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Atlanta Falcons rookie rb Tyler Allgeier started for the Falcons but remains as part of a heavy backup rotation.

• The Jacksonville Jaguars rested several players, although former starters WR Laviska Shenault Jr. and AND Dan Arnold were fighting for their places on the list.

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JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS @ ATLANTA FALCON

Do not draft Jaguars who have played: Jacksonville has listed 27 players who will not play Saturday, including the starters and a few key substitutes. That included two running backs, four wide receivers and two tight ends, meaning whoever played was buried on the depth board.

    • nosy is the most relevant fantasy player who took snaps, as he should see play time while james robinson is not 100%. He was the only running back to play for Jacksonville in the first quarter, which clearly shows that he is among the top three guards on the team.
    • Lasviska Shenault played only in three-receiver sets in this game. He’s unlikely to see much playing time this season without an injury, trade or release.
    • Dan Arnold was the starting tight end last season, but fell to fourth on the depth chart. He was limited to two tight sets in the first half. He’ll only make the team if Jacksonville keeps four tight ends. Like Shenault, the best chance of him being worth a spot on the fantasy roster would come from reuniting with a new team.

Avoid Falcons running backs: The Falcons both rested Cordarelle Patterson and Damien Williams while using a three-man rotation at running back throughout the first half. The situation will likely be unpredictable and constantly changing throughout the season.

    • Williams appears to be the race leader to start the season, but he’s 30 and not the long-term solution. The Falcons will likely try to bring in any younger fullbacks they deem worthy of more playing time.
    • Beginner Tyler Allgeier ranked best among their back six in the first two preseason games, and he started this game. He is the favorite to take over at some point this season. He’s not expected to be in the fantasy starting lineups for Week 1, however, and there’s also a chance he’ll never take over this season.
    • Both Qadree Ollison and Caleb Huntley were shuffled early in the game, like previous games, and also have starting outside shots at some point this season.

Making sense of a crowded Falcons reception hall: The Falcons rested four wide receivers on Saturday, making it clear who is top of the depth chart after a confusing rotation early in the preseason.

    • Drake London sits atop the Falcons depth chart. He took each of the first five snaps in their first pre-season game before going out with an injury.
    • Olamide Zaccheaus was consistently slots wide receiver in the first quarter of the first two preseason games. He was one of the starters not playing today. He’s worth an end-of-round flyer in deeper leagues.
    • Bryan Edwards and Kha Darel Hodge will probably share time outside opposite London. They both took the away snaps in the first three practices last week, and neither played on Saturday. Due to low expectations for offense, instant splits and the talent of other receivers, these two shouldn’t be drafted into most leagues.
    • Everyone who has played, including Frank Darby and Damiere Byrd, fight for the last one or two places.

Notes on the table
  • Snaps include plays recalled due to penalties, including offensive holding or defensive pass interference. The other three stats have those games removed.
  • Targets may differ from official NFL sources. The most likely discrepancy would come from a clear pass thrown, where the NFL can give the target to the closest receiver, while this data won’t.
  • Scopes are only on designed decks. Quarterback scrambles will not count towards the total number of runs in the game.

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