After 6 seasons and almost 100 million dollars in career earnings, Andrew Luck stole late evening headlines by announcing his retirement at just 29 years old. Personally, I’m pumped that he is preserving his health and moving onto the next chapter of his life. He can enjoy his new marriage and starting a family. Cheers to Captain Neck Beard, but where does this leave Indianapolis on the offensive side of the ball?

The much improved offensive line that was meant to protect Andrew Luck will now protect a quietly talented Jacoby Brissett. Although the stock for T.Y. Hilton, Eric Ebron, and Jack Doyle will likely go down, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are doomed if you drafted them. Indianapolis is a much different franchise than it was just two seasons ago when Brissett only threw 13 touchdowns and 3,098 yards. I believe that Brissett’s value lands somewhere on the high end QB3 range in 12-team two QB leagues. I would draft him above Andy Dalton, Joe Flacco, and the Miami QBs for instance, but not above high upside guys like Sam Darnold

If T.Y. Hilton is falling to the fourth round as a result of Luck’s retirement, I have no problem grabbing him there. Marlon Mack’s stock actually goes up a little bit because I presume that Indy will call slightly more running plays to start the season off. I believe that Frank Reich and the gang will be okay and have confidence in the offense that they have in place, but there is no denying that losing Andrew Luck is a massive blow. 

Indianapolis wasn’t the only place in the AFC South that will face big changes that they weren’t planning on when training camp started. The Houston Texans have lost their heavily used running back Lamar Miller to a torn ACL. There are a lot of things that could come into play as a result. The Texans could chose to replace Miller’s production through a trade for a running back like LeSean McCoy or Jordan Howard. If Houston really wants to get spicy on the trade market, they can put out feelers for Melvin Gordon. They could also sign a free agent that hasn’t signed anywhere yet like Jay Ajayi

If Houston does decide to keep their running back depth chart in house, Duke Johnson is in line to see an increased workload. Duke Johnson is obviously a passing game specialist, but that doesn’t mean that he can’t handle an increase in carries. Still, the offensive line in Houston is a fluster cuck, so I’m not reaching too far in drafts for Duke as a reaction. Damarea Crockett has been impressive so far this preseason and could end up with a significant role in the Texans offense. I believe that he is worth a late round draft pick as long as Houston doesn’t make any trades. 

Notes From The Preseason Slate

  • Tampa’s offensive line isn’t great, but it’s not as bad as they showed on Friday night. Cleveland has an elite pass rush and I think that they’ll make a lot of offense lines look pedestrian.
  • Baker Mayfield didn’t look his best, but he had a lot of near misses that I feel would have been big plays if Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry were on the field. 
  • Chris Godwin looked great while Mike Evans didn’t play. Jameis Winston looked his way quite a few times so that was good to see if you put a lot of eggs in the Chris Godwin basket. He’s still seeing a lot of snaps in the slot which is very valuable in a Bruce Arians offense. 
  • A healthy Dalvin Cook is a very dangerous running back that you can get in the second round. Dalvin ripped off an 85-yard touchdown run for one of his two carries against the Cardinals
  • Kyler Murray isn’t ripping off a bunch of big runs in the preseason but he looked a lot better throwing the ball on Saturday as the first half went on. It was good to see after a sub-par effort against Oakland last week. 
  • Derrius Guice looked great as well in his first real action since his torn ACL last training camp. The offensive line will be questionable and Adrian Peterson will be in the mix, but Guice could end up being a good value at his current ADP.
  • Dede Westbrook saw 7 of Nick Foles’ targets on Thursday night. They clearly have chemistry and could be one of the biggest draft values. Rudy has Dede as the 16th ranked wide receiver in his draft rankings. 
  • We’ll have to keep an eye on Cam Newton’s progress for week 1 because he left Thursday night’s game in a walking boot. As of Sunday, Cam was out of the walking boot and Carolina is ‘cautiously optimistic that he will be ready for week 1. 
  • Justice Hill cooled off for Baltimore gaining only 8 yards on 7 carries. He also caught two passes for 8 yards. 
  • Daniel Jones continues to look better than Eli Manning. Just start him, New York. 
  • Matt Breida shined while Tevin Coleman had a forgettable day against Kansas City. I’m not panicking about Coleman, but Breida is not getting talked about enough as a great fantasy draft value. 
  • Sam Darnold hit Robby Anderson for a big play. Sam Darnold looks really good so far, it could be a big year. 

  1. packers2018 says:
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    Thanks for the post. Helps with drafts coming up.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      You’re welcome!

  2. The Scrant Dog

    The Scrant Dog says:
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    I’m all in on Duke Johnson!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Duke it up brother

  3. The sportsguy says:
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    14 team ppr….

    Which keeper?
    Mack 7
    mike Williams 9

    • Thesportsguy says:
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      Sorry meant .5 ppr
      Mack 7
      Mike Williams 9

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Mack

  4. water boy says:
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    Morning MB! This is the calm before the proverbial storm! Tomorrow night ; Aug 27 is draft night! I’m pumped

    .5 ppr thoughts on this so it’s a keeper & I’m keeping David Johnson & kerryon Johnson. Rounds 1 & 2 are dedicated for keepers, snake begins round 3. I made a draft pick trade so here are my picks for the first 6 rounds

    Rounds 1& 2 keepers

    Round 3 , pick #2 , 22 overall

    Round 4, pick # 9, 39 overall

    Round 5, pick 2 , 42 overall

    Round 5 pick 8, 48 overall

    Round 6, pick 9, 59 overall

    I traded my 7th round met so I can have two 5th rounders

    That being said since I’m keeping 2 RBs would you go best WR when I pick at pick #2? Or if someone like Dalvin cook, James Connor are there do I go that route? At that #2 spot when the snake opens up if these are available who to snag? OBJ, juju, Adam thielen, Connor, Dalvin cook? Do you like the fact I have two round 5 picks?

    Thanks!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Having two fifth round picks is definitely nice! I’d grab OBJ or JuJu if available otherwise I’m grabbing Cook or Conner, then I’m going on a WR run

  5. Chucky says:
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    Thoughts on handcuff RBs Brieda, Hines, Mattison, Singletary?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Love Breida, he may take the majority when it’s all said and done. Hines is a passing down back, not a handcuff. Mattison is great idea if you have Cook, not big on Singletary because of Frank Gore

  6. Nick says:
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    Hi MB:

    freshly drafted team 2 ESPN standard – pick 10th/10 !!
    RB1-2 Chubb – Conner
    RB3-TE1 JoshJacobs – Kittle
    WR1-WR2: Diggs – Kupp
    QB1-WR3: Baker M – Dédé Westbrook
    Bench : Tevin Coleman / Ekeler/ Vance McDonald / Geronimo/ Sanu
    Sleepers: Deebo Samuel / Justice Hill/ QB Josh Allen

    Kicker + Def : Fairbairn + Houston :( not top picks, but
    those have less importance in ESPN leagues

    Nice starting team… i can improve with :
    QB: Nick Foles / Brissett over Allen?
    others to considerate:
    RB : i’m GOOD, but Dion Lewis / Pollard / Justin Jackson / Giovani Bernard are avb .. over Hill?
    WR: Nothing really sexy : John Brown / Boykin / Keesean .. over Deebo?
    TE : Jimmy G / Rudolph / Doyle … no need
    DEF : Phi / BAL/ DAL / PIT / KC / CAR . to backup / or over HOU ?
    Kickers: Elliott / Crosby to back up Fairbairn?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Nice! Pollard And JJ> over hill right now. I’d stay where you are at QB

  7. Jake says:
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    PPR Draft how did I do

    Wentz
    Carson, Aaron Jones, Sony Michael, Darrell Henderson, Justin Jackson, Justice Hill
    Julio Jones, Oddel Beckham , Godwin , Emaunel Sanders, Anthony Miller
    Hunter Henry, Trey Burton

    Thanks man

    • MB

      MB says:
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      That’s a good looking team. Crushed it at WR and RB, 10 team?

      • Jake says:
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        No 12 team from the 11 hole . Thanks

        • MB

          MB says:
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          Well done

  8. Pacochu says:
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    It’s always good ts see a few names mentioned that I drafted Saturday night. I drafted 11th in a 16 team PPR, Point per first down, yardage bonus, 6 pt passing TD league. I hadn’t drafted in a 16 teamer since my early days of fantasy football back in 96 or 97. There were some screwy picks and I somehow managed to walk away with this team –

    QB – Wentz, Big Ben
    RB – David Johnson, M. Sanders, Breida, Darwin, Pollard, Edmunds
    WR – M. Thomas, Godwin, Samuel, E. Sanders
    TE – OJ
    K – Gould
    Def – Pats

    RB depth is a concern, but there were 16 teams,so everyone is a bit shallow there. I do like the upside of the guys I have.

    I looked back at my best ball drafts on Draft and saw Luck on only three teams, so not too much damage there.

    • MB

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      I wouldn’t be too concerned, one or 2 of those guys are bound to pop. So much talent. Yeah I got stung with a couple Luck shares but what can ya do?

  9. slimbo says:
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    what pickup do you like best in a dynasty?

    pollard, Singletary, , Deebo Samuel, Darwin Thompson, Jay Ajayi

    thanks

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Darwin then Singletary

  10. Mak says:
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    12 team full PPR. heres my team:

    QB: lamar jackson

    RB: kamara, damien williams, james white, darrel henderson, peyton barber, dion lewis, hines

    WR: robert woods, kenny g, lockett, sammy watkins

    TE: Ebron

    Thoughts?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Like Jackson, seems like a pretty competitive league if Woods was the best WR left. I’d trade Kenny Golladay. RBs are very solid

      • mak says:
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        yeh, i didnt have much options after i went RB-RB to start. would u drop any of the guys i have for: sanu, tyrell williams on the wire?

        • MB

          MB says:
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          Not yet

  11. Justin says:
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    2 QB half PPR.

    QB: wentz, lamar jackson, carr

    RB: james conner, damien williams, josh jacobs, miles sanders, matt breida, kalen ballage

    WR: julio jones, tyler boyd, sammy watkins, marvin jones,

    TE: vance mcdonald.

    any immediate weaknesses?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Nope not really

  12. Nightpandas says:
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    Hey MB

    12 team std keep3: Kamara Gurley MThomas
    Start 1 qb 2 rb 2 wr 2 flex def k

    I’ve got pick 9 and then I don’t pick again until pick 57, would you grab an Rb or wr at 9…thinking Montgomery/Jacobs/Lindsay type or go Godwin/Allen/Golloday type

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I’d grab a Godwin or Allen for sure

  13. Water boy says:
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    Morning MB!! It’s freaking draft day!!

    It’s a 10 team .5 ppr league, here’s who is kept.

    Team A: kept David Johnson + kerryon Johnson

    Team B: kept Michael Thomas + Antonio Brown

    Team C: kept Tyreek hill + Joe mixon

    Team D: kept Gurley + Zeke

    Team E: kept Edelman + Kelce

    Team F: kept Barkley + davante Adams

    Team G: kept kamara + mike Evans

    Team H kept Julio Jones + shady McCoy

    Team I kept Mahomes + CMC

    Team J: kept DeAndre Hopkins + leveon bell.

    Now that we know who’s kept , when the snake begins round 3 , rounds 1 & 2 are dedicated for keepers I have pick #2. Do I go with one of these: OBJ, juju, James Connor , Dalvin cook, or Chubb?

    If this helps round 5 (technically it’s round 3 since snake begins round 3) I own 2 picks in round 5. Of course I want obj or juju as my WR1, however Connor or Chubb as my flex sounds sexy!

    Thanks man!!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Very tempting! I still think it’s OBJ. I think it’s very important to have an elite WR1.

  14. James says:
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    Who would you rather roster in a PPR league I already have Hunter Henry. I have Burton on my bench would you drop him to add Sanu or Deebo Samuel or Goodwin or stay put with Burton ?

    Thanks

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I’d probably stay put but Deebo is tempting

  15. Mex says:
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    12 team, PPR…we get to keep one guy. it’s between Aron Jones or Mack…i’ve been waffling back and forth. who would you guys keep ?

    Thanks

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Aaron Jones

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