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Start Em or Sit Em is aimed toward season-long leagues but could also be used for daily fantasy purposes. Those which have been scanning this going back several years understand that I stay away from the most obvious plays. Anyone can seriously here and say we have to start guys like Kyler Murray, D’Andre Swift, Tee Higgins, and Mark Andrews. I make an effort to dig just a little deeper.

QUARTERBACK

Start of Week: Russell Wilson at Seahawks After spending the initial 10 years of his career with the Seahawks, 33-year-old Wilson got his wishes granted and was traded on the offseason. Fittingly, he’ll make his Broncos debut Monday night on the highway in the stadium he called home for ten years. Wilson is coming off the QB13 fantasy season and links up with rookie head coach Nathaniel Hackett within an offense that’s expected to focus on Wilson instead of suppress him. The rebuilding Seahawks jettisoned 2021 sack leaders Carlos Dunlap (8.5) and Rasheem Green (6.5) and figure to lean heavily on a set of rookie CBs in fourth-rounder Coby Bryant and fifth-rounder Tariq Woolen for playing time this year alongside veterans Sidney Jones, Artie Burns, and Justin Coleman. Search for Wilson to dunk around his former team. Denver’s implied team total of 25.75 points is tied for the seventh-highest of Week 1.

Starts

Joe Burrow vs. Steelers Burrow was sacked a league-high 51 times last season, and the Bengals managed to get a spot to bolster their front five by signing C Ted Karras, RG Alex Cappa, and RT La’el Collins in free agency before drafting new LG Cordell Volson in the next round. 2019 first-round LT Jonah Williams may be the lone returning starter from what should be a better blocking unit. Despite going for a amount of hits, Burrow posted the QB10 fantasy season this past year, led the league in yards per attempt, and finished second and then Aaron Rodgers in passer rating. When asked to spell it out head coach Zac Taylor‘s offense, Burrow said, Throw to your horses externally really far down the field. Burrow has among the best wideout trios in the activity in Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, and slot man Tyler Boyd. Last year’s Bengals were top-10 in pass rate over expectation, and that number spiked to top-five when in debt zone. Once the Bengals are adding points, generally Burrow may be the one carrying it out. Burrow flamed Pittsburgh for three touchdown passes in these clubs’ first meeting last season before completing 20-of-24 throws in the next meeting where in fact the Bengals slaughtered the Steelers 41-10. Cincinnati’s implied team total of 25.25 points may be the ninth-highest of Week 1.

Derek Carr at Chargers Carr is coming off the fantasy QB17 season this past year but was among the big winners of the offseason with the Raiders hiring new head coach Josh McDaniels and trading for alpha WR1 Davante Adams to increase slot maven Hunter Renfrow and stud TE Darren Waller. Under McDaniels, the Raiders are anticipated to hike up the offensive pace with Carr remaining one of the most voluminous passers in the league. He was top-five in pass attempts and top-six in pass yards per game last season and today includes a better supporting cast. Raiders-Chargers features the second-highest total of the week at 52.5 points and is an excellent atmosphere to focus on when attempting to make close lineup decisions. Carr doesn’t bring anything to the table along with his legs, but I’d be ready to bet on him setting a fresh career best in passing touchdowns this year, as he’s only topped 28 passing scores in a season once in eight years. That is the only way he’ll flirt with top-12 numbers at the positioning. Employed in Carr’s favor this week may be the Chargers likely missing top CB J.C. Jackson after he underwent ankle surgery a couple weeks back. Carr ought to be locked into two-QB and Superflex lineups.

Jameis Winston at Falcons Winston’s recovery from the other day 8’s torn ACL was seamless, and he experienced a standard training camp and preseason. After failing woefully to land Deshaun Watson, the Saints cut back Winston and upgraded his pass-catching group with the signing of Jarvis Landry, drafting of Chris Olave in the initial round, and return of Michael Thomas. The Saints have a complete new starting wideout trio after Marquez Callaway, Deonte Harty, and Tre’Quan Smith paced the Saints in targets this past year. New head coach Dennis Allen also figures to let Winston rip it more after last year’s Saints were bottom-three in pass rate over expectation last season. The Falcons were 28th in fantasy points permitted to quarterbacks last season and dead last in adjusted sack rate. Atlanta is currently without its top-four sack-getters from 2021 while New Orleans fields among the league’s best offensive lines. Winston must have on a regular basis on earth to uncork some deep shots to outside speedster Olave. Winston is among the best streamers and daily fantasy tournament plays of the week.

Sits

Dak Prescott vs. Bucs Prescott unloaded a season-high 58 pass attempts in the Week 1 track meet contrary to the Bucs last season, throwing for 403 yards and three scores because the week’s QB7. Amari Cooper paced the Cowboys with 13-139-2 on 17 targets that night, and WRs Michael Gallup (4-36) and Cedrick Wilson (3-24) saw yet another 10 targets. Rather than Cooper, Gallup, and Wilson, Prescott will undoubtedly be throwing to CeeDee Lamb and a lot of Just-A-Guy WRs like Noah Brown, Simi Fehoko, and Jalen Tolbert. Prescott may also be without All-World LT Tyron Smith (knee, hamstring) against Bucs coach Todd Bowles‘ blitz-heavy defense. Rookie Tyler Smith will undoubtedly be protecting Prescott’s blind side, likely by using a good end. Owner Jerry Jones has continued to hype Ezekiel Elliott because the engine of the offense. With Gallup (knee) still weekly or two away, it wouldn’t be considered a surprise to start to see the Cowboys try to ride Elliott in September. Prescott also used his legs significantly less than ever last season, failing woefully to boost his fantasy floor as 2021’s overall QB9. This game gets the third-highest total of the weekend at 50.5 points, but Prescott is more of a fringe QB1/2 with a heck of plenty of hurdles to clear.

Justin Fields vs. 49ers Fields enters his second season with one hand still tied behind his back. The Bears hired defensive-minded rookie head coach Matt Eberflus, who tapped first-time OC Luke Getsy to perform his offense. Chicago fields among the several worst offensive lines in the activity and can start fifth-round rookie Braxton Jones out of small-school Southern Utah on Fields’ blind side. Nick Bosa might set the single-season sack record in a single game Sunday. Establish the Run’s line-play guru Brandon Thorn gets the 49ers DL versus the Bears OL as the largest mismatch of the week. The offensive line is atrocious, and the skill group isn’t far better behind Darnell Mooney. They’ll trot out some mix of Equanimeous St. Brown, Byron Pringle, Dante Pettis, and rookie Velus Jones behind Mooney. Jones gets the highest ceiling but has barely practiced all summer with a hamstring issue that also had him out of practice Wednesday and Thursday. The Bears might battle to score an individual touchdown Sunday. Chicago’s implied total of 16.75 points may be the lowest of Week 1. The one thing saving Fields is his capability to produce along with his legs.

Mac Jones at Dolphins Nobody is starting Mac Jones in one-QB leagues, but that is more for two-QB and Superflex players when i saw managers drafting Jones as their QB2 come early july. Jones’ rookie-year OC Josh McDaniels left to take the Raiders’ job, and the Patriots didn’t name an upgraded, instead hiring old faces Matt Patricia and Joe Judge once they were fired by the Lions and Giants. Those two and head coach Bill Belichick are anticipated to become a three-headed OC. Things didn’t go more than the summertime, and Jones had a shaky training camp. The Patriots figure to stay among the run-heaviest offenses, and Jones’ wideout group remains thin with DeVante Parker, Jakobi Meyers, Kendrick Bourne, and Nelson Agholor. Search for the Patriots to feature a lot of two-TE sets with Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith. Patriots-Dolphins projects among the slower-paced, run-dominated games on the Week 1 slate with a meager 46.5-point total. New England’s implied team total of 21.5 points is bottom-10 for the slate. Jones produced the QB23 and QB25 weeks in two meetings with Dolphins DC Josh Boyer‘s defense this past year.

RUNNING BACK

Start of Week: Antonio Gibson vs. Jaguars Gibson appeared as if one of the primary losers of the summertime when rookie Brian Robinson seemed to steal his job. But Robinson got shot in the leg in a carjacking attempt right before 53-man roster cuts and can miss at the very least the initial month of the growing season, putting Gibson back the driver’s seat for carries in Washington. He couldn’t really require an improved Week 1 draw against a subpar Jaguars run defense as a house favorite. Jacksonville was 20th in fantasy points permitted to running backs, 19th in run-defense DVOA, and 30th in rushing touchdowns surrendered last season. J.D. McKissic will undoubtedly be active on pass downs for the Commanders, but Gibson should gobble up the majority of the early-down and short-yardage carries, though there have been late-summer Twitter whispers that Jonathan Williams could mix set for some early-down work. That obviously wouldn’t be perfect for Gibson players. However, we ought to expect 15-plus carries for Gibson, putting him safely in the RB2 mix.

Starts

Miles Sanders at Lions Sanders missed the majority of August with a hamstring injury but returned to apply the other day and was a complete participant this week before Sunday’s opener. Infamously, Sanders didn’t score an individual touchdown on 163 touches last season despite finishing second among all running backs along with his 5.5 YPC average and losing goal-line work to Jordan Howard along the way. Howard wasn’t re-signed in the offseason, however the Eagles did add the 6’/215 Trey Sermon off waivers at 53-man roster cuts. We doubt he’s up to date in the offense yet, and Sermon hasn’t put anything good on film in the NFL up to now, either. Sanders may be the presumed lead back for Philly’s ultra-efficient, voluminous rushing attack. Establish the Run’s line-play mastermind Brandon Thorn ranks the Eagles’ OL versus the Lions’ DL as Week 1’s biggest mismatch, significantly favoring the Philadelphia side. The Lions were 31st in run-defense DVOA a season ago, surrendering the third-most fantasy points and sixth-most rushing scores to opposing backs. Sanders missed the other day 8’s date with the Lions when all three of Howard, Boston Scott, and Kenneth Gainwell each saw 12-plus carries, and Howard and Scott both found the finish zone twice. Philly rushed for 46-236-4 as a team for the reason that one. If we’re able to confidently project Sanders for 15-18 carries, he’d be considered a cinch top-15 play with RB1 upside. We have to expect Gainwell and Scott to be involved to some extent.

Elijah Mitchell at Bears That one doesn’t at all feel safe or fun, but we need to assume Mitchell has ended the hamstring injury that forced him to miss practically all of camp and the complete preseason. He returned to apply August 28 and isn’t on the Week 1 injury report. The Niners are touchdown favorites on the highway contrary to the hapless Bears in a casino game SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA could win by three scores. It creates beautifully in some recoverable format for head coach Kyle Shanahan to help ease Trey Lance in and hammer the ball down Chicago’s throat via the bottom. The thing that basically causes concern is we don’t truly know very well what Shanahan’s backfield rotation can look like. This past year at the moment, Mitchell was a whole unknown before popping off in the Week 1 opener. Jeff Wilson got some preseason action and may be the veteran No. 2, and behind him and Mitchell are rookies third-rounder Tyrion Davis-Price and UDFA Jordan Mason. Mason was a preseason star and pushed Trey Sermon off the roster. We must not be shocked if we see all of the guys play snaps Sunday. Mitchell doesn’t inspire much confidence, but he’s in the RB2 mix against a Chicago defensive front that lost Akiem Hicks and Eddie Goldman in the offseason.

Melvin Gordon at Seahawks Javonte Williams truthers won’t like seeing this, but all signs come early july have pointed to Gordon staying heavily involved alongside Williams. Rookie OC Justin Outten has recently stated both Williams and Gordon will undoubtedly be on a pitch count all season. Gordon has said the coaches want Williams to function as guy, but Gordon continues to be getting a lot of practice reps with the first-team offense. First-time head coach Nathaniel Hackett came over from the Packers where these were in a position to feature both Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon as a 1A-1B tandem. That’s likely the program here with Williams and Gordon. Denver is 6.5-point road favorites against a rebuilding Seahawks team that lost All-World LB Bobby Wagner in the offseason. The Broncos will be able to do whatever they please Monday night. They will need to get Russell Wilson his against his former team, but we ought to expect much dose of both running backs, especially in the next half. Seattle was 31st in fantasy points permitted to running backs last season, surrendering a league-high 127 catches for over 1,000 yards to the positioning. Gordon is functional in the pass game and can likely still see his fair share of goal-line chances. This can be a good spot for both Williams and Gordon to create top-24 weeks.

Sits

Cordarrelle Patterson vs. Saints Among 2021’s biggest breakout players, some could be shocked to be reminded that Patterson has already been 31 yrs . old and entering his 10th pro season. This past year was his first proper chance at being truly a rushing-and-receiving playmaker, exceeding 500 yards both on the floor and through the air and scoring 11 touchdowns. The Falcons don’t want Patterson to possess to transport that big of lots again this season, however, and added veteran Damien Williams and rookie Tyler Allgeier to the backfield mix while drafting WR Drake London in the initial round. Kyle Pitts can be entering his second season with big-time liftoff potential. The Falcons shouldn’t have to depend on Patterson just as much. The Saints were No. 1 in run-defense DVOA and allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs a season ago. Patterson struggled badly as a runner in two meetings with New Orleans, posting 9-10-0 and 4-11-0 rushing lines, though he did have a 6-126-0 receiving day in Week 9 and a polar-opposite 1-1-0 receiving line in the Week 18 finale. Search for the Falcons to take some touches off Patterson’s plate but nonetheless feature him in key spots and near to the end zone. He’s shaping up as a touchdown-or-bust RB2/3 play with Atlanta implied to score just 18.25 points.

Breece Hall vs. Ravens The Jets traded around take Hall at No. 36 overall in April’s draft, but he spent training camp and the preseason acting because the 1B to Michael Carter’s 1A from the Jets’ backfield. Whether it had been for show or not, it’s simply impossible to trust Hall as a fantasy starter from the gates with the Jets missing starting QB Zach Wilson (knee), RT Mekhi Becton (knee), and perhaps now LT Duane Brown (shoulder), who was simply signed to displace Becton in the starting lineup but has missed practice all week. Hall and Carter will most likely form a near-even timeshare with the Jets installed as significant seven-point underdogs with Joe Flacco under center. The Ravens were No. 4 in run-defense DVOA, No. 2 in opponent yards per carry, no. 7 in fantasy points permitted to running backs last season. They’ve since swapped 33-year-old NT Brandon Williams for glacier-like 345-pounder Michael Pierce. Drafted on the summer as a top-18 fantasy back, Hall’s players will have to wait that one out a little.

Josh Jacobs at Chargers The Jacobs thing has been well documented all offseason. A failed Mike MayockJon Gruden first-rounder in more information on them, Jacobs was arguably among the duo’s better picks, but had his 2023 option already declined by the brand new Dave ZieglerJosh McDaniels regime and then then watch the Raiders sign RBs Brandon Bolden and Ameer Abdullah before drafting Zamir White and Brittain Brown. The Raiders have managed to get clear Jacobs isn’t within their future, and he’s surely not likely to get pass-game use Bolden and Abdullah handpicked for all those roles. The Chargers were awful contrary to the run a season ago but made major additions in advance to handle it, signing DTs Sebastian Joseph-Day and Austin Johnson and off-ball LB Kyle Van Noy, who’s very good contrary to the run. Jacobs will probably need to luck right into a goal-line score to create back RB2 numbers this week. If the Raiders get behind as 3.5-point underdogs, we might not visit a good deal of Jacobs in catch-up mode.

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WIDE RECEIVER

Start of Week: Christian Kirk at Commanders Most of us laughed once the Jaguars handed Kirk a four-year, $72 million contract in free agency, making him among the NFL’s 20 highest-paid wideouts, if the preseason meant anything, Jacksonville has pretty big plans for the 26-year-old. In his lone preseason appearance, Kirk was in on 32-of-39 snaps with Trevor Lawrence and was targeted on 38% of Lawrence’s throws. He played 1 / 2 of his snaps from the slot and caught five passes in about half of action. Zay Jones was signed mainly for his blocking prowess, and Marvin Jones is currently 32 yrs . old. There isn’t any good deal of competition for targets for Kirk. Washington was 28th in pass-defense DVOA and 28th in fantasy points permitted to opposing wideouts last season. New coach Doug Pederson‘s arrival should breathe much-needed life in to the Jacksonville locker room, and Pederson brings with him a successful NFL offense. Lawrence must have even more time and energy to process things with Commanders EDGE Chase Young (knee) still not prepared to play off his torn ACL. Jaguars-Commanders sports a paltry 44-point total, but Kirk ought to be stapled to lineups as a WR3 with upside.

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DeVonta Smith at Lions I’m not big on Smith throughout the growing season in fantasy, but Week 1 appears like an excellent spot to play all our Eagles skill guys. Smith paced the Eagles with 104 targets as a rookie but still only finished as fantasy’s overall WR41 in half-PPR points per game. New alpha WR1 A.J. Brown and Jalen Hurts are real-life close friends, and Brown was dominating targets in Eagles camp. Smith’s ceiling is dramatically lowered in the league’s most run-heavy offense where targets already are tricky to find. There is a scenario Smith is third on the Eagles in targets this year, trailing Brown and also Dallas Goedert. But Detroit does not have the talent on the trunk end to hold with these Philly pass-catchers, particularly Smith and his speed. No. 1 CB Jeff Okudah is returning from the 2021 torn Calf msucles. And Amani Oruwariye was Pro Football Focus’ No. 125 cover corner last season. Nickel corner Mike Hughes is really a former first-round bust of the Vikings on his third team in five years. Smith is unlikely to see big volume, but he’s an every-snap wideout with a sky-high ceiling. Detroit was 27th in pass-defense DVOA and 20th in fantasy points permitted to wideouts this past year. The Eagles’ implied team total of 26.5 points may be the fourth-highest on the slate.

Jahan Dotson vs. Jaguars Dotson just about flew beneath the radar all summer and could’ve been had in the final rounds of fantasy drafts despite being the 16th overall pick in April. Terry McLaurin may be the alpha WR1 in Washington, but Dotson will probably be his every-down running mate at the Z spot. Reports out of Commanders camp had Dotson and new QB Carson Wentz striking up an excellent connection, maybe even much better than the Wentz-McLaurin one. Dotson are certain to get his first taste of NFL action against a Jaguars unit that has been 31st in pass-defense DVOA, dead last in opponent completion rate, 27th in yards per attempt, and 24th in fantasy points permitted to wide receivers a season ago. We are able to do much worse than Dotson as a back-end WR3/4 or FLEX play in Week 1, and he is actually a cheap way to obtain volume in DFS.

A.J. Green vs. Chiefs We’re really likely to do that, aren’t we? Green is currently 34 yrs . old but looks positioned to open the growing season being an every-down wideout in the desert. DeAndre Hopkins is suspended for the initial six games of the growing season, and sophomore Rondale Moore injured his hamstring in Thursday’s practice and needs an MRI. It could be shocking if Moore plays Sunday, and we’re able to even visit a visit to I.R. according to the severity of any risk of strain. With those two sidelined, the Cardinals have a wideout room of Marquise Brown, Green, Andy Isabella, and Greg Dortch. Green averaged 15.7 yards per catch last season for the Cardinals, his highest YPR average since his 2011 rookie season. He also said he’s more on a single page with Kyler Murray within their second season together following the two very clearly were off at points this past year. Chiefs-Cardinals is among the premier fantasy environments on the slate with weekly 1-best 54-point total. If Zach Ertz (calf) can be sidelined, it’s hard to envision Green not seeing 6-8 targets. That could firmly put him in the WR3/4 mix with upside for more.

Sits

Drake London vs. Saints London is likely to play this week after getting back in weekly of practice following his early-preseason knee injury that forced him to skip the remainder of camp and the exhibition action. He hasn’t really been on the market enough to create a strong reference to Marcus Mariota, also it wouldn’t be completely shocking to start to see the Falcons ease London back to things on simple count of some kind. When on the field, search for London to see a lot of Saints top CB Marshon Lattimore, who was simply Pro Football Focus’ No. 12 cover corner last season and something of the premier shutdown players at the positioning. It’s not a perfect Week 1 spot to trot London on the market as a WR3 for fantasy. The Saints were No. 4 in pass-defense DVOA in 2021, and the Falcons are implied to score just 18.25 points, the second-fewest of Week 1.

George Pickens at Bengals I possibly could be swayed to play Pickens if Diontae Johnson (shoulder) is forced to skip the opener, but Johnson has been getting back in limited practices all week and appears to be on the proper side of questionable right now. Pickens was a summer hype piece who balled out in the preseason. He’ll play in three-wide sets, but Johnson and Chase Claypool are anticipated to function as Nos. 1 and 2 wideouts when in 12- or 21-personnel. Sufficient reason for the Steelers’ OL struggles, we ought to expect Pittsburgh to create heavy usage of multiple-TE sets. Pickens pays off on low volume, but I’d enjoy to have a wait-and-see approach with the rookie phenom. The Steelers will desire to lean on the running game, and Mitchell Trubisky will be under constant duress behind this swinging-gate offensive front. It will likely be hard for plays to build up downfield when Trubisky isn’t likely to have a lot of time and energy to throw. The Steelers OL versus Bengals DL is among the week’s bigger mismatches. Pittsburgh’s implied team total of 18.75 points may be the third-lowest on the slate.

Treylon Burks vs. Giants Burks’ spring and summer issues were well documented on Twitter. The Titans traded A.J. Brown for the pick used to choose Burks at No. 18 overall in April. Burks arrived to spring workouts struggling to pass the conditioning test on the initial try because of asthma and heat. He was then using the second- and third-string offenses deep into preseason action and to arrive and out of practices with minor injuries. Head coach Mike Vrabel wanted for consistency from Burks all summer, also it now appears like he’ll open the entire year in a full-blown rotation behind Robert Woods and coaching staff favorite Nick Westbrook-Ihkine. Fellow rookie Kyle Philips is likely to get a most the slot snaps. The Titans will certainly have packages devote for Burks, however the offseason wasn’t promising for him, and his fantasy ADP plummeted to the ultimate rounds. We will need to see Burks take action on the field before blindly throwing him into fantasy lineups as a WR4/FLEX. This looks like an area the Titans can run Derrick Henry down the Giants’ throats to a straightforward win.

TIGHT END

Start of Week: Dallas Goedert at Lions EASILY missed from Travis Kelce, Mark Andrews, and Kyle Pitts near the top of fantasy drafts, Goedert was the tight end I was looking forward to in the middle-late rounds. Following the Zach Ertz trade in Week 6 last season, Goedert was an every-down tight end and produced a 41-614-2 line across 10 games prior to going 6-92-0 on 12 targets in the playoff loss to the Bucs. Goedert was fantasy’s overall TE5 from Week 7 onward. A.J. Brown will likely be the clear target-hog in Philly, but there is a very real chance Goedert is not any. 2. He’s at the very top talent at the positioning and was initially among all tight leads to yards per route this past year. The Lions were 24th in fantasy points permitted to the positioning in 2021, and Goedert posted a 6-72-0 line in it in Week 8. All our Eagles are worth firing up in Week 1.

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Gerald Everett vs. Raiders Donald Parham (hamstring) doesn’t appear to be he’s prepared to play after missing the majority of training camp and backing it up with back-to-back DNPs Wednesday and Thursday this week. Everett was signed in the offseason and was rested combined with the remaining Chargers’ starters in the preseason. He’s got knowledge of head coach Brandon Staley from their time alongside the Rams and provides Justin Herbert a younger, more athletic alternative to Jared Cook, who was simply fourth on the Chargers in targets last season, trailing Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and Austin Ekeler. Within an extreme pass-volume offense, there are many footballs to bypass, which team can support 3-4 pass catchers. The Raiders were 28th in fantasy points permitted to tight ends last season. In a casino game with a 52.5-point total, we will want bits of this AFC West clash. Everett checks the boxes as a virtually every-down player.

David Njoku at Panthers Njoku curiously was franchise-tagged and handed a four-year, $54.75 million extension in the offseason. The Browns haven’t featured him since taking Njoku No. 29 overall in the 2017 draft, but this appears like it will likely be the entire year we’ve all been looking forward to from the ultra-athletic tight end. Jacoby Brissett played 33 snaps in the preseason finale, and Njoku was in on 30 of these, even seeing action out from the slot and out wide. In a Browns offense still starved for pass-catchers behind Amari Cooper, Njoku could possibly be that No. 2 option and top red-zone weapon for Cleveland. Austin Hooper premiered in the offseason, checking 61 targets. The Browns will be smart to give those to Njoku. When searching for late-rounders and streaming options at the positioning, we wish guys that are likely to be on the field and seeing the premier targets close to the end zone. Njoku checks those boxes.

Evan Engram at Commanders Escaping the Giants, Engram signed a one-year, fully-guaranteed $9 million deal to become listed on the Jaguars in free agency. He’s betting on himself and linking up with head coach Doug Pederson, who showed he knew how exactly to use tight ends during his Eagles days. Talent hasn’t really been the question with Engram; it certainly is been about remaining healthy. He’s missed just two games during the last two seasons and just turned 28 yrs . old. We ought to expect Christian Kirk, Engram, and Travis Etienne to function as Jaguars’ most featured players in the pass game this year. Washington allowed the ninth-most yards to opposing tight ends this past year, and we realize Engram will likely be on the field quite a bit.

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