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Fantasy football roundup Aug. 9: 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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Fantasy Football: Players to target using PFF's fantasy projections

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  • Sam Howell is the perfect late-round QB for drafters punting the position: Even with questions regarding the Washington Commanders‘ offense and Howell’s development as a passer, his ability and willingness as a rusher holds upside for fantasy managers in 2023.
  • Tony Pollard is a value among the “elites”: Despite Pollard’s ADP as the RB9 in drafts, his projected top-five finish could make him a value among fantasy’s elite running backs.
  • Christian Kirk is the value among the Jacksonville Jaguars receivers: All eyes are on new Jaguars WR Calvin Ridley in training camp. However, Kirk should be able to maintain a significant target share given his heavy usage in the slot, making him a potential value based on his current draft cost.

2023 Fantasy Football Player Profile: Greg Dulcich looks to build off impressive rookie season

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  • Greg Dulcich impressed as a rookie: He was a borderline fantasy starter when healthy despite missing most of training camp and the preseason as a rookie.
  • Sean Payton’s offense could be great for Dulcich: Payton has compared Dulcich to a number of great receivers from his past.
  • The Denver Broncos tight end room is a little more crowded: Payton brought in several of his former players, including Adam Trautman.

Fantasy Football: Darkhorse candidates to finish as the overall QB1 in 2023

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  • The most clear choice: Justin Fields is going just outside the top-five quarterbacks in ADP and with his elite rushing upside and potential progression as a passer, he could be QB1 as soon as 2023.
  • In need of a bounce-back: Dak Prescott had a down year in 2022 but has flashed QB1 ability many times. He just needs to keep it going all season long.
  • One more big step forward needed: Tua Tagovailoa saw significant progression as a passer in 2022 and with one more step forward we could be looking at a special season in 2023.

2023 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 65 running backs

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  • Christian McCaffrey is the clear top running back: McCaffrey has 24.3 PPR fantasy points per game, which is the best for all players since 2018.
  • Bijan Robinson is worth the risk: The eighth-overall pick in the 2023 draft landed in the ideal situation for fantasy success.
  • Tony Pollard joins the elite fantasy backs: The Dallas Cowboys‘ talented running back will get a chance to dominate without sharing a backfield with Ezekiel Elliott.

Fantasy Football: Breakout tight ends for 2023

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  • Kyle Pitts is elite for his age: Pitts is one of the best 22-year-old tight ends in NFL history.
  • Target the red zone threats: Only four projected starters saw a 30% or more targets per route run rate within 10 yards of scoring last season, and two of them made this list.
  • Know when to draft tight ends: The perfect fantasy draft strategy will let you know when you should be prioritizing tight ends, and where these players fit in the strategy.

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