Fantasy Football draft prep: Best players to target and avoid in each of the first 15 rounds based on ADP

The third week of preseason motion was overshadowed by accidents. J.K. Dobbins (ACL) was misplaced for the season, and T.Y. Hilton (neck), Irv Smith (knee) and Evan Engram (calf) have been additionally banged up. I am inquisitive about how these accidents are going to influence the CBS Sports activities Common Draft Place over the subsequent a number of days.

This previous weekend noticed many Fantasy leagues maintain their drafts, and nearly all of leagues will draft this coming week and into Labor Day weekend. For these of you continue to in draft-prep mode,  we need to ensure you’re prepared.

So utilizing the newest CBS Sports activities ADP, I needed to go round-by-round and present you the perfect and worst picks for some gamers to focus on and keep away from this yr in 12-team, PPR leagues. We’ll go 15 rounds and hopefully discover some winners to focus on and gamers you need to most likely keep away from.

Spherical 1 (Picks 1-12)

1. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Panthers

2. Dalvin Cook, RB, Vikings

3. Derrick Henry, RB, Titans

4. Alvin Kamara, RB, Saints

5. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys

6. Aaron Jones, RB, Packers

7. Davante Adams, WR, Packers

8. Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs

9. Nick Chubb, RB, Browns

10. Patrick Mahomes, QB, Chiefs

11. Jonathan Taylor, RB, Colts

12. Austin Ekeler, RB, Chargers

Greatest player to focus on: Ekeler

It is arduous to argue with any of the gamers listed right here in Spherical 1, however Ekeler stands out as the perfect worth given his upside. He averaged 18.1 PPR factors per sport final yr in eight video games with Justin Herbert. If Ekeler stays wholesome he might simply be a top-five PPR working again this season.

Worst player to focus on: Mahomes

Think about calling Mahomes the worst at something, however that is about worth. And I do not suppose any quarterback is price drafting in Spherical 1 in a one-quarterback league. He ought to as soon as once more be superior, however draft him in Spherical 2 on the earliest and never at No. 10 general.

Spherical 2 (Picks 13-24)

13. Tyreek Hill, WR, Chiefs

14. Saquon Barkley, RB, Giants

15. Najee Harris, RB, Steelers

16. Stefon Diggs, WR, Bills

17. Josh Allen, QB, Payments

18. Joe Mixon, RB, Bengals

19. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans

20. Calvin Ridley, WR, Falcons

21. Antonio Gibson, RB, Soccer Group

22. DK Metcalf, WR, Seahawks

23. George Kittle, TE, 49ers

24. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Chiefs

Greatest player to focus on: Barkley

I dropped Barkley in my rankings, however he is nonetheless a Spherical 1 decide. And I nonetheless suppose he has league-winning upside if every part goes proper for him and the Giants. However it’s arduous to have full religion in Barkley coming off a torn ACL, together with the Giants doubtlessly being one of many worst groups within the NFL. There is a motive he is slipped into Spherical 2, however he needs to be a steal at this value.

Worst player to focus on: Kittle

I really like Kittle this yr, however I’d reasonably draft him in Spherical 3 as a substitute of No. 23 general. And I would reasonably have Darren Waller over Kittle this season because the No. 2 tight finish behind Kelce. Kittle has essentially the most competitors for targets than he is ever had with Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel, and we’ll see what occurs with Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance at quarterback. Wait on Kittle a bit bit right here for those who plan to draft him.

Spherical 3 (Picks 25-36)

25. Justin Jefferson, WR, Vikings

26. Darren Waller, TE, Raiders

27. J.Ok. Dobbins*, RB, Ravens

28. Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers

29. A.J. Brown, WR, Titans

30. Kyler Murray, QB, Cardinals

31. Terry McLaurin, WR, Soccer Group

32. Chris Carson, RB, Seahawks

33. Lamar Jackson, QB, Ravens

34. David Montgomery, RB, Bears

35. D’Andre Swift, RB, Lions

36. Josh Jacobs, RB, Raiders

Notice: We cannot embrace Dobbins on this evaluation. The second-year Ravens RB was misplaced for the season as a consequence of an ACL damage within the third preseason game.

Greatest player to focus on: Brown

I’d draft Brown in Spherical 2, so getting him in Spherical 3 is considerably of a steal. He ought to stay the No. 1 receiver for the Titans forward of Julio Jones, and hopefully Brown is wholesome for many of the season. He is scored at the very least 15 PPR factors in 9 of his previous 13 video games, and he has top-three upside heading into this yr.

Worst player to focus on: Swift

Swift is trending towards Spherical 4, and rightfully so. He’ll share work with Jamaal Williams, and he is nonetheless battling a groin damage, which might linger into the season. The Lions additionally might be horrible, and Swift may not have an enormous yr as I initially hoped previous to the beginning of coaching camp. Swift is a No. 2 working again in all leagues, however take him in Spherical 4 on the earliest. Additionally, Dobbins is listed right here, and that is the place he was going previous to getting damage.

Spherical 4 (Picks 37-48)

37. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers

38. Allen Robinson, WR, Bears

39. James Robinson, RB, Jaguars

40. CeeDee Lamb, WR, Cowboys

41. Robert Woods, WR, Rams

42. Justin Herbert, QB, Chargers

43. Mike Evans, WR, Bucs

44. Cooper Kupp, WR, Rams

45. Miles Sanders, RB, Eagles

46. Amari Cooper, WR, Cowboys

47. Mike Davis, RB, Falcons

48. Myles Gaskin, RB, Dolphins

Greatest player to focus on: Woods

There’s lots to love about this spherical, however Woods might be thought-about a Spherical 3 decide primarily based on his upside with the addition of quarterback Matthew Stafford. That ought to assist Kupp additionally, however Woods has the next ceiling given the extra manufacturing you will get from him on the bottom. He might be a top-10 PPR receiver this yr.

Worst player to focus on: Herbert

The CBS ADP takes under consideration all of our drafts, so hopefully Herbert’s itemizing here’s a results of the place he is being chosen in two-quarterback and Superflex leagues. I like him as a No. 1 Fantasy quarterback this yr, however he is being taken forward of fellows like Dak Prescott and Russell Wilson, which might be a mistake if that occurs.

Spherical 5 (Picks 49-60)

49. Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks

50. Chris Godwin, WR, Bucs

51. Tyler Lockett, WR, Seahawks

52. Dak Prescott, QB, Cowboys

53. Adam Thielen, WR, Vikings

54. Mark Andrews, TE, Ravens

55. Tom Brady, QB, Bucs

56. Kyle Pitts, TE, Falcons

57. Julio Jones, WR, Titans

58. Travis Etienne*, RB, Jaguars

59. Kareem Hunt, RB, Browns

60. D.J. Moore, WR, Panthers

*Notice: Etienne suffered a season-ending damage in preseason.

Greatest player to focus on: Lockett

Lockett was irritating final season with six video games of at the very least 17 PPR factors and 7 video games with eight PPR factors or fewer. Nonetheless, he stays a main goal for Wilson and truly had three extra targets than Metcalf final yr (132-129). Hopefully, Seattle’s revamped passing assault beneath new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron will assist Lockett be extra constant, and he has top-10 upside in all leagues.

Worst player to focus on: Hunt

Hunt is a strong flex choice, however he is being drafted because the No. 24 working again right here, which is a bit dicey. He probably wants Chubb to overlook time to be a constant Fantasy choice. Final yr, Hunt averaged 11.3 PPR factors per sport when Chubb was wholesome, which is extra in keeping with what to anticipate this season if each play nearly all of 17 video games than his season common of 13.6. Additionally, Etienne’s ADP is constant to slip following his damage, however that is the place he is fallen as of now.

Spherical 6 (Picks 61-72)

61. Darrell Henderson, RB, Rams

62. Chase Edmonds, RB, Cardinals

63. Diontae Johnson, WR, Steelers

64. Raheem Mostert, RB, 49ers

65. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Steelers

66. T.J. Hockenson, TE, Lions

67. Brandon Aiyuk, WR, 49ers

68. Javonte Williams, RB, Broncos

69. Damien Harris, RB, Patriots

70. Jerry Jeudy, WR, Broncos

71. Tee Higgins, WR, Bengals

72. Chase Claypool, WR, Steelers

Greatest player to focus on: Hockenson

I am torn on a number of gamers to record right here, together with Johnson, Harris and Jeudy, however I went with Hockenson given his price ticket in comparison with guys like Andrews and Pitts. In PPR, Hockenson is perhaps the perfect of this trio given his anticipated goal share in Detroit. If you need the final of the Tremendous Six tight ends (Kelce, Waller, Kittle, Andrews, Pitts and Hockenson) then you’ll be able to wait till Spherical 6 to get one among my favourite breakout candidates this yr.

Worst player to focus on: Mostert

I do not thoughts Mostert in Spherical 6, however once you understand he is going 20 spots forward of Trey Sermon, it does turn into problematic. If that is true of most drafts then I would reasonably simply watch for Sermon on the finish of Spherical 7. The 49ers are going to make use of Mostert and Sermon in tandem, and Sermon might emerge as San Francisco’s finest working again sooner reasonably than later. Mostert is the one to focus on first now, however not at this value in comparison with Sermon.

Spherical 7 (Picks 73-84)

73. Ja’Marr Chase, WR, Bengals

74. Ryan Tannehill, QB, Titans

75. Melvin Gordon, RB, Broncos

76. Kenny Golladay, WR, Giants

77. Matthew Stafford, QB, Rams

78. Michael Thomas, WR, Saints

79. Michael Carter, RB, Jets

80. Courtland Sutton, WR, Broncos

81. Leonard Fournette, RB, Bucs

82. Odell Beckham, WR, Browns

83. Rams DST

84. Trey Sermon, RB, 49ers

Greatest player to focus on: Sutton

Sutton made his return to the sphere in Denver’s third preseason sport towards the Rams after lacking final season with a torn ACL. He seemed good and completed with two catches for 27 yards and a landing on three targets. Hopefully he is wholesome all yr, and he ought to kind a prime tandem with Jeudy. And Sutton might simply be the Broncos finest receiver this season.

Worst player to focus on: Fournette

We’ll ignore the Rams DST for this argument, however please do not draft a DST in Spherical 7 until the scoring is loopy in your league. Additionally, please do not draft Fournette right here if Ronald Jones and Giovani Bernard are wholesome. Fournette and Jones will share speeding work, and Bernard will play on passing downs. This can be a messy backfield, and Fournette will not have the identical influence he had within the postseason when he helped Tampa Bay win the Super Bowl.

Spherical 8 (Picks 85-96)

85. D.J. Chark, WR, Jaguars

86. Noah Fant, TE, Broncos

87. Jalen Hurts, QB, Eagles

88. Logan Thomas, TE, Soccer Group

89. Robby Anderson, WR, Panthers

90. Tyler Boyd, WR, Bengals

91. James Conner, RB, Cardinals

92. DeVonta Smith, WR, Eagles

93. Antonio Brown, WR, Bucs

94. Jaylen Waddle, WR, Dolphins

95. Dallas Goedert, TE, Eagles

96. Buccaneers DST

Greatest player to focus on: Anderson

I used to be going to make this co-best picks with Anderson and Boyd, however I did not need to cop out on choosing only one player per spherical for this class. Anderson might be Carolina’s finest Fantasy receiver this yr, and also you’re getting him 29 picks after Moore, which is wonderful worth. Final yr, Anderson led the Panthers in targets (136) and receptions (95), and he is the one with the established rapport with Sam Darnold from their days with the Jets. Anderson is a steal right here in PPR.

Worst player to focus on: Chark

Once more, we’ll ignore the DST on this spherical and go together with a player being drafted too quickly. I would not be shocked if Chark is the perfect Jacksonville receiver this season, however proper now I am drafting him after Laviska Shenault and Marvin Jones. Chark is working his means again from a finger damage, and he might take time to re-establish his rapport with Trevor Lawrence. If Chark falls to Spherical 10 or later then I will be enthusiastic about him, however I do not love this ADP in Spherical 8.

Spherical 9 (Picks 97-108)

97. Ronald Jones, RB, Bucs

98. Deebo Samuel, WR, 49ers

99. Tyler Higbee, TE, Rams

100. Joe Burrow, QB, Bengals

101. Brandin Cooks, WR, Texans

102. Mike Gesicki, TE, Dolphins

103. Robert Tonyan, TE, Packers

104. Steelers DST

105. Kenyan Drake, RB, Raiders

106. Irv Smith, TE, Vikings

107. Will Fuller, WR, Dolphins

108. Jamaal Williams, RB, Lions

Greatest player to focus on: Cooks

This is not essentially the most thrilling spherical, and I’d have put Smith on this class previous to his knee damage. However let’s go together with Cooks as a substitute and hope he is the lone vivid spot on what might be a depressing Texans offense this season. If Tyrod Taylor, who’s the probably Houston starter, peppers Cooks with targets then he might emerge as a possible beginning Fantasy receiver in all leagues.

Worst player to focus on: Tonyan

The entire tight ends are overvalued on this spherical, however Tonyan is my least favourite. He was incredible final yr, however you are chasing his 2020 stats for those who’re drafting him this quickly. Whereas he scored 11 touchdowns, he solely had 59 targets. That is not sustainable, and Tonyan is a bust candidate if he is being drafted in Spherical 9.

Spherical 10 (Picks 109-120)

109. Zack Moss, RB, Payments

110. Jarvis Landry, WR, Browns

111. Laviska Shenault, WR, Jaguars

112. A.J. Dillon, RB, Packers

113. Justin Tucker, Ok, Ravens

114. Corey Davis, WR, Jets

115. Devin Singletary, RB, Payments

116. Trevor Lawrence, QB, Jaguars

117. Washington Soccer Group DST

118. Gus Edwards, RB, Ravens

119. Marquez Callaway, WR, Saints

120. Sony Michel, RB, Rams

Greatest player to focus on: Edwards

I am dishonest right here as a result of Edwards will not be accessible in Spherical 10 any time quickly with Dobbins out, however I needed to say him since he needs to be a Spherical 4/5 decide in PPR or 0.5 PPR and a Spherical 3/4 decide in non-PPR leagues. As the brand new lead working again in Baltimore, Edwards ought to have the possibility for an enormous season, with hopefully round 15 complete touches a sport. We’ll see if the Ravens add one other veteran to this backfield, however Dobbins’ damage might make Edwards a possible star.

Worst player to focus on: Tucker

Please do not draft a kicker, any kicker, previous to the final two rounds in your league. I do know most of this already, however a few of you is perhaps taking part in Fantasy Soccer for the primary time this season. Tucker is superior and constant, however yow will discover a kicker doubtlessly simply pretty much as good in Spherical 14 or later.

Spherical 11 (Picks 121-132)

121. Harrison Butker, Ok, Chiefs

122. Marvin Jones, WR, Jaguars

123. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts

124. Ravens DST

125. Kirk Cousins, QB, Vikings

126. Payments DST

127. Rob Gronkowski, TE, Bucs

128. Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons

129. Jared Cook, TE, Rams

130. Mecole Hardman, WR, Chiefs

131. J.D. McKissic, RB, Soccer Group

132. Justin Fields, QB, Bears

Greatest player to focus on: Hardman

I am excited for Hardman this season as the brand new No. 2 receiver for the Chiefs. He has competitors for the position from Byron Pringle and Demarcus Robinson, however Hardman ought to begin reverse Tyreek Hill and hopefully turn into a third-year breakout receiver. I really like drafting him in Spherical 10 or later.

Worst player to focus on: Ryan

There’s lots to dislike with this spherical, however Ryan stands out, largely due to the quarterbacks being drafted after him. If you are going to draft a second quarterback in most one-quarterback leagues then goal guys like Fields and Lance for his or her upside. I additionally choose different veterans to Ryan, together with Jameis Winston and Ben Roethlisberger, amongst others. Ryan is a fantastic choice in two-quarterback and Superflex leagues, however do not draft him right here in one-quarterback codecs.

Spherical 12 (Picks 133-144)

133. Curtis Samuel, WR, Soccer Group

134. Derek Carr, QB, Raiders

135. 49ers DST

136. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Payments

137. Greg Zuerlein, Ok, Cowboys

138. Trey Lance, QB, 49ers

139. David Johnson, RB, Texans

140. Baker Mayfield, QB, Browns

141. Marquise Brown, WR, Ravens

142. Michael Pittman, WR, Colts

143. Mike Williams, WR, Chargers

144. Michael Gallup, WR, Cowboys

Greatest player to focus on: Pittman

With Hilton out for an prolonged time frame, Pittman ought to now emerge because the No. 1 receiver for the Colts. He may need been in that position anyway if Hilton was wholesome, however there’s lots to love about Pittman in his second season. Now, you must hope the Colts have a wholesome Carson Wentz (foot), in addition to a wholesome offensive line, however Pittman’s arrow is pointing up with Hilton damage.

Worst player to focus on: Johnson

It is a bit arduous to fathom what’s occurring in Houston’s backfield, however Mark Ingram and Phillip Lindsay seem like in higher standing with the brand new teaching employees than Johnson. We’ll see what occurs throughout the season, however Johnson might be third on the depth chart and relegated to passing-downs work. He is been among the many greatest fallers in ADP this yr.

Spherical 13 (Picks 145-156)

145. Jameis Winston, QB, Saints

146. Phillip Lindsay, RB, Texans

147. Jonnu Smith, TE, Patriots

148. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers

149. Cole Beasley, WR, Payments

150. Eagles DST

151. Tony Pollard, RB, Cowboys

152. Patriots DST

153. Darnell Mooney, WR, Bears

154. Nyheim Hines, RB, Colts

155. Tarik Cohen, RB, Bears

156. James White, RB, Patriots

Greatest player to focus on: Mooney

Mooney is a steal on this spot, and he is one among my favourite sleepers this yr. Whereas he hasn’t performed within the preseason, he’ll begin reverse Allen Robinson, and Mooney closed final season with at the very least 15 PPR factors in two of his last three video games. Hopefully, Fields or Andy Dalton will lean on Mooney lots, and he might emerge as a high-end No. 3 Fantasy receiver this yr.

Worst player to focus on: Cohen

I used to be excited for Cohen to return from final yr’s torn ACL, however that does not seem like occurring any time quickly. And he might open the season on the PUP record, which might maintain him out for the primary six weeks. Montgomery ought to profit in a giant means if Cohen is out, and Damien Williams turns into extra engaging as a late-round flier. We’ll see what sort of influence Cohen makes this yr, if he does in any respect, but it surely’s arduous to justify drafting him on this spot whereas he is damage.

Spherical 14 (Picks 157-168)

157. Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Dolphins

158. Saints DST

159. Younghoe Koo, Ok, Falcons

160. Latavius Murray, RB, Saints

161. Deshaun Watson, QB, Texans

162. Tyler Bass, Ok, Payments

163. Giovani Bernard, RB, Bucs

164. Jakobi Meyers, WR, Patriots

165. Zach Ertz, TE, Eagles

166. Ryan Succop, Ok, Bucs

167. Carson Wentz, QB, Colts

168. Eric Ebron, TE, Steelers

Greatest player to focus on: Meyers

He needs to be New England’s No. 1 receiver this yr, and he is the perfect worth of anybody thus far given this price ticket. In 2020, Meyers began seeing vital taking part in time in Week 7, and over his last 11 video games he scored at the very least 11 PPR factors 5 occasions. Whoever begins at quarterback for the Patriots this yr ought to lean on Meyers lots, and he is price drafting as early as Spherical 8 or 9 in PPR.

Worst player to focus on: Ebron

Watson might be the worst decide on this spherical if he does not play this season, and Murray might additionally fall into this class if he is changed because the No. 2 working again for the Saints behind Alvin Kamara for Tony Jones Jr. I went with Ebron for now since he might lose taking part in time to rookie tight finish Pat Freiermuth, who caught two touchdowns from Roethlisberger this preseason.

Spherical 15 (Picks 169-180)

169. Henry Ruggs III, WR, Raiders

170. Darrynton Evans, RB, Titans

171. Alexander Mattison, RB, Vikings

172. Elijah Moore, WR, Jets

173. Colts DST

174. Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, Patrits

175. Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Soccer Group

176. Russell Gage, WR, Falcons

177. DeVante Parker, WR, Dolphins

178. Jason Sanders, Ok, Dolphins

179. Evan Engram, TE, Giants

180. Adam Trautman, TE, Saints

Greatest player to focus on: Moore

Whereas Davis has emerged as the perfect receiver for the Jets with a powerful preseason, Moore might nonetheless find yourself because the No. 1 choice within the passing sport this yr. Previous to struggling a quad damage, Moore seemed like the favourite goal for Zach Wilson in coaching camp. I proceed to purchase numerous inventory in Moore, particularly at this wonderful value.

Worst player to focus on: Trautman

I used to be so enthusiastic about Trautman previous to coaching camp, however that pleasure rapidly went away as soon as the preseason video games began. First, Trautman spent extra time blocking than working routes. Then, within the second preseason sport, he injured his ankle, which might linger into the common season. Hopefully he is wholesome and performs at a excessive stage, but it surely’s arduous to belief Trautman as a possible starter heading into the yr.

Different late-round choices in Spherical 16 or later primarily based on CBS ADP: Rondale Moore (Choose No. 188), Tevin Coleman (No. 195), Terrace Marshall Jr. (No. 198), Darrel Williams (No. 202), Kenneth Gainwell (No. 205), Sterling Shepard (No. 211), Tyrell Williams (No. 214) and Justin Jackson (No. 219) | Fantasy Soccer draft prep: Greatest gamers to focus on and keep away from in every of the primary 15 rounds primarily based on ADP


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