Fantasy Football draft prep: Players Chris Towers keeps drafting, won’t touch and early waiver-wire targets

I had my greatest draft of the season over the weekend and I am joyful to report, my workforce is ideal. Because of a sequence of shrewd, forward-looking trades final season, I enter the season with both Will Fuller or Noah Fant because the worst player on my bench. I am bragging — please clap — however I am additionally trying ahead to the brand new and thrilling methods I’ll discover to proceed my annual custom of not successful this league. 

So, that is one league the place I will not need to make any waiver-wire claims forward of Week 1, a minimum of. That is a rarity, particularly for leagues which have already drafted; whether or not you misplaced J.K. Dobbins or Travis Etienne or wager on Michael Carter or Zack Moss as a starter, there is not any scarcity of how your best-laid plans from Draft Day might have been destroyed already. 

Subsequent week, Jamey Eisenberg can have his complete first have a look at the waiver wire forward of Week 1, however for these of you with waivers set to run earlier than then, I will offer you a few of my prime targets to go after this week at every place. Plus, I’ve acquired 5 gamers I hold drafting and 5 I am avoiding if in any respect attainable in my remaining drafts, together with the most recent news and notes from across the NFL.

We’ll have much more news to cowl tomorrow in spite of everything cuts are finalized and groups lastly have to start out exhibiting their palms for Week 1, and you will even have sleepers, breakouts, and busts from Jamey, Dave Richard, Heath Cummings, and myself to look ahead for the remainder of the week. However what it is best to actually be trying ahead to is the Fantasy Football In the present day Draft-A-Thon. Listed below are the small print, if you do not know by now: 

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When you’re drafting earlier than then, be sure you bookmark our Draft Day Cheat Sheet, the place we have every little thing you might want to know in a single place, and obtain the Fantasy Football Today Draft Guide, which is like printing Dave, Jamey, Heath and I out so we will be proper there subsequent to you whilst you draft. And in case you’ve acquired any burning questions, hit me up at with the topic line “#AskFFT” for some recommendation, and you’ll find my full rankings here, too. 

Now, here is who you have to be trying so as to add forward of Week 1. 

Early Waiver-Wire Targets


  • Justin Fields 55% — Add him in … All leagues. If you are going to roster two quarterbacks, make sure that one among them is a high-upside, dual-threat like Fields. He’ll get that job sooner relatively than later. 
  • Mac Jones 16% — Add him in … Two-QB leagues. Jones is beginning for the Patriots, and whereas he ought to already be rostered in two-QB leagues, this cinches it. I do not learn about something greater than that for re-draft, however he ought to be rostered in all Dynasty leagues as nicely. 
  • Sam Darnold 20% — Add him in … Deep leagues the place you want a streamer. Darnold opens up with a revenge recreation towards the lowly Jets after which will get one other cakewalk in Week 3 towards the Texans
  • Tyrod Taylor 5% — Add him in … Even deeper leagues. If Taylor is on the market in a two-QB or superflex league, particularly, be sure you add him. He could possibly be a top-20 QB along with his speeding capability. 

Working backs

  • Kenneth Gainwell 21% — Add him in … All PPR leagues. I had hoped Miles Sanders may have the ability to earn again the passing recreation function he had as a rookie, however by all accounts, his struggles there continued. Gainwell might see a stable passing function, with the upside for extra if Sanders is underwhelming early. 
  • Tevin Coleman 32% — Add him in … Leagues the place you want a starter. Coleman seems to be like he will be the lead again for the Jets, and whereas neither a part of that equation is especially thrilling, he could possibly be usable in his function in case you went zero-RB or misplaced Dobbins. 
  • Tony Jones 11% — Add him in … All leagues in case you’ve acquired the roster house. Jones appears like he could have performed sufficient to push Latavius Murray out of the image in New Orleans, which suggests he might discover himself filling the function that has seen Murray common 852 whole yards and 5.5 touchdowns during the last two seasons. 
  • Ty’Son Williams 8% — Add him in … Non-PPR leagues. Williams figures to step into the Gus Edwards function with Edwards stepping up into the lead function, which ought to imply 10 or so carries per recreation in an environment friendly, high-scoring offense. 
  • Rhamondre Stevenson 35% — Add him in … Non-PPR leagues. He is not a must-add, however Stevenson appeared glorious within the preseason, and his fast emergence helped precipitate the commerce of Sony Michel to L.A. Stevenson most likely wants an damage to Damien Harris to be price utilizing, however these have been fairly frequent occurrences in his profession to date. 

Extensive receivers

  • Marquez Callaway 54% — Add him in … All leagues. No, we will not assure Callaway can be even a starting-caliber Fantasy choice. Nonetheless, the connection he confirmed with Jameis Winston and the optimistic studies out of camp make him somebody who must be rostered in all leagues. In a single Dynasty league, I am bidding 55% of my finances on him. Not that it is best to do this, particularly in re-draft leagues, however he ought to be a excessive precedence. Perhaps the excessive precedence amongst all gamers listed right here. 
  • Jakobi Meyers 48% — Add him in … All leagues. Meyers looks as if the plain No. 1 WR for the Patriots, and we noticed him put up an 84-catch, 1,050-yard tempo over the ultimate 11 video games in that function in 2020. 
  • Elijah Moore 33% — Add him in … All leagues. A quad damage type of derailed Moore’s preseason hype prepare, which is ok by me, as a result of it stored his value from climbing too excessive. By all appearances, he is been the star of Jets camp, and whereas Corey Davis is the stable veteran on the prime of the depth chart, if anybody goes to be a distinction maker on this offense, Moore is the only option. 
  • Marquez Valdes-Scantling 24% — Add him in … Non-PPR leagues. Valdes-Scantling took a step ahead final season, and it appears like he took one other one this offseason. He is earned loads of reward for his play in camp and will emerge as a boom-or-bust beginning choice if he creeps extra into the 80-target territory after incomes 63 final season. 
  • Bryan Edwards 11% — Add him in … Deeper leagues. Edwards did not play in any respect within the preseason, which is a reasonably positive signal he is locked right into a beginning function. That was true final season too, however he struggled to make an impression earlier than struggling an damage. It is attainable he emerges because the No. 2 choice on this offense, nevertheless, and is price taking a flier on for that potential. 

Tight ends

  • Gerald Everett 33% — Add him in … All leagues. Everett is not a must-add player, thoughts you, however with Irv Smith Jr. out to start out the season and Dallas Goedert‘s function in query, you is likely to be scrambling. Everett very nicely could possibly be the No. 3 choice for Russell Wilson, and that is sufficient to place him within the streaming dialogue for now.  
  • Blake Jarwin 16% — Add him in … All leagues. Bear in mind how excited we have been for Jarwin this time final yr? Dalton Schultz‘s emergence after Jarwin’s damage appeared to justify that pleasure, and in case you’re searching for an upside play right here, Jarwin’s pretty much as good as any. 
  • Dan Arnold 3% — Add him in … Deeper TE-premium leagues. Arnold is not gonna put his hand within the dust and transfer individuals round within the trenches, as a result of he is basically a big large receiver. He averages 9.2 yards per goal in his profession and will play loads in 11 personnel for the Panthers. Take an opportunity on an missed playmaker. 

Gamers I hold drafting

On Tuesday’s episode of FFT, Adam, Dave, and Heath talked about the players they keep drafting and the gamers they will not contact, and since I did not get invited to that episode — it is advantageous, man! — you guys get to examine them right here, first with the fellows I hold drafting. These aren’t essentially my 5 favourite gamers, however they’re undoubtedly the 5 guys I like greater than almost anybody I am drafting with, it appears. 

  • Travis Kelce — If I’ve a top-three choose, I am going with Christian McCaffrey, Alvin Kamara, or Dalvin Cook. If I’ve some other choose, there’s an excellent probability I am going with Kelce. In PPR, he is my No. 4 ranked player and the largest edge you will get on the competitors exterior of these three working backs. He is outscored the No. 12 TE by 7.9 factors per recreation on common during the last 4 seasons, and locking that in early is a key to loads of my draft methods.
  • Joe Mixon — If I am selecting late within the first spherical and Kelce (and Davante Adams) are gone, there is a fairly good probability I am taking Mixon. I do know there’s this notion that Fantasy analysts simply tend to overrate Mixon, however lest you suppose that’s true of me, I am going to simply spotlight this: I have been decrease on Mixon than the consensus mainly yearly of his profession. A lot of the hype round Mixon was tied to this concept that he was a particular expertise who was simply ready to blow up, however I’ve all the time light him as a result of I by no means preferred his state of affairs. It has been a mediocre-to-bad offense he is all the time needed to share with Giovani Bernard. Nicely, Gio is gone and the offense ought to be prepared for a step ahead, which suggests unexpectedly, this case seems to be a lot, significantly better for Mixon. I am fairly talent-agnostic with regards to working again, so my view of Mixon has by no means actually shifted. He simply lastly, actually has the chance to be an elite Fantasy choice. 
  • Robert Woods — I am extraordinarily excessive on Woods and Cooper Kupp with Matthew Stafford at QB, however Woods is my favourite. He is WR8 in my rankings, in comparison with WR12 in ADP, which suggests I can wait till the fourth spherical to seize a second WR and nonetheless really feel like I acquired two No. 1 guys. Kelce, Mixon, [insert elite WR here], and Woods is fairly near my ultimate begin to a draft, and I’ve pulled it off quite a lot of instances. 
  • Will Fuller — In 11 video games in 2020, Fuller averaged 17.2 PPR factors per recreation, 0.2 behind A.J. Brown. When you take out Week 2, the place he was coping with a hamstring damage and did not have a catch, he averaged 18.9, simply forward of Calvin Ridley. No, I do not count on Fuller to be a top-10 WR for Fantasy once more, however he would not need to be an unimaginable worth — he is WR41 in ADP proper now. He’ll miss Week 1 as a consequence of a suspension — and has been restricted in camp with a nagging minor leg damage — however you can have a top-24 WR from Week 2 on. 
  • Justin Fields — If I am not taking one of many elite quarterbacks early, I am taking Fields and pairing him up with Cam Newton, Baker Mayfield, or Jameis Winston. Fields suits in completely with the fashionable QB archetype we’re all chasing for Fantasy, and whereas he will not begin Week 1, it should not take lengthy earlier than we see him on the sector.

Gamers I will not contact

To be clear, that is (nearly fully) about value. I’d like to have Derrick Henry on my workforce, I am simply not keen to pay what it prices to finish up with him. The remainder of these guys … nicely, I would like to have some of them on my workforce, a minimum of. 

  • Derrick Henry — Henry is superior. An apparent elite Fantasy choice who can put up a giant Fantasy recreation with one lengthy rumble, and he is good for that lengthy rumble extra typically than ought to be affordable to count on. He is one among one, a peerless pressure who upends loads of what we perceive about how offenses are speculated to run in 2021. There, now no person can accuse me of not liking Henry! He is acquired an extremely excessive flooring, however his ceiling is not as excessive as his pass-catching friends, which is what it comes right down to. As I said in Monday’s newsletter, it’s a math problem, ultimately
  • Odell Beckham — It hasn’t precisely damaged by way of to the mainstream, but it surely actually appears like Beckham goes to be fairly restricted early on.  “It’s hard to imagine Beckham getting more than 20 snaps a game in September,” The Athletic’s Zack Jackson mentioned not too long ago. The Browns are apparently very pleased with how Donovan Peoples-Jones has come alongside this offseason, and his emergence could give them the posh of enjoying it gradual with Beckham. He hasn’t proven elite upside since attending to the Browns, so if the upside is extra like a top-20 receiver than a top-five one and you will have to attend for the prospect to even get that, I simply can’t justify taking him within the seventh spherical. 
  • Justin Herbert — Arif Hasan wrote an excellent piece for The Athletic a few weeks ago trying on the proof for and towards regression for Herbert, and I extremely suggest you go verify that out. Herbert is coming off a historic rookie season and nonetheless has loads of good weapons round him, however I believe he is being drafted as if 2020 was his flooring and he is solely going to get higher from there. He very nicely might, however I believe it is extra doubtless Herbert’s numbers take a step again, even when he would not essentially play worse. I would relatively take the prospect that Jalen HurtsLamar Jackson impersonation can proceed.
  • Damien Harris — Harris ought to be a advantageous Fantasy working again, particularly in Non-PPR, and there is not any query his worth has taken a giant step ahead between the commerce of Sony Michel to the Rams and the discharge of Cam Newton. The issue for me is, I am unsure he is ever prone to be rather more than advantageous. The issue, as is the case with so many gamers, comes right down to the shortage of a passing recreation function for Harris. Even with an anticipated enhance in speeding quantity, I am unable to get Harris a lot greater than RB30 in my projections, and he will find yourself greater than that in drafts when it is all mentioned and performed. He is one of many quickest risers in ADP on CBS Fantasy during the last week, and I simply do not see a lot to get enthusiastic about in his profile whilst a lead again. He is most likely not going to catch passes (5 in 10 video games final season), which suggests you are going to have to depend on him to persistently get large carry totals and goal-line touches. You are making that wager on a Invoice Belichick-coached workforce and with a again who missed time in his first preseason with a hand damage, missed time with a hamstring damage throughout that very same season, was a wholesome scratch in any other case, after which suffered a fractured pinky and a and a Grade 3 ankle sprain to bookend his sophomore marketing campaign. He is a two-down again with a low flooring as a consequence of accidents and a low ceiling. He is advantageous, however I would relatively wager on the upside of Chase Edmonds, or Myles Gaskin in that very same vary, or simply look forward to Ronald Jones, A.J. Dillon, or Jamaal Williams.
  • Zack Moss — I joked the opposite day on Twitter that the non-pass-catching working backs are like a Russian Nesting Doll, with Henry on the surface, Nick Chubb barely smaller, Josh Jacobs under that, and all the best way down by way of Gus Edwards and Harris. And within the center, barely seen, is Moss. He is a third-rounder battling for enjoying time with one other third-rounder, on the workforce that has produced the fewest Fantasy factors for working backs over the previous three seasons. Devin Singletary has the passing recreation function and Josh Allen is the perfect goal-line rusher, so Moss is left selecting up the least-valuable scraps within the offense. As a fourth or fifth working again, Moss is ok to your bench, however I would relatively chase any variety of late-round choices like Gainwell or Darrynton Evans who’ve a possible path to must-start territory than chase Moss’ largely nonexistent upside. 

Look, I mentioned I would like to have most of those guys on my workforce on the proper value. 

Accidents Information and Notes

  • The Texans are keen to have Deshaun Watson inactive each week — Nicely, they could not have a lot of a selection. Watson is eligible to play as investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct towards him proceed, however the Texans appear to be joyful to maintain staring proper by way of his commerce request. Watson looks as if an extended shot to play a down this yr, in my eyes. 
  • Trey Lance will miss a few week with a finger damage — Lance hit the finger on somebody’s helmet and has a chip fracture that may hold him out of motion for every week or so. Which implies he could possibly be able to go in time for the Week 1 opener towards the Lions on Sept. 12, however I believe it was all the time more likely Jimmy Garoppolo was going to start out anyway, and dropping every week of follow most likely clinches it. Lance stays a high-upside bench stash in all codecs no matter this damage.
  • Irv Smith can have knee surgical procedure this week — We can’t have a timetable for Smith’s return to motion till they do the process, so we’re in a holding sample proper now. The timeline for restoration from meniscus surgical procedure can vary from days to weeks to months, and whereas I would wager on the center choice at this level, it is sufficient to push Smith out of draftable territory for me. I simply can’t justify utilizing two roster spots on tight ends in a typical league. 
  • Javonte Williams was not held out of the final preseason game due to damage — There was some hypothesis to that finish, but it surely seems the workforce simply did not have to see the rest from him, whereas Melvin Gordon wanted some first-team reps after sitting out with a groin damage. You’ve got gotta like the boldness the workforce seemingly already has in Williams, although I nonetheless count on him to be the 1b to Gordon’s 1a to start out the season. Nonetheless, I am going to take Williams first and hope he can push Gordon to No. 2 territory earlier than lengthy. View Williams as a low-end starter with top-15 potential down the street and train acceptable persistence. 
  • Carson Wentz was positioned on the COVID-19 checklist — Together with large receiver Zach Pascal and heart Ryan Kelly; they have been high-risk shut contacts with somebody who examined optimistic not too long ago. The Colts have barely had their first-team offense in place for quite a lot of days at a time in camp, and the shortage of reps can not help as Wentz tries to show his profession round following a horrible 2020. Hopefully Wentz can be cleared to return after 5 days and a few damaging assessments, however you merely cannot really feel nice about the place this offense is heading into Week 1. 
  • Evan Engram is coping with a calf damage — Engram left Sunday’s preseason recreation with the damage, although we’re nonetheless ready for extra data on how extreme it’s. Engram might have been in line for a giant function to start out the season with Kenny Golladay‘s standing within the air, however that will not be the case if he cannot get on the sector. Sterling Shepard is trying higher and higher as a late-round goal. 
  • The Lions launched Breshad Perriman — This clears issues up a bit for the Lions receiving corps, as they need to head into Week 1 with Tyrell Williams, Kalif Raymond, and Amon-Ra St. Brown as their prime choices in three-wide units. The query is whether or not St. Brown will simply be a slot man early on — that is how they used him within the preseason — or whether or not he’ll see a while on the surface in two-WR units. St. Brown is essentially the most intriguing choice on this offense, however questions on his function make it powerful for me to focus on him, as a result of he profiles finest as a PPR compiler. 

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