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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 Boone Aug 25 5:50pm ET

Minnesota Vikings running back Mike Boone is doing everything he possibly can to earn a spot on the 53-man roster, and his performance on Saturday against the Cardinals definitely helped his cause. Boone rushed 10 times for 41 yards and a touchdown, while he also caught his only target and continues to play a role on special teams. The undrafted second-year player out of Cincinnati leads the NFL in rushing during the preseason with 35 attempts for 177 yards (5.1 yards per carry). Boone has bulldozed his way into the backup running back conversation for Vikes, but his fantasy value is very limited unless starter Dalvin Cook goes down.

From RotoBaller

Hunter Henry Aug 25 5:30pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry did his job again on Saturday as he hauled in both passes thrown to him. Henry only racked up 13 yards over the course of the game, but he was also only on the field for 21 snaps in total. The Chargers have had to play it safe with Henry because they have wanted him to get some game experience again as he comes back from injury, but his injury history leaves everyone leery about putting him on the field when it isn't absolutely necessary. With Keenan Allen dealing with an ankle injury and Melvin Gordon holding out, Henry has a real opportunity to become one of the team's primary offensive weapons.

From RotoBaller

Mike Williams Aug 25 5:30pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams only had two opportunities on Saturday against Seattle, but he did bring in one of the passes for 11 yards. Williams was used sparingly, only on the field for 18 snaps, as the team wants to preserve as much of its offensive powerhouse as possible. With Keenan Allen recovering from an ankle injury and Melvin Gordon holding out, Williams will likely serve a major role in the first couple weeks of the season. This could be his chance to truly break out and start to fill the shoes of being a comparable No. 2 to Allen's No. 1. Williams could be a superstar before November.

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Troymaine Pope Aug 25 5:20pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers running back Troymaine Pope has been one of the stars of the preseason for the team. Last week, he ran back a punt for a touchdown. This week, he injected a big dose of energy into the squad when the rest of the offense just looked like they were going through the motions. Pope carried the ball five times for 27 yards, including an 18-yard breakout, and he caught three passes for another eight yards. He also got a bit of coverage on the broadcast as the announcers discussed some of the difficult decisions that face the Chargers regarding their roster. The second-year back is likely buried too far down the roster to see any meaningful playing time early in the season, but with LA already suffering a rash of injuries, he could eventually find his way into the regular rotation.

From RotoBaller

Artavis Scott Aug 25 5:20pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Artavis Scott continues to shine as he works to land a spot in the team's receiving corps. Scott hauled in the longest pass of the game when he snagged a throw from Cardale Jones late in the second quarter. A juke around the first defender to reach him gave him some space and let him stretch it out to a total of 31 yards. Scott would end up grabbing all four passes sent his way, totaling up 66 yards in the process. Scott's battle to be the team's fourth receiver hit a speed bump this week when they re-signed former Charger Dontrelle Inman, but he's still been the most impressive new wideout in camp. He looks destined to make the roster, and if he does, he could see serious opportunities early in the season due to injuries and a holdout.

From RotoBaller

Taylor Bertolet Aug 25 5:10pm ET

New York Jets kicker Taylor Bertolet connected from 48 and 56 yards as well as an extra point in the third preseason game Saturday. It was a badly needed good game for Bertolet who missed two extra points in the second preseason game against the Falcons. There was talk around the team they may go out and sign a kicker but this strong effort from Bertolet could make the Jets brass think twice. If Bertolet is on the team come Week 1 he could be a usable option at kicker as the Jets struggled mightily in the red zone last season. He won't be drafted in standard size leagues but is a name to be aware of if your kicker gets off to a rough start.

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Justin Jackson Aug 25 5:10pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers running back Justin Jackson made a cursory appearance in Week 3 of the preseason when he carried the ball five times and caught a pass against the Seahawks on Saturday. While most teams use Week 3 of the preseason as a bit of a dress rehearsal for the regular season, the Chargers opted to rest most of their starters, many of who are already injured. Those regulars that did play only played a very limited number of snaps, Jackson included. Jackson is expected to work as Austin Ekeler's partner in the backfield this season if Melvin Gordon's holdout extends into the regular season, which looks likely. For now, he's likely to get the smaller side of the timeshare.

From RotoBaller

Cardale Jones Aug 25 5:00pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Cardale Jones seems like he's clearly third in the pecking order for the quarterback job at this point, but that didn't stop him from racking up the biggest single gain in Saturday night's game against the Seahawks. Jones threw a bullet to Artavis Scott late in the second quarter, and after a nifty move to evade the first tackler, Scott weaved his way for a 31-yard gain. Jones was also the only Chargers quarterback of the night to not tuck the ball and run with it, similar to how life is when Philip Rivers is under center. While Jones played the least of any of the three QBs who saw time in the game, he's still likely ahead of Easton Stick in the competition.

From RotoBaller

Austin Ekeler Aug 25 5:00pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler was one of the few Chargers starters who actually played in Week 3 of the preseason, but he didn't play much. Ekeler carried the ball on the first play from scrimmage, but he would only carry it three more times before heading to the bench. He did snag a pair of passes as well, but the whole effort felt like it was just a formality as opposed to trying to get him some full-speed reps. Ekeler is the team's likely No. 1 running back if Melvin Gordon's holdout extends into the regular season, and it looks like it will. That said, Ekeler's size and shifty approach have previously worked best when he was used as a change-of-pace back, so expect Justin Jackson to play a major role as well.

From RotoBaller

Jamison Crowder Aug 25 4:50pm ET

New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder caught his only target for eight yards in the team's third preseason game Saturday vs New Orleans. Crowder finishes the preseason with three catches for 39 yards and a touchdown in his first year working with Sam Darnold. Crowder battled injuries last season but could be a value on draft day if he can stay healthy. The slot receiver role was productive in Adam Gase offenses in Miami and though Crowder is no Jarvis Landry, he could get plenty of targets early in the season with tight end Chris Herndon suspended. Draft Crowder as a WR3/FLEX with higher upside in PPR formats.

From RotoBaller

Easton Stick Aug 25 4:50pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Easton Stick led his team on the comeback trail on Saturday night against the Seahawks, but he came up just short as the team lost by eight. Stick went 12-for-16, completing 75% of his passes, but he only tallied 82 yards. He did throw a touchdown and ran another one in, which was more than either Tyrod Taylor or Cardale Jones were able to do, but he's still unlikely to win the No. 2 job out of camp. The fifth-round pick still stands a chance at being the franchise quarterback of the future if Philip Rivers decides to hang them up, but for now, he's probably not going to see any measurable playing time in the regular season.

From RotoBaller

Tyrod Taylor Aug 25 4:50pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor got some more time as the starter on Saturday against the Seahawks since the Chargers decided to sit most of their regular starters including Philip Rivers. Taylor went 6-for-9 for 61 yards and carried the ball six times for another 34 yards, leading the team in rushing attempts and YPC. Taylor was also sacked once, but he still looks like the likely suspect to be the team's backup QB. There was nothing particularly special about Taylor's performance, but he also didn't trip all over himself to open up a window for Cardale Jones or Easton Stick. That said, he'll be slotted behind Rivers, who is one of the most durable quarterbacks in the league, so it's unlikely he'll see the field for much time this year.

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Darrell Henderson Aug 25 4:40pm ET

Los Angeles Rams running backDarrell Hendersontook the first snaps of Saturday's contest against the Denver Broncos. With Todd Gurley and Malcolm Brown sitting out, Henderson struggled as the leader, as his 11 carries were only good for 28 yards. With a string of lackluster preseason performances (overall 23 carries for 57 yards), odds are that Brown will receive the bulk of the work if Gurley goes down. On draft day, Brown's ADP of 199 may be of better value than Henderson's ADP of 83.

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Eric Tomlinson Aug 25 4:40pm ET

New York Jets tight end Eric Tomlinson only played four snaps in the team's third preseason game Saturday against the Saints. Tomlinson is expected to split time with fellow tight end Ryan Griffin while starter Chris Herndon serves his four-game suspension but didn't get much playing time and didn't see a single target. Tomlinson is more known for his blocking from the tight end position and doesn't carry any fantasy value even with Herndon out.

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Damion Willis Aug 25 4:29pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals undrafted rookie wide receiver Damion Willis is expected to serve as the X receiver in A.J. Green's absence to begin the season. It means that Willis should be in three-receiver sets right away in Week 1 against the Seahawks alongside Tyler Boyd and John Ross in the slot. Willis has good size and speed and could be a deep DFS sleeper in the regular season opener. With Green not expected to miss much time, Willis probably isn't worth taking in redraft leagues, but he's certainly one to watch and could be worth a flier in dynasty formats.

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Hakeem Butler Aug 25 4:29pm ET

Arizona Cardinals rookie wide receiver Hakeem Butler(finger) was placed on Injured Reserve Sunday afternoon. The rookie receiver will be ineligible to return this season, which ends his rookie campaign. Even if Butler would have remained eligible to play this season, the likelihood of him making an impact was very slim. The fourth-round selection will have a better chance next year with aging vets Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Crabtree more than likely out of Arizona. Butler's injury will give fellow rookies Keesean Johnson and Andy Isabella a better shot at contributing in 2019. Johnson is the more polished wideout right now and is worth a late-round flier.

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Dante Pettis Aug 25 4:20pm ET

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said that wide receiver Dante Pettis was kept in the preseason game on Saturday against the Chiefs late into the game because the team wants to see him "earn a role on the team." It's been assumed all along that Pettis would be the No. 1 receiver across from Marquise Goodwin this year, but apparently San Fran's coaching staff hasn't been very impressed with Pettis so far. He's still the most likely option to be fantasy relevant in an inexperienced receiving corps, but we'd label Pettis as more of a risky WR3 now. He's much more attractive in PPR leagues.

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Jerick McKinnon Aug 25 4:09pm ET

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said that running back Jerick McKinnon (knee) and defensive end Dee Ford (knee) are on schedule to return to practice this week. McKinnon was a very popular fantasy pick last year, but he tore his ACL before the season even started and never played in 2018. Now he's behind Tevin Coleman and Matt Breida in the backfield and isn't even a lock to be ready for Week 1. That makes McKinnon as strictly a late-round flier in deeper leagues. Ford is looking to make an impact in his first year in San Fran after totaling 55 tackles and career-high 13 sacks with the Chiefs. He should help improve San Fran's defense overall. Their unit should be more interesting but can be ignored for fantasy purposes to begin the year.

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Josh Gordon Aug 25 4:00pm ET

New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon is dressed in full pads on Sunday, which is an indication that he has been taken off the Non-Football Injury list. It puts Gordon on track to be ready for Week 1. The controversial wide receiver has had his fair share of problems off the field, but he proved in 2018 that he had great chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady late in the year. The 28-year-old finished with 40 receptions for 720 yards and three scores in his 11 games with the Pats, and he should be a top weapon through the air behind Julian Edelman. His return hurts Phillip Dorsett and rookie N'Keal Harry the most. Gordon, if healthy and active, has clear WR2 upside.

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John Ross Aug 25 4:00pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross (hamstring) returned to practice on Sunday. Ross should be ready for Week 1 and could have an expanded role with A.J. Green out to begin the season, but fantasy owners still shouldn't place much trust in the 23-year-old speedster. Despite his physical talent and top-notch speed, Ross has only played in 16 games in his first two seasons and has 21 catches for only 210 yards and seven touchdowns. He'll only be a late-round flier in deeper leagues until he shows us that he can produce at the highest level.

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