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August Dynasty Rankings Update: Enagbare Rising?
Bobby dives into Adam's dynasty rankings to look for starters and sleepers.
We’re about two weeks out from the start of the 2023 NFL season, when the Detroit Lions will visit the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs. As fantasy managers, that means we’re gearing up for drafts and preparing to lay the foundation for our season across all of our leagues. This is the most important stretch of the offseason as we adjust to training camp and preseason news in an attempt to find sleepers, avoid busts, and wade through “stinky” veterans to find starters.
I took a stroll through Adam’s dynasty rankings and wanted to highlight a few guys below that I’m high on for the 2023 season. Enough chit-chat, let’s get this bread.
Matt Milano, LB19
I get that there may be sexier rookie linebackers or more appealing second-year green dots that are better dynasty grabs than Milano. But as the old saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and in my eyes, IDP production doesn’t get more attractive than Matt Milano going into 2023. If we are excited about Ernest Jones’ role in Los Angeles this year (and we should be), why are we not as excited about Milano’s upcoming season? At 29 years old, his PPG has risen over the last three years.
Milano averaged 11.9 in 2020, 12.1 in 2021, and took a large jump in 2022 with 15.7 points per game. Meanwhile, his running mate in Buffalo, Tremaine Edmunds, never averaged more than 12.3 PPG and is now in Chicago. So with no clear front-runner out of training camp to play alongside Milano, this should make us reach for Milano even more! He clearly took a step in the right direction in 2022, adding 1.5 sacks, 2 FR, 3 INTs, and 1 TD to go with 99 tackles. Milano is clearly the LB1 in Buffalo.
And for my money, he has overall LB1 upside in 2023.
Kaden Elliss, LB25
Here’s what I like about Elliss: he has all the upside without as much risk as his running mate, Troy Andersen. According to our ADP, Elliss is going a full round behind Andersen as the LB36 and the 92nd overall pick. Everyone hyping Elliss right now will want to point to last season and the 7 sacks he had in New Orleans.
Now as juicy as the upside is for Elliss, that is in the past and we don’t draft based on the past. But the big reason I want to look at Elliss for 2023 lies in the months of September and October. According to the 2023 strength of schedule pulled from Sharp Football Analysis, the Atlanta Falcons have the second-best strength of schedule for the season. The key to this is the beginning of the season when the Falcons play at home against rookie quarterback Bryce Young and the Carolina Panthers, then Week 2 against the “rookie” quarterback Jordan Love at home against Green Bay. They do have Detroit in Week 3 and at home against Jacksonville in Week 4, but then they’re back-to-back “rookie” quarterbacks in CJ Stroud and Sam Howell in Weeks 5-6.
For a linebacker with pass-rushing upside, I’m looking for Elliss to stack some sacks in the first two months of the season. While others chase Troy, I’ll run with Kaden.
Kingsley Enagbare, EDGE103
Yes, finding the next big edge rusher can be difficult. So, what I often do is throw some dart throws on guys like Enagbare. Going right now as the EDGE113 by ADP, free has never been so free. Enagbare was sneaky decent in 2022 with 3 sacks on the season to go with 31 tackles on very limited playing time. While we all hope Lukas Van Ness can turn into the next big thing, the fact remains that he is a rookie, and opposite him is Rashaan Gary, a player coming off of a late-season ACL tear.
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Enagbare has been a wrecking ball for the Packers in the preseason. I think the Packers will ease both Gary and Van Ness into playing time early on, which means more playing time for Enagbare. You can go ahead and add him now for free or pay up for him in Week 3 once he’s recorded 2 sacks. It’s up to you.
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