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The Wolf's Big Board:     Tuesday, August 22, 2017       Tier One - The Big Three ($65 - $75)   1 ) David Johnson (ARI) RB1   2 ) Le'Veon Bell (PIT) RB2   Tier Two - High-end WR1 and RB1s ($50-$65)   3 ) Antonio Brown (PIT) WR1   4 ) Julio Jones (ATL) WR2   5 ) Mike Evans (TB) WR3   6 ) Odell Beckham JR. (NYG) WR4   7 ) LeSean McCoy (BUF) RB3   8 ) AJ Green (CIN) WR5   9 ) Jordy Nelson (GB) WR6   10 ) Melvin Gordon (LAC) RB5   11 ) Jay Ajayi (MIA) RB6   12 ) DeMarco Murray (TEN) RB7   13 ) Michael Thomas (NO) WR7   14 ) Devonta Freeman (ATL) RB8   15 ) Ezekiel Elliott (DAL) RB9   Tier 3 - Remaining WR1s, Potential RB1s, and Gronk ($38 - $45)   16 ) Dez Bryant (DAL) WR8   17 ) Rob Gronkowski (NE) TE1   18 ) Todd Gurley (LAR) RB10   19 ) DeAndre Hopkins (HOU) WR9   20 ) Amari Cooper (OAK) WR10   21 ) Brandin Cooks (NE) WR11   22 ) Isaiah Crowell (CLE) RB11   23 ) TY Hilton (IND) WR12   24 ) Demaryius Thomas (DEN) WR13   25 ) Doug Baldwin (SEA) WR14   Tier 4 - High-End RB2 and WRs (with No.1 upside), Elite TEs ($25 - $35)   26 ) Jordan Howard (CHI) RB11   27 ) Marshawn Lynch (OAK) RB12   28 ) Tyreek Hill (KC) WR15   29 ) Keenan Allen (LAC) WR16   30 ) Martavis Bryant (PIT) WR17   31 ) Davante Adams (GB) WR18   32 ) Terrelle Pryor (WAS) WR19   33 ) Ty Montgomery (GB) RB13   34 ) Christian McCaffrey (CAR) RB14   35 ) Dalvin Cook (MIN) RB15   36 ) Joe Mixon (CIN) RB16   37 ) Leonard Fournette (JAX) RB17   38 ) Lamar Miller (HOU) RB18   39 ) Travis Kelce (KC) TE2   40 ) Michael Crabtree (OAK) WR20   41 ) Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) WR21   42 ) Carlos Hyde (SF) RB19   Tier 5 - Remaining #2 RB & WR options, elite QBs, High-End TE1s ($15 - $25)   43 ) Tom Brady (NE) QB1   44 ) Aaron Rodgers (GB) QB2   45 ) Bilal Powell (NYJ) RB20   46 ) Mark Ingram (NO) RB21   47 ) Eric Decker (TEN) WR22   48 ) Jordan Reed (WAS) TE3   49 ) Golden Tate (DET) WR23   50 ) Alshon Jeffery (PHI) WR24   51 ) Allen Robinson (JAX) WR25   52 ) Greg Olsen (CAR) TE4   53 ) DeSean Jackson (TB) WR26   54 ) Doug Martin (TB) RB22   55 ) Adrian Peterson (NO) RB23   56 ) Spencer Ware (KC) RB24   57 ) Willie Snead (NO) WR27   58 ) Danny Woodhead (BAL) RB25   59 ) Jamison Crowder (WAS) WR28   60 ) Sammy Watkins (LAC) WR29   61 ) Tevin Coleman (ATL) RB26   62 ) Mike Gillislee (NE) RB27   63 ) Jimmy Graham (SEA) TE5   64 ) Tyler Eifert (CIN) TE6   Tier 6 - Flex RBs, Upside WR3s, Quality TE1s and Elite QB ($10 - $15   65 ) Kelvin Banjamin (CAR) WR30   66 ) Julian Edelman (NE) WR31   67 ) Rob Kelley (WAS) RB28   68 ) Theo Riddick (DET) RB29   69 ) Stefon Diggs (MIN) WR32   70 ) Brandon Marshall (NYG) WR33   71 ) Jarvis Landry (MIA) WR34   72 ) DeVante Parker(MIA) WR35   73 ) LeGarrette Blount (PHI) RB30   74 ) Ameer Abdullah (DET) RB31   75 ) CJ Anderson (DEN) RB32   76 ) Zach Ertz (PHI) TE7   77 ) Hunter Henry (LAC) TE8   78 ) Martellus Bennett (GB) TE9   79 ) Jeremy Maclin (BAL) WR36   80 ) Cameron Meredith (CHI) WR37   81 ) Emmanuel Sanders (DEN) WR38   82 ) Pierre Garcon (SF) WR39   83 ) Drew Brees (NO) QB3   84 ) Matt Ryan (ATL) QB4   85 ) Delanie Walker (TEN) TE10   Tier 7 -Elite Bench Plays, Last Startable WRs and RBs, Quality QB1s   86 ) Derrick Henry (TEN) RB33   87 ) CJ Prosise (SEA) RB34   88 ) Donte Moncrief (IND) WR40   89 ) Terrance West (BAL) RB35   90 ) Thomas Rawls (SEA) RB36   91 ) James White (NE) RB37   92 ) Tyrell Williams (LAC) WR41   93 ) Randall Cobb (GB) WR42   94 ) Corey Davis (TEN) WR43   95 ) Frank Gore (IND) RB38   96 ) Jonathan Stewart (CR) RB39   97 ) Paul Perkins (NYG) RB40   98 ) Derek Carr (OAK) QB5   99 ) Jameis Winston (TB) QB6   100 ) Marcus Mariota (TEN) QB7   101 ) Kirk Cousins (WAS) QB8   102 ) Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) QB9   103 ) Philip Rivers (LAC) QB10   104 ) Cam Newton (CAR) QB11   105 ) Dak Prescott (DAL) QB12   106 ) Russell Wilson (SEA) QB13   107 ) Duke Johnson (CLE) RB41   108 ) Kareem Hunt (KC) RB42   109 ) Andrew Luck (IND) QB14   110 ) Tyrod Taylor (BUF) QB15   111 ) Jack Doyle (IND) TE10   112 ) Kyle Rudolph (MIN) TE11   Tier 7 - High End "Penny Stock" Bench Assets   113 ) Jamaal Williams (GB) RB43   114 ) Eddie Lacy (SEA) RB44   115 ) Joe Williams (SF) RB45   116 ) Robby Anderson (NYJ) WR44   117 ) Zay Jones (BUF) WR45   118 ) John Brown (ARI) WR46   119 ) Jamaal Charles (DEN) RB46   120 ) Eric Ebron (DET) TE13   121 ) D'Onta Foreman (HOU) RB47   122 ) Taylor Gabriel (ATL) WR47   123 ) Jacquizz Rodgers (TB) RB48   124 ) Darren Sproles (PHI) RB49   125 ) Marvin Jones (DET) WR48   126 ) Ted Ginn Jr (NO) WR49   127 ) Mike Wallace (BAL) WR50   128 ) Kenny Golladay (DET) WR51   129 ) Jonathan Williams (BUF) RB50   130 ) Alvin Kamara (NO) RB51   131 ) Samaje Perine (WAS) RB52   Tier 8 - Remaining "Penny Stocks" to consider   132 ) Josh Docston (WAS) WR52   133 ) Corey Coleman (CLE) WR53   134 ) Adam Thielen (MIN) WR54   135 ) Marlon Mack (IND) RB53   136 ) Julius Thomas (MIA) TE14   137 ) Austin Hooper (ATL) TE15   138 ) Jared Cook (OAK) TE16   139 ) OJ Howard (TB) TE17   140 ) Eli Manning (NYG) QB16   141 ) Andy Dalton (CIN) QB17   142 ) Matthew Stafford (DET) QB18   143 ) Carson Palmer (ARI) QB19   144 ) Matt Forte (NYJ) RB54   145 ) Branden Oliver (LAC) RB55   146 ) Kenny Britt (CLE) WR57   147 ) Cordarelle Patterson (OAK) WR58   148 ) Rex Burkhead (NE) RB56   149 ) Tarik Cohen (CHI) RB57   150 ) Nelson Agholor (PHI) WR59  

5 Fantasy Football Takeaways from our Rookie Running Back Preview with NFL Draft Insider Jared Tokarz

In a slight change of pace from their recent fantasy team previews, The Wolf and the Truth over at the Fantasy Fullback Dive (subscribe on iTunes here and Stitcher here) met up with NFL Draft Insider Jared Tokarz recently to talk about the crop of rookie running backs that’s preparing to kick off their NFL careers in 2017. Here’s the episode. This year boasts an especially deep class at running back, from 1st round stars like Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey to late-round steal candidates like Kareem Hunt and D’Onta Foreman. But which guys are going to have fantasy relevance? Which will only be handcuffs at best in their rookie campaigns?

As always, here’s the 5 biggest takeaways from the interview that’ll help you in your fantasy draft preparations.

1. Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey both boast RB1 potential, but McCaffrey has the higher ceiling

As the first two running backs selected in this year’s draft, it makes sense that Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey would have the two highest fantasy ceilings for their rookie seasons. Both boast a great deal of talent and find themselves in situations where they’ll have a chance to perform, and both deserve to be on fantasy rosters by the end of your draft. But the back our expert chose as the top rookie performer may surprise you.

“I’ve been a huge Christian McCaffrey fan for a while… You’ve got Jonathan Stewart there, I still think he’s going to get the majority of the first down runs, but 2nd down, 3rd down, it’s going to be a heavy dose of McCaffrey. They’re going to get creative with him. In terms of ceiling, I think his ceiling is much higher than Fournette.”

Now, some may see Fournette’s NFL-ready body and superstar acceleration and laugh at the shifty white kid from Stanford having more pro success, but it makes sense. Fournette should get a healthy amount of carries in Jacksonville, but McCaffrey finds himself on a more talented offense and in a much more lucrative role. As Tokarz reiterated, McCaffrey will have opportunities catching passes out of the backfield and in the slot on top of typical running back duties. This will undoubtedly increase his production and fantasy prospects, especially in PPR formats. He may not be an instant star, but McCaffrey’s ceiling from a fantasy perspective is the more appealing situation.

2. D’Onta Foreman could vulture Lamar Miller’s touchdowns, and should be on fantasy radars

Coming off a senior season with over 2,000 yards and a Doak Walker Award for his efforts, D’Onta Foreman out of Texas could very well be the steal of the 2017 NFL Draft. The Texans grabbed him with the 89th overall pick, and although he’ll battle Lamar Miller and Alfred Blue for carries, there’s no doubt Foreman will get some opportunities as a rookie. Our expert even thinks that Foreman could take over the “vulture” role, a la Mike Gillislee, snagging Miller’s TD opportunities once the team gets into the red zone.

“D’Onta Foreman for the Texans, I know they have Lamar Miller there… I think he’s going to be the one for the Texans that’s going to be getting those looks in the red zone. Miller is more of an east to west runner, and Foreman can hit the hole hard and get those tough yards.”

Not only does this scare the shit out of anyone planning on relying on Lamar Miller for RB1 production, but this certainly opens up Foreman for a late selection in your fantasy draft if you’ve got the space. He’s a big guy at over 230 pounds, but he’s deceptively fast and can break off a big run in a hurry. And, of course, there’s the possibility of a healthy dose of red zone opportunities to steal TDs away from Miller and Blue.

3. Dalvin Cook’s role on the Vikings diminishes his fantasy value

“Poor combine showing… people have figured out he’s not as explosive than they actually thought he was. Latavius Murray, he had a pretty good season last year with the Raiders, I think he’s going to get a bulk of those red zone carries, at least in the beginning. I think Cook might be good for 4 or 5 touchdowns, 500 yards.”

Our guys have been down on Dalvin Cook out of FSU, The Wolf’s RB37 for 2017, and for good reason. Not only has he struggled with fumbles, injuries, and off-field issues — basically the triple crown for bust running backs — but he finds himself in a less-than-ideal situation in Minnesota. Latavius Murray just moved to town after a solid season in Oakland, and he’s got his eyes set on what used to be Adrian Peterson’s role. That’ll leave little room for guys like Cook and Jerick McKinnon, leaving them to fill smaller, less fantasy relevant roles.

Cook isn’t necessarily doomed in Minnesota, and his fantasy prospects could rise in coming years as he grows up, but for 2017 he won’t be headlining any rosters.

4. Joe Mixon could be a steady workhorse in Cincinnati

Now, if you’re someone who prides themselves on integrity with their fantasy roster, you’re probably steering clear of Joe Mixon anyway. He’s certainly had his troubles in the past, and teaming up with Pacman Jones and Vontaze Burfict on the team with the 2nd-most arrests in the league since 2000 isn’t a great sign, either. But from a football standpoint, this was a great pickup for Cincinnati. Mixon averaged almost 7 yards per carry in his collegiate career, and he racked up over 2,000 yards in 2 seasons at Oklahoma, facing some sturdy competition in the Big 12.

Mixon now finds himself fighting veterans Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard for carries in his rookie season, but our expert thinks he’ll find a way to contribute in a reasonable amount of time.

“Going into the draft, the majority of the scouts I spoke to thought that he had cleaned up his act — obviously what he did was terribly wrong — but he kind of had his head on straight, he knew that he was down to his last chance. I think Mixon is actually going to be a solid fit there. Jeremy Hill isn’t exciting to me — I think Mixon is going to be the ones breaking those long runs. I think you’ll see a bunch of those this year.”

It may take him a while to get going at the beginning of the year, but once he settles into a role on the Bengals, Mixon should be a consistent fantasy weapon in 2017.

5. Don’t overvalue sleeper candidates (Joe Williams, Kareem Hunt, Samaje Perine, etc.) until they prove their worth

It happens every year: you hear your buddy or some schlub on ESPN talking about a late-round RB selection who was overlooked in college and could breakout as a rookie. You study up, you fall in love with this guy, and you grab him at the end of your draft as the rest of the league says, “Who?” What idiots, you think. They didn’t do their research — you did.

And what happens? That dude rides the bench all season and you’re forced to find another back on waivers in Week 7. The simple solution is the same that lonely single girls tell each other when they get cheated on or treated like shit: don’t fall in love with a guy until he proves his worth. Don’t go head over heels for the looks or the money until he shows you that he can get on the 9-5 grind and make himself worth something. And the same goes for rookie running backs. There’s a reason that these teams waited 3 or 4 rounds to pick these guys up, and it’s because they still have work to be done. Some squads don’t really have room for another RB on their depth chart yet. Some of these backs need more grooming before they’re ready for NFL action. Whatever the case may be, don’t get too antsy and use a late-round pick on a guy like Kareem Hunt or Samaje Perine before you know what kind of production you can realistically expect from them.

Did I miss anything from our interview? Do you disagree with our experts’ opinions? Find me on Twitter @seankeegs16 and keep an eye out for our next interview and more fantasy-relevant takeaways as we approach the 2017 NFL season. 

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