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Champions Draft Owner Comments

Wed Jul 10 12:31pm ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer

McCaffrey went first overall


We wanted to give our readers a look into the thought process of the owners of our "Champions Draft." So here is a look at each team and some of their strategies/thoughts on their draft.

Before we get to the comments, here is a quick rundown of the league. First off, the draft this season consists of the top rated fantasy players on our site - we invited players that were rated at the top of our Top Fantasy Players report. So this is the best of the best on our site.

We used the same rules as we do for the "All-Pro" fantasy leagues on our site. So you can view the entire set of rules on our main page for that game. But here is a brief look. Each team starts a quarterback, two running backs, two receivers, a tight end, a defensive/special teams, a kicker and a flex player (RB, WR or TE). Scoring is pretty standard. Touchdowns are worth six except for passing touchdowns, which are worth four. And it is a points per reception league, giving every player a point per reception. Defenses get points for sacks, interceptions and fumble recoveries. The rules are pretty standard with how many leagues operate these days.

Here is a link to the draft board: Champs Draft Board.

Below is a look at each team and their thoughts on their favorite pick, least favorite pick, toughest decision and surprise of the draft. See how the best of the best feel about their draft. 

Bubbles Army - Brad Petri

Baker Mayfield, QB, CLE
Nick Chubb, RB, CLE 
Tevin Coleman, RB, SFO 
Chris Godwin, WR, TAM 
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU 
Jarvis Landry, WR, CLE 
Zach Ertz, TE, PHI
Ka'imi Fairbairn, K, HOU 
Chicago Bears 
Mitch Trubisky, QB, CHI 
Mike Davis, RB, CHI
Darrell Henderson, RB, LAR 
Justice Hill, RB, BAL 
Kareem Hunt, RB, CLE  
Devin Funchess, WR, IND 
N'Keal Harry, WR, NWE

FAVORITE PICK: Not a fan of the five spot. The top four backs are always gone and next few picks are usually close in value and would rather have the better player coming back down. If had to say a favorite pick, I guess getting Zach Ertz in Round 3.

LEAST FAVORITE PICK: My least favorite pick was likely Kareem Hunt in Round 8 but thought cuffing Nick Chubb was good option. But with only 16-man roster and him out for eight weeks, this will take some roster management.

TOUGHEST DECISION: My biggest decision was actually in Round 1 to take a running back, Melvin Gordon or David Johnson, or DeAndre Hopkins at receiver. I was thinking that running back would likely dwindle, which is what happened.

SURPRISE OF THE DRAFT: Marquez Valdes-Scantling seems to have climbed lately, not only in this draft (Round 8) but several drafts lately.

BLOOD WOLF - Bryan Hough

Deshaun Watson, QB, HOU 
Aaron Jones, RB, GNB 
Phillip Lindsay, RB, DEN 
Joe Mixon, RB, CIN
Odell Beckham Jr., WR, CLE 
Allen Robinson, WR, CHI 
Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN 
Greg Zuerlein, K, LAR 
Cleveland Browns 
Jameis Winston, QB, TAM 
Jamaal Williams, RB, GNB 
Tyreek Hill, WR, KAN
D.K. Metcalf, WR, SEA
DeVante Parker, WR, MIA 
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, GNB 
Tyler Eifert, TE, CIN

FAVORITE PICK: My favorite pick was D.K. Metcalf. I know he is just a rookie, but he is standing out in minicamp. He reminds me of a young Calvin Johnson. If things go perfect for him, he could be the offensive NFL Rookie of the Year.  Incredible value for a ninth round/108 overall fantasy pick. 

LEAST FAVORITE PICK: My least favorite pick was Kyle Rudolph. I wanted a better tight end, but there was nothing left at the position to make an impact on my team. Rudolph is not flashy, but reliable. 

TOUGHEST DECISION: My toughest decision was actually my first two picks. I was surprised some of the players I wanted were already drafted. Plus, I was having a hard time picking two out of the three players: Joe Mixon, James Connor and Odell Beckham. 

SURPRISE OF THE DRAFT: Surprise of the draft for me was that all the good tight ends were gone by the end of the seventh round. I really thought I could get Jared Cook, Hunter Henry or David Njoku.

LoadedFlexOptions - Stephen Hawley

Kyler Murray, QB, ARI
Alvin Kamara, RB, NOR 
Damien Williams, RB, KAN 
T Y Hilton, WR, IND
Dante Pettis, WR, SFO 
Robert Woods, WR, LAR 
Trey Burton, TE, CHI 
Harrison Butker, K, KAN 
Los Angeles Rams 
Alexander Mattison, RB, MIN 
Lamar Miller, RB, HOU
David Montgomery, RB, CHI 
Jaylen Samuels, RB, PIT 
Keke Coutee, WR, HOU 
Courtland Sutton, WR, DEN 
T.J. Hockenson, TE, DET

FAVORITE PICK: For me, it would be Alexander Mattison at pick 13.03. I think this Vikings rookie could have some independent value much like Austin Ekeler did last season taken in a similar round. Also, with Dalvin Cook injury history over the first two years, the Vikings may want to lessen the load for him in hopes he can play throughout the whole season.

LEAST FAVORITE PICK: I’m hoping this player performs like the player I wrote in this section last season (George Kittle) and it’s for the same reason. Dante Pettis is a player I am very high on but did not want to have to take him at 6.10 when I normally can get him in the late seventh or early eighth round. However, playing against the competition I was in, I couldn’t be sure to myself that he could come back to me in the eighth round.

TOUGHEST DECISION: Toughest for me came early in the draft when deciding between TY Hilton or Zach Ertz in the third round. With this group of experienced drafters, they tend to feast on running backs and receivers that will often let some tight ends fall in the draft. If I could get OJ Howard or Evan Engram in the sixth round  then Hilton would be the right play. Although I didn’t get either of those players, I’m still happy with the decision of Hilton with receivers being taken frequently as expected.

SURPRISE OF THE DRAFT: After taking Trey Burton as my TE1, I knew I would likely be taking two additional players at that position with the uncertainty Burton brings. Guys I normally target in Rounds 13-16 (Jack Doyle, Chris Herndon, Dallas Goedert, Mark Andrews) were all gone by then and I was completely unprepared for what to do if that were to happen and left me in a very sketchy spot at the tight end position.

Gregory’s Team - Gregory Marrapese

Drew Brees, QB, NOR
Dalvin Cook, RB, MIN
Sony Michel, RB, NWE
James White, RB, NWE 
Davante Adams, WR, GNB
A.J. Green, WR, CIN
Evan Engram, TE, NYG 
Stephen Gostkowski, K, NWE 
New England Patriots 
Tom Brady, QB, NWE
Duke Johnson, RB, CLE 
Dion Lewis, RB, CLE
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI 
Sterling Shepard, WR, NYG 
Jimmy Graham, TE, GNB 
Greg Olsen, TE, CAR

FAVORITE PICK: My favorite pick was my first pick at seven, taking Davante Adams. I was really impressed how he produced last year and I wanted to make sure I had him on my team this year. I think he will have another good year.  

LEAST FAVORITE PICK: My least favorite pick was Duke Johnson. I was at work when this draft was going on and by the time I got to my phone for my next pick time ran out. I was trying to pick Russel Wilson with one second left but instead the draft auto picked Duke Johnson.

TOUGHEST DECISION: The toughest decision was when I got to the middle of the sixth round. I was hoping to get one more running back for depth like Derrius Guice or a receiver like Alshon Jeffrey. Both players got picked right before my pick, so instead I went next best tight end, Evan Engram.

SURPRISE OF THE DRAFT: The only thing that surprised me was that James White was still available for me to get at the 5.8 spot.  However, looking at past TFC drafts, that is the round he usually goes in. I was happy to get both New England running backs in Sony Michel and James White.

Suncoast - Ralph Schiavon

Kirk Cousins, QB, MIN
Jared Goff, QB, LAR 
Devonta Freeman, RB, ATL 
Royce Freeman, RB, DEN 
Melvin Gordon, RB, LAC 
Latavius Murray, RB, NOR 
Ito Smith, RB, ATL 
Geronimo Allison, WR, GNB 
Tyler Boyd, WR, CIN
Kenny Golladay, WR, DET 
Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN 
Mike Williams, WR, LAC 
Travis Kelce, TE, KAN 
Jordan Reed, TE, WAS 
Robbie Gould, K, SFO 
Houston Texans

FAVORITE PICK: Due to the abilities of all draft participants, the event was very balanced and predictable. My favorite pick was Jared Goff in the 12th Round, who I feel will be a solid QB1. I generally try to wait on quarterbacks due to the wealth of value with this position. I should get good production with this particular pick this deep into the draft.

LEAST FAVORITE PICK: I feel my worst pick was Latavius Murray in the seventh round. I needed a RB3 at this point but there is a drop off fast with running backs. I settled on Murray, however, due to the upside with his role in a prolific offense.

TOUGHEST DECISION: The toughest decision I had to make was in the 10th round when I chose Ito Smith. At that point, I needed my final running back (RB5) and was torn between backs with more value potential but in the end decided to grab Smith in order to have a true handcuff to one of my starters (Freeman).

SURPRISE OF THE DRAFT: There were a couple of surprises for me in the Champs Draft. The first was how quick some of the quarterbacks were picked. The other was Tyreek Hill in the sixth round, considering all the issues surrounding his situation. It is a high risk, high reward pick for sure that could pay off or bust. I will note that Hill seems to be steadily moving up draft boards in recent weeks.

Knockerdog - Michael Richmer

Andrew Luck, QB, IND
Todd Gurley, RB, LAR
David Johnson, RB, ARI
Will Fuller, WR, HOU
Tyler Lockett, WR, SEA
Calvin Ridley, WR, ATL 
George Kittle, TE, SFO 
Giorgio Tavecchio, K, ATL  
Jacksonville Jaguars 
Cam Newton, QB, CAR 
Damien Harris, RB, NWE
Jordan Howard, RB, PHI 
Benny Snell Jr., RB, PIT
Zay Jones, WR, BUF 
Anthony Miller, WR, CHI 
Mark Andrews, TE, BAL

FAVORITE PICK: Last Year, Todd Gurley was the unanimous No. 1 selection in many drafts. This year, knee issues have lowered his ADP dramatically. Picking him at 2.7 could end up being a steal, or a lot of trouble for my team. I am willing to take that chance at this point of the draft.

LEAST FAVORITE PICK: My pick I wish I had to do over was Cam Newton at 11.6 in this draft. I could have waited until Round 15 for a second quarterback or even waited until I need one on waivers for Andrew Luck's bye week.

TOUGHEST DECISION: At pick 4.7, I was at a point where I needed to pick a receiver. I took Tyler Lockett over some others. There wasn't a lot to decide from that would have made a big difference. Sixteen of the top receivers had already been cleared from the board. In hindsight, I could have taken A.J. Green or Kenny Golladay, but they offered little upside in my mind if any over George Kittle, so i picked him at 3.6 instead of a receiver.

SURPRISE OF THE DRAFT: When you enter a draft with the expertise of the players in this draft, you need to get the players you want as quickly as possible. Forget about ADP to a certain degree and grab what you want. If you think you have some info on a sleeper pick, be sure they know it too. Right when I thought I might get a player I wanted, they were picked before I could get them.

Supernatural - Joe Walker

Lamar Jackson, QB, BAL 
Chris Carson, RB, SEA 
Derrius Guice, RB, WAS
Amari Cooper, WR, DAL
Mike Evans, WR, TAM
JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, PIT 
Vance McDonald, TE, PIT 
Dan Bailey, K, MIN
Kansas City Chiefs 
Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN 
Carlos Hyde, RB, KAN 
Ronald Jones II, RB, TAM 
Rashaad Penny, RB, SEA 
Donte Moncrief, WR, PIT 
Jack Doyle, TE, IND

FAVORITE PICK: Amari Cooper at 3.9 was the best bang for my buck in this draft. This picked played right into my hands.

LEAST FAVORITE PICK: Rashad Penny at 5.9 is waaay too early for a handcuff running back. Seattle is a run-first team and having the primary back there will pay dividends but having to waste this pick was unfortunate. I really wanted Tyler Boyd or Mark Ingram in the fifth round and I had my fingers crossed that one would fall to me but Suncoast and Paur made sure that they did not.

TOUGHEST DECISION: Do I go wide receiver or running back heavy in the beginning rounds? Every few years, the early wide receiver strategy pays off and I think that this is the year. If I were drafting in the in the RTFFC, Championship or High Stakes leagues, I would definitely have a few teams like this one. Drafting with all of the top players here I felt I had to do something a little different. The good ole early stud running back structure is hard to beat and that is why it was such a tough decision.

SURPRISE OF THE DRAFT: The tight end position seems like you are either all in (get one super early) or you are left out in cold. The difference between the top couple of guys and the rest of the pack is enormous this year. In past years, in the onesie positions you just stream it if needed, but this year the low hanging fruit is rotten on the ground. The disparity in the spread of points is the most I have ever seen.

CrakRok - Gregory Kanter

Philip Rivers, QB, LAC 
Saquon Barkley, RB, NYG 
Tarik Cohen, RB, CHI 
Keenan Allen, WR, LAC 
Corey Davis, WR, TEN 
Adam Thielen, WR, MIN 
Hunter Henry, TE, LAC 
Jake Elliott, K, PHI 
Minnesota Vikings 
Peyton Barber, RB, TAM 
Matt Breida, RB, SFO 
Kenyan Drake, RB, MIA 
Chris Thompson, RB, WAS 
Curtis Samuel, WR, CAR 
Dede Westbrook, WR, JAC 
Austin Hooper, TE. ATL

FAVORITE PICK: My favorite pick was my first - Saquon Barkley at No. 2 overall.

LEAST FAVORITE PICK: Least favorite is Kenyan Drake in the fourth round. I can’t figure out Miami and he could be a bust.

TOUGHEST DECISION: Toughest decision is back to Kenyan Drake in the fourth round. I wanted another receiver, but felt I had to shore up the running back position as they were going quickly.

SURPRISE OF THE DRAFT: Surprise was Swiper passing on a second running back until LeSean McCoy. That team is toast.

Dream Chaser - Tom Smith

Aaron Rodgers, QB, GNB 
James Conner, RB, PIT 
Kerryon Johnson, RB, DET 
Alshon Jeffery, WR, PHI 
Julio Jones, WR, ATL 
Sammy Watkins, WR, KAN 
David Njoku, TE, CLE
Jason Myers, K, SEA 
Baltimore Ravens 
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT 
Nyheim Hines, RB, IND 
Josh Jacobs, RB, OAK
Jalen Richard, RB, OAK 
Michael Gallup, WR, DAL 
Tyrell Williams, WR, OAK 
Dallas Goedert, TE, PHI

FAVORITE PICK: Julio Jones at 1.11, I could have easily went OBJ or Michael Thomas, who I like a lot, with my first pick. But in my opinion, I think this may be the year that Jones has a monster year.

LEAST FAVORITE PICK: Although I took Aaron Rodgers at 8.2, I probably should have waited and still would have been able to select a very good quarterback a few rounds later in like Rounds 10 or 11.

TOUGHEST DECISION: Taking Josh Jacobs with my 3.10 pick.  I'm usually a bit wary about taking rookies early in a draft and contemplated about going with Phillp Lindsay at 3.10. But with Lindsay's injury, I decided on Jacobs.

SURPRISE OF THE DRAFT: I wanted to get some type of decent tight end. But the run of second tier tight ends to start off Round 6 and beginning of Round 7 had me reeling a bit, thinking I was doomed at the tight end position.  With this type of top caliber drafters, I decided to take David Njoku at 7.11.  If I had waited any longer, I’m not sure what would have been left to select from at the tight end position.

Vikes 333 - Rick Mogard

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, SFO 
Dak Prescott, QB, DAL 
Leonard Fournette, RB, JAC 
Marlon Mack, RB, IND 
Christian McCaffrey, RB, CAR 
Miles Sanders, RB, PHI 
Devin Singletary, RB, BUF 
Mecole Hardman, WR, KAN 
Marvin Jones, WR, DET 
Cooper Kupp, WR, LAR
D.J. Moore, WR, CAR
James Washington, WR, PIT 
Eric Ebron, TE, IND 
Christopher Herndon, TE, NYJ 
Wil Lutz, K, NOR
Dallas Cowboys

FAVORITE PICK: Christian McCaffery, first overall. I believe he is the safest pick at that spot. Barkley is good too but the team could have serious potential offensive issues and teams could just stack against them. Elliott and Kamara are also solid but both have some potential issues. So CMC at 1 has the most upside with the least risk.

LEAST FAVORITE PICK: Fournette at 3.1. I had to think about this. However, since I got McCaffery and his safe upside, I chose to go for a league winner here. If he can play and stay on field, he will be the focal point in Jacksonville.

TOUGHEST DECISION: Mecole Hardman in the 11th had too much upside to pass. However with the Hill situation up in the air, it could have zero juice for this year.

SURPRISE OF THE DRAFT: I know that everyone says wait on quarterback but getting Jimmy Garoppolo with the absolute last pick (16.12) in this draft is crazy value.

Rocco’s Team - Rocco Frost

Patrick Mahomes, QB, KAN
Kalen Ballage, RB, MIA 
Le'Veon Bell, RB, NYJ 
Austin Ekeler, RB, LAC 
D'Onta Foreman, RB, HOU 
LeSean McCoy, RB, BUF 
Adrian Peterson, RB, WAS 
Stefon Diggs, WR, MIN 
Julian Edelman, WR, NWE 
Josh Gordon, WR, NWE 
DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI 
Christian Kirk, WR, ARI 
Michael Thomas, WR, NOR 
O.J. Howard, TE, TAM 
Justin Tucker, K, BAL 
Denver Broncos

FAVORITE PICK: My fave pick has to be Mahomes with the 5.10 pick. He is a great value that late in the draft and even though I usually wait on quarterback, I couldn’t pass up Mahomes there.

LEAST FAVORITE PICK: My least fave pick would be LeSean McCoy. I missed out on the better running backs when I passed up Guice for my tight end, but if Slim has anything left in the tank, he could be a value pick as he is not being drafted like a top running back he could still be.

TOUGHEST DECISION: Tough choice was going for OJ Howard a bit early, but he was my highest ranked player at my turn, so I trusted my stats and took him. Being in the 10 hole, I didn’t want to miss out on the second tier tight ends if there was a tight end run, since I had waited too long for my second running back. I couldn’t miss on another position.

SURPRISE OF THE DRAFT: My biggest surprise could be my Josh Gordon pick. If he gets cleared to play, he is a top receiver in a great position to be a league difference maker. Let’s see if that is the case.

Super Paurs - Jeff Paur

Russell Wilson, QB, SEA 
Ezekiel Elliott, RB, DAL
Derrick Henry, RB, TEN
Mark Ingram, RB, BAL
Antonio Brown, WR, OAK 
Brandin Cooks, WR, LAR
Jared Cook, TE, NOR
Mason Crosby, K, GNB
Los Angeles Chargers 
Carson Wentz, QB, PHI
Jerick McKinnon, RB, SFO 
T.J. Yeldon, RB, BUF 
Robby Anderson, WR, NYJ 
Parris Campbell, WR, IND 
Golden Tate, WR, NYG 
Delanie Walker, TE, TEN

FAVORITE PICK: It wasn’t an exciting pick but I was really happy to get Mark Ingram in the fifth round. He heads to a run-first offense to serve as the lead back. I like his potential for a solid season, getting 1,000-plus total yards and near double-digit scores. This pick puts three solid backs on my roster, giving me good depth at a key position. 

LEAST FAVORITE PICK: I think Jared Cook has real potential this year in that offense but he also has a lot to compete with for targets compared to the Raiders last year. I’m just not sold on him being a solid weekly option. I was hoping to get Eric Ebron after the first four tight ends were off the board but he didn’t last to me in Round 7. I should have taken Ebron in Round 6 when I had the chance. 

TOUGHEST DECISION: I was really torn on the receiver to take with my second pick Options for me were Keenan Allen, Adam Thielen, TY Hilton and Antonio Brown. I think I took the player with the most risk in Brown, but I also think he has the most potential for the huge season out of the group. Brown has a chip on his shoulder and I’m sure he will do all he can to prove the Steelers wrong for letting him go. Hopefully, this tough decision was the right one.

SURPRISE OF THE DRAFT: The biggest thing that stuck out to me about this draft were tight ends went a little sooner than expected. Normally, after the big three are off the board, the run on tight ends starts in about Round 8 or 9. That wasn't the case in this draft as nine tight ends were picked in the first seven rounds with four getting picked in Round 6. Every draft is different, so you have to adjust to your drafters. This draft is a good example of that when it came to the tight end spot. 

Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at jeff@rtsports.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.

Player Notes
Robby Anderson Aug 24 10:50pm ET

New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson caught both of his targets for 60 yards against the Saints on Saturday. The highlight of Anderson's night was a 41-yard reception where he made a nice adjustment on an underthrown ball from Sam Darnold. Anderson finishes the preseason with five catches on five targets for 92 yards and no touchdowns. Anderson is a high ceiling, low floor receiver on a week-to-week basis because he relies so heavily on the big play, but should provide enough big games to be drafted near the top-60 players overall.

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Lamar Miller Aug 24 10:40pm ET

Houston Texans running back Lamar Miller is feared to have suffered a torn ACL in Saturday's preseason loss to the Dallas Cowboys. If confirmed, Miller's season is over before it began, and his Texans career is likely coming to a close as well. Duke Johnson will get more chances to run the ball, but the workload in Houston will also fall to someone else as well. Maybe it's veteran Taiwan Jones. Maybe it's one of the undrafted rookies, Damarea Crockett or Karan Higdon. Maybe Houston signs or trades for a back. Whoever earns the job has value as a flex option, but it's going to be a few days before we have a clear sense of how this backfield will shake out. At the very least, it's time to grab Crockett and Higdon in dynasty leagues just to be safe.

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Christian Kirk Aug 24 10:30pm ET

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk only caught two of his six targets for five yards, including a dropped pass Saturday against the Minnesota Vikings. The upside though was that Kirk was second in targets for the afternoon. Even though the Cardinals' offense this preseason has been very bland, there is too much talent and too much upside to be ignored. Expect Kirk and this offense to light it up this season and he will come in as a nice WR2/3. With his poor showings this preseason, now might be a good time to buy Kirk at his lowest in dynasty formats.

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Chase Edmonds Aug 24 10:30pm ET

Arizona Cardinals running back Chase Edmonds put in a strong performance Saturday afternoon against the Vikings, rushing three times for 13 yards and hauling in both of his two targets for 24 yards. Edmonds continues to be a top handcuff to own in the fantasy world and would be a solid weekly starter if something were to happen to David Johnson. With starters likely resting for the fourth and final preseason game, look for Edmonds to get his fair share of touches against the Denver Broncos.

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Ty Montgomery Aug 24 10:30pm ET

New York Jets running back Ty Montgomery carried the ball eight times for 21 yards and caught all four of his targets for 24 yards and a touchdown against the Saints on Saturday. Montgomery has been the Jets most productive running back so far with Le'Veon Bell not playing preseason games. The former wide receiver finishes the preseason with 67 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown running to go along with five catches. He should be considered the primary backup to Bell with some PPR value in deep leagues as he should see plenty of work on passing downs.

From RotoBaller

Sam Darnold Aug 24 10:20pm ET

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold went 8-for-13 for 97 yards and a touchdown in the team's third preseason game on Saturday. Darnold's night was highlighted by a 41-yard strike to Robby Anderson and a 2-yard touchdown pass to Ty Montgomery against the Saints backups. It wasn't all good for Darnold as the offense looked sloppy with three of their five starting offensive linemen out of the game leading to several hits on the sophomore QB. Darnold finishes the preseason 17-25 for 211 yards and most importantly no interceptions. The Jets hired an offensive-minded coach and upgraded the weapons around Darnold going into his second NFL season. He should be drafted in all two quarterback leagues and is a backup with upside in standard leagues.

From RotoBaller

Michael Thomas Aug 24 10:20pm ET

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith was held without a catch in his team's third preseason game against the New York Jets on Saturday. Smith was targeted just once in the game. Smith finishes the preseason with two catches for 17 yards in two games played. The second-year wideout will look to take a big step forward this year after a solid rookie season which saw him catch 28 balls for 427 yards and five scores. Smith is still behind target hogs Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara but he also plays for one of the top offenses in the league. That makes him worth selecting toward the end of fantasy drafts this season.

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Michael Thomas Aug 24 10:10pm ET

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees completed 4-of-6 passes for 68 yards and a touchdown in his team's preseason game against the New York Jets on Saturday. That marked Brees' only preseason action as he will not play in the team's fourth game next week. Brees was out there for just one drive and he made it count by tossing a 19-yard score to star wide receiver Michael Thomas. While Brees is now 40, he still has plenty of upside at the helm of one of the top offenses in the NFL. In fact, no one in the league can match his upside when he is playing at home in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. He can be drafted as a low-end QB1 in fantasy leagues this season.

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Jacoby Brissett Aug 24 10:10pm ET

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett has become the starting quarterback. Star quarterback Andrew Luck informed the team of his intention to retire from the NFL. Luck, who has been dealing with injuries this offseason, told the team after reportedly multiple weeks of mulling the decision. Brissett gives the team some running ability, and he showed some flashes during his time as the starter back in 2017. He obviously doesn't have the same ceiling as Luck, but he has gotten all of the first-team reps throughout training camp. He should be ready to go with a full arsenal of weapons when the season starts.

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Bilal Powell Aug 24 10:00pm ET

New York Jets running back Bilal Powell was getting snaps with the starters during the team's preseason game with the Saints on Saturday. Powell is clearly ahead of Elijah McGuire for the role of primary backup according to Manish Mehta. Starting running back Le'Veon Bell was not playing in the game but head coach Adam Gase has said they will not give Bell the astronomical number of touches he got in Pittsburgh. Powell won't have much fantasy value on draft day but has proved a usable fantasy back in the past including a 58 reception season in 2016. If Gase does limit Bell's touches then Powell could provide some PPR value as a passing-down back.

From RotoBaller

Michael Thomas Aug 24 10:00pm ET

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas caught both of his targets for 39 yards and a touchdown in his team's third preseason game against the New York Jets on Saturday. Thomas played on just the first offensive drive of the game but he made his presence felt in that short period of time. His touchdown came on a 19-yard pass from Drew Brees in which a closely-covered Thomas jumped up and snatched the ball out of the air near the right corner of the end zone. Among the most efficient receivers in the game, Thomas is a locked-in WR1 in fantasy and worthy of selecting toward the end of the first round.

From RotoBaller

Andrew Luck Aug 24 9:50pm ET

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has informed the team that he intends to retire from the NFL, citing that the mental aspects of the game have worn him down. Luck's dealt with a variety of injuries over the past few seasons and was already looking like he'd miss the start of the 2019 season with a leg injury, but to see a player with Luck's skill call it quits before the age of 30 is a huge shock. Jacoby Brissett is Indianapolis' starting quarterback now, and while he's got the potential to be a top-20 fantasy quarterback, you can go ahead and downgrade this entire offense from a fantasy perspective. Running back Marlon Mack is likely the least affected, but TY Hilton's value falls tremendously as he's struggled when a quarterback who wasn't Luck has been throwing the ball.

From RotoBaller

Andrew Luck Aug 24 9:35pm ET

Adam Schefter is reporting Andrew Luck has informed the Colts he is retiring from the NFL, per source. There will be a press conference Sunday to make it official, but Luck is mentally worn down, and now checking out.

Mark Thompson Aug 24 9:20pm ET

Detroit Lions running back Mark Thompson had eight carries for 34 yards and a touchdown along with one catch for 5 yards in Week 3 of the preseason against the Buffalo Bills. Thompson is battling for a roster spot and Friday night's outing will certainly help. However, Thompson falls below four other running backs and even if he makes the roster will likely not see many touches, if any. Thompson has no fantasy value.

From RotoBaller

Danny Amendola Aug 24 9:10pm ET

Detroit Lions wide receiver Danny Amendola has been struggling with an undisclosed injury but was able to catch three of four targets for 30 yards on Friday night in the Lion's third preseason game against the Bills. Amendola remains below wide receivers Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones on the depth chart so his workload could remain somewhat limited throughout the season. However, Amendola is an excellent slot receiver and having 10+ catches in a game or two throughout the season is not out of the question. Amendola has much more value in full PPR leagues.

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Ty Johnson Aug 24 9:00pm ET

Detroit Lions running back Ty Johnson continues to prove that he deserves the third spot on the Lions running back depth chart. Johnson rushed four times for just nine yards and had one catch for 11 yard against the Bills in Week 3 of preseason but he showed off his lethal speed. Johnson is a player to keep an eye on; right now, he is totally off fantasy radar but if Kerryon Johnson or C.J. Anderson go down with an injury, Ty Johnson could begin to make an impact.

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Zach Zenner Aug 24 8:50pm ET

Detroit Lions running back Zach Zenner had just four carries for 21 yards in the Lions third preseason game against the Bills. It appears that Zenner will likely fall behind running back Ty Johnson on the depth chart, into the fourth position. Regardless, Zenner is a talented special team player and should still make the final squad. Zenner is not fantasy relevant.

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Jameis Winston Aug 24 8:32pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston was scrambling for his life most of the night in the preseason game against the Browns on Friday, but he managed to continue building chemistry with wide receiver Chris Godwin, hooking up with him four times for 52 yards. Winston finished 9-for-19 for 88 yards and a 60.9 passer rating. He scrambled well and didn't make bad decisions or risky throws, which is what he needs to cut out of his game in a contract year. Winston has all the things in place to have his best season to date in head coach Bruce Arians' offense, making him a low-end QB1/high-end backup for fantasy owners. Godwin should see heavy targets as well, making him a popular breakout candidate in 2019.

T Y Hilton Aug 24 8:31pm ET

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton is likely out until the start of the season. Head coach Frank Reich stated that it would be unlikely to see any starters during the team's Week 3 matchup against the Chicago Bears. Hilton has not played any snaps during the team's first two preseason games, and he doesn't appear slated to play any this week. The strategy of keeping your best player's healthy when you can is usually the right decision. As he's not battling any injuries, this isn't an issue to be worried about as he will play when the games count.

D'Onta Foreman Aug 24 7:53pm ET

Indianapolis Colts RB D'Onta Foreman (biceps) was waived from the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Aug. 24, after the two sides reached an injury settlement.

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