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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
Mike Evans Aug 19 11:04pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (quadriceps) and running back Ronald Jones II (knee) both missed practice on Monday, putting their availability for the preseason game on Friday against the Browns into question. Head coach Bruce Arians said the injuries are nothing serious, and both players are day-to-day. Jones is expected to play Friday, but the team is less certain about Evans. Evans has yet to make a catch in the preseason so far. Barring setbacks, both players should be ready for Week 1. Evans is a WR1 in fantasy and should be even more valuable in head coach Bruce Arians' offense. Jones was a bust as a rookie but will have plenty of opportunities to become the team's lead back in 2019.

Charcandrick West Aug 19 11:04pm ET

Former Kansas City Chiefs running back Charcandrick West signed with the Indianapolis Colts on Monday after they moved recently signed running back D'Onta Foreman to Injured Reserve. Behind running backs Nyheim Hines and Marlon Mack, there are some snaps available that West could capitalize on while fellow running back Jordan Wilkins is recovering from injury. West showed some flashes during his time with the Chiefs, and he will be fighting for a roster spot as camp winds down.

Aaron Rodgers Aug 19 10:40pm ET

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (back) returned to practice on Monday after being scratched as a precaution before the preseason game last Thursday against the Ravens due to back tightness. However, it's still uncertain if Rodgers will play in the preseason game Thursday against the Raiders in Canada. Head coach Matt LaFleur said Rodgers "looked pretty good today to me" on Monday. Even though he's learning a new offensive scheme, it's not necessary that Rodgers play in the remaining preseason games. There's obvious rebound potential for Rodgers and Green Bay's offense in 2019 under LaFleur. He's a top-five fantasy signal-caller.

From RotoBaller

Cam Newton Aug 19 10:30pm ET

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (shoulder) will make his preseason debut on Thursday against the Patriots, according to head coach Ron Rivera. It's unclear how much Newton will play in the contest. The 30-year-old is coming off a second straight offseason with right shoulder surgery, and reports out of training camp suggest he has a new throwing motion designed to take pressure and torque off his shoulder. Running back Christian McCaffrey, linebacker Luke Kuechly and tight end Greg Olsen will also play Thursday. Many will be down on Newton based on how his 2018 season ended, but he'll still have plenty of QB1 potential if he's healthy. Newton could be a value as a low-end QB1 this year.

From RotoBaller

Adrian Colbert Aug 19 10:23pm ET

Updating previous reports, San Francisco 49ers S Adrian Colbert (hamstring) and DE Damontre Moore (thumb) will not return to the preseason game Monday, Aug. 19, because of their injuries.

From TheHuddle

Adam Shaheen Aug 19 10:20pm ET

Chicago Bears tight end Adam Shaheen is still working his way up to full speed with three weeks until the regular season begins. The third-year tight end suffered a back injury early on in camp and has been slow to get back into the swing of things. Shaheen has excellent 50/50-ball talent and is a red zone threat but has struggled mightily staying healthy during his short career. The chances of Shaheen making an impact early on in the regular season are getting slimmer by the day.

From RotoBaller

Vance McDonald Aug 19 10:20pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Vance McDonald is dealing with an unknown ailment that head coach Mike Tomlin calls "day-to-day." While the coach didn't expand on details in his media presser, he didn't seem the slightest bit concerned about it saying, "he'll be fine." Likely just a stinger, it shouldn't keep McDonald out of the team's third preseason game on Sunday against the Titans. McDonald has been getting some serious fantasy hype amongst a relatively barren tight end position. His ADP has crept up and he is going as high as the seventh round in mock drafts. Granted he can stay healthy, he provides a nice mix of safety and upside, compared to guys going around him like Eric Ebron and David Njoku.

From RotoBaller

Drew Lock Aug 19 10:20pm ET

Denver Broncos rookie quarterback Drew Lock (hand) and rookie tight end Noah Fant (foot) were both injured in Monday's preseason game against the 49ers and are questionable to return. Lock went 7-for-12 for 40 yards before departing, while Fant caught two passes for seven yards on three targets. Both players will be instrumental to Denver's future, but it remains to be seen how much they'll play in their rookie seasons. Fant has the better chance to be fantasy relevant as Denver attempts to finally get some production from the tight end position. Lock could see some starts at some point if Joe Flacco falters. Both players are most attractive in dynasty/keeper formats in 2019. Stay tuned for more information on their respective injuries.

From RotoBaller

Derrius Guice Aug 19 10:10pm ET

Washington Redskins running back Derrius Guice (knee) is expected to play in the preseason game against the Falcons on Thursday, but it'll likely be his only preseason action, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Guice tore his ACL and missed his entire rookie season and had several setbacks along the way in his recovery. Washington would like Guice to see most of the backfield touches in his second year, but it remains to be seen if he'll be able to handle that kind of a workload. The 'Skins also have Adrian Peterson, Samaje Perine and Chris Thompson, so they could choose to play it safe with the young back early in the year. Despite the risk, Guice is a worthy investment in the middle rounds.

From RotoBaller

Eddy Pineiro Aug 19 10:10pm ET

Chicago Bears kicker Eddy Pineiro will be the team's starting kicker for the final two preseason games after the team released Elliott Fry. Pineiro reportedly converted on 84 percent of his kicks during training camp while Fry kicked at an 81 percent clip. Pineiro is 3-for-4 through the first two preseason games and will handle all of the kicking duties to convince the team he should stick around for Week 1. The Bears do not appear to be committed to Pineiro at all at this time, so look for them to scour the league for available kickers after teams make their final cuts. The Bears kicking situation should be closely monitored all the way up to Week 1 of the 2019 season and avoided in fantasy leagues.

From RotoBaller

Trey Burton Aug 19 10:10pm ET

Chicago Bears tight end Trey Burton is confident he will be ready to take on the Packers in Week 1 of the 2019 season. Burton is recovering from sports hernia surgery and has suffered some minor setbacks during training camp. The veteran tight end wasn't happy with his strength when he initially came back and took a week off to get his body right. Burton still has not practiced with the team but hopes to be out there with his teammates September 5 in Chicago. Burton's poor second half in 2018, combined with his current injury situation, pushes the talented tight end out of the top-8 among his position group in fantasy.

From RotoBaller

John Ross Aug 19 10:10pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said that wide receiver John Ross (hamstring) is set to start practicing as early as Sunday. Ross, 23, has blazing speed but has yet to put it all together in the NFL in his two seasons. Injuries continue to hamper him along the way. He had just 21 catches for 210 yards with seven touchdowns in 13 games last year. The upside remains evident, but most fantasy owners want to see more consistency before they take a chance on him. Consider him worth a late-round flier for receiver depth.

From RotoBaller

Ryan Succop Aug 19 10:00pm ET

Tennessee Titans kicker Ryan Succop passed his physical and was removed from the Physically Unable to Perform list on Monday. Succop should be ready for the regular season, barring any setbacks. The 32-year-old kicker is in his sixth year with the Titans. He made 26 of his 30 field goal tries last year (86.7 percent) and 28 of his 31 extra points. Succop is an adequate kicker, but Tennessee's run-first offense often stalls due to their lack of a consistent deep threat. Succop can be a decent bye-week filler when the time comes, but you can probably do better with your starting kicker.

From RotoBaller

Anthony Miller Aug 19 10:00pm ET

Chicago Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller is expected to be questionable to practice this week after injuring his ankle during a practice drill last week. The second-year receiver is also recovering from shoulder surgery, further complicating his possible availability for Week 1. Miller needs reps with quarterback Mitch Trubisky and is missing valuable time. He is not expected to see the field during the preseason but his fantasy value currently is tied to whether Miller is in lock-step with the offense right out of the gate in 2019. Miller has the potential to lead Bears receivers in fantasy points this season but health is a concern moving forward.

From RotoBaller

Cordarrelle Patterson Aug 19 10:00pm ET

Chicago Bears running back/wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is not expected to play in the Bears final two preseason games. Patterson signed with the Bears in the offseason and is expected to play multiple roles in the offense this season. The veteran is expected to return kicks, run deep routes and even pick up a few carries from the backfield. Patterson scored five total touchdowns (one rushing, one returning, three receiving) for the Patriots last season and is expected to be the focal point of some interesting play-calls this season. Patterson's fantasy value is tied to touchdowns but his lack of projected touches makes him unusable in most fantasy formats.

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Riley Ridley Aug 19 9:50pm ET

Chicago Bears wide receiver Riley Ridley's professional debut was a success in the Bears second preseason game, catching three passes for 19 yards. But the rookie made positive plays on the field that don't show up in the stat sheet, leading Bears receivers in blocking efficiency during his 28 snaps played. Ridley looked smooth out of his breaks, a step in the right direction after the talented receiver hurt his hamstring early in camp. Rookie pass-catchers often struggle to make an impact right out of the gate so Ridley's value, at this time, is tied solely to dynasty and keeper leagues for the 2019 fantasy season.

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Dan Bailey Aug 19 9:50pm ET

Minnesota Vikings kicker Dan Bailey only had a few chances on Sunday night but he made them count, knocking in a 24-yard field goal in the first quarter and an extra point in the third. Newcomer Kaare Vedvik was brought in for an extra point in the fourth quarter, and there's a non-zero chance that the Norway product is gunning for Bailey's job. It seems more likely that Vedvick will serve as the punter, but it's crucial for the Vikings to figure out their special teams situation as it has been a major issue during the Zimmer era. Bailey was a disappointing 21-for-28 (75%) last season - a far cry from his 86.6% career average on field goal attempts. He's currently being taken as the 17th kicker off the board. Keep an eye on this situation as we move through the preseason.

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Javon Wims Aug 19 9:40pm ET

Chicago Bears wide receiver Javon Wims has a strong chance to make the Week 1 roster after catching five passes for 64 yards in the Bears preseason loss. The second-year receiver looks like he belongs out on the field and was the only consistent weapon for the Bears in the second preseason game. Wims has quietly progressed since being drafted but still would be listed as the sixth receiver on the depth chart if he were to make the team. He will have plenty of opportunities to cement his status and should play plenty of snaps in the final two exhibition games.

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Taylor Gabriel Aug 19 9:40pm ET

Chicago Bears wide receiver Taylor Gabriel has not played a single snap in the Bears first two preseason games and isn't expected to see the field until Week 1. The veteran is healthy but coach Matt Nagy is electing to hold all of the starters to practice reps only until the team kicks off the season September 5 against the Packers. Gabriel will provide solid, if unspectacular, bench value in deeper fantasy formats.

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Adrian Colbert Aug 19 9:33pm ET

San Francisco 49ers S Adrian Colbert (hamstring) suffered a hamstring injury during the preseason game Monday, Aug. 19, and is considered questionable to return.

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