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Shane's Week 2 Rankings

Setting a Week 2 lineup is always fun. You don't want to overreact drop a guy for what could be this year's Kevin Ogletree. But on the other hand, you don't want to be the guy that hears "Well you saw what he did last week, why on earth didn't you start him?!" Here are my week 2 rankings. I use half-point PPR as my logic as it can be used to help set a lineup in both standard and PPR leagues- Shane Davis

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TOP 20 QUARTERBACKS

 

RANK/PLAYER/TEAM/OPPONENT

  1. Aaron Rodgers GB at ATL
  2. Tom Brady NE at NO
  3. Drew Brees NO vs NE
  4. Russell Wilson SEA vs SF
  5. Derek Carr OAK vs NYJ
  6. Matt Ryan ATL vs GB
  7. Jameis Winston TB vs CHI
  8. Carson Palmer ARI at IND
  9. Cam Newton CAR vs BUF
  10. Matthew Stafford DET at NYG
  11. Marcus Mariota TEN at JAX
  12. Kirk Cousins WAS at LAR
  13. Eli Manning NYG vs DET
  14. Philip Rivers LAC vs MIA
  15. Ben Roethlisberger PIT vs MIN
  16. Tyrod Taylor BUF at CAR
  17. Alex Smith KC vs PHI
  18. Trevor Siemian DEN vs DAL
  19. Dak Prescott DAL at DEN
  20. Joe Flacco BAL vs CLE

TOP 25 RUNNING BACKS

RANK/PLAYER/TEAM/OPPONENT

  1. Le'Veon Bell PIT vs MIN
  2. Ezekiel Elliot tDAL at DEN
  3. Todd Gurley LAR vs WAS
  4. Marshawn Lynch OAK vs NYJ
  5. Leonard Fournette JAX vs TEN
  6. Melvin Gordon LAC vs MIA
  7. Devonta Freeman ATL vs GB
  8. Kareem Hunt KC vs PHI
  9. Jay Ajayi MIA at LAC
  10. Ty Montgomery GB at ATL
  11. LeSean McCoy BUF at CAR
  12. Dalvin Cook MIN at PIT
  13. Jordan Howard CHI at TB
  14. Lamar Miller HOU at CIN
  15. Mark Ingram NO vs NE
  16. CJ Anderson DEN vs DAL
  17. DeMarco Murray TEN at JAX
  18. Terrance West BAL vs CLE
  19. Christian McCaffrey CAR vs BUF
  20. Mike Gillislee NE at NO
  21. Isaiah Crowell CLE at BAL
  22. Theo Riddick DET at NYG
  23. Jacquizz Rodgers TB vs CHI
  24. Bilal Powell NYJ at Oak
  25. Carlos Hyde SF at SEA
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TOP 25 WIDE RECEIVERS

RANK/PLAYER/TEAM/OPPONENT

  1. Julio Jones ATL vs GB
  2. Jordy Nelson GB at ATL
  3. Antonio Brown PIT vs MIN
  4. Mike Evans TB vs CHI
  5. Odell Beckham Jr NYG vs DET
  6. Brandin Cooks NE at NO
  7. Larry Fitzgerald ARI at IND
  8. Doug Baldwin SEA vs SF
  9. Demaryius Thomas DEN vs DAL
  10. AJ Green CIN vs HOU
  11. Michael Thomas NO vs NE
  12. Amari Cooper OAK vs NYJ
  13. Michael Crabtree OAK vs NYJ
  14. Tyreek Hill KC vs PHI
  15. Keenan Allen LAC vs MIA
  16. Golden Tate DET at NYG
  17. DeAndre Hopkins HOU at CIN
  18. Davante Adams GB at ATL
  19. Stefon Diggs MIN at PIT
  20. Terrelle Pryor Sr WAS at LAR
  21. Emmanuel Sanders DEN vs DAL
  22. Jeremy Maclin BAL vs CLE
  23. Alshon Jeffery PHI at KC
  24. John Brown ARI at IND
  25. Ted Ginn Jr NO vs NE

TOP 40 FLEX OPTIONS

RANK/PLAYER/POSITION/TEAM/OPPONENT

  1. Dez Bryant WR DAL at DEN
  2. Kelvin Benjamin WR CAR vs BUF
  3. Adam Thielen WR MIN at PIT
  4. Jarvis Landry WR MIA at LAC
  5. Randall Cobb WR GB at ATL
  6. TY Hilton WR IND vs ARI
  7. Martavis Bryant WR PIT vs MIN
  8. Jamison Crowder WR WAS at LAR
  9. DeVante Parker WR MIA at LAC
  10. Sammy Watkins WR LAR vs WAS
  11. DeSean Jackson WR TB vs CHI
  12. Tyrell Williams WR LAC vs MIA
  13. Pierre Garcon WR SF at SEA
  14. Mike Wallace WR BAL vs CLE
  15. Jordan Matthews WR BUF at CAR
  16. Corey Davis WR TEN at JAX
  17. Rishard Matthews WR TEN at JAX
  18. Brandon Marshall WR NYG vs DET
  19. Marqise Lee WR JAX vs TEN
  20. James White RB NE at NO
  21. Chris Hogan WR NE at NO
  22. Tyler Lockett WR SEA vs SF
  23. Eric Decker WR TEN at JAX
  24. Corey Coleman WR CLE at BAL
  25. Sterling Shepard WR NYG vs DET
  26. Cooper Kupp WR LAR vs WAS
  27. Paul Perkins RB NYG vs DET
  28. Tevin Coleman RB ATL vs GB
  29. Kenny Golladay WR DET at NYG
  30. Marvin Jones WR DET at NYG
  31. Jermaine Kearse WR NYJ at OAK
  32. Kenny Britt WR CLE at BAL
  33. Duke Johnson Jr RB CLE at BAL
  34. Alvin Kamara RB NO at NE
  35. Tarik Cohen RB CHI at TB
  36. Danny Amendola WR NE at NO
  37. Rob Kelley RB WAS at LAR
  38. Frank Gore RB IND vs ARI
  39. Joe Mixon RB CIN vs HOU
  40. Kendall Wright WR CHI at TB
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TOP 20 TIGHT ENDS

RANK/PLAYER/TEAM/OPPONENT

  1. Rob Gronkowski NE at NO
  2. Greg Olsen CAR vs BUF
  3. Jimmy Graham SEA vs SF
  4. Travis Kelce KC vs PHI
  5. Jordan Reed WAS at LAR
  6. Zach Ertz PHI at KC
  7. Kyle Rudolph MIN at PIT
  8. Charles Clay BUF at CAR
  9. Delanie Walker TEN at JAX
  10. Coby Fleener NO vs NE
  11. Martellus Bennett GB at ATL
  12. Jared Cook OAK vs NYJ
  13. Julius Thomas MIA at LAC
  14. Austin Hooper ATL vs GB
  15. Tyler Eifert CIN vs HOU
  16. Evan Engram NYG vs DET
  17. Zach Miller CHI at TB
  18. Jesse James PIT vs MIN
  19. Hunter Henry LAC vs MIA
  20. Jason Witten DAL at DEN

TOP 16 DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

TEAM/OPPONENT

  1. Seattle vs SF
  2. Arizona at IND
  3. Oakland vs NYJ
  4. Baltimore vs CLE
  5. Cincinnati vs HOU
  6. Tampa Bay vs CHI
  7. Carolina vs BUF
  8. New York Giants vs DET
  9. Kansas City vs PHI
  10. Houston at CIN
  11. Pittsburgh vs MIN
  12. Los Angeles Chargers vs MIA
  13. Tennessee at JAX
  14. Washington at LAR
  15. Miami at LAC
  16. Cleveland at BAL

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Week 2 Waiver Targets

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Week 2 Waiver Targets

We should never hit the panic button Week 1, but there is definitely information to be taken from it. This is the first week we get to see what NFL coaches have been plotting and scheming in secret come to light to try to win in real NFL competition. Gameplans and depth charts are revealed and Week 1 might be your chance to undo a poor draft decision.

Scoring is ESPN PPR Standard scoring. Owned Percentages using ESPN.

QUARTERBACKS

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Alex Smith KC 31 Week 1 Points. Available in 72% of leagues. Perhaps all Alex Smith needed was highly touted rookie breathing down his neck to cease his check-downing ways! Smith has always been a very efficient signal caller, but his opening night performance was something to behold. 80% Completion percentage, 368 yards and 4 TD’s against a good New England defense bumped Alex Smith to the top of the QB adds this week.

DeShone Kizer CLE 18.6 Week 1 Points. Available in 92% of leagues.  Tyrod Taylor version 2.0? Kizer rewarded the few fantasy owners that rolled the dice starting him with a top 10 performance for the week. Six points came via a TD run but that is going to be the norm for the rookie from Notre Dame.

Jared Goff LAR 16.4 Week 1 Points. Available in 95% of leagues. Looks like I’m going to eat crow on this one TJ. Granted it was against an abysmal Colts secondary but Goff definitely showed he deserves to be considered in 2 QB and 14+ team leagues.

RUNNING BACKS

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Tarik Cohen CHI 25.3 Week 1 points. Available in 92% of leagues. If you are Jordan Howard owner this needs to be your first waiver priority. Even if you aren’t, Cohen is worth the consideration. The Bears showed that Cohen is the definite #2 and change of pace back. We may have a poor man’s Freeman-Coleman situation in the Windy City with both RB’s being fantasy relevant…especially with their top 2 WR’s going down.

Shane Vereen NYG 14.1 Week 1 points. Available in 68% of leagues. If the Giants offensive line stays so dreadful, their running game will continue be virtually non-existent. Enter Shane Vereen. Garnering 10 targets from the backfield in Week 1 he will be more like a WR4 you can plug into a RB spot on your roster.

Kerwynn Williams ARI 8.2 Week 1 points. Available in 99% of leagues. As of the writing of this, things are not looking for many of our number 1 overall pick David Johnson. Kerwynn Williams is no DJ…but he is a suitable off-brand replacement and should be your #1 priority if you are a Johnson owner.

Handcuffs/fliers you should consider: Mike Tolbert BUF, Chris Carson SEA, Tyler Ervin HOU, Malcolm Brown LAR, Buck Allen BAL

WIDE RECEIVERS

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Kenny Golladay DET 22.9 Week 1 points. Available in 92% of leagues. It looks as if Golladay has secured Anquan Boldin’s old #3 WR spot in Detroit, which gets more usage than the #2 WR for many teams. Golladay may never repeat his 2 TD performance this year but he will certainly be thrown too in a high volume pass offense.

Mohamed Sanu ATL 10.7 Week 1 points. Available in 73% of leagues. He’s definitely not the sexiest name…but he is a starting WR on a very productive offense. Matt Ryan targeted Sanu 9 times on Sunday and he has been a consistent work horse for whatever offense he plays for and is worth an add if you need some stability at the WR position.

Paul Richardson SEA 9.9 Week 1 points. Available in 97% of leagues. Sneaky play and with upcoming matchups against San Francisco, Tennessee, and Indianapolis the matchups are definitely in his favor.

Deep league considerations: Jermaine Kearse NYJ, Marquise Goodwin SF, Ryan Grant WAS, Roger Lewis NYG, Bennie Fowler III DEN

TIGHT ENDS

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Charles Clay BUF 15.3 Week 1 points. Available in 93% of leagues. Clay has always been Taylor’s favorite pass catcher. Now that Buffalo got rid of BOTH of their top WR’s in the offseason Clay’s usage should only increase. Clay should be rostered in every league.

Jesse James PIT 22.1 Week 1 points. Available in 95% of leagues. Even in the deepest of leagues James was written off when Pittsburgh traded for Vance MacDonald. Well, if Week 1 was any indication, we acted too soon. Big Ben targeted The Outlaw (my personal nickname for him, not official) 8 times 2 of which resulted in touchdowns.

Evan Engram NYG 8.4 Week 1 points. Available in 80% of leagues. If you are in a league with me I will tell you Engram is probably not available. I have been high on Engram all offseason. The same reasoning for Shane Vereen applies to the rookie from Ole Miss. Eli is going to throw A LOT, much of the time under pressure. Engram showed in week 1 he is one of his safety targets.

Keep on radar: Zach Miller and Dion Sims in CHI, George Kittle SF, Seth DeValve CLE

DEFENSES

Oakland 1 Week 1 point. Available in 96% of leagues. Held a very dynamic Tennessee offense to only 16 points and play the dismal Jets in week 2.

Dallas 11 Week 1 points. Available in 92% of leagues.  Defensive backfield was much better than anticipated. With next 3 weeks being the less than impressive Denver QB situation, what looks to be a David Johnson-less Arizona team, and the Rams, may be a Defense worth streaming.

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Top 200 Rankings - Shane Davis

I know it’s late in the year but here is my updated Preseason Top 200 Fantasy List! I used ½ point PPR as my logic as it can help in both PPR and standard scoring. This list is built for Fantasy drafts which is why in later rounds the positions are in tier groups. The number on the far left is the position rank, the number on the right is the overall rank. Good luck!

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RUNNING BACKS
Call me old fashioned but 90% of the time I’m still a “draft 2 RB’s first guy”. When it comes to a fantasy draft my first 2 or 3 rounds two things are paramount to me, impact and consistency. There is no consistency I love more than a player that gets 20 to 25 touches a game which is usually only found at the RB position.

1ST Round Picks All players that can confidently be drafted in the 1st round as an every-week starter without concern of being in a time share.
1    1    David Johnson, Ari RB
2    2    Le'Veon Bell, Pit RB
3    8    LeSean McCoy, Buf RB
4    9    Devonta Freeman, Atl RB
5    10    Melvin Gordon, LAC RB
6    11    Jay Ajayi, Mia RB
7    12    DeMarco Murray, Ten RB
8    13    Jordan Howard, Chi RB

Solid RB1’s/Elite RB2’s This group is players that if you went WR in round 1 will still give you consistent performance from the RB1 Spot or if you went RB-RB would solidify your starting RB’s so you can gamble on WR’s and TE’s in later rounds.
9    22    Todd Gurley, LAR RB
10    23    Marshawn Lynch, Oak RB
11    24    Isaiah Crowell, Cle RB
12    25    Lamar Miller, Hou RB
13    26    Danny Woodhead, Bal RB
14    27    Kareem Hunt, KC RB
15    28    Leonard Fournette, Jax RB
16    29    Ezekiel Elliott, Dal RB

Solid RB2’s these players are either starters on teams or are in systems where they will still get enough work to justify your RB2 spot or possibly RB1 in large leagues or if you went Zero RB strategy
17    40    Christian McCaffrey, Car RB
18    41    Carlos Hyde, SF RB
19    42    Frank Gore, Ind RB
20    43    Mark Ingram, NO RB
21    44    Dalvin Cook, Min RB
22    45    Ty Montgomery, GB RB
23    46    Bilal Powell, NYJ RB
24    47    Joe Mixon, Cin RB
25    48    Darren McFadden, Dal RB
26    64    Adrian Peterson, NO RB
27    65    Paul Perkins, NYG RB
28    73    Mike Gillislee, NE RB
29    74    Tevin Coleman, Atl RB
30    75    Theo Riddick, Det RB
31    76    Ameer Abdullah, Det RB
32    77    C.J. Anderson, Den RB

Bye week fillers hopefully you already have 2 or 3 RB’s when you are drafting these players, but will get enough carries to fill in on the Bye weeks or be large league (12+) Flex options that definitely have potential upside to score double-digit points
33    86    Robert Kelley, Wsh RB
34    87    Terrance West, Bal RB
35    88    Duke Johnson Jr., Cle RB
36    93    Doug Martin, TB RB
37    94    Jacquizz Rodgers, TB RB
38    95    LeGarrette Blount, Phi RB
39    96    Eddie Lacy, Sea RB
40    97    Darren Sproles, Phi RB
41    98    C.J. Prosise, Sea RB
42    99    Giovani Bernard, Cin RB
43    100    Jonathan Stewart, Car RB

Handcuffs/Late round fliers Worth a little reach if you have the RB ahead of them on the depth chart or a double digit round flier. Tons of upside in this group but some incredibly low floors as well
44    130    Derrick Henry, Ten RB
45    131    Samaje Perine, Wsh RB
46    132    Chris Thompson, Wsh RB
47    133    Jamaal Charles, Den RB
48    134    Alvin Kamara, NO RB
49    135    Latavius Murray, Min RB
50    136    Rex Burkhead, NE RB
51    137    James White, NE RB
52    138    Shane Vereen, NYG RB
53    139    Matt Forte, NYJ RB
54    140    T.J. Yeldon, Jax RB
55    149    Thomas Rawls, Sea RB
56    150    James Conner, Pit RB
57    151    Devontae Booker*, Den RB
58    152    DeAndre Washington, Oak RB
59    171    Charles Sims, TB RB
60    172    Robert Turbin, Ind RB
61    173    D'Onta Foreman, Hou RB
62    174    Charcandrick West, KC RB
63    175    Dion Lewis, NE RB
64    176    Tarik Cohen, Chi RB

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WIDE RECEIVERS
There are a few WR’s that I just can’t pass up to build my team around though. I typically like to use my WR as more my “gamble positions” but as you will see there are some WR’s that I feel are virtually matchup proof and consistent enough I trust them to carry my team.

1st Round Picks Elite pass catchers that are head and shoulders above the rest of the league at the position that you can’t let slip by you in the 1st round.
1    3    Antonio Brown, Pit WR
2    4    Julio Jones, Atl WR
3    5    Mike Evans, TB WR
4    6    Jordy Nelson, GB WR
5    7    Odell Beckham Jr., NYG WR

Solid WR1’s/ Elite WR2’s If you are wanting to go Zero RB strategy or in a larger league these WR’s will still be the primary target on their teams with stable QB situations (minus Garcon but Hoyer LOVES his WR1).
6    14    Michael Thomas, NO WR
7    15    A.J. Green, Cin WR
8    17    Brandin Cooks, NE WR
9    18    T.Y. Hilton, Ind WR
10    19    Demaryius Thomas, Den WR
11    20    Dez Bryant, Dal WR
12    21    Keenan Allen, LAC WR
13    30    Terrelle Pryor Sr., Wsh WR
14    31    DeAndre Hopkins, Hou WR
15    32    Amari Cooper, Oak WR
16    33    Doug Baldwin, Sea WR
17    34    Alshon Jeffery, Phi WR
18    35    Davante Adams, GB WR
19    36    Michael Crabtree, Oak WR
20    37    Pierre Garcon, SF WR
21    38    Golden Tate, Det WR

Consistent WR2’s/Elite Flex options Hopefully these players aren’t the first WR you are taking unless you already have Aaron Rodgers AND Gronk but still should give you consistent solid performances at your WR2 or smaller league Flex spot.
22    54    Larry Fitzgerald, Ari WR
23    55    Emmanuel Sanders, Den WR
24    56    Jarvis Landry, Mia WR
25    57    Kelvin Benjamin, Car WR
26    58    Willie Snead, NO WR
27    59    Jamison Crowder, Wsh WR
28    60    Stefon Diggs, Min WR
29    61    Allen Robinson, Jax WR
30    62    Tyreek Hill, KC WR
31    63    Sammy Watkins, LAR WR
32    66    Martavis Bryant, Pit WR
33    67    Brandon Marshall, NYG WR
34    78    Jeremy Maclin, Bal WR
35    79    Mike Wallace, Bal WR
36    80    Tyrell Williams, LAC WR
37    81    Eric Decker, Ten WR
38    82    Adam Thielen, Min WR
39    83    Kenny Britt, Cle WR
40    84    Donte Moncrief, Ind WR
41    85    Chris Hogan, NE WR

Bye week fillers and gambles I’m sure at least 5 of these WR’s will be top 20 this year…but who knows which ones? Definitely worth a double digit round flier though.
42    101    Rishard Matthews, Ten WR
43    102    DeSean Jackson, TB WR
44    103    Corey Davis, Ten WR
45    104    Randall Cobb, GB WR
46    115    Jordan Matthews, Buf WR
47    116    Corey Coleman, Cle WR
48    117    DeVante Parker, Mia WR
49    118    Sterling Shepard, NYG WR
50    119    Zay Jones, Buf WR
51    120    John Brown, Ari WR
52    126    Josh Doctson, Wsh WR
53    127    Ted Ginn Jr., NO WR
54    128    Kevin White, Chi WR
55    129    John Ross, Cin WR
56    141    Cooper Kupp, LAR WR
57    142    Kenny Stills, Mia WR
58    143    Nelson Agholor, Phi WR
59    144    Marqise Lee, Jax WR
60    145    Cole Beasley, Dal WR
61    146    Taylor Gabriel, Atl WR
62    147    Marvin Jones, Det WR
63    148    J.J. Nelson, Ari WR
64    164    Robert Woods, LAR WR
65    165    Breshad Perriman, Bal WR
66    166    Kenny Golladay, Det WR
67    167    Tyler Lockett, Sea WR
68    168    Curtis Samuel, Car WR
69    169    Robby Anderson, NYJ WR
70    170    Chris Conley, KC WR

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QUARTERBACKS
As you can see by my overall rankings, I don’t value the QB position as much as many do and I very rarely ever have a top-tier QB on my fantasy roster. But that’s not to say I’ve seen people I’ve shook my head at how early they have taken a QB not win the entire league, so keep this in mind as you read these rankings.

The Big 3 You know who they are. In my opinion I think they are they only QB’s worth taking in the 3rd through 5th rounds…but I won’t scoff too much if you want to reach for them in the 1st or 2nd.
1    39    Aaron Rodgers, GB QB
2    49    Tom Brady, NE QB
3    53    Drew Brees, NO QB

Mid-round targets QB’s that are going to have point totals almost comparable to the Big 3 but that you should be able draft at a much better value. Every player here would be a deadly weapon if you stacked them with their #1 WR.
4    68    Matt Ryan, Atl QB
5    69    Andrew Luck*, Ind QB
6    70    Kirk Cousins, Wsh QB
7    71    Russell Wilson, Sea QB
8    72    Cam Newton, Car QB
9    73    Derek Carr, Oak QB

Double digit round targets While everyone else has been reaching for QB’s and you’ve been hoarding RB’s and WR’s it’s time finally pick your signal caller. Any of these QB’s should do a fine job. A strategy I like is going back to back QB’s in rounds after the 10th and streaming depending on matchups or seeing if one has breakout year and cutting the other.
10    106    Philip Rivers, LAC QB
11    107    Matthew Stafford, Det QB
12    108    Marcus Mariota, Ten QB
13    109    Jameis Winston, TB QB
14    110    Dak Prescott, Dal QB
15    111    Carson Wentz, Phi QB
16    112    Tyrod Taylor, Buf QB
17    113    Andy Dalton, Cin QB
18    114    Ben Roethlisberger, Pit QB
19    153    Carson Palmer, Ari QB
20    154    Blake Bortles, Jax QB
21    155    Eli Manning, NYG QB
22    156    Joe Flacco, Bal QB
23    157    Alex Smith, KC QB

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TIGHT ENDS
Very diverse position in fantasy just as it is in “real” football. Can be an early round solid performer or surprise with the occasional zero spot if the team’s gameplan goes in a different direction.

The Elite Really Gronk should be in his own category here but I’m going to lump him in with the rest. These players will get enough usage and productivity you can confidently take them before your RB and WR spots are filled.
1    16    Rob Gronkowski, NE TE
2    50    Jordan Reed, Wsh TE
3    51    Travis Kelce, KC TE
4    52    Greg Olsen, Car TE

Solid TE’s Feel good if you landed any of these TE’s, you will get plenty of TD’s and usage…hopefully while having plenty of value on the rest of your roster.
5    90    Delanie Walker, Ten TE
6    91    Jimmy Graham, Sea TE
7    92    Tyler Eifert, Cin TE
8    93    Kyle Rudolph, Min TE
9    121    Zach Ertz, Phi TE
10    122    Hunter Henry, LAC TE
11    123    Jack Doyle, Ind TE
12    124    Eric Ebron, Det TE
13    125    Martellus Bennett, GB TE

Insurance TE’s These players should on fantasy rosters, but should only be your TE1 in VERY deep leagues. Worth a last 3 flier draft pick if you have one of the more injury prone TE’s (Gronk, Reed, Eifert).
14    158    C.J. Fiedorowicz, Hou TE
15    159    Jason Witten, Dal TE
16    160    Julius Thomas, Mia TE
17    161    Austin Hooper, Atl TE
18    162    Cameron Brate, TB TE
19    163    Evan Engram, NYG TE

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DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS
I am ALWAYS a defense in last 2 rounds guy because I know, first bad matchup, I am dropping them anyway. This is why a few teams like Pittsburgh and LA Chargers (still sounds so weird) are on here. I don’t think they will necessarily be top 12 fantasy defenses. Their early schedules just warrant them being rostered.


1    177    Broncos D/ST, Den D/ST
2    178    Seahawks D/ST, Sea D/ST
3    179    Texans D/ST, Hou D/ST
4    180    Patriots D/ST, NE D/ST
5    181    Chiefs D/ST, KC D/ST
6    182    Cardinals D/ST, Ari D/ST
7    183    Vikings D/ST, Min D/ST
8    184    Panthers D/ST, Car D/ST
9    185    Steelers D/ST, Pit D/ST
10    186    Bengals D/ST, Cin D/ST
11    187    Raiders D/ST, Oak D/ST
12    188    Chargers D/ST, LAC D/ST

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KICKERS
Because apparently we still let Kickers be a part of fantasy

1    189    Justin Tucker, Bal K
2    190    Dan Bailey, Dal K
3    191    Matt Bryant, Atl K
4    192    Stephen Gostkowski, NE K
5    193    Adam Vinatieri, Ind K
6    194    Wil Lutz, NO K
7    195    Matt Prater, Det K
8    196    Sebastian Janikowski, Oak K
9    197    Dustin Hopkins, Wsh K
10    198    Caleb Sturgis, Phi K
11    199    Mason Crosby, GB K
12    200    Cairo Santos, KC K

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Fantasy Football: 2017 Dynasty League Rookie Mock Draft

 Christian McCaffrey (RB-Car) was the 2nd pick of our 2017 fantasy football dynasty league rookie mock draft.

Christian McCaffrey (RB-Car) was the 2nd pick of our 2017 fantasy football dynasty league rookie mock draft.

Let's review the Fantasy News Hour's 2017 fantasy football dynasty league rookie mock draft.

The draft was a 12-team, 2-round, dynasty league, rookie draft. The draft was a non-snake draft - meaning the team with the 1st pick also had the 13th, and so on. There were four drafters, each drafting three teams.

The drafters were:

  • Peter M. Lopez (1, 5 & 9), co-host of the Fantasy News Hour, fantasy football legend (in my mind, at least), and FNH circus master.
  • Brandon McAuliffe (2, 6 & 10), Abilene Reporter-News sports reporter, quite possibly the worst fantasy football player in history, and FNH regular guest.
  • Jacob Bullinger (3, 7 & 11), a.k.a. BigBadBull89, Pokemon Go addict, and loyal FNH Superfan
  • TJ Wilson (4, 8 & 12), co-host of the Fantasy News Hour, draft junkie, and FNH's resident stat nerd and sabermetrician.

Here are the results:

2017 Fantasy Football Dynasty League Rookie Mock Draft

 Leonard Fournette (RB-Jax) was the first pick of the Fantasy News Hour 2017 dynasty league rookie mock draft.

Leonard Fournette (RB-Jax) was the first pick of the Fantasy News Hour 2017 dynasty league rookie mock draft.

Round 1

Most notable and most obvious was the run on running backs with the first four picks.

It's not a huge surprise that Leonard Fournette (RB-Jax) and Christian McCaffrey (RB-Car) went one and two, but everyone must have wanted to secure a running back because Dalvin Cook (RB-Min) and Joe Mixon (RB-Cin) went three and four. Mixon could be a steal at four. Actually, I was hoping Mixon would fall to me at five, but he did not.

My bias toward tight ends led me to take O.J. Howard (TE-TB) fifth. Admittedly, it was a bit of a reach, but Howard could be a top-tier tight end for years to come.

It's somewhat surprising that Corey Davis (WR-Ten) fell to seventh, after Mike Williams (WR-LAC) was drafted sixth. As of this writing, ESPN's Mike Clay and Pro Football Focus both have Davis as the No. 1 rated rookie for 2017, so a fall to seventh is unlikely in most drafts, but it did happen here.

Another mini-run on running backs followed with Samaje Perine (RB-Was) and D'Onta Foreman (RB-Hou) going eight and nine. I agree, I reached for Foreman, but I'm a Longhorns fan, and I'm not sold on Lamar Miller (RB-Hou). And, just like Mixon, Perine could be a Sooner steal at eight.

Deshaun Watson (QB-Hou) at ten is a little early for me; but if you are drafting in Texas, there's bound to be a Texans fan or two in your league. Watson probably does have the most immediate fantasy impact for a rookie quarterback, and he has excellent weapons.

David Njoku (TE-Cle) and Zay Jones (WR-Buf) rounded out the top twelve, and both have big question marks at quarterback. Their talent isn't a question, but their opportunity is.

Round 2

 Patrick Mahomes (QB-KC) was the 4th pick of the second round in our rookie dynasty league draft.

Patrick Mahomes (QB-KC) was the 4th pick of the second round in our rookie dynasty league draft.

I was thrilled Kareem Hunt (RB-KC) fell to me with the first pick of round two, 13 overall. Jamaal Charles (RB-Den) is sporting new duds in Denver, and the Chiefs don't seem to be sold on Spencer Ware (RB-KC).

Mitch Trubisky (QB-Chi) was the No. 2 overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, but only the No. 2 pick of the second round in our rookie draft. Someone is wrong, either the Chicago Bears or the four of us. Trubisky could be a fine NFL quarterback, but he's not a fantasy option in 2017 or anytime soon.

John Ross (WR-Cin) and Curtis Samuel (WR-Car) went next. Both are talented wide receivers in good offenses, but both have excellent WR1's in front of them.

My own personal favorite pick was Patrick Mahomes (QB-KC) in round two. It's a long-term dynasty league stash, I do realize, but Mahomes is a gamble worth taking. He's got the best arm talent of any quarterback in the draft, and Andy Reid is a QB-wizard. In two to three years, Mahomes will be the man in KC and on your fantasy team.

Evan Engram (TE-NYG) fell surprisingly far to 18 overall. I think this speaks more to the depth of running backs than Engram himself, though.

Speaking of running backs...there was another run at 19, 20, 21, 23 and 24. Wow! It feels like the good old days with so many running backs going here. Marlon Mack (RB-Ind), James Connor (RB-Pit), Jamal Williams (RB-GB), Wayne Gallman (RB-NYG) and Alvin Kamara (RB-NO) all could surprise us and be top-12 running backs this season. I don't know that I would bet on any one of them being that, but I'd take the field and bet that one of them is.

Only Ju-Ju Smith-Schuster (WR-Pit) - the funnest name in football - broke the sting of five consecutive running backs.

 DeShone Kizer (QB-Cle) was among the undrafted in our 2017 fantasy football rookie draft, but could surprise in a year or two.

DeShone Kizer (QB-Cle) was among the undrafted in our 2017 fantasy football rookie draft, but could surprise in a year or two.

Notes:

  • Notable absences were receivers Carlos Henderson (WR-Den), Taywan Taylor (WR-Ten), ArDarius Stewart (WR-NYJ), Cooper Kupp (WR-LAR), and Josh Reynolds (WR-TB). Most of them went to crowded receiving corps, and Stewart and Kupp went to the Jets and Rams.
  • Undrafted backs were Donnel Pumphrey (RB-Phi), Aaron Jones (RB-GB), and Jeremy McNichols (RB-TB). Again, crowded backfields.
  • Deshone Kizer (QB-Cle) is the only quarterback of note to go undrafted. The Browns roster, however, is looking better and better. Kizer could surprise some folks in a year or two.
  • 12, or one-half of all picks were running backs. I don't know if that speaks to the depth of RB in this class, or the lack of good ones in the NFL. Probably both.

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2017 NFL Rookie Rankings

 Christian McCaffrey (RB-Car) could be the first rookie drafted in 2017 fantasy football leagues.

Christian McCaffrey (RB-Car) could be the first rookie drafted in 2017 fantasy football leagues.

In dynasty leagues, the most important part of the season is the rookie draft. This year, there are a lot of players that could make your team much better, even in the second round. Take advantage of all the talent. I would recommend, if you have a pick outside the top 4, trade back and accumulate more picks, especially if you have a few holes on your team.

Top Fantasy Football Rookies for 2017

1. Leonard Fournette (RB, Jax) - He's a workhorse from day one. Expect Todd Gurley's rookie-season numbers.

2. Christian McCaffrey (RB, Car) - Will get touches any way you want him to, including in the return game. He could move into the one spot if your league is PPR or counts return yards.

3. Dalvin Cook (RB, Min) - He's a first round talent that dropped to the second. Cook will win the job outright in Minnesota and could be the top back of this draft if he stays healthy.

4. Joe Mixon (RB, Cin) - Some have said he was the most talented back in the draft. I didn't see that, but I also didn't watch as much film as they did. He should have the backfield by the second half of the season and be productive in the passing game.

5. O.J. Howard (TE, TB) - He's already a top-6 tight end. Jameis Winston keeps getting toys, and this one could be the second best one.

6. Corey Davis (WR, Ten) - Davis is the most talented wide receiver in the draft and should step right in and be, at worst, the second WR. Tennessee wants to run the ball, but Davis will get his shots downfield also.

7. Mike Williams (WR, SD) - A big guy that should get plenty of targets in an offense that will throw the ball, a lot. Williams could very easily end the season as the top WR in this class.

8. Joe Ross (WR, Cin) - "Fast" doesn't do Ross justice, but Cincy has an issue throwing rookies into the fire. Ross is a better real-life option than fantasy option, think DeSean Jackson light.

9. Zay Jones (WR, Buf) - Sammy Watkins now has a legit WR2 to go along with him. Jones could play his way into the target leader, assuming Watkins does Watkins and misses a few games.

10. David Njoku (TE, Cle) - Njoku was the second best TE in this draft, and should end the season as a TE1. Cleveland QBs have to throw it to someone other than Corey Coleman.

 DeShaun Watson (QB-Hou) should be the starting quarterback for the Texans early in the 2017 season.

DeShaun Watson (QB-Hou) should be the starting quarterback for the Texans early in the 2017 season.

11. Deshaun Watson (QB, Hou) - If you have another QB, maybe go for one of the higher upside guys. If you need a guy that could start this season, Watson should, at least, have a couple games worth a first-round draft slot.

12. Kareem Hunt (RB, KC) - Hunt might not break camp as the starter in KC, but he should break the first quarter of the season with the top spot.

13. Samaje Perine (RB, Was) - Perine and Rob Kelly are similar players. Perine is better, though. Perine will win the starting job before mid-season.

14. Evan Engram (TE, NYG) - Engram doesn't have any real competition, and this offense should be able to score.

15. Chris Samuel (WR, Car) - Samuel is the inverse of his new teammate, McCaffrey. He will start at the slot, but will also get touches everywhere. I can see Samuel moving up in the rankings.

16. Patrick Mahomes (QB, KC) - The highest variance of any player in the draft. He could be Brett Favre or Ryan Leaf. If you have time to wait, he could pay off huge.

17. Mitch Trubisky (QB, Chi) - League scouts thought he was the best QB in this draft. They might be right. He won't start this season, but will have the reigns in 2018.

18. James Conner (RB, Pit) - As of now, Conner is the handcuff to Le'Veon. That alone is reason for a draft spot. The fact that he was their guy all along gets me excited for Conner.

19. Jamal Williams (RB, GB) - If you don't believe in Ty Montgomery, he should be much higher on your draft list. I do believe in Montgomery, so Williams has value, but will only be the banger.

20. Marlon Mack (RB, Ind) - Frank Gore can't cheat father time forever, can he? I don't believe he can, so Mack, who is a smaller back, should be drafted. Indy will throw to him also.

21. D'Onta Foreman (RB, Hou) - Lamar Miller is entrenched as the starter, but has injury concerns. Foreman is extremely talented and could be very productive in this offense.

22. Alvin Kamara (RB, NO) - Watch to see if Mark Ingram gets moved. If he does, Kamara is a first-round rookie pick.

23. Joe Williams (RB, SF) - When the coach bangs the table for you, he will give you run. They have Carlos Hyde and traded for Kapri Bibbs on draft night.

24. Cooper Kupp (WR, LAR) - Working in the slot, look for Jamison Crowder type of production. For a rookie, that's pretty good.

Priority Free Agents

 Josh Reynolds (WR-LAR) could be the playmaker the Rams have needed at wide receiver for a long time.

Josh Reynolds (WR-LAR) could be the playmaker the Rams have needed at wide receiver for a long time.

Josh Reynolds (WR, LAR) - The Rams need playmakers. Reynolds can be that. This could be one of the QB/WR combos we hear from in later years.

Taywon Taylor (WR, Ten) - Rishard Matthews doesn't always have a clean bill of health, and Davis is hurt now. Taylor could factor in the offense earlier than you think.

Juju Smith-Schuster (WR, Pit) - If Martavis Bryant can't stay clean, or healthy, this could be a steal for both the Steelers and his fantasy owners.

Chris Godwin (WR, TB) - Godwin comes in as the third WR behind Jackson, who will miss some games. Expect Godwin to impress you.

Wayne Gallman (RB, NYG) - He's the goal line back immediately, and he could work himself into more carries, especially if Paul Perkins struggles.

Jonnu Smith (TE, Ten) - A Delaney Walker clone, and has Walker to learn from. Smith could have value, but expect it when Walker retires or moves along.

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Rounds 4-7 Impactful Fantasy Players for the 2017 NFL Draft

 Samaje Perine (RB-Was) was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the 4th Round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Samaje Perine (RB-Was) was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the 4th Round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Rounds 4-7 can turn out some NFL stars and definitely some fantasy stars. In just the past year we had Jordan Howard, Paul Perkins, and Tyreek Hill. Some of these players will be also be droppable by their NFL teams, so it’s a crap shoot if you’re doing your fantasy drafts anytime soon.

Marlon Mack (RB, USF) to the Indianapolis Colts – Frank Gore is only getting older, and there isn’t anyone else in the Indy backfield that should take touches away. He's a late round flier, and a good one.

Jamal Williams (RB, BYU) to the Green Bay Packers – Ty Montgomery is the starter, Williams should be the second back, he could work himself into the work horse, and he's a must draft in the late rounds.

Wayne Gallman (RB, Clem) to the New York Giants – Perkins was a later round pick also. Gallman should get secondary touches and could be the goal line back. A speculative add.

Donnell Pumphrey (RB, SDSU) to the Philadelphia Eagles – "Darren Sproles light" is how he is described. Should have PPR value but only when that backfield gets hurt.

Joe Williams (RB, Utah) to the San Francisco 49ers – When the head coach bangs the table for you, expect to get some run. He is the Carlos Hyde handcuff at worst, the starter by mid-season at best.

Jeremy McNicholls (RB, BSU) to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – This offense seems to go through some RBs, and McNicholls will need to show he is better than 3 backs to be valuable.

Samaje Perine (RB, OU) to the Washington Redskins – Perine and Rob Kelly are very similar. I personally think that Perine will show to be better. One of my favorite late-round RBs in re-drafts, and a sneaky, late first rounder in rookie drafts.

Josh Reynolds (WR, A&M) to the Los Angeles Rams – Jared Goff has to throw to someone. Reynolds could crack the starting lineup and get some serious targets, take a flier on him.

Jake Butt (TE, Mich) to the Denver Broncos – A steal for the Broncos, and he could also be for dynasty leagues. Might not play in 2017, so a huge risk in re-drafts.

Bucky Hodges (TE, VMI) to the Minnesota Vikings – Rudolph isn’t a spring chicken, and Bradford will throw short.

Jordan Leggett (TE, Clem) to the Jacksonville Jaguars – They traded Julius Thomas, so this could be a position to watch.

Some, if not most, of these guys won’t be drafted. If nothing else, remember their names.

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NFL Draft 2017 Fantasy Impact for Rounds 2 and 3

 Dalvin Cook (RB-Min) fell to the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft to the Minnesota Vikings.

Dalvin Cook (RB-Min) fell to the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft to the Minnesota Vikings.

Round 1 was fun, but where a lot of teams make their team better is rounds 2 and 3. Here are the fantasy-relevant players from the second and third rounds.

Round 2

Zay Jones (WR, ECU) to the Buffalo Bills – They needed to add a wide receiver to help Sammy Watkins. Some scouts have Jones as the best in this draft. He’s a flier in re-drafts, and a late first rounder in rookie drafts

Chris Samuel (RB/WR, OSU) to the Carolina Panthers – He’s basically the same type of player as Christian McCaffrey. He’s a speculative add in re-drafts, and a 2nd rounder in rookie drafts.

Dalvin Cook (RB, FSU) to the Minnesota Vikings – Cook should have been a first round pick, but because of a shoulder issue and character concerns, he fell to the Vikings in round 2. He’s a 5th round pick in re-draft and a top 4 pick in rookie drafts.

Gerald Everett (TE, South Alabama) to the LA Rams – He should develop to help Jared Goff, but isn’t anywhere near fantasy relevant.

Adam Sheheen (TE, Ashland) to the Chicago Bears – The Bears drafted a potential franchise QB in the first round and drafted a TE that should be there for a long time in the second. Not fantasy relevant.

Joe Mixon (RB, OU) to the Cincinnati Bengals – Mixon has a lot of baggage, and some people won’t draft him because of that, if you are not in that group, he should be drafted in the 6th or 7th round in re-drafts and a top 5 pick in rookie drafts.

DeShone Kizer (QB, ND) to the Cleveland Browns – The Browns did some things in this draft, and Kizer in the second was one of them. He has no relevance in 2017 but should be a low 1st or high 2nd in rookie drafts.

JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR, USC) to the Pittsburgh Steelers – The Steelers like to add WRs to help Big Ben, and Smith-Schuster is one of them. With Martavius Bryant back, Smith-Schuster will have to battle Sammy Coates for playing time. He is undraftable in re-drafts and a late second in rookie drafts.

 D'Onta Foreman (RB-Hou) was the Houston Texans' third round draft pick.

D'Onta Foreman (RB-Hou) was the Houston Texans' third round draft pick.

Round 3

Alvin Kamara (RB, Tenn) to the NO Saints – He's going to play the pass-catcher role in NO and is a flier in both re-drafts and the rookie draft.

Cooper Kupp (WR, EWU) to the LA Rams – Immediately, he is the slot receiver in LA. He helps Goff, but that shouldn’t be reason to draft him.

Taywan Taylor (WR, WKU) to the Tennessee Titans – Should fight for slot work, as of now, not a fantasy option.

ArDarius Stewart (WR, Ala) to the NY Jets – The Jets always need playmakers, and he should fit into the WR fold somewhere.

Carlos Henderson (WR, LTU) to the Denver Broncos – A lot of buzz for Henderson before the draft. This could be a good fit if Denver ever gets the QB situation fixed.

Chris Godwin (WR, PSU) to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Another weapon for Winston, but there is a log jam for snaps. Some people had Godwin as the 3rd best WR in the draft.

Kareem Hunt (RB, Toledo) to the KC Chiefs – Should be fighting for carries immediately, and should be drafted as a handcuff to Spencer Ware and late first, early second in rookie drafts.

Davis Webb (QB, Cal) to the NY Giants – Webb starts as the 3rd string QB in NY. No fantasy relevance .

D’Onta Foreman (RB, Texas) to the Houston Texans – Could have a ton of value if Lamar Miller goes down. He should be Millers handcuff and taken in the second round of the rookie draft.

Kenny Golladay (WR, NIU) to the Detroit Lions – Big and fast, but there’s a lot of WRs in Detroit.

Chad Williams (WR, Gramb) to the Arizona Cardinals – Talented kid, but he has a lot of players to beat out for snaps.

Jonnu Smith (TE, FIU) to the Tennessee Titans – Could be relevant immediately in 2 TE sets, and he could look a lot like his TE mate, Delanie Walker.

C.J. Beathard (QB, Iowa) to the SF 49ers – He's a 3rd string, stop gap backup until Kirk Cousins comes to town.

James Conner (RB, Pitt) to the Pittsburgh Steelers – Bell gets hurt every year; Conner could be the handcuff, which gives him top-10 round value in re-drafts and second round rookie draft value.

Amara Darboh (WR, Mich) to the Seattle Seahawks – Seattle has some guys at the position, but don’t count out Darboh to push himself into some snaps.

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2017 NFL Draft Fantasy Impact

 Mitchell Trubisky (QB-Chi) was the Chicago Bears 1st Round pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. What is his fantasy football impact?

Mitchell Trubisky (QB-Chi) was the Chicago Bears 1st Round pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. What is his fantasy football impact?

The first round of the 2017 NFL Draft was definitely a fun one to watch, track and speculate on. There were plenty of fantasy relevant players that went to fun places. Here they are:

Mitchell Trubisky (QB, NC) to the Chicago Bears: There isn't much, if any, fantasy impact for Trubisky in 2017. In dynasty leagues, the quarterback position is always a crap shoot. He's not my favorite of this class.

Leonard Fournette (RB, LSU) to the Jacksonville Jaguars: Fournette will be in the 3rd/4th round range in redrafts and should be the 1st or 2nd pick in rookie drafts.

Corey Davis (WR, WMU) to the Tennessee Titans: Marcus Mariota needs more weapons on offense, and if Davis can stay healthy, he is just that. Davis is ultra-talented and can be the #1 wide receiver Tennessee has needed for a long while. He's a round 7/8 pick in redraft and top 5/6 pick in rookie drafts. Around the same place you chose Kevin White a couple of years ago.

Mike Williams (WR, Clem) to the Los Angeles Chargers: Instant impact player with the Chargers. He should go ahead of Davis is redraft leagues but could slip behind him in rookie drafts. Davis has more long term upside, but Williams has the more pass-happy offense and QB with the better track record.

Christian McCaffrey (RB, Stam) to the Carolina Panthers: Great fit for any team, but Carolina wants to run the ball, a lot. He is the 1/2 pick in a rookie draft, unless its PPR, in which case he's first with a bullet. He's a 4/5 rounder in standard, and 3/4 in PPR in a redraft.

John Ross (WR, Was) to the Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals needed to add some weapons after the mass exodus of last year. Ross is a burner and will help sway coverage away from A.J. Green. This is a classic better-in-real-life than in fantasy type of move. Ross is a late round flier in redraft and a later first rounder in rookie drafts.

 Patrick Mahomes, II., was the 1st Round draft pick of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Patrick Mahomes, II., was the 1st Round draft pick of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Patrick Mahomes (QB, TTU) to the Kansas City Chiefs: Mahomes has no 2017 fantasy appeal. He has the most variance of any QB in this draft. He will be either the best QB or won't have his 5th year option picked up by the Chiefs. He will be drafted in rookie drafts, but could also be dropped by week 3 in fantasy.

Deshaun Watson (QB, Clem) to the Houston Texans: Watson is easily the most relevant QB for fantasy in 2017. He is also my favorite, especially with his landing spot. Watson, in my opinion, will win the starting QB job going into the season. He will have growing pains, but he will have a stat line a lot like Marcus Mariota did his rookie year, with a few more INTs. He is the only QB I would take a flier on in redrafts, and should be the first QB taken in rookie drafts.

O.J. Howard (TE, Ala) to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers: There might not be a better spot for Howard to have landed. Jameis Winston throws to his tight ends, and Howard is better than anything Winston has even had at the position. TEs usually take a little while to develop, however, Howard could be a pro bowler his rookie year. Howard is a top-12 fantasy TE, and should be drafted in the range your taking your starting TE, outside of the elite at the position. Howard should be drafted with the WRs, if not before, in rookie drafts.

Evan Engram (TE, Ole Miss) to the New York Giants: If Howard went to the perfect place, Engram might have gone to the second. Great offense, good QB, and a team that has made an effort to throw to the TE. Engram is a late-round flier in redrafts and should be taken at the end of the first, early in the second in a rookie draft.

David Njoku (TE, Mia) to the Cleveland Browns: There are some that think he was the best pass-catching TE in this class. I would take Njoku before Engram, but that's because I think he has more of a floor and just as high of a ceiling. Given, it is the Browns, but he should be taken in the same range as Engram.

The second and third round is tonight, enjoy!

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Fantasy Football: DraftKings Discounts Thanksgiving Day Edition

There is an excellent slate of NFL games for Thanksgiving Day with plenty of daily fantasy football goodness.

This is a special DraftKings Discounts Thanksgiving Day Edition. There is a three-game DraftKings slate for Thanksgiving Day with excellent (on paper) fantasy games.

The early game is the Vikings at the Lions. It's a divisional rivalry pitting a dynamic fantasy offense against one of the best defenses in the NFL. Matthew Stafford began the season as one of the better fantasy quarterbacks, but his production has trailed off lately. The Vikings were one of the best fantasy defense in the league early on, but they have also come back down to earth. It's a great way to start the day.

The afternoon game is another divisional matchup - the Redskins at the Cowboys. Dak, Dez & Zeke appear unstoppable, and the Redskins are fresh off a thumping of the Packers. There should be plenty of fantasy goodness to go around in this NFC East showdown.

The late game - Steelers at Colts - is where the fireworks could be if Andrew Luck can make it out of the NFL's concussion protocol. It's a longshot, though. Without Luck, the game is considerably less appealing, but keep a watchful eye on Luck's gameday status.

Here are the Thanksgiving Day DraftKings Discounts:

Quarterbacks:

  • Scott Tolzien (QB-Ind) - $5000. If Luck is out, Tolzien - at minimum price - is in, and he will be chasing points.
  • Sam Bradford (QB-Min) - $5100. At $100 over minimum, you could do worse than Bradford facing the Lions in cash games.
  • Matthew Stafford (QB-Det) - $5700. The Vikings defense should scare off a lot of folks, so Stafford at a low ownership percentage could be a sneaky good tournament play.

Running Backs:

  • Rob Kelley (RB-Was) - $4300. He will be one of the chalkiest plays of the week, but for good reason.
  • Frank Gore (RB-Ind) - $5200. The ageless one is averaging 17.1 DraftKings points per game over the last five, and the Steelers defense doesn't scare anyone.
  • Theo Riddick (RB-Det) - $5400. He should see plenty of targets against the Vikings defense.

Wide Receivers:

  • Anquan Boldin (WR-Det) - $3300. Boldin led the Lions in targets last week, and he's a decent bet to do it again this week.
  • Pierre Garcon (WR-Was) - $3900. He's had six receptions in each of the last three games, and he should have at least that many this week.
  • Adam Thielen (WR-Min) - $4000. Thielen is average double-digit fantasy points over the last three games, and one of those games was against the Lions.

Tight Ends:

  • Ladarius Green (TE-Pit) - $2600 and Jesse James (TE-Pit) $2700. Pick either as a punt play.
  • Dwayne Allen (TE-Ind) - $2600 and Jack Doyle (TE-Ind) $2800. It's Doyle unless you need the savings.

Defenses (DSTs):

  • Steelers (DST-Pit) - $2500. If Luck is out, the Steelers should be money.
  • Lions (DST-Det) - $3000. They have been better lately, and the Vikings can't run the ball.

It's a short slate, but a good one. And there's nothing like food, family, and football for Thanksgiving Day.

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Man Crush Monday Following NFL Week 10

Marcus Mariota (QB-Ten) leads TJ's #MCM column following his week 10 performance vs. the Packers.

It's been a few weeks since I've been able to get to this marvelous column. I apologize for that, but sometimes life takes you to a whole new level!

Since the last #MCM column, the world has basically flipped on its axis. The Cubs won a World Series, Donald Trump won the presidential election, and, more importantly, the Detroit Lions are in first place in the NFC North.

There has been a lot of performances that I haven't been able to talk about. Isaiah Crowell looked like a legit RB1, and is no longer startable. Sammie Coates was a thing, now he's playing two snaps a game. Kenny Britt went bananas against Detroit, and, of course, Jay Ajayi looked like the best running back since, well, Ezekiel Elliott.

For this week, these are the gentlemen who have caught my eye:

Marcus Mariota (QB, Ten) - 27 points.

Mariota has been awesome of late and Sunday was no different. The Titans crushed the Packers, and Mariota threw for 295 yards with 4 touchdowns in the process. He didn't even use his rushing acumen to incur any points. We talked about Mariota v. Cam Newton on Thursday's show. Mariota was the second leading scoring quarterback in standard leagues, and Cam was...not. Mariota is a high-end streamer and low-end QB1. He's been great for the last few games, so he should be added everywhere.

Ryan Mathews (RB, Phi) - 27 Points.

Mathews is a roller coaster ride. He played 8 snaps in each of the last two games until he rushed for 109 yards and 2 touchdowns and added 30 yards on 2 catches to end the week as the second-best running back in standard scoring. He still didn't play the majority of the snaps for Philly, but did lead the team in touches. Trying to forecast Mathews forward is pretty much impossible. He's a live-or-die RB2. Good luck going forward.

Tyrell Williams (WR, SD) - 18 Points.

Williams is the best wide receiver you've never heard of. He's had double-digit fantasy points in 3 or the last 4 weeks and 4 of the last 6 games. Rivers has to throw it to someone, and that someone is named Tyrell Williams. Williams is 6'5, 205 with speed. Williams had 5 catches for 125 yards and a touchdown yesterday, and that's not an anomaly. He has a bye this week, so he might be a sneaky add, but after the bye, Williams has a prime schedule. Buy Williams as a WR2.

Cameron Brate (TE, TB) - 14 Points.

"Make America Brate Again" was a popular team name this season. Luckily. for all the teams with this name, Brate has been great, at least recently. He had 7 catches, 84 yards, and a score, which is a great line for a tight end these days. His next two weeks are brutal (vs. Kansas City and Seattle), but after that, his schedule is gravy. Add Brate and stash if you need a TE. If you have to play him, he should be fine because he does score TDs.

I hope to be writing to all of you much more in the future.

Later, Newsers!

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