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11:32 AM ETMatthew BerryESPN Senior Writer Close• Senior Fantasy analyst for ESPN
• Member, FSWA and FSTA Halls of Fame
• Best-selling author of “Fantasy Life”According to a study done by Microsoft, the average person’s attention span these days is just eight seconds. I’m not sure when the study was done or any other details about it beyond that — it was just the first thing that popped up when I Googled “average person’s attention span” and after I found that headline I got bored and clicked away. It had been eight seconds.If you are one of those easily bored, TL;DR, “isn’t there a YouTube video of this or something” types, then this is the column for you. Quickly perused nuggets. Bite-sized infotainment. Just scroll down, see the category and read the names. Bingo, bango, you get it. If you need more, you can read what I wrote beyond the headline, but yeah, this one’s for you, my attention-challenged internet pal. Often imitated, never duplicated, this is the 10th anniversary of this column, so let’s get to this annual preseason favorite.These are 10 lists … of 10.List 1: 10 preseason storylines I’m buying1. The Jets will play with more pace this seasonPreviously the coaching equivalent of a human rain delay, Adam Gase’s Dolphins played at an insanely slow rate. Gase is changing his ways, however, as the Jets’ first-team offense has been effective so far this preseason and Sam Darnold has looked comfortable in the hurry-up. We’ve heard reports the team was focusing on tempo and running more no-huddle, and both appear to be true, meaning there may be some 2QB-league value for Darnold and there will be more value in the Jets’ skill players beyond Le’Veon Bell than originally thought.2. Speaking of the Jets, Ty Montgomery is the handcuff you want for BellSo many people are looking at Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire, but believe it or not, Ty Montgomery is the handcuff you want. And you do want one. Remember, Bell has played all 16 games just once in his career. In fact, NFL Nation Jets reporter Rich Cimini already suggested that Montgomery could share the backfield work with Bell early this season. For his career, Montgomery has recorded at least eight touches on 16 occasions, reaching double-figure fantasy points in 11 of those games and averaging 14.9 points per game.3. Believe the hype on Chris GodwinGodwin played every snap that Jameis Winston did this preseason and, with more than 170 targets available from the team, he led the NFL in passing yards last season. It’s worth remembering that sometimes coaches tell the truth. When Bruce Arians says Godwin could catch 100 balls this year, I kind of believe him.4. The Nick Foles-to-Dede Westbrook connection is real, and it’s spectacularI already had Westbrook as a sleeper heading into the 2019 offseason. He made this year’s “Love” list, and that was before offensive coordinator John DeFilippo called him the “best route runner” he has ever been around. Westbrook then saw seven targets and found the end zone in his first preseason action, further solidifying his connection with Foles. He’s going to thrive out of the slot for the Jaguars this season, and as a 10th-rounder going as WR34 in ESPN leagues, he’s a bargain.5. Chris Carson will be used more in passing game and is massively undervalued at his current ADPThe ground game usage is obvious. Last season Seattle led the league in rush percentage and Carson ranked third among all RBs in carries per game. And now OC Brian Schottenheimer has come out and said he wants Carson’s targets to be in the 50 range. Related: Tyler Lockett is the only healthy pass-catcher that Seattle has. Carson is an absolute steal at his early-fifth-round ADP right now.6. James Conner is going to be a bell-cow RBWe heard a lot of reports about the Steelers potentially using more of a running-back-by-committee (RBBC) approach during training camp, but Conner’s usage this preseason has solidified his feature-back status. Jaylen Samuels will have a role, but it’s not going to be at Conner’s expense. I expect Conner to once again see close to 20 touches per game, and he’s a viable option toward the end of Round 1 and the start of Round 2.7. Damien Williams will be a lead back and the guy you want in the Kansas City backfieldLots of people are crowing about a RBBC in Kansas City, and there certainly is no shortage of Carlos Hyde truthers yelling for him. Now, I’m not even sure Hyde makes the team. And I’m definitely not buying Andy Reid’s comments about using a committee. Williams’ strong finish to 2018 will get him first crack at lead-back duties on the league’s best offense. Remember, last season in the six games Williams saw 10-plus touches (playoffs included), he averaged 24.4 fantasy points. And if you want some insurance, Darwin Thompson (not Hyde) is the guy you should target late in your drafts.8. Michael Gallup is ready for a breakout seasonAll the talk about Ezekiel Elliott’s holdout and Tony Pollard’s impressive preseason has caused Gallup to fly completely under the radar. Last season, Gallup was 11th in air yards per target and, including the playoffs, had either a TD or at least seven targets in five of Dallas’ final six games. His target share also jumped from 11% before the Cooper trade to 16% after. Dak Prescott’s scramble on third-and-12 in the Cowboys’ third preseason game to find Gallup for a touchdown was just one example of the connection between the two. With Amari Cooper already nursing a foot injury, Gallup is ready to make a leap to the next level.9. The Ravens’ offense is going to be more pass-happy and fantasy-friendly than people thinkWe know the Ravens will run, but Lamar Jackson recently said he’s expecting to attempt about 30 passes per game. That may not sound like a crazy-high number, but it’s going to make this offense far more exciting and multidimensional. Everything we’ve heard out of Baltimore this year is that its offense will shock those who are expecting last year’s run-and-run-some-more approach. Baltimore is going to play up-tempo and give defenses many different looks. And I love all the young offensive talent this team added in the draft between Marquise Brown, Miles Boykin and Justice Hill.10. Emmanuel Sanders is not of this EarthI’m not sure how a 32-year-old wide receiver comes back
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