• Several rookie wide receivers have earned a top-three spot on their team's depth chart, including Atlanta Falcons‘ Drake London — who sits at the top of their depth chart — and Washington Commanders‘ Jahan Dotson, who is their No. 2 receiver.
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Fantasy football depth charts are a snapshot of where teams currently stand, as they are heavily based on how teams used their players in the preseason and are not a projection of where things are most likely to end up. Several rookies should work their way up the depth charts between now and Week 1.
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Eno Benjamin has a slight lead as the Cardinals' backup: The Cardinals mixed up their running back usage in their first two games, but it was more straightforward against the Titans. Benjamin started the game and rotated in and out with Darrel Williams for one drive.
- Benjamin received the first few snaps, followed by a few by Williams, and that pattern repeated.
- The two were used interchangeably. This gives no indication of who might be a third-down back if they decide to use a specific player in that role.
- Williams received the goal line snap and touchdown, but that was likely because it was his turn in the rotation.
- Both backs are only worth drafting in deep leagues, as these players would likely split James Conner’s role if he gets hurt this season.
- Sixth-round rookie Keaontay Ingram has consistently been behind all three players on the depth chart. He saw significant playing time after the first drive. He could also factor in at some point this season.
Making sense of a crowded Falcons receiving room: The Falcons rested four wide receivers on Saturday, making it clear who is at the top of the depth chart after a confusing rotation early in the preseason.
- Drake London sits atop the Falcons' depth chart. He took each of the first five snaps in their first preseason game before exiting with an injury.
- Olamide Zaccheaus has consistently been the slot receiver in the first quarter of the first two preseason games. He was among the starters not playing today. He’s worth a late-round flier in deeper leagues.
- Bryan Edwards and KhaDarel Hodge will likely split time on the outside across from London. They both took the outside snaps on the first three drives last week, and neither played Saturday. Because of the low expectations for the offense, snap splits and talent among other receivers, these two shouldn’t be drafted in most leagues.
Understand the risks before taking James Cook: Cook has consistently been third on the Bills depth chart this preseason, making it unlikely he will be a fantasy contributor early in the season.
- Both Devin Singletary and Zack Moss were among the veterans not playing, allowing Cook to start against the Panthers.
- It’s clear Singletary will see a majority of snaps in Week 1, but it’s unclear how often he will get substituted out for the other two backs.
- The Bills rotated by drive rather than situation in the preseason, so it’s also uncertain if the backups will substitute by situation or by drive.
Avoid the Panthers backup running backs: A Panthers backup running back might seem tempting, given Christian McCaffrey’s injury history, but Carolina has used both D’Onta Foreman and Chuba Hubbard significantly with the starters in the preseason. They could split snaps close to 50/50 if McCaffrey gets hurt again.
- Each of the backs has started for Carolina this preseason, with Hubbard starting against Buffalo.
- Both backs have rotated by drive rather than the situation. Both have been used primarily in the running game in years past, but they have been given receiving opportunities this preseason.
- Hubbard played five more snaps over the first two preseason games, but Foreman has graded better.
Move David Montgomery up your draft board: The Bears starting back saw his first preseason action. The Bears could have moved more to a two-man backfield, similar to what this coaching staff had with the Packers. Instead, Montgomery dominated the first-team snaps.
- Similarly, Khalil Herbert should be moved down the draft board. He remains a solid handcuff option, but it’s looking less likely that he can have standalone value, at least early in the season.
- Herbert saw some more work with the first team but only after Montgomery’s night was done.
- Herbert also played into the second half but didn’t have to rotate with any other back, meaning there is still a gap between him and everyone else below him on the depth chart.
Demetric Felton is the Browns' starting slot receiver: The Browns used most of their starters, and Amari Cooper was the only notable wide receiver who had the day off. Felton was consistently the slot receiver ahead of rookie David Bell.
- Bell started the game but only because the Browns started with four wide receivers, one tight end and no running back on the first play.
- Felton and Bell are the only two wide receivers on the roster who have played double-digit snaps in the slot in the first half of Browns' preseason games.
- Felton can be drafted in deep leagues, but the team's frequent two tight end usage makes their slot receivers less valuable than other teams.
- Bell could eventually take over but might not have many games with multiple receptions this season.