The second full week of preseason action was good for a few players from the AFC East when it comes to likely risers in the CBS Sports Average Draft Position. Myles Gaskin, Corey Davis and Jakobi Meyers all should get a boost coming off strong games in Week 2.
On the other hand, Michael Carter is expected to slide in what looks like a crowded backfield for the Jets. More on him later. Let's focus on the positive first.
Gaskin was the story after Week 1 of the preseason when he played behind Malcolm Brown in Miami's game against Chicago, and Fantasy managers were panicked about his outlook for this year. That changed in Week 2 against Atlanta when Gaskin was back in charge.
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This time, Gaskin led the Dolphins in snaps with the first-team offense. He still shared with Salvon Ahmed and Brown, but Gaskin reminded us of his upside with six carries for 27 yards and a touchdown, along with four catches for 44 yards and a touchdown on four targets.
Gaskin's ADP was sliding to 55.41 overall, but now he should see his ADP rise. You might see Gaskin get drafted in Round 4 again, and he could be worth it there if he remains in the lead role for Miami.
Davis has taken advantage of Elijah Moore (quad) being out to become the top target for quarterback Zach Wilson. In two preseason games, Davis has 10 targets on 13 routes run, and he's caught six passes for 88 yards. We'll see how Wilson treats Davis when Moore is healthy, but it's hard not to get excited about Davis now.
His ADP is at 136.55 and rising, and I would consider drafting Davis as early as Round 8. He's trending in the right direction as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver with upside in all leagues.
The same goes for Meyers, who has been getting rave reviews in training camp as the best receiver for the Patriots. That was on display in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles when Meyers had three catches for 56 yards and a touchdown on three targets.
His ADP is at 152.19, but that will change. Like Davis, I would draft Meyers as early as Round 8, with his value slightly higher in PPR.
While those guys are rising, we could see Carter's ADP fall as he continues to share playing time with Ty Johnson and Tevin Coleman. Carter played behind Johnson and Coleman in Saturday's preseason game against the Packers, and that's not a great sign even though he led the team with 10 carries for 52 yards.
I still have high expectations for Carter, but I was drafting him in Round 6 prior to training camp. His ADP is at 87.18, and that's likely more realistic of where he should go. His ADP might even slip a little bit if he's this low on the depth chart -- for now.
Eventually, I expect Carter to be the lead running back for the Jets. Hopefully, the Jets coaching staff will put him in that role sooner rather than later.
We'll continue to use the preseason as a way to view ADP and which players are rising and falling, as well as the latest news. With that in mind, let's dive into the latest CBS Sports ADP, which you can see right here.
Dak Prescott (shoulder) continues to progress in his rehab and reportedly has suffered no setbacks, according to the NFL Network. He is on track to start Week 1 against Tampa Bay. Despite the positive news, Fantasy managers remain concerned about Prescott based on his ADP.
He's the No. 8 quarterback off the board at 51.19, which is a steal. He's going after Aaron Rodgers, Justin Herbert and Russell Wilson, and I'd rather have Prescott if he's healthy because I consider him to have more upside. As long as he's trending in the right direction, draft Prescott as a top-five quarterback.
Jalen Hurts is the No. 12 quarterback based on ADP at 95.97, and he is one of my favorite breakout candidates this year. I target Hurts in almost every draft if I wait on the position. He did not play in Thursday's preseason game against New England due to a stomach illness, but he returned to practice Sunday. As of now, his status for Philadelphia's Week 3 preseason game against the Jets is unknown, but Hurts should be fine for Week 1.
Trey Lance has seen his ADP rise to 126.53, and he's one of the best No. 2 Fantasy quarterbacks you can draft this year. While he isn't expected to start Week 1 for the 49ers, he will hopefully have an opportunity to play this year over Jimmy Garoppolo. In the second preseason game Sunday night against the Chargers, Lance was 8-of-14 passing for 102 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He also added one carry for eight yards.
Justin Fields is going to open the season on the bench behind Andy Dalton, but it shouldn't be long before Fields is starting for the Bears. His ADP is at 129.99, and like Lance, he's one of the top No. 2 quarterbacks to target on Draft Day. In the second preseason game against the Bills, Fields was 9-of-19 passing for 80 yards, and he also added four carries for 46 yards.
Ben Roethlisberger looked spry in the third preseason game for the Steelers on Saturday against Detroit. He was 8-of-10 passing for 137 yards and two touchdowns, and he looked like the Roethlisberger of old instead of like last year when he looked like an old Roethlisberger. His ADP is at 138.05, and I've been touting him as a sleeper at that price. He's an excellent starting option in Superflex and two-quarterback leagues.
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Antonio Gibson has star potential, and the Washington coaching staff continues to compare him to Christian McCaffrey since they coached McCaffrey to start his career in Carolina. Gibson's ADP is at 24.84 and rising, and he's the No. 13 running back off the board.
I consider Gibson one of the best breakout running backs this year, and he's worth drafting in early Round 2. He continues to lose third-down work in the preseason to J.D. McKissic, which is somewhat of a problem, but Gibson will still have the opportunity to catch plenty of passes. In the second preseason game against Cincinnati, Gibson had seven carries for 28 yards, along with two catches for 19 yards on two targets.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire left Kansas City's second preseason against Arizona with an ankle injury, and we're waiting to find out the diagnosis as of Monday morning. If he's healthy for Week 1, then Edwards-Helaire is a great pick at his ADP of 26.90 as the No. 14 running back. But if he's going to miss any time then clearly his value will decline.
Keep an eye on Darrel Williams (concussion) if Edwards-Helaire is seriously hurt. Williams would be a potential lottery ticket at his ADP of 163.93 if he starts any games this year.
You're drafting J.K. Dobbins ahead of Gus Edwards this year, but the ADP for both should probably be closer. Dobbins is the No. 15 running back at 30.45, and Edwards is the No. 44 running back at 128.03.
Dobbins and Edwards are going to split playing time this season, likely close to 50-50, and Edwards is by far the better value pick. While Dobbins should score more Fantasy points and still projects to have more upside, especially if he can be more involved in the passing game, you should plan to target Edwards in all leagues at his current price.
Miles Sanders continues to see his ADP fall, and he's the No. 20 running back at 43.70. Sanders could be in a tough timeshare this season with Kenneth Gainwell, Boston Scott and Jordan Howard, and it could be hard to justify drafting Sanders in Round 4.
I still like him as a No. 2 Fantasy running back, but I'd rather have a few guys going after him, including Mike Davis (ADP of 51.32), Darrell Henderson (51.89) and Gaskin.
I'm close to drafting Damien Harris ahead of Sanders also in non-PPR leagues, and Harris is a steal at his current ADP of 86.63. He's a breakout candidate this year, and he continues to be the lead running back for the Patriots. In their second preseason game against Philadelphia, Harris had six carries for 14 yards and a touchdown.
He's going to share playing time with James White and potentially Sony Michel and Rhamondre Stevenson, and Harris is limited in the passing game. But I still consider him a low-end starter in non-PPR leagues and a flex option in all PPR formats. I start looking for Harris as early as Round 6.
Zack Moss and Devin Singletary aren't likely going to lead many Fantasy managers to a championship this season if both are healthy, but this is one backfield I continue to monitor closely with their ADP. Moss is currently ahead at 113.84, with Singletary at 121.45, but the gap is closing after Moss missed the first preseason game with a hamstring injury.
Singletary might be ahead of Moss on the depth chart, and Singletary played 21 snaps in the second preseason game against Chicago compared to 12 for Moss. But I still like Moss better, and I hope he continues to fall on Draft Day. He still has flex appeal even in this crowded situation.
Julio Jones continues to miss practice time with an undisclosed injury, and Titans coach Mike Vrabel said Sunday that he's uncertain when Jones will return to practice. The mystery injury and absence has caused Jones' ADP to fall to 51.34 as the No. 17 receiver. I would still consider Jones in Round 4 in PPR (Round 5 in non-PPR), but the more time he continues to miss the easier it is to fade Jones, especially since he missed seven games with the Falcons last year due to injury.
The Bengals receiving corps is interesting to monitor with their ADP. Currently, Ja'Marr Chase is the No. 23 receiver at 67.33, Tee Higgins is No. 26 at 75.46 and Tyler Boyd is No. 34 at 95.22.
Chase has seen a slight dip in his ADP, and three dropped passes in Cincinnati's second preseason game against Washington didn't help his cause. He's also struggled some in training camp, but hopefully things will improve once Joe Burrow is back on the field in game action since Burrow has been held out in the preseason.
I love the value for Higgins and especially Boyd in PPR, and I plan to target both a lot in all leagues. While Chase still has the most upside, you might be better off waiting for Higgins and Boyd on Draft Day.
DeVonta Smith's ADP is back on the rise as the No. 36 receiver at 99.18 after he played in the second preseason game against New England following a knee injury in training camp. Smith, who was without Hurts, had two catches for 19 yards on four targets.
I love Smith in this range, and he should be considered a low-end No. 3 Fantasy receiver to open the year in all leagues. Hurts should lean on Smith a lot, and hopefully he stays healthy all season.
Jaylen Waddle is the Dolphins receiver to target this season, and his ADP should start to rise from 114.07 as the No. 42 receiver. I would rather draft Waddle over Will Fuller, who is going at 108.87 as the No. 40 receiver. Waddle is worth drafting as a low-end No. 3 Fantasy receiver in all leagues.
Fuller (foot) and DeVante Parker (undisclosed) continue to miss practice time, although both are expected to be ready for the start of the season. With those guys out, Waddle has established himself as the potential No. 1 target for Tua Tagovailoa, and Waddle had three catches for 21 yards on four targets in Miami's second preseason game against Atlanta.
Another player being drafted in this range with huge upside is Brandin Cooks, who has an ADP of 102.43 as the No. 38 receiver. Cooks might have a quarterback downgrade with Deshaun Watson unlikely to play for the Texans this year, but you should be buying Cooks at this price on Draft Day. He's a quality starter in three-receiver leagues, and he had two catches for 10 yards on three targets in Houston's second preseason game against Dallas.
Mecole Hardman stood out for the Chiefs in their second preseason game against the Cardinals with four catches for 39 yards and a touchdown on eight targets, and he benefited with Tyreek Hill (hamstring) sitting. Hill should be fine for Week 1, but Hardman will start opposite Hill, giving him plenty of value.
Hardman is a sleeper this season, especially at his current ADP of 127.14 as the No. 46 receiver. He could be a difference maker as a key weapon for Patrick Mahomes.
Logan Thomas is the biggest mover at tight end with his ADP, which is up to 109.40 as the No. 11 player at his position. I have him ranked as the No. 7 tight end in PPR and No. 8 in non-PPR, and I would rather draft him than Dallas Goedert (ADP of 95.87), Tyler Higbee (101.30) and Robert Tonyan (107.58).
In Washington's second preseason game against Cincinnati, Thomas had one catch for 28 yards on two targets, but he could be the No. 2 option in the passing game behind Terry McLaurin, especially with Curtis Samuel still working his way back from an offseason groin injury.
Irv Smith has also seen his ADP rise to the No. 13 tight end at 117.15. I like Smith in the same range as Thomas (Smith is just ahead of Thomas in my non-PPR rankings and just behind in PPR), and Smith is a breakout candidate this year.
While he will be third at best in targets behind two standout players in Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen, Smith should have the chance for a productive season. My bold prediction is Smith will score double digits in touchdowns if he stays healthy.
Pat Freiermuth doesn't have an ADP yet, but that will change after his performance for the Steelers against the Lions. The rookie from Penn State caught two passes for 19 yards on three targets, but both of his receptions went for touchdowns.
Freiermuth isn't expected to unseat Eric Ebron as the starting tight end, but that doesn't mean Freiermuth won't see the field. Don't overvalue him based on this preseason outing, but he is someone to monitor in case he becomes a red-zone threat for the Steelers this year.
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