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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

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The Rockets may be the smartest guys in the room. Or the cheapest

The Rockets have their new head coach. Composite photo by Brandon Strange

On Wednesday afternoon, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news that the Rockets' coaching search had come to an end finally. The front office tabbed Mavericks assistant Stephen Silas as the successor to Mike D'Antoni, beating out former Rockets head coach Jeff Van Gundy and current Rockets assistant John Lucas.

Knee jerk reaction?

I'm not mad at it. I expected Jeff Van Gundy to be the next hire, but maybe that was just nostalgia clouding my judgment. Either way, the Silas hire should be viewed optimistically. He's been highly regarded for some time around the league as an inventive mind that comes from basketball pedigree and has worked with big-name guards in prior stops around the league. If the Rockets didn't grab him, it was only a matter of time before another team gave him a shot.

Now there are two very distinct ways to look at this hire:

The first is that the Rockets, in spite of being one of the last teams to fill their coaching vacancy, are the smartest kids in the room. Every team is looking for the next version of what the Celtics found in their current head coach, Brad Stevens; a young brilliant coach that just needed a team to give him a shot. Hired at 37 from the college ranks, Stevens endured one losing season (his first) and has since guided the Celtics to six playoff appearances, to include three conference finals appearances. Not bad, considering he was up against LeBron James for most of those.

That is what it looks like the Rockets are trying to go for. Now at 47, Silas probably won't be mistaken for a wunderkind, but compared to 69-year-old D'Antoni, he might as well be announcing his hire on Tik Tok. If it works out, the Rockets will have once again been one step ahead of the league with the hiring of their innovative new coach.

The other way to look at the Silas hire is a little less rosy.

While Silas is only 47, he's also been an assistant in the league since he was 27. The positive spin on his resume is that he's worked with star players the likes of Kemba Walker, LeBron James, and Stephen Curry. The reality is that he worked with them while they were very young in their careers, and worked on teams like the Cavaliers, Bobcats/Hornets, Wizards, and Warriors (when they were bad). Until the last two seasons working with Luka Doncic on the Mavericks, there hasn't been a lot of success following Silas. That's not necessarily an indictment since he was an assistant, but it's not exactly a sparkling pedigree.

So while this could be a brilliant hire, at the moment, it has all of the markings of the cheaper hire. As I've mentioned before, Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta has been quite vocal about the financial impact that COVID-19 has had on his portfolio. Clips and quotes moaning and groaning about losing money are not typically precursors to an owner gearing up to make a big financial investment in the front office of a sports team that he can't sell tickets for anyone to come see. If in fact, money factored in more than fit, it would make sense that the Rockets would forego a coach like Van Gundy, whose previous head coaching experience would automatically command a higher starting price. We'll, of course, have to wait and see what the actual contract figures are once released.

It could be one. It could be the other. It could be both. Hopefully it translates into wins either way.

One thing that's for certain though is that Silas needs to take some pointers from Russell Westbrook and James Harden before he steps out courtside in any more of those TJ Maxx suits, circa 2000. Big boy job means big boy suits.

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