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If one was ever concerned that fantasy football may be losing steam, wake up! National Draft Day has now been assigned to the Saturday before Labor Day weekend when the most drafts take place. You even get a day off (unless you work weekends). As many of you can relate, I personally knocked out several drafts over the weekend and excitement is emerging with the first kickoff around the corner.

In conjunction with my immense enthusiasm, I also am forming thoughts of “post-draft dissonance” or “buyer’s remorse.” Can you relate? Are you looking at your team and wishing you had drafted a different quarterback, jumped on that sleeper even earlier, grabbed the handcuff for your running back, etc.? I have listed a few players who may have left the board a bit earlier than expected.

Tom Brady is one of the biggest names in football and generally a top target in fantasy football. With insurmountable circumstances stacked against him last year with injuries to the majority of his receiving corps, including tight end
Rob Gronkowski , Brady ended the season out of the top-10 quarterbacks in most leagues. Despite having a 2014 average draft position in the low 80s, he is still getting snagged earlier than expected in the 50s. If he can find more chemistry with receivers and Gronkowski can stay healthy, Brady’s ceiling is very high and may include a return to the top-3 producers at his position.

Emmanuel Sanders is one of Denver’s key offseason additions. With only a single start this preseason, Sanders and
Peyton Manning looked like best friends as the new receiver caught five passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns. If Wes Welker misses any games with concussion symptoms, look for Sanders to take an even more prominent role in Manning’s aerial assault.

Carlos Hyde is building hype in San Francisco this preseason. With
Kendall Hunter on Injured Reserve, Hyde is now the handcuff to veteran Frank Gore. Gore will receive the bulk of carries for now, but Hyde’s making a solid first impression with nearly 6.0 yards per rush in three preseason games and will certainly be a great complement to San Francisco’s ground game.

Brandin Cooks was New Orleans’ first-round pick as the Saints moved up to take the Oregon State alum at No. 20. During camp, his chemistry with Drew Brees was well documented and was even called a “human highlight reel” by the New Orleans Times-Picayune. With Darren Sproles now in Philadelphia and no obvious WR1 in New Orleans, look for Cooks to follow tight end
Jimmy Graham as Brees’ next favorite option.

Good luck this season!

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