Last night in the NFL Preseason was quite a doozy. After just a few series on offense for the New England Patriots, WR Julian Edelman came up limping and grabbing the back of his knee after a play. Just a few minutes later in the Kansas City game, RB Spencer Ware had to be carted off the field. In New England, the fear is that Edelman has a torn ACL, with a timetable uncertain at this point. In Kansas City, the fears aren’t quite as scary, as the idea is that Spencer Ware has avoided an ACL injury, with only a sprained knee or a PCL injury, with clarity coming in the coming days…

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Obviously, there is more fantasy significance with Edelman’s injury as of now versus Ware’s, but let’s discuss how this affects everyone involved in New England and Kansas City.

Let’s start with Ware. Obviously, it’s good that his season is not coming to an end as of now, but if he has to miss any period of time to start the year, we need to bump up Kareem Hunt in our rankings quite a bit. Over the offseason, both in OTA’s and Training Camp, Andy Reid never seemed 100% confident in having either Hunt or Ware as the bellcow back. This isn’t anything new with Reid, if you remember when Jamaal Charles went down for the season a few years back, he constantly switched between the services of Charcandrick West and Ware. However, if Ware is out for an extended time, we can expect for the rookie Hunt to be the starting back, for at least a few weeks until Ware comes back.

Now let’s dive into New England. Obviously, a torn ACL isn’t good (great hindsight analysis Zach). It’s likely that Edelman will be either out for the entire season, or at least a majority of the fantasy season itself. If this is the case, then we can start to feel really good about Rob Gronkowski and Brandin Cooks. If you’ve listened to my opinions about Cooks over these past few months of the offseason, I wasn’t too happy with him. First off, I thought his ADP at 27th overall was just too high for my liking, but now, without Edelman in the picture, Cooks is obviously the WR1 in New England, and now I believe that his ADP of 27th overall might be too low. He’ll skyrocket up my rankings. And as for Gronk, well, he’ll now be my #1 TE, and although I’m still worried that he hasn’t played a full 16 games in a while, without Edelman, his chemistry with Brady is second to none.

And without Edelman in the picture, I actually don’t mind taking some late round fliers on the rest of the Patriots’ receivers. Chris Hogan, fresh off a 2 TD performance against the Lions in the preseason, seems like a great late round flier in leagues, and Malcolm Mitchell, the standout rookie with one of the best performances by any Patriot in the Super Bowl victory, seems pretty feasible  as a last-round lottery ticket. There will be available targets and snaps up for grabs with the loss of Edelman, and they all can’t go to Gronk or Cooks.

As for the pass-catching backs in New England in James White and Rex Burkhead, they’ll get a small bump, but nothing much. Belichick is a very frustrating coach when it comes to RB usage, so it’s not even a guarantee that White or Burkhead will be the passing downs-back.

And then there’s news about the Cavs potentially nullifying the Isaiah Thomas-Kyrie Irving trade because of concerns about IT’s hip?

It was a pretty brutal night last night for sports fans in Boston.

 

 

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  1. Justin says:
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    Would u drop tevin Coleman, Corey coleman, garcon, Terrence west for Chris hogan? Or should I just hold onto my team for now. Half PPR league.

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Justin: Coleman

  2. Gregg says:
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    Hunt moves up as high as where in the RB rankings…? CJ Anderson territory? Higher?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Gregg: Not as high as C.J. Anderson… I would say as of now, around the top 20-25. Around names for me like Carlos Hyde, Mark Ingram, Mike Gillislee, Paul Perkins

      • Gregg says:
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        @Zach: Same answer with Ware done for thr season?

        • Zach

          Zach says:
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          @Gregg: Yup! Same answer. Just a little higher now…

  3. PublicEnemy#1 says:
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    Better to keep LeVeon Bell in the 2nd (17th overall) or Melvin Gordon in the 7th (64th overall)? PPR League

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @PublicEnemy#1: I think the value there is incredible with Gordon than it is with Bell, although Bell is the better player, I’ll still go with Gordon

  4. tdr says:
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    keeper league deadline sun we have 3 this year but dropping to 1 keeper next year. Keeping David Johnson and Mike Evans should i keep Luck ? could keep Montgomery. Winston , Hilton or L. Miller I guess be only ones semi keeper worthy. Or Just Hang in for luck and draft a Qb?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @tdr: I would Keep Montgomery, and then draft a QB to replace Luck

  5. Paul Zone says:
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    Our keepers are due tonight. Here’s what I’m thinking with my options. We start 3 dl, 4 lb and 4 db and normal offense with 2 rb & wr and flex. 10 teams, no ppr. Cant keep more than 2 wr or rb.

    Its a big play idp (7pts for a sack, 5 for int, 1.25pts for every tackle) and I have the 2nd pick (leaning rb – fournette, mixon, or mccaffrey unless a proven young wr/rb is avail)

    Brady – K
    McCoy – K
    CJ Anderson
    Henry – K
    Coleman
    Gillislee
    Alshon Jeffrey- K
    Benjamin – K

    Griffen
    Telvin Smith – K
    Deion Jones
    McKinney – K
    Barron
    Landon Collins – K

    I would hate to lose Henry but thinking Griffen or Jones or CJ instead.

    What is your opinion? Let me know who’d you keep above if different…Thanks!

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Paul Zone: I think the smart move is to probably go with Henry

      • Paul Zone says:
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        @Zach: That was my gut…Thanks

        • Zach

          Zach says:
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          @Paul Zone: Thank YOU Paul!

  6. Mike says:
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    As a Patriot homer, I worry that picking 12th in my PPR will give me no shot at Cooks or Gronk, is pick 12-13 to big a reach for either?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Mike: I would definitely feel better about Gronk at 13 than I would Cooks

  7. Dom says:
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    With Roster below what is ideal starting lineup for year:

    1 QB 2 RB 2 WR 1 TE 1 flex (WR or RB) 1 K 1 Def

    ROSTER:

    QB Aaron Rodgers
    RB Mark Ingram
    RB Frank Gore
    WR Jordy Nelson
    WR Dez Bryant
    TE Jordan Reed
    WR Terrelle Pryor
    QB Eli Manning
    RB Danny Woodhead
    RB Robert Turbin
    RB Jamaal Williams
    RB Kareem Hunt
    WR Martavis Bryant

    K Adam Vinateri
    Def Bengals

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Dom: Rodgers, Gore, Woodhead, Nelson, Dez Reed, Pryor, Vinateri, Bengals.

  8. Scott P says:
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    This article already helped out my team this year. Yesterday, I got roped into a neighborhood 10 team, non-PPR, 6 pt passing TD league. I got to spend a couple hours of Hurricane Harvey Day One using Razzball ranking to set my Yahoo rankings. I read a couple pages worth of articles including this one. Thanks to it, I took Gronk with the seventh pick of the third round and Hunt in the tenth. With today’s news that Ware is out for the season, I scored big.

    10 team, non-PPR, 7th pick

    Cam
    Ajayi, D. Cook, CJ, Hunt, R. Kelley, Perkins
    OBJ, Demaryius, A. Robinson, Tate, D. Parker
    Gronk

    Not a bad team. Hunt really helps out my RB situation.

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Scott P: That’s awesome man! I don’t think I’m alone in saying we at Razzball love helping you guys out, so I’m happy to hear this! Good luck for the season!

  9. sh says:
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    Zach love football season.

    Who do you like better this year Watson or Kizer, and better in the furture

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @sh: I do love football season. Do you love football season? I love football season. I think this year, it’s Kizer, in the future, it’s Watson. It looks like Kizer will start immediately in Week 1, and as of now, Watson might not start immediately, Tom Savage might. If we get news Watson starts immediately, then he’s the better option this year and in the future

  10. Brian says:
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    With the loss of Ware would you burn a top waiver claim on C . West ? Or is it worth more holding on to the #1 waiver claim as I was pick 12 so therefore get 1st waiver priority. Thanks

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Brian: With the loss of Ware, you should burn a top waiver claim on Kareem Hunt. If Hunt isn’t available, then you shouldn’t burn a top claim on West just yet. I think as of now, it’s wise you hold onto the waiver claim.

  11. Tweak says:
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    Hey Zach.

    With Edelman down, I’ve been looking for replacements. I’ve got two top QBs in Brees and Ryan, but was looking to move one for a RB upgrade since I’m weak there (Freeman, Hyde, Forte, Kelley). Hunt is gone already and I’m looking to replace Forte with McFadden (who was just inexplicably dropped).

    What level of WR could I conceivably move Brees/Ryan to acquire?

    Or, should I just add a flyer off the FA list? Best available that I can see are J Matthews, Ginn, Beasley, Stills, LaFell, T Austin.

  12. Brent

    The Fantasy Dick says:
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    I’m in a 12 team, non-ppr, auction league. We are required to keep 2 qbs, 2 kickers and 2 def’s on the roster and we don’t have to start a TE. The starting lineup is:

    QB, RB, RB, WR/TE, WR/TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, Def

    My team is:
    Cam Newton, Carson Wentz
    David Johnson, Dalvin Cook, Frank Gore, Matt Breida, Latavius Murray
    Kelvin Benjamin, Alshon Jeffery, Pierre Garcon, Chris Hogan, Tyler Eifert
    Gano, Prater
    Steelers, Bills

    Available on Wire right now:

    Corey Coleman, Kyle Rudolph, Marlon Mack, Robert Turbin, Dion Lewis, Zay Jones, C.J. Prosise, Shane Vereen, Danny Amendola, Taylor Gabriel, Jack Doyle, Dwayne Allen…

    Should I drop anyone for one of these FA’s? Is Murray worth keeping as a Cook handcuff or is he a waste of a spot? What do you think of Breida behind Hyde this year? Is Hogan a better option than Coleman or Gabriel or one of those TEs? Or should I grab another RB?

    Thanks!

    Dick

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