Players to add before Week 1

Hey, great job on those fantasy football drafts everyone. Their teams seem solid, well balanced and with many advantages. Great job. A triumph of modern writing principles. Really impressive stuff.

But come on, you’ve been looking at the same charts for days. Why not blow them up?

At the very least, we might make some specific improvements. It’s never too early in the season to upgrade your gear. Here are six widely available players (plus a useful defense for Week 1) who deserve your attention…

Marvin Mims Jr., WR, Denver Broncos (36% enrolled)

Denver’s receiving room was hit hard by injuries this summer, leaving Mims with an unimpeded path to big plays and a starting role early in the season. The rookie was a big-play machine at the college level, averaging 19.5 receiving yards over three seasons at Oklahoma. He became the first overall draft pick of the Sean Payton era when the Broncos moved up to land him with the final second-round pick. After an encouraging camp and preseason, Mims looks like a serious challenger to become the highest-scoring rookie receiver this season.

Mims has rare athletic traits that separate him from every other member of Denver’s receiving corps, including a speed of 4.38 and a vertical of 39.5. He deserves a spot on someone’s roster in any 12-team league.

Recommended offer, assuming a budget of $100: $9

Bigsby was a terror in yards after contact in the preseason, averaging 5.7 YPC, making several big gains and generally passing the eye test.

It’s not any kind of immediate threat to Travis Etienne, but the hard-hitting rookie is an ideal complementary running back. He shouldn’t surprise anyone if he has a rotational role in Jacksonville’s backfield in Game 1. Bigsby had 30 receptions at Auburn last season, so he’s also cleared for use as a receiving weapon. Consider him a premium understudy with the potential to get into the flex conversation.


We’re certainly not going to argue that Jefferson is a perfect one-for-one replacement for the injured. Cooper Kupp, because… well, because no one fits that description. But Jefferson is a quality receiving option with big-play ability, just one season shy of an 802-yard, six-touchdown campaign. he and tyler higbee They should see all the goals they can handle in the first match (and possibly beyond), with Kupp presumably sidelined. Jefferson is completely Perception Approved Reception, also. He’s a viable starter in the deep leagues against Seattle in Week 1.


If Howell simply stays healthy in 2023 and gives us a full season, he absolutely can finish in the top 10 at his position. First of all, the two best receivers of him are rising stars…

…which certainly helps. Jahan Dotson He was a revelation as a rookie and has been one of the most animated players in the league all summer. Terry McLaurin he’s already produced three straight 1,000-yard seasons, despite working with a parade of mediocre quarterbacks.

And then there’s Howell himself. He has a lot of arm talent and improvisation skills, plus he’s a serious running threat. In his final college season at UNC, he rushed for 828 yards and 11 touchdowns. we have Howell promoted and revalued around here as a lower-rank option for managers who overlook early-round quarterbacks. He’s one of the few players at this position worth saving as a hypothetical option, should Washington’s offense maintain its preseason momentum through September.


Jackson is clearly not a suitable replacement for jonathan taylor, however, here we are. Jim Irsay just makes everything so much weirder and more difficult than it needs to be.

The Colts are opening the season without their most explosive ability player (much to his fault), leaving Jackson as the likely starting running back. fifth round rookie evan holl should see action in passing situations; He is coming off a 55-catch season for a terrible Northwest team. sketchy vet zack moss should be back from injury within a week or two.

This backfield is just… well, it’s kind of gross. We hope he hasn’t gotten himself into a situation where he needs to rely on the Colts come September. However, if you created a Zero RB listing, this is the life you chose. For you, Jackson is probably a must-have. Like Mosses. And Hull is the type who excites the unknown and has the ability to receive.

All things considered, this depth chart is pretty gross without Taylor. We need him back in the worst way.

FAB: Officially $5, but Zero RB teams may need to be more aggressive with Colts backs.

tucker will open year as direct backup to Rachaad White, a player who comes from an inefficient first professional season, with few highlights and breaks. It is not that White cannot give touches to another defense. During Tucker’s last two seasons at Syracuse, he gained more than 3,000 yards from scrimmage, scored 27 touchdowns and caught 56 ​​passes. He probably would have been selected on the second day of the draft, but diagnosed with a previously unrecognized heart condition during the NFL combine. Tucker was released by doctors over the summer and clearly made the most of the opportunity out of it. It may not take long for Tucker to emerge more as the 1A than the No. 2 in the Tampa backfield. He puts it away now, before he’s the headliner in the transfer column later in the season.


Seattle is a 5.5-point home favorite Matthew Stafford and some Rams apparently without Kupp. Honestly, this pickup shouldn’t require much extra explaining. If we get 40+ kicks from Stafford in the first week, he’s likely going to get 3-5 sacks and give the ball away once or twice. You can’t ask for much more when streaming Ds.


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