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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
Steven Hauschka Aug 19 8:10am ET

Buffalo Bills kicker Steven Hauschka converted four of his five kicks in the team's second preseason game against the Panthers. He hit all three of his extra-point attempts as well as a 30-yard field goal, but missed a 48-yard attempt. Hauschka had his least efficient year since becoming a full-time kicker last season, hitting just 78.6% of his kicks, compared to his career average of 86.4%. He shouldn't be targeted in fantasy drafts as there are many superior kicking options out there.

From RotoBaller

Aaron Rodgers Aug 19 8:10am ET

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is being considered day-by-day by head coach Matt LaFleur. LaFleur commented that if it were the regular season that he would be out on the field and that he hoped the tightness won't follow him into the regular season. Rodgers is yet to be put into a game situation in the new offense, but given the quarterbacks, talent level missing some game time may not be the end of the world. However, fantasy owners should consider his injury in their drafts and draft with the thought of injury risk.

From RotoBaller

John Brown Aug 19 7:50am ET

Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown was inactive for the team's second preseason game against the Panthers. The team hasn't disclosed any injury news at this point. Brown has solidified himself as the Bills' top receiver going into the season. He's shown great rapport with quarterback Josh Allen from the start of training camp. Look for him to suit up for the Bills' preseason week three matchup against the Lions on Friday.

From RotoBaller

Irv Smith Jr. Aug 18 11:40pm ET

Minnesota Vikings rookie tight end Irv Smith Jr. had an impressive night on Sunday, at least as far as preseason games go. Smith Jr. caught all five of his targets for 28 yards and a touchdown, and he looks firmly entrenched as the Vikings top backup option at the tight end spot. It's never a good idea to look too deep into how teams are scheming during the preseason, but it does seem fair to assume that Smith Jr. will be getting some opportunities in the passing game this season. He's more of a dynasty stash this year with Kyle Rudolph still in front of him, but he's probably worth keeping an eye on for ultra-deep leagues. Smith Jr. is currently going undrafted at 301 overall (TE32).

From RotoBaller

Dalvin Cook Aug 18 11:40pm ET

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook was listed as active but didn't see the field on Sunday night against the Seattle Seahawks. Cook was held out of last week's contest as well - the Vikings are being extra cautious with their third-year back during the preseason as he has struggled to stay healthy early in his career. He's an exceptionally talented player and has sneaky top-5 running back potential this season, but he's definitely not for the faint of heart. Cook's being drafted at 17 overall (RB10), which feels about right. Keep an eye on his status for the third preseason game, but don't expect him to play much, if at all.

From RotoBaller

Adam Thielen Aug 18 11:40pm ET

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen was his usual dependable self on Sunday, snagging all three of his targets for 45 yards in limited action with the first-team offense. Thielen made a nice over-the-shoulder grab for 34 yards in the first quarter and drew a pass interference penalty on a deep ball the very next play. Thielen is simply one of the top receivers in the league, breaking out for 1,373 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in 2018. He also tied the record for consecutive games with 100+ yards receiving with eight, joining Calvin Johnson. Thielen is being drafted at 28 overall (WR11) in points-per-reception formats and is worth a look as a rock-solid WR1 in 2019.

From RotoBaller

Kirk Cousins Aug 18 11:20pm ET

Minnesota Vikings starting quarterback Kirk Cousins was efficient in limited action on Sunday night, going 6-for-8 for 68 yards passing and leading the Vikings to a Dan Bailey 24-yard field goal in the first quarter. Cousins showed nice poise in the pocket and delivered a few beautiful deep balls to Adam Thielen before being pulled after just two drives. The veteran quarterback is entering a crucial second year with the Vikes, and he has the talent and offensive weapons to remain a high-end QB2 and even threaten to crack the QB1 tier in the right matchups. He's currently being drafted as QB16, but that may be underselling his value based on his 2018 production and this year's projections. Look for Cousins and the first-team offense to play much more in the next preseason game on Saturday against the Cardinals.

From RotoBaller

Emanuel Hall Aug 18 10:10pm ET

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers claimed wide receiver Emanuel Hall off of waivers earlier this week. Hall had been with the Bears earlier but could not make it through camp. The Buccaneers present a solid opportunity given their lack of depth beyond starters Mike Evans and Chris Godwin along with Hall's fit in their new offense. Although Hall is unlikely to make much of an impact in 2019, he could be a solid project for head coach Bruce Arians to groom.

From RotoBaller

Antonio Brown Aug 18 7:30pm ET

It appears Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown has not gotten over his ongoing helmet issue as hes left the teams training camp once again. General manager Mike Mayock showed his frustration Sunday by saying it's time for him to be all-in or all-out." Brown submitted his old helmet in for testing, which it failed, and hes now left the team with no information on when, or if, hell return. The Raiders believe his frostbitten feet issues are behind him and hes healthy enough to practice, but they can only hope the seven-time Pro Bowler suits up for Week 1. Browns red flags make him a player to fade in the second round despite his immense talent.

From RotoBaller

Antonio Brown Aug 18 6:13pm ET

Oakland Raiders WR Antonio Brown wasn't at practice Sunday, Aug. 18, because he's upset about his ongoing helmet issue with the NFL. General manager Mike Mayock said the team has 'exhausted all avenues' and it's time for Brown to be 'all in or all out.'

Fantasy Spin: And we're right back to square one with AB. While he's indisputably one of the best receivers in fantasy football, there's once again a legitimate chance he sits out the entire season, or more. He's far too risky to draft in the first round.

From TheHuddle

Paul Worrilow Aug 18 5:13pm ET

The Philadelphia Eagles released veteran LB Paul Worrilow Sunday, Aug. 18.

From TheHuddle

Josh Gordon Aug 18 5:13pm ET

New England Patriots WR Josh Gordon was placed on the Non-Football Injury list Sunday, Aug. 18, upon his conditional reinstatement.

Fantasy Spin: It's largely a procedural move for the Patriots while Gordon is brought up to speed. He remains one of the most tantalizing fantasy prospects at wide receiver, but his off-field issues continue to carry immense risk when drafting him.

From TheHuddle

Dontrelle Inman Aug 18 5:13pm ET

The New England Patriots granted WR Dontrelle Inman's request to be released Sunday, Aug. 18.

From TheHuddle

E.J. Gaines Aug 18 5:03pm ET

The Buffalo Bills released CB E.J. Gaines (groin) from injured reserve with an injury settlement Sunday, Aug. 18. Gaines will be free to sign with another team.

From TheHuddle

Sterling Shepard Aug 18 4:43pm ET

New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard (thumb) said Sunday, Aug. 18, his thumb has healed pretty fast and he is 'feeling good.'

Fantasy Spin: Shepard's injury was a near disaster for the Giants' offense with WR Golden Tate suspended to begin the season. Shepard is in line for a huge target share and has top-end WR3 upside with the Giants' poor passing attack holding him back.

From TheHuddle

Jimmy Graham Aug 18 4:23pm ET

Green Bay Packers TE Jimmy Graham (finger) ran off the field Sunday, Aug. 18, after appearing to dislocate his finger, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.

Fantasy Spin: The injury shouldn't affect Graham's draft stock, as he's unlikely to miss any regular-season action. He remains a fringe TE1 target, but he has upside based on his past resume.

From TheHuddle

Jonathan Williams Aug 18 4:03pm ET

Indianapolis Colts RB Jonathan Williams (chest) was diagnosed with a broken rib Sunday, Aug 18. The injury isn't believed to be a long-term issue.

Fantasy Spin: Williams is near the bottom of a depth chart led by RB Marlon Mack and also featuring Nyheim Hines, Jordan Wilkins and D'Onta Foreman. The injury further hurts his chances of making the final roster.

From TheHuddle

Noah Fant Aug 18 3:50pm ET

Denver Broncos tight end Noah Fant looks to separate himself from his teammate tight ends on the roster for the Broncos, as the team drafted him with high expectations this spring. Offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello has spoken highly of Fant's preseason, as the rookie looks to follow-up a prolific career at the University of Iowa with similar results in the NFL. Fant's main competition is returning tight end Jeff Heuerman, who has been battling injury this preseason after a sub-par 2018 campaign.

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Case Keenum Aug 18 3:43pm ET

Washington Redskins QB Case Keenum is on track to the be the Week 1 starter under center, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter Sunday, Aug. 18. Head coach Jay Gruden said Colt McCoy (leg) may not be ready to return from a broken leg until 'two or three weeks into the season.'

Fantasy Spin: Keenum has much more fantasy appeal than McCoy and boosts the potential of the rest of the Redskins' offense, as well. He'll be a low-end QB2, but he offers more hope for the likes of WRs Josh Doctson, Paul Richardson, Trey Quinn and Terry McLaurin as late-round fliers.

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Courtland Sutton Aug 18 3:40pm ET

Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton sees an opening for the number one receiver spot on the roster entering his sophomore season. The SMU product has a new-look offense, with quarterback Joe Flacco at the helm, and colleague Emmanuel Sanders aging and coming off an injury in 2018. Sutton looks to take the next step in his career, and he has looked the part with an impressive preseason.

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