14 ¡LeedsCarajo!BB19 Jefferson Justin WR
166 14 RotoBaller: The King Hyde Carlos RB
167 14 Superflux 2 Miller Anthony WR
168 14 35 SF #12 Sternberger Jace TE
169 15 35 SF #12 Harry N'Keal WR
170 15 Superflux 2 Everett Gerald TE
171 15 RotoBaller: The King Kelley Joshua RB
172 15 ¡LeedsCarajo!BB19 Evans Darrynton RB
173 15 Dracarys Olsen Greg TE
174 15 LOB Howard O.J. TE
175 15 50Treez BBSF Washington DeAndre RB
176 15 Kobeez Krew Tucker Justin PK
177 15 Vermeer's Vanity Jackson DeSean WR
178 15 Natural Disasters Freeman Devonta RB
179 15 SuperDebbieSlow3 Williams Preston WR
180 15 Dave Hollins Watkins Sammy WR
181 16 Dave Hollins Samuel Curtis WR
182 16 SuperDebbieSlow3 Butker Harrison PK
183 16 Natural Disasters Zuerlein Greg PK
184 16 Vermeer's Vanity McFarland Anthony RB
185 16 Kobeez Krew Team Defense PIT DF
186 16 50Treez BBSF Brown Antonio WR
187 16 LOB Tate Golden WR
188 16 Dracarys Lutz Wil PK
189 16 ¡LeedsCarajo!BB19 Herbert Justin QB
190 16 RotoBaller: The King Renfrow Hunter WR
191 16 Superflux 2 Lazard Allen WR
192 16 35 SF #12 Gay Matt PK
193 17 35 SF #12 Team Defense SF DF
194 17 Superflux 2 Thompson Chris RB
195 17 RotoBaller: The King Sims Steven WR
196 17 ¡LeedsCarajo!BB19 Aiyuk Brandon WR
197 17 Dracarys Team Defense BAL DF
198 17 LOB Knox Dawson TE
199 17 50Treez BBSF Rudolph Kyle TE
200 17 Kobeez Krew Smith Ito RB
201 17 Vermeer's Vanity Campbell Parris WR
202 17 Natural Disasters Gould Robbie PK
203 17 SuperDebbieSlow3 Anderson Robby WR
204 17 Dave Hollins Thompson Darwin RB
205 18 Dave Hollins Eifert Tyler TE
206 18 SuperDebbieSlow3 Team Defense BUF DF
207 18 Natural Disasters Team Defense CHI DF
208 18 Vermeer's Vanity Penny Rashaad RB
209 18 Kobeez Krew Cobb Randall WR
210 18 50Treez BBSF Elliott Jake PK
211 18 LOB Team Defense NE DF
212 18 Dracarys Stidham Jarrett QB
213 18 ¡LeedsCarajo!BB19 Gonzalez Zane PK
214 18 RotoBaller: The King Team Defense NO DF
215 18 Superflux 2 Bernard Giovani RB
216 18 35 SF #12 Koo Younghoe PK
217 19 35 SF #12 Fairbairn Ka'imi PK
218 19 Superflux 2 Dissly Will TE
219 19 RotoBaller: The King Team Defense TB DF
220 19 ¡LeedsCarajo!BB19 Njoku David TE
221 19 Dracarys Shenault Laviska WR
222 19 LOB Prater Matt PK
223 19 50Treez BBSF Team Defense LAC DF
224 19 Kobeez Krew Team Defense KC DF
225 19 Vermeer's Vanity Bailey Dan PK
226 19 Natural Disasters Team Defense PHI DF
227 19 SuperDebbieSlow3 Team Defense TEN DF
228 19 Dave Hollins Crosby Mason PK
229 20 Dave Hollins Seibert Austin PK
230 20 SuperDebbieSlow3 Team Defense LAR DF
231 20 Natural Disasters Armstead Ryquell RB
232 20 Vermeer's Vanity McManus Brandon PK
233 20 Kobeez Krew Boswell Chris PK
234 20 50Treez BBSF Team Defense IND DF
235 20 LOB Myers Jason PK
236 20 Dracarys Mims Denzel WR
237 20 ¡LeedsCarajo!BB19 Badgley Michael PK
238 20 RotoBaller: The King Lambo Josh PK
239 20 Superflux 2 Team Defense DEN DF
240 20 35 SF #12 Team Defense MIN DF
241 21 35 SF #12 Team Defense CLE DF
242 21 Superflux 2 Hauschka Stephen PK
243 21 RotoBaller: The King Arnold Dan TE
244 21 ¡LeedsCarajo!BB19 Team Defense GB DF
245 21 Dracarys Peterson Adrian RB
246 21 LOB Team Defense SEA DF
247 21 50Treez BBSF Slye Joey PK
248 21 Kobeez Krew Pittman Michael WR
249 21 Vermeer's Vanity Team Defense NYJ DF
250 21 Natural Disasters Reed Jordan TE
251 21 SuperDebbieSlow3 McKinnon Jerick RB
252 21 Dave Hollins Sanders Jason PK
253 22 Dave Hollins Team Defense ARI DF
254 22 SuperDebbieSlow3 Westbrook Dede WR
255 22 Natural Disasters Sanu Mohamed WR
256 22 Vermeer's Vanity Team Defense DAL DF
257 22 Kobeez Krew Fitzgerald Larry WR
258 22 50Treez BBSF Team Defense WAS DF
259 22 LOB Davis Corey WR
260 22 Dracarys Reynolds Josh WR
261 22 ¡LeedsCarajo!BB19 Team Defense HOU DF
262 22 RotoBaller: The King Carlson Daniel PK
263 22 Superflux 2 Bullock Randy PK
264 22 35 SF #12 Washington James WR
265 23 35 SF #12 Amendola Danny WR
266 23 Superflux 2 McLaughlin Chase PK
267 23 RotoBaller: The King Jeffery Alshon WR
268 23 ¡LeedsCarajo!BB19 Team Defense ATL DF
269 23 Dracarys Akins Jordan TE
270 23 LOB Williams Jamaal RB
271 23 50Treez BBSF Williams Darrel RB
272 23 Kobeez Krew Mariota Marcus QB
273 23 Vermeer's Vanity Winston Jameis QB
274 23 Natural Disasters Brown Malcolm RB
275 23 SuperDebbieSlow3 Rohrwasser Justin PK
276 23 Dave Hollins Team Defense DET DF
277 24 Dave Hollins Bowden Lynn RB
278 24 SuperDebbieSlow3 Joseph Greg PK
279 24 Natural Disasters Uzomah C.J. TE
280 24 Vermeer's Vanity Hopkins Dustin PK
281 24 Kobeez Krew Burkhead Rex RB
282 24 50Treez BBSF Hurd Jalen WR
283 24 LOB Pineiro Eddy PK
284 24 Dracarys Team Defense JAC DF
285 24 ¡LeedsCarajo!BB19 Gage Russell WR
286 24 RotoBaller: The King Higgins Tee WR
287 24 Superflux 2 Ross John WR
288 24 35 SF #12 Ogunbowale Dare RB
289 25 35 SF #12 Griffin Robert QB
290 25 Superflux 2 Team Defense NYG DF
291 25 RotoBaller: The King Asiasi Devin TE
292 25 ¡LeedsCarajo!BB19 Benjamin Eno RB
293 25 Dracarys Team Defense CAR DF
294 25 LOB Team Defense MIA DF
295 25 50Treez BBSF Isabella Andy WR
296 25 Kobeez Krew Fells Darren TE
297 25 Vermeer's Vanity Arcega-Whiteside JJ WR
298 25 Natural Disasters Dalton Andy QB
299 25 SuperDebbieSlow3 Graham Jimmy TE
300 25 Dave Hollins Team Defense LV DF
301 26 Dave Hollins Williams Tyrell WR
302 26 SuperDebbieSlow3 Snell Benny RB
303 26 Natural Disasters Robinson Demarcus WR
304 26 Vermeer's Vanity Dallas DeeJay RB
305 26 Kobeez Krew Richard Jalen RB
306 26 50Treez BBSF Hill Brian RB
307 26 LOB Beasley Cole WR
308 26 Dracarys Team Defense CIN DF
309 26 ¡LeedsCarajo!BB19 McCoy LeSean RB
310 26 RotoBaller: The King Ollison Qadree RB
311 26 Superflux 2 Brate Cameron TE
312 26 35 SF #12 Burton Trey TE
313 27 35 SF #12 Edwards Bryan WR
314 27 Superflux 2 Valdes-Scantling Marquez WR
315 27 RotoBaller: The King Barber Peyton RB
316 27 ¡LeedsCarajo!BB19 Gandy-Golden Antonio WR
317 27 Dracarys Rosas Aldrick PK
318 27 LOB Hill Taysom QB
319 27 50Treez BBSF Smith Alex QB
320 27 Kobeez Krew Bourne Kendrick WR
321 27 Vermeer's Vanity Gordon Josh WR
322 27 Natural Disasters Stills Kenny WR
323 27 SuperDebbieSlow3 Claypool Chase WR
324 27 Dave Hollins Boyle Nick TE
325 28 Dave Hollins Boykin Miles WR
326 28 SuperDebbieSlow3 Hamler KJ WR
327 28 Natural Disasters Sloman Sam PK
328 28 Vermeer's Vanity Perine Lamical RB
329 28 Kobeez Krew Lewis Dion RB
330 28 50Treez BBSF Samuels Jaylen RB
331 28 LOB Bonnafon Reggie RB
332 28 Dracarys Pascal Zach WR
333 28 ¡LeedsCarajo!BB19 Love Bryce RB
334 28 RotoBaller: The King Blankenship Rodrigo PK
335 28 Superflux 2 Meyers Jakobi WR
336 28 35 SF #12 Allen Kyle QB



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Fantasy Football: Drafting From The No. 4 Spot

The "King", Scott Engel tells you how to prepare for drafting from the fourth slot in your upcoming Fantasy Football drafts. Who should you target in the first round and beyond?

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Fantasy Football Burning Questions: AFC East

The King’s series on hot fantasy football topics for the 2020 season focuses on separate divisions in each edition. We will examine some of the biggest burning questions per team as you plan for your upcoming drafts.

In this installment, we examine an exciting, yet also frustrating young QB, a surprise standout WR from 2019, and two fallen fantasy stars who are trying to climb back into the spotlight.

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Buffalo Bills: Can Josh Allen Become a True Top-Level Fantasy QB?

Engel: In his second year as a pro, Josh Allen finished as QB6 in Fantasy Football. That was mainly on the strength of his rushing abilities, as he led all quarterbacks with nine rushing scores and was third with 510 rushing yards. But as a passer, Allen was very erratic and spotty. He threw for 3,89 yards, which was 23rd in the league, and 20 TD passes, which was tied for 21st. Most notably, his 58.8 completion percentage was lowest among all starting QBs in the NFL.

The Bills have surrounded Allen with everything he needs to succeed. He will continue to work with the same head coach and offensive coordinator (Sean McDermott, Brian Daboll). The front office has built a friendly receiving crew around him. They acquired Stefon Diggs as the real No. 1 WR he was missing. John Brown and Cole Beasley round out a strong top three at the position. The offensive line returns intact and the running game should provide ample support with Devin Singletary and Zack Moss as complementary pieces.

Pro Football Focus noted Allen finished last in 2019 in negatively graded throw percentage. He also completed only 25 percent of his deep passes. According to the Bills’ official site, he has worked on tightening up his throwing motion this offseason. He also done a lot of film study to identify and correct his mistakes.

"Going back to last year just seeing some of the bad habits that would show up and the mistakes that I'm just like, 'Man, why am I doing this?'" Allen said, via buffalobills.com. "I'm slowing some things down trying to let my hip go first, trying to correct some things at the top of my release and trying to stay kind of on the same plane here and it's been paying dividends and we're going to continue to work on it."

As the video from Weekly Spiral below indicates, Allen was making many good reads, but his mechanics were a big problem.

Allen has a strong arm and can be dangerous if he starts to throw effectively on the run. There is certainly upside for him to be a Top 5 fantasy QB. His floor should be as Top 10 fantasy starter. He has obviously heard the criticisms of his accuracy and is working to curb the issues. But as Allen himself has admitted, the real challenge will come to execute his tweaked mechanics once play begins for real.

Everything is in place for Allen to improve more and raise his overall game in 2020. If he cannot make important strides in his third season, the Bills could conceivably start considering other options at QB. The pressure is on him to raise his game, and the supporting cast seems ideal. Those factors should breed fantasy optimism for 2020. So you should draft Allen as a Top 8 fantasy QB. It is very apparent what he must work on to get better, and he seems to grasp how he can refine his play. I will draft Allen with some confidence for better overall passing results in 2020 while he remains a rushing threat.

 

Miami Dolphins: Was DeVante Parker’s 2019 season a fluke?

Last season, DeVante Parker went undrafted in most fantasy leagues, and was becoming a subject of jokes about the biggest busts in recent years. Then, a strange transformation took place, and Parker became one of the best waiver adds of the year. He stunned the fantasy world by finishing as WR11, with 1,202 yards and nine TDs on 72 receptions. He averaged 16.7 yards per catch, which was eighth in the league.

1 Michael Thomas 374.6 23.4
2 Chris Godwin 276.1 19.7
3 Julio Jones 274.1 18.3
4 Cooper Kupp 270.5 16.9
5 DeAndre Hopkins 269.5 18
6 Keenan Allen 261.5 16.3
7 Julian Edelman 256.3 16
8 Allen Robinson 254.9 15.9
9 Kenny Golladay 248 15.5
10 Amari Cooper 246.5 15.4
11 DeVante Parker 246.2 15.4
12 Jarvis Landry 237.4 14.8
13 Tyler Lockett 235.2 14.7
14 Robert Woods 232.9 15.5
15 Mike Evans 232.7 17.9

The Top 15 Fantasy WRs of 2019, via FantasyPros. Did you realize where DeVante Parker finished?

In the second half of the year, Parker had 802 yards and five TD. Many factors changed for Parker in an unexpected breakout year. He talked about changing his diet and mental focus. Ryan Fitzpatrick, an aggressive deep thrower, played well to his strengths. Parker also stayed healthy and made it through a full season for the first time in his career. The departure of Adam Gase and the arrival of a new coaching regime also spurred a fresh start.

According to playerprofiler.com, Parker was eighth in the league in contested catch rate, as Fitzpatrick was very willing to take chances with his top WR in such situations. With an abbreviated preseason, it is unlikely rookie Tua Tagovailoa will take over for Fitzpatrick to begin the year. An in-season adjustment to a rookie QB could conceivably lead to a brief regression in Parker’s production. But you must also consider that Tagovailoa will likely be a willing student under Fitzpatrick and will be directed to utilize Parker’s abilities properly once he takes over.

Those who suggest Parker plays in a division with top pass defenses, and that should be a concern, should check the game logs from last season. He caught totaled 12 catches for 190 yards and a TD in two games vs. Buffalo. He finished the season with eight catches for 137 yards against the Patriots. He went over the 130-yard mark against both teams last year.

Parker’s FFPC ADP of 6.4 via fantasymojo.com points to lingering fantasy skepticism. But the focus and surroundings changed for Parker last year and the breakthrough campaign was not an illusion. He will be a very good value if you land him in that 6.4 range, because he is capable of performing as a high-end WR2 in 2020. The only minor concern may be how an in-season QB switch would affect him for a possible short spell.

 

New York Jets: Can Le’Veon Bell regain his best form?

Le’Veon Bell seemed to fit ideally with the Jets in concept. He was a star player who could possibly spur a franchise turnaround and ease pressure on Sam Darnold. But a year off behind a shoddy offensive line led to a very disappointing first season in green. He finished with just 780 rushing yards on a career-low 3.2 yards per attempt and scored only four times. He did catch 66 passes to boost his PPR numbers a bit, yet he only had 461 yards.

Bell is aiming to put last year behind him, as according to ESPN, he reported to camp at 215 pounds, his lowest weight since high school. He said he got “complacent” last season. He told ESPN he needs to regain his “edge” in 2020. The Jets have fully revamped their offensive line and Adam Gase will likely change up his play-calling this season after he took a good portion of the blame for Bell’s struggles.

Of course, any savvy fantasy leaguer will be understandably skeptical about a key performer in a Gase offense, The new-look line may need extra time to gel without a normal preseason. Darnold is still an obvious work in progress, and defenses will likely continue to focus on stopping the run more than the pass when they face the Jets.

Motivation and realization of what went wrong last year should certainly push Bell back to respectability. The Jets need Bell to support Darnold with a strong season, too. But with a shaky coach, an offensive line that needs time to mesh and a still-evolving passing game around him, expecting a return to fantasy stardom is unlikely. The Jets Defense will dictate that they play from behind frequently and that sort of flow won’t help his rushing upside. When the team does throw the ball, he may have more competition for catches than he did last year, too. The receiving crew does look deeper.

Yet Bell can certainly outperform last year’s totals to the point where he is a viable fantasy RB2. His ADP is at RB18 in FFPC drafts and that is a fair range for an improved, but not outstanding year ahead. I project 1,050 rushing yards, 60 receptions, 550 receiving yards and eight total TDs for Bell.

 

New England Patriots: Can Cam Newton re-emerge as a fantasy starter?

I covered this topic comprehensively on RotoBaller.com recently, and you can read the full breakdown here  New England was intending to run an RPO-style offense even before they signed the former MVP. Now the new attack seems ideally made for Newton, who is also hungry to regain respect.

The playmakers he has with the Patriots do not elicit much excitement from the average fan, yet their skill sets should mesh well with Newton’s abilities. Julian Edelman and N’Keal Harry should operate well enough to catch quick-hitting passes and gain yardage after the catch. Mohamed Sanu should be reliable enough too, and of course James White will be an asset.

The Patriots also have a nifty mix of RBs that can threaten defenses with varying skill sets in an RPO style offense. Newton will obviously be working with a top-notch coaching staff that can get the best out of his skill sets.

The recent reports of a potential platoon should not mean much for Cam after a week or two if that happens at all. Newton is on a mission to recapture his better form with strong braintrust around him. He is currently QB14 off the board in FFPC drafts. The high stakes crowd is intrigued by the possibility of a comeback year, and you should be too. Newton is surely worthy of a high-end fantasy QB2 pick.



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