Fantasy football roundup Aug. 7: Rankings, projections, strategy and more

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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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Perfect 2023 fantasy football draft strategy, round by round for 12-team leagues 3.0

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  • Running backs can still be first-round picks: Christian McCaffrey, Austin Ekeler and Bijan Robinson are ahead of the running back pack, and their production should be unmatched.
  • Don’t be afraid of an early quarterback pick: The decline or retirement of several aging quarterbacks makes the great quarterbacks of today even more valuable.
  • Stock up on wide receivers: There are plenty of high-upside wide receiver options that can be found outside of the top 36 receivers.

Fantasy Football Rankings 2023: Best ball top 325

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  • Justin Jefferson lands on top: The Minnesota Vikings wide receiver has arguably had the best first three seasons by a wide receiver in NFL history and shows no signs of slowing down.
  • Gamble on Cooper Kupp: Both Kupp and his quarterback are over 30 years old and returning from injuries, but it’s hard to ignore the WR position's back-to-back leader in fantasy points per game. 
  • Three quarterbacks in the top 50: Several former top-10 fantasy quarterbacks have declined in recent seasons, making the elite quarterbacks even more valuable.

2023 Fantasy Football Player Profile: Cooper Kupp is still NFL's top fantasy receiver

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  • Cooper Kupp has been the best fantasy wide receiver when healthy: He’s not only led all wide receivers in PPR points per game over the last two seasons but all players regardless of position.
  • His health is at the forefront: Kupp missed half of last season, so a recent hamstring injury has renewed fantasy managers' concerns.
  • The Rams’ other offensive options are limited: Los Angeles has typically paid a lot of money for a No. 2 receiver, and sometimes a No. 3, behind Kupp but this season, no other receiver has a cap hit above $2 million.

Fantasy Football: Training camp injury roundup

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  • Cause for concern in LA?: After missing eight games in 2022, Cooper Kupp will miss time this preseason with a hamstring injury. Can the inexperienced group behind him make the most of their extra reps?
  • Indianapolis Colts RB carousel: Jonathan Taylor has publicly requested a trade and refuted reports of a back injury while Zack Moss will miss significant time with a broken arm. Who is next the guy up?
  • Another year, another heartbreak: After losing 2022 to a torn ACL, Denver Broncos WR Tim Patrick had some steam once again among Broncos Nation as a potential breakout candidate. However, a torn Achilles will set him back another year.

Fantasy Football: Buy-low, sell-high dynasty candidates

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  • Rashod Bateman (WR39) is a buy-low candidate: Despite a string of injuries to start Bateman's NFL career, a change in offensive coordinator could lead to more opportunities.
  • Rely on Alexander Mattison (RB30) only for the short term: Believing in Mattison for a year is fine, but the Vikings likely have other long-term plans.
  • Don't lose hope with Tyler Allgeier (RB43): It's fair to wonder if there is still a reason to believe in the second-year back, but buy low on his current stock.

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