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Fantasy football roundup Aug. 11: Rankings, projections, strategy and more

2K0GK36 Minneapolis, United States. 11th Sep, 2022. Justin Jefferson (18) of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates a 64-yard reception in the second quarter Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis against the Green Bay Packers. (Photo by Carlos Gonzalez/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS/Sipa USA) Credit: Sipa USA/Alamy Live News

Fantasy football drafts are fast approaching, and there's been no shortage of great articles to help you dominate your league.

PFF lead fantasy analyst Nathan Jahnke has handpicked a few of the best from the past week, which cover everything from rankings to projections and draft strategy.

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2023 Fantasy Football Player Profile: Justin Jefferson is top wide receiver

2KDHFGX November 6th 2022: Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) reacts after making a catch during the NFL game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Washington Commanders in Landover, MD. Reggie Hildred/CSM/Sipa USA(Credit Image: © Reggie Hildred/Cal Sport Media/Sipa USA)
  • Justin Jefferson was the best fantasy football receiver last season: He scored over 25 more points than any other wide receiver.
  • There is still room for improvement: Jefferson could see a higher target share this season, score more touchdowns, and stop getting shut out from some games.
  • Kirk Cousins could stop him from repeating at WR1: Cousins started showing signs of decline last season, and at his age, that could be a trend instead of a one-time thing.

2023 Fantasy Football Draft Rankings: Top 35 tight ends

2M9WXMA Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce comes onto the field before an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
  • Travis Kelce should be the first tight end off the board in fantasy football drafts: Kelce was far and away the best tight end last season and should be drafted at least a round before any other tight end.
  • There is a clear gap between the top seven and everyone else: The same six tight ends are always at or near the top of the leaderboard in fantasy points per game season, and Kyle Pitts (22 years old) is primed to join that group.
  • Several rookies in the top 35: The rookie draft class was strong. Typically, rookie tight ends don’t make much of an impact in fantasy, but there are only a few high-upside options to consider late in the draft outside of rookies.

Perfect 2023 fantasy football draft strategy for picking quarterbacks

Chicago Bears QB Justin Fields
2MAGDC2 Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) scrambles up field during a 3-yard touchdown run in the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
  • Don’t be afraid to take a quarterback early in a fantasy football draft: There aren’t as many great options at quarterback compared to past seasons, and the top tier stands clearly above the rest.
  • Some 2021 quarterbacks are a steal: Some quarterbacks from that class are struggling, but two were very impressive late in the 2022 season.
  • A few strong late-round options: Multiple quarterbacks finished in the top 10 in fantasy points per game last season but are being picked outside of the top 10.

Preseason Week 1 Recap: Immediate fantasy football takeaways from Thursday's games

2RGN0F1 Houston Texans wide receiver Steven Sims runs with the ball during the first half of the team's NFL preseason football game against the New England Patriots, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Tank Dell steals the show but don’t get too excited yet: Dell started the game and continued to play with the backups, but the Houston Texans gave veterans Robert Woods and Noah Brown the night off. Dell could still be a backup to start the season.
  • Jordan Addison made multiple highlight-worthy catches: The Minnesota Vikings rested their starters, but Addison was an impressive member of the Minnesota backups.
  • The New England Patriots still need a backup running back: New England rotated three players throughout the first half, and they combined for six rushing yards on seven carries.

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