If we were all born geniuses we wouldn’t be drafting until this weekend for leagues that we pay into. Most of us are terribly impatient fantasy football players and for whatever reason need an extra week or two to stare at rosters that we can’t do anything with while top end wide receivers and running backs tear their ACLs making awkward cuts.  Julian Edelman, Spencer Ware, and Cameron Meredith are all players going anywhere from the early to middle rounds that have had their seasons ended before they even started and thousands of people have these players on their rosters because WE MUST DRAFT IN AUGUST BECAUSE AUGUST IS DRAFT MONTH.  MY FANTASY BASEBALL TEAM SUCKS AND I NEED A ROSTER TO LOOK FORWARD TO. Yeah, I’m the exact same way.  Whether it is due to an injury on the roster, a good preseason, or a player is just being overlooked, here are some players that are worth your picks and also some that aren’t worth your time based on recent changes in August.

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Stock Up

Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan, and James White

Julian Edelman is out for the season and all of these players should be able to pick up the slack that he has left behind.  Edelman had 160 targets last season and obviously the Patriots aren’t going to switch to a run first offense overnight. Those targets have to be distributed somehow. Brandin Cooks is going to be a great deep threat and he might see more involvement in the intermediate passing game.  I think that he is now worth his ADP of 25.  I was down on him earlier in the off season because I just didn’t see him getting enough work to warrant his ADP if he was the 3rd most used target in New England.

Chris Hogan’s ADP has shot up to 140 overall.  He won’t be anywhere near an Edelman replacement but he will definitely see enough uptick in his workload to warrant a pretty decent price tag.  Hogan has never been a player whose had 500 yards receiving or more than 41 catches but he should be in line for a career year this season.  At least, that’s what his good preseason performance tells us.  James White’s ADP is sitting in the 130s and I think that will go up after this weekend.  White caught 60 balls last year and found the end zone 5 times through the air.  White will once again be a steal in PPR leagues due to his involvement in the short to intermediate passing game. He has the trust of Tom Brady, what more could you ask for?

Martavis Bryant

Martavis Bryant is going off of the board at around 50 in most online drafts which is fair, but he slipped through the cracks in both in-person drafts that I took part in this past weekend. People are either just forgetting about him or think that he is too risky because he hasn’t been able to stay out of trouble. In just 11 games in 2015, Bryant had 765 yards and 6 touchdowns.  That yardage total would’ve easily put him over the 1,000 yard range at a 16 game pace.  He has a ridiculous career 17.3 YPC and he’s only 25 years old.  He is widely expected to be cleared to play week 1, but a verdict has yet to be reached on the issue.  I say take advantage while your league mates remain weary, he could be a game changer for your season.

Kareem Hunt

Kareem Hunt will now take the starting job that many of us thought that he deserved in the first place.  According to FantasyPros, he’s still the 62nd player taken off of the board.  In my recent rankings update, I have him at 40th overall, so that should tell you where I stand on him.  He’s a talented back in an almost certain bell cow role as long as he performs well.  Unless you think C.J. Spiller is going to take that job from him. Haha, good one.

Kevin White

Unfortunately, Cameron Meredith’s season is over.  Markus Wheaton has yet to see the field since having surgery on a broken finger and rumor has it that Victor Cruz probably isn’t going to make the 53-man roster.  Has Kevin White whatsoever proven that he can be a good NFL receiver? Nope.  But, with an ADP of 175 at this time (which is sure to come up a lot), I think he’s worth a shot as your 4th or 5th rostered wide receiver.  Sure, he hasn’t been able to get open in the preseason, but he has speed and it’s a learning curve for somebody that hasn’t been on the field a lot as a pro.  It’s the laziest excuse in the book but Chicago REALLY has nobody else to throw to that’s worth a damn.

Stock Down

Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton

Who knows when this dynamic duo will be able to make 2017 magic at this point.  Reporters that cover the Colts are starting to express more and more doubt that Andrew Luck will see the field in week one and that sucks the soul out of T.Y. Hilton’s value for the time being.  I’m holding out hope that Luck will be on the field by the time late September or early October rolls around, but there is even talk of Luck not playing at all this season because the Colts’ roster is in such shambles. Do I buy it? No. But it doesn’t exactly instill confidence in either of these two.  I don’t think that T.Y.’s value is completely murdered because the targets should be there, but I’m not touching him until the 4th round.

Eddie Lacy

It looks like Thomas Rawls should be ready to go for week one. Here’s more bad news, for Lacy’s fantasy value, Pete Carroll says that Rawls and Lacy are both number 1 backs heading into the season.  Lacy is a guy who needs volume to be fantasy relevant so this certainly doesn’t bode well for him. Running back by committee situations are a soul crushing thing and I think I’d rather take on Thomas Rawls a round or 2 later ADP-wise, based on what I believe to be a higher ceiling.

Legarrette Blount

Legarrette Blount has been very ineffective in the preseason so far. The Eagles are trying to bust him out to the outside and have him run the ball from shotgun, but that is just not his style. Taking a player at 73, which is his current ADP, doesn’t seem worth it for a player that is rumored to be on the roster chopping block. More realistically, Wendell Smallwood is rumored to be in the running for the starting job, likely pushing Blount strictly to a goal line back. Nothing makes me think Blount would be able to get double digit goal line touchdowns in this Eagles offense.

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  1. E says:
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    What do you think of this team in a 12 team 1 ppr?

    QB – Russell Wilson
    WR – Amari Cooper
    WR – Davante Adams
    RB – Lesean Mccoy
    RB – Theo Riddick
    TE – Travis Kelce
    Flex – Stefon Diggs
    Flex – Willie Snead
    BN – Terrence West
    BN – Eddie Lacy
    BN – CJ PRoise
    BN – Torrey Smith
    BN – Derek Carr

    I don’t think I like this team, I wasn’t planning on taking two QBs but I got Carr in round 12 thinking it was too much value to pass up, a couple teams went 0 QB for awhile.

    • MB

      Unbreakable_MB says:
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      @E: it’s really not bad, I’d rather have another good RB

  2. Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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    Thoughts on this team? 2QB league, PPR and people got really nervous to spend money right away. I jumped and grabbed 3 top RBs. I just couldn’t pass on the value. Oh, we just switched to 2QB this year, so I kept Rodgers for 36, Carr for 2, and Bryant for 1.

    QB – Rodgers – $36
    QB – Carr – $2
    RB – Johnson – $71
    RB – Freeman – $36
    WR – Bryant – $1
    WR – Diggs – $14
    WR – Gotta choose between my $1 guys (Kupp, Wright, Britt) or waiver wire
    TE – Ertz – $4
    Flex – Gurley – $27
    DEF – AZ – $1

    • MB

      Unbreakable_MB says:
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      @Bryce Krispie Treats: that’s a baller team. And I think you’re best off starting Britt right away. Well done.

      • Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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        @Unbreakable_MB:

        Im thinking about stashing Garoppolo because every single starting QB is gone. Do you see the pats letting him go any time this year? I have Mahomes too. Thought he might take over, but I dont see any sure fire scenario. Thoughts?

        • Steve Anus says:
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          @Bryce Krispie Treats: in a 2 QB there would be 32 starters, enough for all but 4 teams to have 3 QB starters, it’d be better if you weren’t one of the 4. longer term having mahomes will be good though.

          • MB

            Unbreakable_MB says:
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            @Steve Anus: sorry just saw, yeah I’d rather just hold tight on Mahomes. I don’t see the Pats trading Garapolo

  3. Sam says:
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    Just completed my first deal of the year, and would love some input!

    10 team PPR, just traded Crabtree and Marquise Lee for Ameer Abdullah and Garcon. That leaves me with Demaryius, Keenan, Tate, Garcon, Robby Anderson and Beasley at WR and Freeman, Gordon, Powell, Abdullah, White and Prosise.

    Was also just offered Luck for Carr. Yay or nay? Have Rivers to back up, but idk if I trust him at this point. Thanks for your time!

    • MB

      Unbreakable_MB says:
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      @Sam: yeah, I’d do luck for Carr in a 10-teamer, you can stream until Luck is healthy or use Rivers. Rivers will be fine. I think you did well on that trade, Garcon by all accounts looks like he’s going to have a very solid year and Abdullah has a lot of fans this year.

  4. Pete says:
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    Thoughts on Zeke now possibly playing full year?

    • MB

      Unbreakable_MB says:
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      @Pete: I’ll take him anywhere outside of the top 5 picks

  5. Mike says:
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    Agree with the Seahawks RB situation but I am in a PPR slow draft and staring at Lacy here at pick 135! how do I pass on that?

    • MB

      Unbreakable_MB says:
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      @Mike: you don’t, that’s 3-4 rounds after his ADP, might as well pull the trigger

  6. Brett says:
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    I ended up w/ McCoy and Montgomery at RB and can really only handcuff one. Which Williams do I need more between Jonathan and Jamaal? I know Buffalo Williams probably has more standalone value judging by what Gilleslee did behind McCoy last season. Just not sure how much confidence I should have in Montgomery.

    • MB

      Unbreakable_MB says:
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      @Brett: I’d cuff McCoy, Packers throw the ball too much to cuff Montgomery

      • Brett says:
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        Arigatou, sir.

  7. GregJeffries says:
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    Thanks for the great read, MB!

    I have two supplemental picks to fill out my roster in my 12 team, keep 3 forever, PPR league. Which two players would you scoop up out of this group?
    – Kevin White
    – Robby Anderson
    – Ebron
    – Smallwood
    – Chris Carson
    – Sterling Shepard
    – Doctson
    – J. Allen (Bal)
    – D. Washington (oak)

    Thanks!!

    • GregJeffries says:
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      Add Rex Burkhead to the list too!

    • MB

      Unbreakable_MB says:
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      @GregJeffries: Kevin White and Wendell Smallwood. Hell, you could call your team white Smallwood

  8. Heisenberg says:
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    Happy Friday fella!

    .5 PPR league!

    Just seeing your thoughts on my squad

    QB: Winston (got him round 11, 109 overall)

    RB1: David Johnson keeper
    RB2: Melvin Gordon keeper

    WR1: alshon Jeffery (round 3, 29 overall, he was best available WR after keeper selection & draft starting)
    WR2: martavis Bryant (round 5, 49 overall)
    WR3: Devante Parker ( round 7, 69 overall)

    TE: hunter Henry (round 14, 132 overall)

    Flex: flex may change week to week but currently have Christian mcaffery there got him round 4, 32 overall. I really wanted c mc I knew if I waited he’d be gone.
    Bench:

    Kareem hunt (round 6 , 52 overall)

    Brandon Marshall (round 8, 72 overall)

    Willie snead (round 9, 89 overall)

    Jeremy Maclin (round 10, 92 overall)

    Chris hogan (round 12, 112 overall)

    Jamaal Williams (round 13, 129 overall)

    Smallwood (round 15, 149 overall)

    De’anthony Henderson (round 16, 152)

    Abdullah added off waivers

    D/St & kicker I plan on streaming but for week 1 I have bills D who face jets, then josh lambo chargers kicker.

    — here are a few players who went undrafted:

    QB: Wentz, Palmer, Bradford

    RB: turbin, Marlon Mack, Jonathan Williams, Alfred Morris, charcanderick west, or cuff DJ with Chris Johnson? Cuff Gordon with Oliver or Andre Williams?

    WR: funchess, Taylor Gabriel, Goodwin, kupp, Kenny galloday.

    TE: , fleener, Jared cook

    Based on my team stand pat, or field a trade ? I have no issue standing pat and waiting til week 3 or 4 to see how my team is shaking out

    For a trade I’d like to acquire Cooks , here’s who the Cooks owner has:

    He owns at RB: Ingram, sims, tim Hightower, Vereen & John Stewart,
    At WR he has Cooks , decker, amendola, Cobb, Jordan Matthews, thielen, Beasley, stills.

    His starting TE is Watson & Rudolph at his flex

    Based on that looks like he needs depth.

    ——-

    Team 2
    He has both Baldwin & Evans those are nice options. Here’s the rest of his team:

    RB: fournette, ajayi, Montgomery , riddick, Terrence west, sproles, Rawls
    His WRs: Evans, Baldwin, Tate, mike Wallace, Richard Matthews

    Lastly any other trade ideas you have? Or stand pat?

    I’d even consider Michael Thomas or Gronk too!

    • MB

      Unbreakable_MB says:
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      @Heisenberg: that team is my dream team. So much high upside at receiver. Elite RBs. Stand pat.

  9. VG says:
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    Why is K White getting no love? 3 year breakout, potential #1 target, team playing catch up…

    Fournette, Crowell, Cook, Gurley Who is highest upside / who is safest?

    • MB

      Unbreakable_MB says:
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      @VG: hasn’t seen the field a ton and hasn’t had a great preseason, but I have a ton of stock so I’m hoping! cook has the highest upside, Crowell is the safest

  10. hey dude, thoughts on my team?

    10 team snake draft and I was at the turn so I had to make some tough calls.

    QB Russell Wilson, Sea QB
    RB Jordan Howard, Chi RB
    WR Mike Evans, TB WR
    WR Terrelle Pryor Sr., Wsh WR
    TE Travis Kelce, KC TE
    FLEX Joe Mixon, Cin RB
    FLEX Sammy Watkins, LAR WR
    LB Alec Ogletree, LAR LB
    DL J.J. Watt, Hou DE
    DB Keanu Neal, Atl S
    D/ST Texans D/ST D/ST
    K Dan Bailey, Dal K

    BENCH
    Bench Pierre Garcon, SF WR
    Bench LeGarrette Blount, Phi RB
    Bench Doug Martin, TB RB
    Bench John Brown, Ari WR
    Bench Samaje Perine, Wsh RB
    Bench Marlon Mack, Ind RB
    Bench Vontaze Burfict, Cin LB
    Bench Carson Palmer, Ari QB

    • MB

      Unbreakable_MB says:
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      @Ogling Ogletree’s Tree’s: very strong, I’d have went Mack over Watt for IDP but those wide outs are exceptional

      • @Unbreakable_MB: I had no intention of drafting Watt. This was my first IDP league and first year in an already established league. My plan was to wait until there was 4-5 IDP players off the board and then make a call on what to do. While waiting through my 18 picks to my turn, and a bunch of IDP were off the board (including Mack). I didn’t want to wait another full two rounds.

        Watt was there. I was like… um, I am pretty sure this guy is the #1 IDP player on just about every list, so… sure.

        Awesome! Football is my #3 sport so fantasy is always tough for me. I really only know 6 or so players on my team.

  11. Paulzone says:
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    Have my keeper draft tonight and have the 2nd overall pick. My current keepers are:
    Brady
    McCoy
    Henry
    Benjamin
    Jeffery

    Who are you’re top 2 out of this list (won’t know who goes first). I am thinking I need a starting RB this year b/c I kept Henry but want to plan for future too.
    Fournette
    Cook
    Hunt
    McCaffery
    Montgomery
    Mixon

    • MB

      Unbreakable_MB says:
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      @Paulzone: my top two are McCaffery and Cook. Good luck!

      • Paul Zone says:
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        @Unbreakable_MB: Dang. I was thinking monty and hunt. Haha. Worried about how long Stewart might hang around with McCaffrey and just haven’t seen much of Dalvin cook.

  12. DT says:
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    Hey MB.

    trying to upgrade my QB situation. was hoping to get your thoughts on possibilities. 14 team .5 ppr .5 rush attempt league (new to me)

    QB: Palmer
    RB: D. Johnson, Crowell
    WR: Watkins, Tate, Parker
    TE: Rudolph
    Flex: McCaffrey
    Bench: B. Marshall, C. Coleman, J. White, Cutler

    Definitely want to upgrade on the Palmer/Cutler duo. Who would you put on the block? Or would you try to package a couple guys to get an elite WR? Appreciate your thoughts.

    • MB

      Unbreakable_MB says:
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      @DT: I’d be fine with that duo in a 14 team league. If you want to get an elite receiver, id package watkins and McCaffery. If you want a QB I’d see what Watkins can get you. Good luck!

  13. Jim says:
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    Deep league Q- Im racking my brain trying to make room for Paul Richardson- 0.5 PPr

    Possible drops- Chris Thompson- Kinda like him a lot
    Cole Beasley- Same as CT
    Taylor Gabriel- Idk what to think here
    Sterling Sheppard- Highest ranked but is there enough pie for sheppard to eat?
    Kamara- Id like to see a real game of his usage… possible slot touches w snead out?
    Smallwood- Not enough info to drop yet right?
    Marq Lee- Kinda like him

    I feel these are the huge descions, anybody whoes playable is super valuable as this is a super deep league- Tbh i cant belive richardson is even there still,especially after the kearse trade, have to act quick

    • MB

      Unbreakable_MB says:
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      @Jim: I’m not big on either Shephard or Marquise Lee, I’d probably drop Lee and see if there’s enough pie for Shepard to eat (I really like what you did there). I think Lee will hang around on the wire for a little bit

  14. Brent

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    Thoughts on my team? 16 team, non-ppr, idp, 7th pick

    Qb – Matt Stafford
    Wr – keenan allen
    Wr – Michael Crabtree
    Wr – ted ginn
    Rb – Melvin Gordon
    Rb – todd gurley
    Te – Tyler eifert
    Flex – bilal powell
    K – koo (chargers new kicker)
    Lb – Bobby Wagner
    Lb – jatavis brown
    Dl – demarcus Lawrenceville
    Dl – Noah Spence
    Db – landing Collins
    Db – reshad Jones
    Bench – Kevin white
    Bench – jamaal Charles
    Bench – Matt breda
    Bench – Joe flacco
    Bench – jared cook

    Should I offer up Stafford for Rivers since I have allen and gordon? Or do you like Stafford this year?

    thanks!

    • MB

      Unbreakable_MB says:
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      @The Fantasy Dick: that’s a badass team especially with IDP, I like Stafford a lot this year, I’d hold tight

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