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My August Board – Updating the Changes From July and Expanding the Priority Targets to 31

Shawn Siegele is putting the finishing touches on his annual Zero RB candidates and Breakout WR lists, and today he offers an updated behind-the-scenes look at the players he’s selecting in 2019 drafts. Last year, his priority targets included advice to do whatever it takes to acquire Christian McCaffrey and to select Tyler Boyd in the last round of every draft

With the preseason upon us, I’m updating the list of targets from my July board as player circumstances change and their ADPs react. In this exercise, I look at the top 200 players by FFPC ADP. I’ve placed an “x” next to every draftable option. These players become values when they slide below ADP. In addition, a handful of players are strong values at or above ADP. These players receive the “Target” designation and become the backbone of my 2019 rosters.

My selections are always evidence-based. They result from the excellent research from our writing team and the data delivered via the work of our apps developers. In the July board, I provided links to the research on Target players. In this update, you can find links to new research and explanations for the specific changes from the initial board.

The Board

Four players have been added to the target list, moving our number of foundation players to 31.

PlayerPosADPPositional ADPRV PosRankDraft?Comments
Saquon BarkleyRB1.512Target
Christian McCaffreyRB1.821Target
Alvin KamaraRB333Target
Ezekiel ElliottRB544Avoid
David JohnsonRB5.555x
DeAndre HopkinsWR6.611x
Travis KelceTE6.611
Le'Veon BellRB8.666
Davante AdamsWR9.224x
Julio JonesWR1236x
Michael ThomasWR12.643x
Odell BeckhamWR13.955x
James ConnerRB14.878
Tyreek HillWR1569
Joe MixonRB15.6810
Todd GurleyRB1699
Nick ChubbRB16.81013
JuJu Smith-SchusterWR16.972Target
Dalvin CookRB171112
George KittleTE20.223x
Zach ErtzTE21.132x
Melvin GordonRB22.8127
Mike EvansWR23.187Target
Antonio BrownWR24.598Avoid
Damien WilliamsRB25.21311
Kerryon JohnsonRB26.51414Target
Keenan AllenWR271013x
Leonard FournetteRB29.71518
T.Y. HiltonWR29.71112x
Aaron JonesRB30.61616x
Marlon MackRB31.11715Mack was a borderline player before D'Onta Foreman was claimed and Luck's injury dragged on. I moved him well down my rankings last week.
Amari CooperWR31.71211x
Patrick MahomesQB31.711xMahomes offers too much upside to be ignored.
Adam ThielenWR32.51314x
Devonta FreemanRB33.31817
Derrick HenryRB36.61920
Josh JacobsRB36.72019The bizarre Antonio Brown situation puts Jacobs in line for a massive workload.
Stefon DiggsWR36.71410Target
Julian EdelmanWR40.71517
Brandin CooksWR42.41615Target
Evan EngramTE43.644x
O.J. HowardTE44.755x
Kenny GolladayWR44.81716x
Mark IngramRB462137
Phillip LindsayRB46.72221
Hunter HenryTE46.966
Robert WoodsWR47.11818Target
Chris GodwinWR47.31925x
Sony MichelRB49.62322xI selected Michel at 7.09 in Apex Experts. With his reception totals likely to trend higher, he's an interesting play with the Damien Harris discount.
Chris CarsonRB50.62528
David MontgomeryRB50.62433xMontgomery was my only Round 4 back without a clear avoid, and he's slipped slightly lower in price despite the deafening buzz.
James WhiteRB50.92624
Tyler LockettWR51.92021
D.J. MooreWR552119Target
Tarik CohenRB57.62723x
A.J. GreenWR59.12232
Calvin RidleyWR59.22320Target
Tyler BoydWR59.72422Target
Jared CookTE6077x
Cooper KuppWR60.42524x
Kenyan DrakeRB622830
Tevin ColemanRB64.82925TargetJerick McKinnon's new swelling suggests a monster role for Coleman in an explosive rushing offense.
Allen RobinsonWR65.32628
Mike WilliamsWR65.32726x
Deshaun WatsonQB66.123x
Vance McDonaldTE68.9811
Eric EbronTE69.599x
Jarvis LandryWR69.72823x
Lamar MillerRB71.73038
Derrius GuiceRB72.43126
Alshon JefferyWR732930
David NjokuTE73.3108
Rashaad PennyRB73.33227xPenny has a lower floor but a higher ceiling than Carson. I selected him at 8.04 in Apex.
Miles SandersRB73.53336TargetSanders is now more expensive than Howard, but he's the best rookie RB combination of talent, opportunity, and price.
Austin EkelerRB74.43434x
Christian KirkWR74.73027Target
Andrew LuckQB75.932
Darrell HendersonRB77.23531x
Aaron RodgersQB77.544
Latavius MurrayRB78.43632
Dante PettisWR79.13139x
Austin HooperTE80.71110x
Robby AndersonWR80.93229Target
Will FullerWR84.53331TargetFuller is a better and more well-rounded WR than you might realize. The upside here is off the charts.
Corey DavisWR85.63433TargetAt these prices, Davis becomes a no-brainer. Ben Gretch explained why the upside is still there on this week's episode of RotoViz Overtime.
Baker MayfieldQB85.755x
Royce FreemanRB88.73729Target
Jordan HowardRB88.83842
Sammy WatkinsWR90.63534
Matt RyanQB92.468
Curtis SamuelWR95.23640TargetSamuel has become a hype machine, but the substance backs it up. He's the top third-year breakout candidate in a loaded class.
Kyler MurrayQB96.6712x
Courtland SuttonWR97.73735Target
Carson WentzQB98.2811
Marvin JonesWR98.83843
Trey BurtonTE1001213Burton's price is falling, but he's still overvalued.
Keke CouteeWR101.43938The Duke Johnson signing doesn't help, and Will Fuller has actually been more efficient in the short areas.
Drew BreesQB103.599
Mark AndrewsTE103.51317x
Ronald JonesRB105.23935TargetIt's crazy to think Jones going for 5-plus yards on three of his four carries in Pre-Week 1 is such a relief. But it is.
Russell WilsonQB105.3107
Larry FitzgeraldWR105.54036x
Dede WestbrookWR105.94142TargetAn ADP riser who's still a bargain.
Cam NewtonQB106.4116x
Delanie WalkerTE107.21412
Jared GoffQB107.41210x
Kyle RudolphTE108.21514
Marquez Valdes-ScantlingWR109.14253xI own MVS everywhere and discuss when to buy and when to hold on 2019's Kenny Golladay.
Jaylen SamuelsRB110.54049
Jerick McKinnonRB111.24141Avoid
Jameis WinstonQB111.41313
Damien HarrisRB114.64243
Sterling ShepardWR116.24341
Jordan ReedTE118.31620
Lamar JacksonQB118.51416x
Ben RoethlisbergerQB119.21515
LeSean McCoyRB119.34345
Dallas GoedertTE121.21718
Kalen BallageRB121.44455xBallage is almost an automatic buy at these prices.
Dak PrescottQB122.31617
Jack DoyleTE122.31819
Emmanuel SandersWR124.84466
Geronimo AllisonWR125.84567
Peyton BarberRB127.14557
Mitchell TrubiskyQB128.71714
Philip RiversQB129.61818
Matt BreidaRB130.94640TargetAlready a buy, the McKinnon news locks him in as a low-end RB2 with upside for more.
Kareem HuntRB131.24751
Dion LewisRB131.84847
Carlos HydeRB132.74956xThe dreaded committee is now a threat to push Hyde higher.
Jimmy GrahamTE1331915
Nyheim HinesRB1345039xOne of the two best bets for a James White-like breakout.
Chris HerndonTE134.42016
Kirk CousinsQB134.91920
Greg OlsenTE135.82124x
Josh AllenQB135.82021x
Golden TateWR1364649
Jimmy GaroppoloQB136.62122x
Justin JacksonRB136.95166Target
DeSean JacksonWR140.34756
James WashingtonWR141.14845A big Pre-Week 1 may cut through the Moncrief hype.
Tom BradyQB141.32219
Anthony MillerWR141.54944x
Donte MoncriefWR141.95058
T.J. HockensonTE142.522NA
Justice HillRB146.75248TargetThose covering Baltimore don't expect a big role, so try not to reach.
Devin SingletaryRB147.55361xRave reviews out of Buffalo make Singletary a modest buy at these prices.
Derek CarrQB151.92326
Michael GallupWR152.65152
Tyrell WilliamsWR152.65259x
Matthew StaffordQB152.72423
Adrian PetersonRB152.85459
CHI Team DefenseDF152.91NA
D.K. MetcalfWR152.95347
Duke JohnsonRB1535546Target
Ito SmithRB155.15644Brian Hill has introduced uncertainty to this premium handcuff role.
Sam DarnoldQB155.52525xThe numbers agree with the narrative. Darnold looks like a second-year breakout QB.
Noah FantTE156.92421
Chris ThompsonRB160.25763
Devin FunchessWR160.25448
Alexander MattisonRB160.45873xMattison isn't fast - and that's important - but he ticks all of the other rookie RB breakout boxes.
Darren WallerTE160.925NATargetWaller is the biggest beneficiary of Antonio Brown's latest antics.
N'Keal HarryWR161.45537TargetRookie WR breakouts are becoming much more common, and Harry's situation looks a lot like Michael Thomas a couple of years ago.
Tyler EifertTE168.72628
John BrownWR1705662x
Nick FolesQB171.52628
Tre'Quan SmithWR171.55750x
Chase EdmondsRB172.45968x
Parris CampbellWR173.95868
Andy DaltonQB174.22727
Mike GesickiTE174.42722
Giovani BernardRB176.16060
Tony PollardRB176.76171xPollard already projects as a plus receiver, but his upside would be tantalizing in a non-Zeke world.
Marcus MariotaQB1772824
Kenny StillsWR1785957
Zay JonesWR178.56055x
Mike DavisRB181.46250
D'Onta ForemanRB182.26353
Jason WittenTE187.42827
Mohamed SanuWR189.16175
Jalen RichardRB189.76454TargetOne key stat makes Richard the most must-own player in fantasy.
Darwin ThompsonRB190.46570Target
Jamison CrowderWR191.26251xPre-Week 1 was a reminder of Crowder's value in a functioning offense.
DaeSean HamiltonWR192.56374
C.J. AndersonRB195.66676
Gerald EverettTE195.62923x
Jamaal WilliamsRB2006758
DeVante ParkerWR203.46483
Josh GordonWR203.565NA
Joe FlaccoQB203.92929
Marquise GoodwinWR204.16664
Elijah McGuireRB206.36869
Adam HumphriesWR207.26769
Gus EdwardsRB211.26975
Ian ThomasTE211.43026
Albert WilsonWR2126860
Andy IsabellaWR2196946
Malcolm BrownRB222.471NA
Deebo SamuelWR223.27081
Marquise BrownWR226.47271
Image Credit: Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire. Pictured: Dede Westbrook.

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