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College football scores, NCAA top 25 rankings, schedule, games today: Georgia, Texas in action – CBSSports.com

Auburn and Georgia both had to endure some stress on Saturday, but both top 10-ranked SEC teams overcame slow starts to begin their 2020 campaigns with victories ahead of their showdown with each other next week. The No. 8 Tigers outlasted No. 23 Kentucky 29-13, while the No. 4 Bulldogs beat Arkansas 37-10. 

Both teams showed plenty of room for growth — especially on offense — during long first-half scoring droughts. But at least they avoided upsets like the one suffered by No. 6 LSU at the hands of Mississippi State. By doing so, they set up a marquee matchup against each other next week that will have major implications for both teams in their league title efforts.

Auburn and Georgia were just two teams among a host of top-25 squads in action Saturday, and CBS Sports was here to cover it all. Here are the scores, stories and highlights from Week 4 of the college football season.

College football scores — Week 4

No. 8 Auburn 29, No. 23 Kentucky 13 — Box score

No. 21 Pitt 23, No. 24 Louisville 20 — Box score

Kansas State 38, No. 3 Oklahoma 35 — Takeaways, highlights

No. 5 Florida 51, Ole Miss 35  — Box score

No. 14 Cincinnati 24, No. 22 Army 10 — Box score

Mississippi State 44, No. 6 LSU 24 — Takeaways, highlights

15 Oklahoma State 27, West Virginia 13 — Box score

No. 8 Texas 63, Texas Tech 56 (OT) — Comeback analysis

No. 4 Georgia 37, Arkansas 10 — Box score

No. 2 Alabama 38 at Missouri 19 — Takeaways, highlights

No. 10 Texas A&M 17, Vanderbilt 12 — Box score

No. 12 Miami 52, Florida State 10 — Box score

No. 16 Tennessee 31, South Carolina 27 — Box score

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FINAL: Tennessee 31, South Carolina 27

Fantastic battle between these two SEC East teams, but South Carolina was unable to get the late touchdown it needed in order to pull of the upset. Collin Hill had a strong showing in his Gamecocks debut, but Tennessee’s defense ends up winning the night for the Vols.

FINAL: Alabama 38, Missouri 19

After Mac Jones checked out the Tide’s offense shelled up a little bit and Missouri was able to throw a couple late scores on the board for some confidence moving forward. Bryce Young came into the season with much hype, but the biggest takeaway from his showing was that Jones will remain the starter until further notice in Tuscaloosa.

HALFTIME: Miami 38, Florida State 3

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Collin Hill and the Gamecocks strike back fast. 4 plays totaling 75 yards in just about two minutes and it’s back to a one-score game in Columbia

Vols punch in a touchdown to cap an impressive statement drive here in the early parts of the third quarter. Gray gets the score, Tennessee now up 21-7

HALFTIME: Tennessee 14, South Carolina 7

Good competitive game in Columbia with both defenses showing up as expected. The explosive plays have been hard to come by but Tennessee has gotten a couple from Eric Gray and Brandon Johnson and a huge interception return touchdown from budding star Henry To’o To’o

HALFTIME: Texas A&M 7, Vanderbilt 5

Troubling signs for Texas A&M’s offense here in the first half of the opener. Kellen Mond has completed just 8-of-15 passes for less than 100 yards and the Aggies are averaging less than 3 yards per rush on the ground. Not a good sign with Alabama coming up next week for Texas A&M in the SEC on CBS Game of the Week

HALFTIME: Alabama 28, Missouri 3

Mac Jones has been efficient (17-for-23, 239 yards, two touchdown passes to Jaylen Waddle) and Najee Harris has gotten his own star-studded start with two scores. Mizzou is struggling to get anything going on offense, and it’s all looking pretty for the Tide.

Miami is absolutely POURING it on Florida State right now. After Jordan Travis’ INT the Canes strike right back with a deep TD pass to go up 28-3

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Fantasy Football Week 3: Who to start, who to sit, risks and busts for every game on the schedule – CBS Sports


Fantasy lineup calls for each Week 3 game.

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We should begin to see defenses start playing smarter, sounder football this week and next week. It typically takes them a couple of weeks to get a beat on any given offense anyway, and this year’s weird training camp makes for no exception. It’ll be the teams with shrewd coaches and well-stocked pass rushers who begin to make things tough on offenses first. You may want to lower expectations just a little bit for Raiders, Rams, Texans and — gasp — Chiefs players.

Here are my start, sit, sleeper, and bust calls for every game in Week 3 based on what we’ve learned through the first two games, and if you need more lineup help, check out Jamey Eisenberg’s Start ‘Em & Sit ‘Em, plus Heath Cummings’ Week 1 previews for quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and tight end. And, if you need to make a trade, the trade values chart can help make sure you’re a winner.

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2020 Fantasy Football Week 3: Tight End Rankings – Yahoo Sports

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Higbee went off in Week 2, converting all five of his targets into 54 yards and a whopping three scores. Sure, you’d love to see more targets, but it’s hard to argue with the results.

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Big Ten football schedule release — Analysis, predictions and team-by-team breakdowns – ESPN

The Big Ten football schedule is out, with play beginning Oct. 24, led by Nebraska at Ohio State and Michigan at Minnesota. A few highlights on the calendar: Ohio State at Penn State on Oct. 31, Wisconsin at Michigan on Nov. 14 and a big Ohio State-Michigan finale on Dec. 12. Our experts break down what you need to know, including first impressions, title-game predictions and team-by-team analysis.

Jump to team analysis: Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Maryland | Michigan | Michigan State | Minnesota


Nebraska | Northwestern | Ohio State | Penn State | Purdue | Rutgers | Wisconsin

Which weekend are you most looking forward to watching?

Bill Connelly: Week 2. “Whatever week has Ohio State-Penn State” was likely to be my answer regardless, but when you add Michigan State-Michigan and Wisconsin-Nebraska to the mix, you’ve got a winner. We won’t have to wait long to figure out the hierarchy in both divisions. Add in Auburn at LSU from the SEC and we might have our first true “Yeah, college football season is rolling now” weekend.

Harry Lyles Jr.: Week 1 — given everything that happened this offseason, specifically with Nebraska’s involvement in the push to play football. At one point after the Big Ten initially decided to postpone its season, the Huskers were considering not playing in the league to play games during the pandemic. Now the Huskers have been rewarded with an opening game against Ohio State. I want to see what they do with that opportunity. Michigan-Minnesota should be a good game, while Penn State-Indiana always seems to be a fun matchup.

Tom VanHaaren: I agree with Bill, Ohio State-Penn State is going to be a ton of fun. I’m going with Michigan-Ohio State, though. Even though this is a strange year and there have been unusual challenges, no one is going to give Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh a pass in this rivalry. If his offense can’t put up better numbers against the Buckeyes and Don Brown’s defense can’t slow Justin Fields and Ohio State’s offense, questions around Harbaugh’s inability to beat Ryan Day will grow even louder.

Which individual clash is already on your radar?

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Connelly: The Nebraska vs. the Big Ten front office matchup has been pretty fruitful of late, but we’ll go with something that might decide the West — Minnesota’s offensive line against Wisconsin’s defensive front. The Gophers might get WR Rashod Bateman back, but even if they don’t, they’re going to have an experienced and enormous line. If they can out-physical the physical Badgers, they could finally jump into the driver’s seat in the West.

Lyles: I’m looking at Nov. 7, when Rutgers goes to Columbus to play Ohio State. I really want to see what Justin Fields does against Rutgers’ defense. Usually you’d like a competitive game in this spot, but I can always appreciate a good blowout and watch one player impose his will on an entire unit. Fields will do that, and I’ll enjoy it until coach Ryan Day decides the Scarlet Knights have had enough.

VanHaaren: Jim Harbaugh vs. Mel Tucker in Week 2. It will be a tough task for new Michigan State coach Mel Tucker, who has to go to Ann Arbor and face his in-state rival so early in the season. It’s not ideal to not have as much time with his team as he normally would during a regular offseason, and the Wolverines are going to be looking to make a statement. Having this matchup so early in the season is going to be an opportunity for Michigan to set the tone within that rivalry and Tucker’s tenure.

Predictions for the conference title matchup? Which team wins?

Connelly: Ohio State and Wisconsin. A bold, creative pick, I know. Ohio State might have the best combination of experience and talent in the country. And while there will be three or four West teams entertaining title thoughts at the start, Wisconsin is the steadiest, best-known entity. The Badgers’ biggest question marks tend to be, “Will a star RB emerge?” and “Will they find a new playmaking LB?” Wisconsin tends to answer those questions well.

Lyles: Ohio State and Wisconsin. Sorry, everyone. I wanted to pick a team that wasn’t Wisconsin, but it’s hard for me to see a world where another team crashes this matchup. Ohio State is easily one of the top teams in the country, and I’m excited to see just how well Fields plays now that he’s being given the chance. For Wisconsin, I don’t see any other team in the West giving them a hard enough challenge. Of course, with the way 2020 has gone, it won’t be either Ohio State or Wisconsin.

VanHaaren: Ohio State and Wisconsin. I really wanted to say Minnesota, but losing offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca to Penn State and a few key players on both offense and defense makes that too difficult. It doesn’t look like anyone will be able to stop the Buckeyes, especially with some of their players reversing their decisions to opt out after the season was reinstated. Ohio State will once again win the conference with Fields at quarterback; he will have an even better season than last year, with some of the young, talented receivers stepping up to keep this offense ranked as one of the nation’s best.

Team-by-team analysis

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Illinois


First game: 10/24 at Wisconsin


Most important game: 12/12 at Northwestern

Overall takeaways: The Fighting Illini had one of the most shocking upsets of the 2019 season when they beat No. 6 Wisconsin 24-23. Now they get to open up this season with a trip to Camp Randall, with Wisconsin as a favorite to represent the Big Ten West in the conference title game. As far as the rest of the schedule, it’s nice they get to host Minnesota, Ohio State and Iowa, but with no fans in the stadium, those games won’t get any easier. — Lyles

Indiana


First game: 10/24 vs. Penn State


Most important game: 11/21 at Ohio State

Overall takeaways: Indiana opening against Penn State seemed like a bad draw on first impression, but after seeing the rest of its schedule, it might have been a favor. The Hoosiers get to travel to East Lansing and Columbus in consecutive weeks in November. They’ll get somewhat of a breather as they welcome Maryland but then go on the road to face Wisconsin before closing the season against Purdue. It’s going to be a challenging season. — Lyles

Iowa


First game: 10/24 at Purdue


Most important game: 11/14 at Minnesota

Overall takeaways: Iowa is a quarterback away from having a top-20 (or better?) team, and while no one gets a truly easy stretch this season, the Hawkeyes were given Purdue, Northwestern and Michigan State to start. That’s as light as you’re going to get (without involving Rutgers), and it could give the Hawkeyes a chance to figure out what they’ve got before a huge mid-November matchup with Minnesota. Can’t ask for much more with a conference-only slate. — Connelly

Maryland


First game: 10/24 at Northwestern


Most important game: 11/7 at Penn State

Overall takeaways: Maryland has a tough road ahead of it in coach Mike Locksley’s second season. The team went 3-9 in 2019 and is going to be breaking in a new quarterback in either Alabama transfer Taulia Tagovailoa or redshirt freshman Lance Legendre. Last season’s starter, Joshua Jackson, opted out of the season, which will bring some challenges after a unique offseason. The offense is going to be tested quite a bit, starting in Week 2 against Minnesota and continuing during a tough consecutive stretch of Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan State, Indiana and Michigan. That is a brutal slate to endure while trying to acclimate a new quarterback. — VanHaaren

Michigan


First game: 10/24 at Minnesota


Most important game: 12/12 at Ohio State

Overall takeaways: Michigan has a good test in the season opener against Minnesota before taking on in-state rival Michigan State in Week 2. There will be no transition into the season for presumptive starting quarterback Joe Milton, who will be starting his first season if he wins the job. No matter what happens early on, Michigan’s season is going to come down to what happens against Ohio State. Harbaugh and his staff, especially the defense, need to have their best showing against what could be one of the better Ohio State teams they have faced at Michigan. — VanHaaren

Michigan State


First game: 10/24 vs. Rutgers


Most important game: 10/31 at Michigan

Overall takeaways: Coach Mel Tucker will get to ease into his first season at Michigan State, opening against Rutgers. The heat will immediately pick up after that, when the Spartans have to play at Michigan in Week 2. Facing your in-state rival in the second week of your first season, after one of the weirdest offseasons we’ve ever seen, is not ideal for Tucker and his staff. — VanHaaren

Minnesota


First game: 10/24 vs. Michigan


Most important game: 11/28 at Wisconsin

Overall takeaways: P.J. Fleck’s Gophers are considered the biggest challenger to Wisconsin in the Big Ten West. They’re going to be losing the school’s all-time all-purpose yardage leader in Rodney Smith, but star wide receiver Rashod Bateman has re-enrolled and hopes to play in 2020. The best news schedule-wise for Minnesota is that Ohio State is nowhere to be seen on it. — Lyles

Nebraska


First game: 10/24 at Ohio State


Most important game: 10/31 vs. Wisconsin

Overall takeaways: If you are a believer in sports conspiracy theories, you’d think this schedule tells you that the Big Ten wasn’t all that happy with Nebraska’s loud complaints over the past month. In the first four weeks, the Huskers will play Ohio State, Wisconsin and Penn State, sandwiching in a Northwestern game that almost always goes down to the wire. Even if the Huskers have definitively improved, they still might start 1-3. — Connelly

Northwestern


First game: 10/24 vs. Maryland


Most important game: 10/24 vs. Maryland

Overall takeaways: Northwestern should again have a strong defense, while its remodeled offense only needs to be competent enough to either become a contender in the West or score a big win or two and help to determine the winner. In that regard, they couldn’t have been handed a better first opponent. The Terps’ defense will likely be challenged itself, and we’ll quickly learn what Northwestern might have to offer this fall and early winter. — Connelly

Ohio State


First game: 10/24 vs. Nebraska


Most important game: 10/31 at Penn State

Overall takeaways: The Buckeyes are going to have every opportunity to make a run at the College Football Playoff and try to win the national championship. The team is going to be tested in Week 2 when it travels to Happy Valley; but unlike the last time the Buckeyes were there, with a sold-out crowd at night, there will be no fans in attendance. If Ohio State can come out of that game unscathed, it will only have a few other games that could trip them up. If all goes right, this could be a special season for the Buckeyes. — VanHaaren

Penn State


First game: 10/24 at Indiana


Most important game: 10/31 vs. Ohio State

Overall takeaways: Since 2016, Penn State has basically measured itself by its game against Ohio State. In 2016, the Nittany Lions upset the Buckeyes and went to the Rose Bowl. In the past three years, they’ve lost by a combined 13 points. With the OSU game falling in Week 2, they will have plenty of time to reset expectations after a loss; but if they win, they’ll have to maintain their focus for quite a while to get to the conference title game. — Connelly

Purdue


First game: 10/24 vs. Iowa


Most important game: 11/21 at Minnesota

Overall takeaways: The Boilermakers get a nice warm-up at the beginning of the season by welcoming Iowa to West Lafayette but have a stretch of games in November that includes trips to Wisconsin and Minnesota. There is a home game against Rutgers, but the schedule isn’t the most favorable. If Purdue is able to beat Indiana in Bloomington on Dec. 12, Boilermakers fans will take whatever else comes with the season. — Lyles

Rutgers


First game: 10/24 at Michigan State


Most important game: 11/7 at Ohio State

Overall takeaways: The Scarlet Knights are going to be challenged early with games at Michigan State and Ohio State. In a shortened, conference-only season, it’s going to be more difficult to find a lane for a victory, with their 2019 wins coming at home against UMass and Liberty. The lone chance could be Nov. 14, when Rutgers hosts Illinois. — Lyles

Wisconsin


First game: 10/24 vs. Illinois


Most important game: 11/28 vs. Minnesota

Overall takeaways: The Badgers are going to have another shot at the Big Ten championship after a 10-4 season in 2019 that resulted in a loss versus Ohio State in the conference title game and a loss to Oregon in the Rose Bowl. The season is going to get tough in Week 4, when Wisconsin plays at Michigan and then hosts Minnesota in Week 6. That matchup against the Gophers could be pivotal in deciding which of those two teams ends up representing the West. — VanHaaren

































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Fantasy Football Week 2 Start ‘Em & Sit ‘Em: Ben Roethlisberger ready to turn back time again – CBS Sports


Big Ben is the Start of the Week. Here’s who else you’re starting.

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Week 2 is not the time to panic about your Fantasy roster, but it might be the time to adjust. Injuries could force your hand, and we’re dealing with several big-name players being out, which isn’t fun. Hopefully, you’ll be able to find quality replacement options, whether they are already on your bench or off the waiver wire.

Michael Thomas (ankle), Le’Veon Bell (hamstring) and Phillip Lindsay (turf toe) aren’t expected to play in Week 2, and we already lost Marlon Mack (Achilles) and Blake Jarwin (ACL) for the season. We’re waiting to find out if James Conner (ankle) can play in Week 2, and if Miles Sanders (hamstring), Kenny Golladay (hamstring) and Courtland Sutton (shoulder) will make their 2020 debut after being out in Week 1.

Your Fantasy roster could unfortunately be filled with red injury tags, but thankfully some reinforcements could be in play this week. Benny Snell and Nyheim Hines are two potential starting options at running back in Week 2, and we like Anthony Miller, Laviska Shenault and Parris Campbell as sleeper receivers. Dallas Goedert has emerged as a must-start tight end, and Ryan Tannehill is a solid starting quarterback in Week 2.

Injuries stink, and it’s not fun making all of these roster moves after one week to plug holes. But hopefully you were smart with your draft or the waiver wire and can start some of these players with upside. We’ll help you with suggestions below, and let’s hope we don’t get ravaged with injuries to our stars again in Week 2.

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It was great to see Ben Roethlisberger back on the field Monday night in Week 1 at the Giants. After a sluggish start, he looked good, and he should continue to get better after missing most of last season with an elbow injury. He has the chance to go off in Week 2 against the Broncos.

Roethlisberger was 21-of-32 passing for 229 yards and three touchdowns against the Giants, and he looked comfortable as the game went on. He connected for two touchdowns with JuJu Smith-Schuster and one to James Washington, and he should continue to improve in his rapport with Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool and Eric Ebron.

Roethlisberger also gets to face a tired and beaten up defense this week. The Broncos played the late Monday night game in Week 1 and now have to travel across the country to play the Steelers. They were already down standout pass rusher Von Miller (ankle) for the season, and cornerback A.J. Bouye (shoulder) was hurt against Tenneseee.

I have Roethlisberger ranked as a top 10 Fantasy quarterback in Week 2, but a top-five finish wouldn’t be surprising. He’s typically great at home, and this is his first time playing in Pittsburgh in over a year. It should be a dominant performance for Roethlisberger this week.

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Cardinals (vs WAS): A lot was made about the way the Eagles offense played in Week 1 at Washington, but the Washington Football Team’s offense wasn’t much better with 239 total yards. Haskins was sacked three times, and this offense could struggle again on the road against the Cardinals. Arizona also had three sacks in Week 1.

  • Packers (vs. DET): In one game at Green Bay last year, Stafford was sacked three times and had no touchdowns. The Packers pass rush should be a problem for Stafford this week.
  • Titans (vs. JAC): Jadeveon Clowney didn’t make much of an impact in his first game with the Titans at Denver in Week 1, but he should be able to chase down Minshew once or twice this week. This Titans defense should be tough at home.
  • Buccaneers (vs. CAR): The Buccaneers only allowed the Saints to get 271 yards in total offense last week in New Orleans, and this defense should be tough on the Panthers at home. Aside from Christian McCaffrey, this could be a bad game for this Panthers offense.

Patriots (at SEA): The Patriots defense was great against Miami last week in allowing just 11 points, and New England had three interceptions against Ryan Fitzpatrick. But obviously Russell Wilson is on a different level, and the Seahawks are playing at home. I would look for another DST option this week instead of trusting the Patriots.

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2020 Fantasy Football: Week 2 Tight End Rankings – Yahoo Sports

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    At this time of the year, with surprise roster cuts and players going on injured reserve, we’ll see fantasy football stocks rise as teams finalize depth charts. Don’t miss out on a hot pickup before the 2020 season starts Thursday.

    The Washington Football Team released starting running back Adrian Peterson on Friday, so who’s the next man up in an offense that needs a playmaker to emerge in the backfield?

    Final training camp reports give us a glimpse of developments that didn’t gain much traction over the past month. While some players solidified key roles—others fell in the pecking order. 

    Let’s check out eight players who belong on your last-minute fantasy draft radar.

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    ADP: 11.10

    DraftKings DFS Value: $6,400

    The choice between Comeback Player of the Year candidates Matthew Stafford and Ben Roethlisberger comes up in discussion as managers look for a quarterback who can produce at a level above his average draft position.

    Both have several quality pass-catchers at running back, wide receiver and tight end, though you should favor Roethlisberger’s surroundings. He has a more experienced offensive line, while Stafford will play behind two new starters on the right side—one of them possibly rookie third-rounder Jonah Jackson, who took first-team reps through camp.

    Secondly, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic doesn’t see Roethlisberger’s surgically repaired elbow as a concern.

    “He’s made every throw possible over the three-week camp and was impressive doing it,” Kaboly wrote. “His surgically repaired elbow isn’t a concern. He only sat for one practice and part of another.” 

    Just two years ago, Roethlisberger threw for a league-leading 5,129 yards and 34 touchdown passes, though he logged the most interceptions (16) as well. 

    Yet if the Steelers take an aggressive approach through the air with JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson, James Washington, Chase Claypool, Eric Ebron and Vance McDonald, Roethlisberger could creep back into top-10 fantasy scoring range among quarterbacks.

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    ADP: 10.08

    DraftKings DFS Value: $6,100

    The New England Patriots tabbed Cam Newton as the starter in a quarterback battle that included Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer, so no surprise here.

    Nonetheless, The Athletic’s Jeff Howe wrote he’s “held a firm grip” on the first-string position, which provides more assurance that the Patriots won’t pull him at the first sign of any trouble on the field.

    In a 14-game 2018 campaign, Newton finished QB12, per FantasyPros. He’s healthy with limited offensive weapons, which means we could see him on the run this season.

    For his career, Newton has rushed for 4,806 yards and 58 touchdowns. If necessary, he will tuck the ball and run for yardage. If you prefer a quarterback who can rack up some extra points as a ball-carrier, take a look at him in the late rounds.

    Aside from wideout Julian Edelman, Newton’s weapons won’t excite you, but he has some starting appeal in a favorable matchups (like Week 1 against Miami) because of his rushing capability.

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    ADP: 6.11

    DraftKings DFS Value: $4,400

    This will become one of those “I told you so” picks. Initially, running back Devin Singletary seemed like the runaway option to lead the Buffalo Bills backfield—not so fast.

    The Athletic’s Joe Buscaglia projects that the Bills’ lead running back will depend on the opponent and that Singletary’s ball-security issues could cost him the starting job if they crop up again.

    “Since each player can be a pass-catching option on third downs, it’s likely there will be some weeks when Singletary is the lead back and Moss is the change-of-pace player, and other weeks when that’s reversed. …The Bills love Singletary’s vision and instincts, but if his fumbling issues carry over into 2020, Moss could take over as the lead back.” 

    Under offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, the Bills have logged the sixth-most rush attempts two years in a row, and two running backs recorded at least 115 carries in both seasons.

    The Bills will likely rely on Singletary and Moss to carry most of the load on the ground, though the latter has more upside because of the former’s issues with fumbles. The rookie third-rounder has flex appeal with an RB2 ceiling.

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    ADP: N/A

    DraftKings DFS Value: $4,500

    When one running back battles with an injury, he leaves the door open for another to step into a bigger role.

    Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reported Darrell Henderson rehabbed a hamstring injury on the sideline September 2. She also wrote that head coach Sean McVay categorized him as “day-to-day.” Eric Williams of SI.com tabbed Malcolm Brown the starter for his latest 53-man depth chart. 

    If Henderson doesn’t suit up for Week 1, Brown and rookie second-rounder Cam Akers could split the rushing workload. While the latter’s draft pedigree suggests he has significant upside, the sixth-year veteran holds the edge in playing experience. 

    Akers has a strong season outlook, but Brown may handle the bulk of the touches for the first few weeks. Managers who whiffed on running backs during the draft can do some patchwork at the position here.

    Of course, once Henderson returns, Brown should go back on the waiver wire.

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    ADP: 6.02

    DraftKings DFS Value: $4,000

    The Washington Football Team made a notable cut, releasing Adrian Peterson on Friday. The backfield features two veterans, Peyton Barber and J.D. McKissic, along with two youngsters, Bryce Love and rookie third-rounder Antonio Gibson.

    Nicki Jhabvala of the Washington Post broke down the running back group.

    “The top two guys—Gibson and McKissic—are receiver converts. Barber adds a physicality inside and Love has been described by Rivera as a possible every-down back, giving offensive coordinator Scott Turner a number of options in how he wants to use his options,” Jhabvala wrote. 

    Because Washington invested a third-round pick in Gibson, he’s the running back who stands out. As Jhabvala writes, the Memphis product has a wide receiver background, which makes him a potential threat on all three downs. Secondly, McKissic has only 88 rush attempts in four seasons.

    If you need a dual-threat running back with upside in point-per-receptions leagues, grab Gibson without hesitation.

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    ADP: 11.01

    DraftKings DFS Value: $4,900

    Typically, you want to stay away from aging wide receivers. Yet 33-year-old speedster DeSean Jackson has an opportunity to start the season with high volume of targets. 

    The Philadelphia Eagles will open the season with wideouts Alshon Jeffery (Lisfranc) and Jalen Reagor (shoulder) on the sideline. According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the former may not go on the physically unable to perform list, but he could sit out multiple weeks. Geoff Mosher of Inside the Birds reported on August 30 that the latter could miss “about four weeks.”

    Far more advanced than second-year wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and rookie fifth-rounder John Hightower, Jackson should take the field as a top-two pass-catching option along with tight end Zach Ertz.

    Even though we saw only a small sample of Jackson and quarterback Carson Wentz last year, the two connected eight times for 154 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1 against the Washington Football Team. The 13th-year veteran averages 17.4 yards per catch for his career. He’s worth a gamble with two receivers out.

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    ADP: 8.10

    DraftKings DFS Value: $5,300

    While quarterback Tyrod Taylor started for the Buffalo Bills between the 2015 and 2017 seasons, tight end Charles Clay listed within the top three on the team in targets for each of those seasons.

    Although Taylor’s career-high 3,035 passing yards may scare away fantasy managers, you should take a look at Hunter Henry because of the signal-caller’s tendency to target tight ends at a high volume.

    Henry has to stay healthy. He missed the entire 2018 season because of a torn ACL and suffered a tibia plateau fracture that kept him out of four games last year.

    Per Daniel Popper of The Athletic, the Chargers are prepared to play through the “majority of September” without Mike Williams. However, according to head coach Anthony Lynn, the wideout will be a game-time decision for Week 1 against the Cincinnati Bengals (h/t Joe Reedy of the Associated Press).

    While Keenan Allen will likely command a high target volume, running back Austin Ekeler or Henry could slip into the No. 2 spot in the pass-catching pecking order depending on the opponent.

    In 2019, Henry caught 55 passes for 652 yards and five touchdowns. He may see an early spike in numbers if Williams misses a few games.

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    ADP: 13.09

    DraftKings DFS Value: $3,300

    The New York Jets have notable injuries at wide receiver. Rookie second-rounder Denzel Mims missed several practices because of a hamstring injury, which raises concern about his early rapport with quarterback Sam Darnold. 

    Breshad Perriman had swelling in his knee. He missed over a week of practices, per ESPN’s Rich Cimini. Head coach Adam Gase said the wideout is “feeling a lot better.” Yet his status for Week 1 remains unclear. 

    While Jamison Crowder and Chris Hogan could see most of the targets at wide receiver, tight end Chris Herndon may open the season with a big role. He’s going into his third campaign with Darnold. As a rookie, the Miami product hauled in 39 passes for 502 yards and four touchdowns. 

    Last year, Herndon only played 18 offensive snaps. He served a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy and then battled a hamstring injury that resulted in a season-ending trip to the injured-reserve list.

    Herndon goes into the upcoming campaign healthy and available for Darnold, who has a shortage of familiar pass-catching options. The two can rekindle their spark from two years ago.

    ADPs are for PPR leagues and courtesy of Fantasy Football Calculator.

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Hartitz: Top 300 Fantasy Football Rankings | Fantasy Football News, Rankings and Projections – Pro Football Focus

Happy draft season everyone! What follows are my top-300 rankings for PPR formats. Great day to be great.

1. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers (RB1)

CMC averaged a full 6 points more than the next-highest-scoring skill-position player in 2019 PPR leagues and now has a QB known for his willingness to check down.

2. Saquon Barkley, New York Giants (RB2)

2018’s overall RB1 is second only to McCaffrey in PPR scoring per game over the past two seasons. Barkley is probably the single best player in the league with the ball in their hands.

Saquon Barkley would be Earth’s RB1 if the aliens invaded and we had to play a game of football to save humanitypic.twitter.com/QZ2lQc58KS

— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) August 20, 2020

3. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys (RB3)

The RB3, RB3, RB6 and RB5 in PPR points per game from 2016-2019 has room for target growth thanks to the departure of Jason Witten. Zeke remains the engine of arguably the NFC’s best offense.

4. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints (RB4)

An ankle injury slowed down Kamara greatly in 2019… and he still finished as the PPR RB9. Only McCaffrey has a higher target floor among all RBs.

5. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs (RB5)

Patrick Mahomes‘ preferred pick, Andy Reid has already compared his new rookie RB to former Eagles great Brian Westbrook. CEH is the only player in SEC history with 1,000 rushing yards and 50 receptions in a single season, and he’s set up for a three-down role from Day 1.

6. Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings (RB6)

Holdout potential is concerning, but the new CBA makes the prospect less likely for the Vikings’ bell-cow RB. OC Gary Kubiak’s starting RB has always been a fantasy cheat code.

7. Kenyan Drake, Arizona Cardinals (RB7)

Posted snap rates of 84%, 64%, 90%, 79%, 66%, 75%, 81% and 96% upon joining the Cardinals, working as the PPR RB4 along the way. No remaining backs have a clearer path to a true three-down role.

8. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans (RB8)

2019’s triple-crown rushing leader enters virtually the same situation in 2020 and should be the favorite to lead the league in rush attempts. Game-script concerns are overblown; Henry had at least 16 touches in every game last season.

9. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints (WR1)

Averaged 3.7 PPR points per game more than the next-closest WR in 2019; Thomas is locked in as an alpha target-hog WR1 who could feasibly receive a season-long target total that starts with a 2.

10. Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns (RB9)

Chubb averaged 19.2 carries and four targets per game in Weeks 1-9 without Kareem Hunt (PPR RB6) before going for 18 carries and 2.1 targets per game in Weeks 10-17 with Hunt (PPR RB15). The floor is high; the ceiling is the roof.

11. Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals (RB10)

2018 and 2019’s PPR RB10 and RB13, Mixon will benefit from the presence of both Joe Burrow and OT Jonah Williams. Unfortunately, Giovani Bernard (40% snaps in 2019) isn’t likely to take a full backseat to Mixon (59%), particularly on pass downs.

12. Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers (RB11)

Has played 65%, 68%, 72%, 74%, 75%, 78% and 95% snaps in seven career games without Melvin Gordon. The loss of Philip Rivers hurts, but this is still a proven, talented back with anyone’s idea of a three-down role.

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5 Notre Dame football players test positive for COVID-19 as case numbers rise on campus – Yahoo Sports

Notre Dame announced Thursday that five football players have tested positive for COVID-19 while six others are in quarantine through contract tracing protocols. 

Amid a COVID-19 outbreak that followed the return of the general student population to campus in recent weeks, the Notre Dame football program conducted two rounds of testing this week — 232 tests in all. Five returned positive and those players have been placed in isolation, the school said. 

Notre Dame canceled football practice on Thursday. Following another round of testing for players on Friday, the school’s medical staff will determine when the football team can safely return to practice. ” data-reactid=”22″ type=”text”>Because of the rising number of positive tests on campus — up to 304 since Aug. 3 — Notre Dame canceled football practice on Thursday. Following another round of testing for players on Friday, the school’s medical staff will determine when the football team can safely return to practice. 

Because of the rising number of cases among the student population, Notre Dame shifted from on-campus classes to remote learning until at least Sept. 2. That decision was made on Tuesday, Aug. 18, just eight days after classes resumed. The school said in a press release Tuesday that the cases were linked mainly to “seniors living off-campus” and “linked to off-campus gatherings where neither masks were worn nor physical distancing observed.”

“Our contact-tracing analysis indicates that most infections are coming from off-campus gatherings,” said Notre Dame president Rev. John Jenkins. “Students infected at those gatherings passed it on to others, who in turn have passed the virus on to others, resulting in the positive cases we have seen.”

Since the Notre Dame football program returned to campus in June, 851 tests have been administered to players with nine positive tests. Two of those positives came when the team initially reported to campus. 

Notre Dame — playing this season as a member of the ACC — is scheduled to open its season at home against Duke on Sept. 12.

which saw at least four clusters of positive tests in its community, paused all athletic activities through 5 p.m. on Thursday.” data-reactid=”29″ type=”text”>Two other ACC schools — North Carolina and North Carolina State — have switched to online classes this week. UNC, which saw at least four clusters of positive tests in its community, paused all athletic activities through 5 p.m. on Thursday.

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