Fantasy football best-ball drafts are a blast. My preferred league platforms for these drafts are RTSports.com and SportsHub’s “Best-Ball 10s” services. Neither company sponsored this article … I just like what they do in the space. Check ’em out, or look around the web to find competitors.
Let’s dive right into my four favorite gambles for this upcoming week’s drafting action:
Fantasy football best-ball gambles of the week
QB Drew Lock, Denver Broncos: Going in 14th round, on average, Lock is a fine QB2 target for gamers who spent an early pick on the position or preferred to wait for a tandem of late-rounders with upside. Wide receiver Courtland Sutton has been nothing short of awesome in training camp, and the short-term loss of rookie slot receiver K.J. Hamler opens the door for veteran DaeSean Hamilton to reclaim his role on the inside. Rookie Jerry Jeudy has shown the game isn’t too big for him without a formal offseason program, and tight end Noah Fant can house it from anywhere on the field. Invest with confidence in the big-armed Lock.
RB Darrynton Evans, Tennessee Titans: Evans, a third-round pick from Appalachian State, is the primary backup to Derrick Henry. The 2019 rushing champ is the obvious engine to this offensive vehicle, although it won’t stop rushing should he go down with an injury. Evans is a capable receiver and could even be featured in such a way — an element this system didn’t employ in 2019. The rookie has missed several practices of late with an undisclosed injury, so this one is a gamble inside of a gamble. Feeling lucky?
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WR John Hightower, Philadelphia Eagles: While Alshon Jeffery is nearing a return from Lisfranc midfoot surgery, he’s still going to be rusty and is fragile. The latter also can be said for DeSean Jackson. Rookie first-rounder Jalen Reagor was turning heads before suffering a torn shoulder labrum, an injury expected to sideline him up to a month. In training camp, another rookie, Hightower, has been a stud and appears poised to man the starting job as long as Reagor is out.
TE Greg Olsen, Seattle Seahawks: Reports of considerable chemistry between Olsen and Russell Wilson shouldn’t be ignored. The Seahawks have weapons on the outside in DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, but it’s rather slim pickings behind them. Olsen will pair with Will Dissly, who is coming off of a consecutive major injury. The veteran, 35, still has the skills to exploit linebackers and some safeties enough to be relevant. Even if the volume isn’t great, gamers could hit the occasional jackpot via multi-touchdown efforts.