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Fantasy Football Mailbag: Antonio Gibson Ranking & Rookie WRs

  • The Draft Network
  • September 6, 2020
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Welcome to the final Fantasy Football Mailbag of the preseason. You can catch Paige Dimakos and Jaime Eisner every Friday at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT on Twitter, Periscope, Facebook, and more by following any of The Draft Network platforms. We're answering all of your fantasy football questions, and the ones we don't get to on the video show are answered here.

Check out Friday's show below before diving into the additional questions below.

https://twitter.com/The_SportsPaige/status/1301961749868896256

Now, here are the ones we didn't get to:

Where do you rank Antonio Gibson following Adrian Peterson’s release?

We answered this one in the video above, but I briefly wanted to touch on it again since it’s the biggest fantasy story of the weekend. Gibson jumped up to my RB34 and I’d feel comfortable taking him in the seventh or eighth round of fantasy drafts. Gibson will have a significant workload and I’m excited to see how he’s used, but remember he only had 33 carries in college—he was a wide receiver at Memphis—and has had only a couple weeks to get up to speed at the NFL level. He’s clearly the Washington back you want to roster, but I’m not buying him as an RB2 this season.

Which rookie WR will have the best fantasy season?

My vote is for the first player off the board in the 2020 NFL Draft, Henry Ruggs III. Given the injury to Tyrell Williams and Ruggs’ overall skill set, I think he’ll get enough work and production to warrant a top-40 selection among wide receivers. My latest projection for Ruggs is 90 targets, 62 receptions, 868 yards, and five touchdowns. I like his chances to pop, especially with no true WR1 in Las Vegas. 

Where do you have Daniel Jones ranked and could he have a sneaky good year?

Jones is my QB18 entering the season, but is a very viable QB2 and a sleeper pick by many. It’s easy to see why. In the games he played from Weeks 3-17, Jones averaged 18.98 fantasy points per game, the 10th-best mark among all quarterbacks. His peaks were high, but his valleys were low, though. He had four games with 28 or more fantasy points and five games with fewer than 12 fantasy points. He’s better suited for best ball leagues but he’s certainly a player who could spike as a streaming candidate throughout the season.

D.J. Moore or Tyler Lockett: Who has a better fantasy season?

This question may surprise some, but not only do I think it’s close, I’d actually take Lockett here. I’m not as high on Moore as the average fantasy manager this season. I think he’ll be close to last season’s numbers, but many are projecting a significant improvement from him and are taking him as a WR1. Lockett is going to lead the Seahawks in targets and will continue to provide solid WR2 value. My projections:

Moore: 80 rec, 1,062 yards, 4 TDs

Lockett:  81 rec, 1,050 yards, 8 TDs

Better Week 1 play: Phillip Lindsay or Ronald Jones

So this is where I’ll get my cheap plug in. Check back with The Draft Network on Tuesday morning for my full set of Week 1 rankings. They’ll drop every week on Tuesdays, with a sneak peek at the top 12 at every position for TDN Premium members on Mondays. But to answer this question specifically, I’d take Lindsay, but neither is a top-30 option.

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