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Deshaun Watson is being drafted on average as the 38th overall player in fantasy, according to Fantasypros. Jim Rogash/Getty Images
# QUARTERBACKS POS TEAM BYE
1 Aaron Rodgers QB GB 7
2 Deshaun Watson QB HOU 10
3 Tom Brady QB NE 11
4 Drew Brees QB NO 6
5 Russell Wilson QB SEA 7
6 Cam Newton QB CAR 4
7 Kirk Cousins QB MIN 10
8 Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT 7
9 Matt Ryan QB ATL 8
10 Carson Wentz QB PHI 9
11 Jimmy Garoppolo QB SF 11
12 Matthew Stafford QB DET 6
13 Andrew Luck QB IND 9
14 Pat Mahomes QB KC 12
15 Jameis Winston QB TB 5
16 Philip Rivers QB LAC 8
17 Marcus Mariota QB TEN 8
18 Jared Goff QB LAR 12
19 Andy Dalton QB CIN 19
20 Case Keenum QB DEN 10
21 Dak Prescott QB DAL 8
22 Derek Carr QB OAK 7

 

        BYE   20 Royce Freeman RB DEN 10
  RUNNING BACKS         21 Carlos Hyde RB CLE 11
1 Todd Gurley RB LAR 12   22 Marshawn Lynch RB OAK 7
2 LeVeon Bell RB PIT 7   23 Peyton Barber RB TB 5
3 Ezekiel Elliott RB DAL 8   24 Jamaal Williams RB GB 7
4 David Johnson RB ARI 9   25 Jay Ajayi RB PHI 9
5 Saquon Barkley RB NYG 9   26 Mark Ingram RB NO 6
6 Alvin Kamara RB NO 6   27 Kerryon Johnson RB DET 6
7 Melvin Gordon RB LAC 8   28 Rex Burkhead RB NE 11
8 Leonard Fournette RB JAX 9   29 Marlon Mack RB IND 9
9 Kareem Hunt RB KC 12   30 Isaiah Crowell RB NYJ 11
10 Joe Mixon RB CIN 9   31 Chris Carson RB SEA 7
11 Christian McCaffrey RB CAR 4   32 Tevin Coleman RB ATL 8
12 Jordan Howard RB CHI 5   33 Dion Lewis RB TEN 8
13 Dalvin Cook RB MIN 10   34 Corey Clement RB PHI 9
14 Devonta Freeman RB ATL 8   35 Sony Michel RB NE 11
15 LeSean McCoy RB BUF 11   36 Chris Thompson RB WAS 4
16 Kenyan Drake RB MIA 11   37 Rashaad Penny RB SEA 7
17 Derrick Henry RB TEN 8   38 Tarik Cohen RB CHI 5
18 Alex Collins RB BAL 10   39 Adrian Peterson RB WAS 4
19 Lamar Miller RB HOU 10   40 Austin Ekeler RB SD 8


 

  WIDE RECEIVERS     BYE             BYE
1 Antonio Brown WR PIT 7     23 Marquise Goodwin WR SF 11
2 DeAndre Hopkins WR HOU 10     24 Chris Hogan WR NE 11
3 Odell Beckham Jr WR NYG 9     25 Allen Robinson WR CHI 5
4 Julio Jones WR ATL 8     26 Corey Davis WR TEN 8
5 Michael Thomas WR NO 6     27 Marvin Jones WR DET 6
6 Davante Adams WR GB 7     28 Michael Crabtree WR BAL 10
7 A.J. Green WR CIN 9     29 Nelson Agholor WR PHI 9
8 Mike Evans WR TB 5     30 Emmanuel Sanders WR DEN 10
9 Tyreek Hill WR KC 12     31 Will Fuller WR HOU 10
10 Adam Thielen WR MIN 10     32 Kelvin Benjamin WR BUF 11
11 Keenan Allen WR LAC 8     33 Robert Woods WR LAR 12
12 Doug Baldwin WR SEA 7     34 Robby Anderson WR NYJ 11
13 Stefon Diggs WR MIN 10     35 Jamison Crowder WR WAS 4
14 Josh Gordon WR CLE 11     36 Alshon Jeffery WR PHI 9
15 T.Y. Hilton WR IND 9     37 Julian Edelman WR NE 11
16 Larry Fitzgerald WR ARI 9     38 Cooper Kupp WR LAR 12
17 JuJu Smith-Schuster WR PIT 7     40 Calvin Ridley WR ATL 8
18 Demaryius Thomas WR DEN 10     41 Randall Cobb WR GB 7
19 Amari Cooper WR OAK 7     42 Chris Godwin WR TB 5
20 Brandin Cooks WR LAR 12     43 Kenny Golladay WR DET 6
21 Jarvis Landry WR CLE 11     44 Jordy Nelson WR OAK 7
22 Golden Tate WR DET 6     45 Mike Williams WR LAC 8

 

  TIGHT ENDS     BYE
1 Rob Gronkowski TE NE 11
2 Travis Kelce TE KC 12
3 Zach Ertz TE PHI 9
4 Jimmy Graham TE GB 7
5 Greg Olsen TE CAR 4
6 Evan Engram TE NYG 9
7 Trey Burton TE CHI 5
8 David Njoku TE CLE 11
9 Delanie Walker TE TEN 8
10 George Kittle TE SF 11
11 Jordan Reed TE WAS 4
12 Eric Ebron TE IND 9
13 Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 10
14 O.J. Howard TE TB 5
15 Tyler Eifert TE CIN 9

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Houston goes up 1-0 in the series

Altuve, Correa help lift Astros to ALCS Game 1 win over Red Sox

Carlos Correa's go-ahead homer in the seventh inning of ALCS Game 1 helped lift the Astros to a 1-0 series lead. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

Despite one rough loss to the White Sox in the ALDS, the Astros looked like the dominant team they are capable of being, taking that series 3-1 to advance and taking ownership of home-field advantage in the ALCS against the Red Sox, who upset the Rays. In Game 1, despite trailing for the middle portions of the game, Houston would get more highlight moments from the faces of the franchise to start the series with a win.

Final Score: Astros 5, Red Sox 4

ALCS Series (Best of Seven): Houston leads 1-0

Winning Pitcher: Ryne Stanek

Losing Pitcher: Hansel Robles

Houston strikes first, but Boston sends Valdez to an early exit

Both starting pitchers worked in and out of trouble in the early goings of ALCS Game 1, starting with Framber Valdez in the top of the first. After erasing a leadoff single by inducing a double play, he went on to load the bases on a single and two walks but would strand all three runners to keep Boston off the board. The Astros jumped in front in the bottom half, with Jose Altuve working a leadoff walk, moving to second on a one-out single by Alex Bregman, advancing to third on a wild pitch, then ultimately scoring on a sac fly by Yordan Alvarez to put Houston ahead 1-0 after one frame.

They had a chance to extend their lead in the bottom of the second, taking advantage of a shaky inning by Chris Sale, who loaded the bases with one out as Houston would get two singles and a hit-by-pitch. That flipped the order over to the top, but a great diving catch by former Astro Kiké Hernández would end the inning. Hernández led off the top of the third against Valdez, and he would tie things up with a solo homer.

Things went downhill from there for Valdez and the Astros, as a one-out walk followed by a single gave the Red Sox the go-ahead run in scoring position. On a groundball that likely should have been a double play to end the inning, it would get through Altuve's legs, scoring a run and keeping the inning alive for Boston. They took advantage, getting an RBI double to extend their new lead to 3-1. Valdez would get one more out before Dusty Baker would give him the early hook, bringing in Yimi Garcia, who finished the frame.

A battle of the bullpens, Altuve ties it up

Like Valdez, Sale would also not make it through three innings, getting two outs while putting two on base before Boston would start their bullpen's night as well. Both sets of relievers settled the game down, with the Red Sox stranding two of Houston's runners in the third as well as the fifth, maintaining their two-run lead. After Garcia finished the third, Cristian Javier entered to eat up a couple of innings, and he would do just that by getting through two frames with just one hit, four strikeouts, and no runs.

Next, Phil Maton took over in the top of the sixth and erased a leadoff walk to keep things in striking distance for the home team. In the bottom of the sixth, Houston put another runner on base, getting a one-out single by Chas McCormick. Two batters later, with two outs, Jose Altuve provided yet another career postseason highlight, tying the game 3-3 with a two-run home to re-energize the Minute Maid Park crowd.

Astros take ALCS Game 1

Now a brand new ballgame in the top of the seventh, Brooks Raley came in to face three batters, getting two strikeouts while allowing a single before Dusty Baker would move on to Ryne Stanek, who would get the third out. With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Carlos Correa continued his march to a monster off-season contract, putting Houston back on top with a solo homer, making it 4-3.

Houston kept the script after Stanek with the new lead in hand, going to Kendall Graveman as the setup man in the top of the eighth. Despite a two-out single, he would get out of the inning with the lead intact, putting Houston three outs away from the victory. After a walk, single, and hit by pitch to start the bottom of the eighth with the bases loaded, Altuve would drive in his third run of the game, getting a sac fly to extend the lead to two runs at 5-3.

That insurance run proved pivotal, as closer Ryan Pressly was met with a leadoff solo home run by Hernandez, his second of the night for Boston, to make it 5-4. Pressly refocused and was able to get the next three batters in order, though, wrapping up the win to start Houston off with a 1-0 series lead and putting them three wins away from advancing to the World Series.

Up Next: The two teams will have a moderately quick turnaround, with ALCS Game 2 scheduled to start at 3:20 PM Central on Saturday ahead of NLCS Game 1 between the Dodgers and Braves getting the night slot. The pitching matchup is expected to be Nathan Eovaldi for Boston, who is 1-0 with a 2.61 ERA in his two starts this postseason, going opposite Luis Garcia, who had a rough outing in the ALDS for Houston, giving up five runs without completing three innings in Chicago.

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