Fantasy Football Quarterbacks in the News: (August 16, 2019)

Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers
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Tim Boyle QB (GB)

Tim Boyle Extensive reps in second exhibition: Boyle completed 12-of-21 passes for 107 yards in Thursday's preseason loss to the Ravens. He threw a touchdown pass but also lost a fumble.

What it means: Starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers was expected to make his preseason debut Thursday, but he ultimately did not play because of a back injury, which let DeShone Kizer start for the second week in a row. Kizer played just two series, and then Boyle got a chance to play into the fourth quarter. Boyle did lead the Packers on their only touchdown drive of the game, but it came in the second half against the players at the bottom of the Ravens' roster, so it's tough to take too much away from that. Boyle remains behind Kizer on the depth chart heading into preseason game No. 3, but he's still seemingly alive in the competition to open the season with the backup job behind Rodgers.

Boyle isn't currently being drafted in fantasy drafts right now.

DeShone Kizer QB (GB)

DeShone Kizer Average in second exhibition game: Kizer started Thursday's preseason game against the Ravens and completed 5-of-10 passes for 70 yards. He did not account for any touchdowns nor turn the ball over.

Our take: Aaron Rodgers was expected to start under center Thursday, but he was a late scratch with a sore back, which allowed Kizer start for the second week in a row. Kizer got a chance to play with the rest of the first team this time around after most of the Packers' starters sat out the exhibition opener, but he only played two drives -- one ended on a turnover on downs, one on a field goal -- so it was tough to take too much away from the outing. Kizer remains the favorite to open the season with the backup spot behind Rodgers, but fellow quarterback Tim Boyle -- or possibly even someone not currently on the roster -- could still come away with the job.

Kizer isn't currently being drafted in fantasy drafts right now.

Gardner Minshew QB (JAX)

Gardner Minshew Improves in second outing: Minshew completed 19 of 29 passes four 202 yards with zero touchdowns or interceptions and rushed twice for two yards in Thursday's preseason loss to the Eagles.

What it means: Minshew managed only 46 passing yards in the preseason opener last week, but he looked significantly better Thursday as he played well into the third quarter. The rookie sixth-round pick is still looking to lead his first touchdown drive, but it was undoubtedly a step in the right direction. According to Hays Carlyon of 1010 AM WJXL, after the game coach Doug Marrone said, "[Minshew] did a lot for me where I feel that he's done a good job," and he remains the clear favorite for the backup job at QB behind Nick Foles .

Minshew isn't currently being drafted in fantasy drafts right now.

Matt Ryan QB (ATL)

Matt Ryan Roughed up in preseason debut: Ryan completed 10 of 14 pass attempts for 118 yards, adding two rushes for three yards during Thursday's 22-10 loss to the Jets.

Our take: Despite his offensive line being a figurate sieve for much of the evening, Ryan exhibited expert awareness at times in maneuvering around and out of the pocket to keep plays alive Thursday night. The former MVP did what he could, but still absorbed three sacks in less than a quarter of play, at one point immediately rising to his feet and barking at Wes Schweitzer for allowing Avery Williamson to bullrush him and record a third-down sack with minimal resistance. He had two "gimme" touchdown passes on his final drive of the game, each of which was dropped -- on consecutive plays -- by Brian Hill and Justin Hardy .

The fantasy value of Matt Ryan is measured by his average draft position (ADP). The graph below shows how it's trending in the latest mock drafts . In recent drafts, Ryan's current ADP is 7.06

How much this impacts Ryan remains to be seen.

Matt Ryan Average Draft Position PPR

Dwayne Haskins QB (WAS)

Dwayne Haskins Throws fist touchdown: Haskins completed seven of 14 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown in the Redskins' second preseason game against the Bengals on Thursday.

Our take: Haskins entered the game after Case Keenum , though he led the team to their only touchdown of the contest. He showed particular rapport with Robert Davis, completing two passes to him, highlighted by a 55-yard touchdown. While Haskins' posted a similar completion rate and yardage total to his preseason debut, he showed improvement by not turning the ball over on Thursday. Case Keenum remains the presumed starter for the team heading into Week 1 of the regular season, though Haskins could push him if he continues to progress.

Haskins isn't currently being drafted in fantasy drafts right now.

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