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Fantasy football PPR rankings

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Below are my preseason PPR fantasy football rankings. I'll continue to update them as the preseason progresses, and I will also release them each week when the regular season begins. If you have any questions, feel free to hit me up on Twitter or listen to my radio show with Jerry Bo Sundays from 10-noon on ESPN 97.5 FM. We talk all things fantasy football and NFL gambling getting you ready for kickoff every Sunday.

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QB

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes

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1 P. Mahomes KC
2 A. Rodgers GB
3 D. Watson HOU
4 M. Ryan ATL
5 C. Wentz PHI
6 B. Mayfield CLE
7 A. Luck IND (Retired)
8 C. Newton CAR
9 J. Goff LAR
10 D. Brees NO
11 B. Roethlisberger PIT
12 L. Jackson BAL
13 T. Brady NE
14 K. Murray ARI
15 D. Prescott DAL
16 R. Wilson SEA
17 J. Winston TB
18 P. Rivers LAC
19 M. Trubisky CHI
20 J. Allen BUF
21 K. Cousins MIN
22 S. Darnold NYJ
23 J. Garoppolo SF
24 D. Carr OAK
25 M. Stafford DET

RB

Rams RB Todd Gurley

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1 S. Barkley NYG
2 A. Kamara NO
3 C. McCaffrey CAR
4 E. Elliott DAL
5 L. Bell NYJ
6 N. Chubb CLE
7 J. Conner PIT
8 D. Johnson ARI
9 J. Mixon CIN
10 D. Cook MIN
11 D. Williams KC
12 K. Johnson DET
13 T. Gurley LAR
14 L. Fournette JAX
15 D. Freeman ATL
16 C. Carson SEA
17 M. Ingram BAL
18 J. Jacobs OAK
19 T. Coleman SF
20 A. Jones GB
21 D. Montgomery CHI
22 M. Mack IND
23 D. Henry TEN
24 S. Michel NE
25 A. Ekeler LAC
26 J. White NE
27 T. Cohen CHI
28 P. Lindsay DEN
29 D. Johnson HOU
30 M. Sanders PHI
31 R. Penny SEA
32 M. Gordon LAC
33 K. Drake MIA
34 L. Murray NO
35 K. Ballage MIA
36 D. Guice WAS
37 J. Howard PHI
38 J. Jackson LAC
39 L. McCoy BUF
40 J. Samuels PIT
41 D. Thompson KC
42 R. Freeman DEN
43 P. Barber TB
44 N. Hines IND
45 D. Henderson LAR
46 D. Lewis TEN
47 M. Breida SF
48 T. Pollard DAL
49 A. Peterson WAS
50 D. Harris NE
51 D. Singletary BUF
52 R. Jones TB
53 A. Mattison MIN
54 G. Bernard CIN
55 I. Smith ATL
56 C. Anderson DET
57 J. Hill BAL
58 M.Brown LAR
59 C. Thompson WAS
60 K. Hunt CLE

WR

Saints WR Michael Thomas

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1 D. Hopkins HOU
2 D. Adams GB
3 J. Jones ATL
4 M. Thomas NO
5 J. Smith-Schuster PIT
6 T. Hill KC
7 O. Beckham CLE
8 M. Evans TB
9 K. Allen LAC
10 A. Thielen MIN
11 B. Cooks LAR
12 S. Diggs MIN
13 R. Woods LAR
14 A. Brown OAK
15 J. Edelman NE
16 T. Lockett SEA
17 A. Cooper DAL
18 C. Kupp LAR
19 C. Godwin TB
20 D. Moore CAR
21 K. Golladay DET
22 C. Ridley ATL
23 R. Anderson NYJ
24 T. Hilton IND
25 M. Williams LAC
26 J. Gordon NE
27 A. Robinson CHI
28 C. Samuel CAR
29 T. Boyd CIN
30 A. Green CIN
31 W. Fuller HOU
32 A. Jeffery PHI
33 J. Landry CLE
34 S. Shepard NYG
35 E. Sanders DEN
36 C. Kirk ARI
37 S. Watkins KC
38 C. Davis TEN
39 D. Westbrook JAX
40 M. Jones DET
41 D. Jackson PHI
42 M. Valdes-Scantling GB
43 L. Fitzgerald ARI
44 D. Moncrief PIT
45 J. Brown BUF
46 T. Williams OAK
47 G. Allison GB
48 M. Gallup DAL
49 D. Hamilton DEN
50 J. Washington PIT
51 K. Coutee HOU
52 C. Sutton DEN
53 J. Crowder NYJ
54 D. Funchess IND
55 K. Stills MIA
56 A. Miller CH
57 G. Tate NYG
58 N. Harry NE
59 Q. Enunwa NYJ
60 M. Goodwin SF

TE

49ers TE George Kittle

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1 T. Kelce KC
2 Z. Ertz PHI
3 G. Kittle SF
4 E. Engram NYG
5 O. Howard TB
6 H. Henry LAC
7 J. Cook NO
8 A. Hooper ATL
9 D. Walker TEN
10 V. McDonald PIT
11 T. Burton CHI
12 D. Njoku CLE
13 E. Ebron IND
14 J. Reed WAS
15 J. Graham GB
16 G. Olsen CAR
17 M. Andrews BAL
18 C. Herndon NYJ
19 T. Hockenson DET
20 K. Rudolph MIN
21 D. Waller OAK
22 N. Fant DEN
23 J. Doyle IND
24 D. Goedert PHI

Defense

Texans J.J. Watt

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1 Bears
2 Jaguars
3 Rams
4 Vikings
5 Browns
6 Chargers
7 Ravens
8 Bills
9 Eagles
10 Saints
11 Cowboys
12 Texans
13 Patriots
14 Steelers
15 Broncos
16 Colts
17 Packers
18 Lions
19 Chiefs
20 Jets

Kicker

Texans kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn (left)

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1 J. Tucker BAL
2 G. Zuerlein LAR
3 H. Butker KC
4 S. Gostkowski NE
5 K. Fairbairn HOU
6 W. Lutz NO
7 R. Gould SF
8 J. Elliott PHI
9 A. Vinatieri IND
10 B. Maher DAL
11 M. Badgley LAC
12 M. Crosby GB
13 D. Bailey MIN
14 J. Myers SEA
15 M. Prater DET
16 C. Boswell PIT

Deshaun Watson had an up and down day. Tim Warner/Getty Images

So what does Bill O'Brien have in store for a Sunday encore in the clock management follies department? All's well that ends well for the Texans if another Billy Botch episode comes with another win. Get it and home games vs. the Panthers and Falcons make 4-1 a very legit possibility.

The Texans have a good shot to get the win in Los Angeles Sunday. They may have half the crowd rooting for them. The Chargers have the lamest homefield advantage in the NFL. L.A. has largely yawned at them since their move up the coast from San Diego. In their home opener the Chargers couldn't sell out the 27,000 seat soccer stadium serving as their temporary facility. Next season they move into the monument of wow and greed they'll share with the Rams. That place will hold about 70,000.

On the field it's a big game for the also 1-1 Chargers if they hope to hang with Kansas City in the AFC West race. The Chargers' three following games are at the joke Dolphins, then home vs. the not good Broncos and the Roethlisberger-less Steelers.

For the Texans, one major subplot is a constant. How porous will the offensive line be? Deshaun Watson has been sacked 10 times over the first two games. The Chargers have one of the NFL's better pass rushing duos in Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. If the Texans can protect, opportunity knocks for big plays downfield with the Chargers down both of their starting safeties. Rookie All-Pro Derwin James is on injured reserve recovering from a broken foot, Adrian Phillips broke an arm last Sunday at Detroit.

Warm California sun

So if you were 300 strikeout man Gerrit Cole, what would you be thinking about re: 2020 and beyond? I mean after next month ideally helping the Astros win the World Series. And if you are the Astros what are you thinking?

In his two Astro seasons Cole has been tremendous. The ballclub is tremendous, and if Cole re-signs it that much more figures to stay tremendous for at least another couple of seasons. But Gerrit Cole is to become the most highly coveted free agent on the market. The low end of what he should be able to command is probably in the six years 150 million range. Heck, he could get seven years 250 million.

Next year the Astros payroll is set to soar into competitive balance tax territory. Meaning, in addition to the payroll itself, the Astros are looking at paying millions in penalties if they pay up to keep Cole. To counter that the Astros certainly could pivot and trade Zack Greinke. They basically will be open to giving away Josh Reddick and the 13 million he'll make in the final year of his contract.

Maybe Jim Crane and his partners say this is such a special era, we'll forego huge chunks of profits to keep this core together. That would be fantastic, but drawing a line on how far they'll go to keep Cole would not be miserly. Long term megadollar pitching contracts carry large risks. Cole turns 30 next season.

Cole grew up in Southern California. His wife too. It's where they live in the offseason. He went to high school under five miles from Angels Stadium and grew up an Angels fan. The Angels have a desperate need for starting pitching. Even with Cole though, the Angels can't essentially promise perennial contender status. But the Dodgers can, every bit as much as the Astros, and the Dodgers have much deeper pockets. If the Coles want to spend the rest of Gerrit's prime pitching years living year-round back home in SoCal, no one should take offense. Still, if the Astros’ bid is competitive when factoring in income tax rates, proven comfort level with the team, air conditioned comfort for home games…

Big weekend for Aggies

Better college football schedule this week after the garbage card of a week ago. The biggest game nationally is seventh ranked Notre Dame at number three Georgia. Big game for Texas A&M vs. Auburn at Kyle Field Saturday. The 17th ranked Aggies are three and a half point favorites over the eighth ranked team in the nation. A hard fought loss wouldn't be shameful, but would mean that with games yet to come vs. Alabama, at Georgia, and at LSU, the Ags would have to pull off at least one upset to finish better than 7-5. 75 million dollars to lure Jimbo Fisher were not spent to yield any 7-5 seasons.

Buzzer Beaters:

1. Major Applewhite would have coached the Cougars to a 1-3 start much more economically for UH than Dana Holgorsen has. 2. The Tulane Green Wave wearing powder blue uniforms is just as dopey as the St. John's Red Storm and Duke Blue Devils wearing black. 3. Names that Houstonians should rule out for daughters: Bronze-Imelda Silver-Allison Gold-Alicia

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