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Fantasy Risers/Fallers after the 2019 NFL Draft

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We’re now over a week removed from the 2019 NFL Draft. Some teams got better, others got worse, and others stayed the same. The question for fantasy players is, did the real draft change how they would draft in fantasy?

Fantasy football analyst Andy Behrens identifies some key risers and fallers whose fates changed post-draft.

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First up are two risers from the AFC: Kansas City Chiefs running back Damian Williams and Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. Williams emerged from the draft virtually unscathed, as his team opted not to spend a premium draft pick on the RB position. Williams’ only real competition for touches now is Carlos Hyde, who is little more than a compliment to the starter. Lest we forget, Williams was the No. 5 overall fantasy scorer among RBs during the last five weeks of the 2018 regular season.

Jackson’s outlook is a little murkier considering he still needs work as a passer, but it’s hard to not like the addition of Marquise “Hollywood” Brown to his offense. At the very least, Brown can help Jackson take another step forward as a passer and fantasy asset.

Some clear fallers after the draft, however, are Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph and Philadelphia Eagles running back Jordan Howard. Both formerly clear starters at their respective positions, now their roles are up in the air. Rudolph had a down year in 2018, is getting older, and with the addition of rookie Irv Smith, Rudolph might become trade bait. So too, is Howard in trouble. He’s now part of Philly’s RBBC, which just welcomed rookie Miles Sanders. Things don’t look good on the fantasy front for either Howard or Rudolph.