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Fantasy football roundup Aug. 22: Rankings, projections, strategy and more

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 today, which cover everything from rankings to projections and draft strategy.

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Fantasy Football: Most undervalued players in every round of drafts

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  • Jalen Hurts is worth a second-round pick: Hurts should be the first quarterback off the board in fantasy football drafts, but he’s often not.
  • Jonathan Taylor’s holdout has impacted his ADP: Taylor has been falling to the third round during his holdout, but he should be back soon leading the Indianapolis Colts.
  • Several rookies are worth gambling on late: While a few rookies are getting picked within the first 10 rounds, there are several more worth considering when you get to the second half of the draft.
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Fantasy Football: Running back sleepers, breakouts and league winners

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  • Bijan Robinson landed in the perfect situation: Robinson is the best running back prospect in recent memory after landing on a run-first team with an excellent offensive line.
  • Cam Akers is finally the unquestioned starter: Akers is coming off three straight 100-yard games and is in the best situation of his NFL career.
  • Jaylen Warren is the second-year back on the rise: The Pittsburgh Steelers slowly but surely got Warren more involved in their offense last year, and they could eventually decide to give their most effective back the starting role.
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Perfect draft strategy for picking wide receivers in 2023

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  • The mid-to-late first round in fantasy football drafts is a good place to start at wide receiver: There are plenty of options with a history of success that should continue to succeed this season
  • The fourth round has excellent options that just weren’t always available: A few wide receivers that were among the top-five at the position last time they were healthy are available at a discount.
  • Wide receiver is the deepest position in fantasy football: There are significantly more players at wide receiver than quarterback, running back and tight end who have both great talent, and significant playing time.
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Using PFF projections to predict passing, rushing, and receiving leaders for 2023

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  • Repeats from the elites?: Patrick Mahomes and Justin Jefferson led the NFL in passing and rushing respectively in 2022 and certainly have the talent to repeat. Can they live up to their QB1 and WR1 expectations?
  • Ride the rookie: Bijan Robinson has consistently made headlines as he enters his highly anticipated rookie season, and his fit in an RB-centric Atlanta offense looks like a match made in heaven.
  • Surprise contender at QB: Kirk Cousins quietly finished third in passing yards a season ago and has surpassed 4,200 yards in each of the last three seasons. Can he challenge for the passing crown this season?
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