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Fantasy Football: 10 biggest reactions to NFL preseason Week 1

Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Travis Etienne Jr. (1) runs with the ball during the first quarter of a preseason game against the Cleveland Browns at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

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These are my 10 biggest reactions to the games from the past four days. To get a more in-depth breakdown, check out my reactions from Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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Draft Travis Etienne

The second-year running back played in his first game since last year's preseason. He not only started but played each of Jacksonville’s first 20 offensive snaps. It’s great to see the Jaguars view him as a player who won't come off the field for long stretches. It will be hard to know how to value Etienne until James Robinson is healthy, but until then, Etienne has top-10 fantasy running back potential.

Draft Antonio Gibson At Your Own Risk

The Commanders’ first two drives were all too familiar, as Gibson played on first and second down while J.D. McKissic took over on third downs. This was expected but disappointing nonetheless. His day got worse when he fumbled on his second carry, which led to rookie Brian Robinson taking the first- and second-down snaps on a long touchdown drive. It’s unclear if that was planned or a reaction to the fumble, but Robinson made the most of his opportunity. Gibson entered the game again, but with the backups.

Robinson will likely earn some short-yardage touches during the regular season, which will greatly hurt Gibson’s touchdown potential. It’s possible that Robinson starts at some point this season.


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