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Preseason Winners and Losers


With 48 preseason games in the books, here are the guys who are rising or falling in fantasy value ...

Winners

Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Dolphins

Tua looks like a guy ready to take a 2nd-year leap. Across 60 preseason snaps (a little less than a game’s worth), he completed 24 of 34 passes (70.6%) for 282 yards (8.3 YPA), 1 TD and 1 INT. And he did that without WRs DeVante Parker and Will Fuller. Tagovailoa finished 17th among 79 qualifiers in Pro Football Focus’ preseason passing grades. Highlight him as a strong QB2 target in your fantasy draft.

Mac Jones, QB, Patriots

79 QBs dropped back 20+ times this preseason. Only 1 finished with a higher Pro Football Focus passing grade than Jones. The rookie was poised and accurate, completing 36 of 52 passes (69.2%) for 389 yards (7.5 YPA), 1 TD and 0 INTs. HC Bill Belichick was obviously impressed, opting to dump QB Cam Newton and make Jones his Week 1 starter.

Devin Singletary, RB, Bills

Singletary played every single snap on Buffalo’s 1st possessions in Week 2 and 3 of the preseason. He out-snapped RB Zack Moss 36 to 28 across those 2 games. This still looks like a committee backfield, with RB Matt Breida also potentially involved. But Singletary might open the season atop the totem pole. He led all 93 qualifying RBs in Pro Football Focus’ preseason rushing grades.

Tevin Coleman, RB, Jets

Preseason usage suggests that Coleman will open the season as the Jets’ starter. He drew the start in the 2nd exhibition and led with 10 first-team snaps. Then Coleman was rested in Week 3, while RBs Ty Johnson and Michael Carter split work. We’re expecting all 3 guys to be involved. But Coleman will be the best fantasy bet, at least in Week 1.

Rhamondre Stevenson and J.J. Taylor, RBs, Patriots

Both of these guys had excellent preseasons. Stevenson ripped off 217 yards and 5 TDs on 30 carries (7.2 YPC). Taylor toted it 23 times for 179 yards (7.8 YPC) and a score. Both guys earned top 9 Pro Football Focus rushing grades. It’s unclear exactly how these guys stand on the depth chart behind starter Damien Harris -- but both are worth keeping on your radar.

CeeDee Lamb, WR, Cowboys

We only got to see Dallas’ top 3 WRs on the field together once this preseason. But in that Week 2 game, Lamb led the group with 15 snaps vs. Amari Cooper’s 13 and Michael Gallup’s 11. That’s notable because it was Lamb coming off the field in 2-WR sets last season. That won’t be the case in 2021. Look for Lamb to play outside in 2-WR sets and move into the slot when Dallas goes 3-wide.