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Published: May 1, 2019 at 04:43 p.m.

Veteran winners and losers from the draft

The 2019 NFL Draft is in the books, so we now have a much clearer picture of how all 32 rosters are going to look heading into training camp and the preseason. And while the rookies now need to be evaluated for their individual fantasy value, owners also have to consider which veterans have been affected by their team's selections ... good or bad. Here's a look at the winners and losers after the draft.

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  • I'm not ready to drop Gurley in my rankings simply because the Rams traded up to draft Darrell Henderson, an explosive runner out of Memphis. That might change as we get into the summer months, but for now I fully expect Gurley's knee to be a non-issue and continue his role as a featured back. 21

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    Push: Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams

    I'm not ready to drop Gurley in my rankings simply because the Rams traded up to draft Darrell Henderson, an explosive runner out of Memphis. That might change as we get into the summer months, but for now I fully expect Gurley's knee to be a non-issue and continue his role as a featured back.

  • The Vikings did draft Alexander Mattison in the third round of the draft, but he won't push Cook out of a featured role. The team also helped Cook by adding C Garrett Bradbury and OG Dru Samia to improve the offensive line. If he avoid injuries, Cook as No. 1 fantasy back upside in 2019. 20

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    Winner: Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings

    The Vikings did draft Alexander Mattison in the third round of the draft, but he won't push Cook out of a featured role. The team also helped Cook by adding C Garrett Bradbury and OG Dru Samia to improve the offensive line. If he avoid injuries, Cook as No. 1 fantasy back upside in 2019.

  • The Chiefs didn't draft a running back until the sixth round, Darwin Thompson out of Utah State, and he's not going to push Williams for touches. While Carlos Hyde is also in the mix, I feel like Williams will lead this team in backfield touches for coach Andy Reid. He's an RB2. 19

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    Winner: Damien Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

    The Chiefs didn't draft a running back until the sixth round, Darwin Thompson out of Utah State, and he's not going to push Williams for touches. While Carlos Hyde is also in the mix, I feel like Williams will lead this team in backfield touches for coach Andy Reid. He's an RB2.

  • Freeman's stock is definitely on the rise, as the Falcons added OG Chris Lindstrom and OT Kaleb Mcqary to improve their offensive line. The team also lost Tevin Coleman to the Niners, so Freeman shouldn't be short of touches ... even with Ito Smith in the mix. He could be a draft bargain. 18

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    Winner: Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons

    Freeman's stock is definitely on the rise, as the Falcons added OG Chris Lindstrom and OT Kaleb Mcqary to improve their offensive line. The team also lost Tevin Coleman to the Niners, so Freeman shouldn't be short of touches ... even with Ito Smith in the mix. He could be a draft bargain.

  • Is this the season we see Drake take on a featured role? The Dolphins did draft two running backs, but not until Round 7, and neither will push Drake for touches. While Kalen Ballage is still in the mix, it looks like Drake will lead the Miami backfield. He's a better option as a No. 2 back. 17

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    Winner: Kenyan Drake, RB, Miami Dolphins

    Is this the season we see Drake take on a featured role? The Dolphins did draft two running backs, but not until Round 7, and neither will push Drake for touches. While Kalen Ballage is still in the mix, it looks like Drake will lead the Miami backfield. He's a better option as a No. 2 back.

  • I loved Godwin last season, and now I'm on the verge of a fantasy obsession. The Bucs traded DeSean Jackson and lost Adam Humphries to the Titans, but they still didn't draft a wideout until Round 6 (Scott Miller, Bowling Green State). Godwin is going to bust out in the stat sheets 16

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    Winner: Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    I loved Godwin last season, and now I'm on the verge of a fantasy obsession. The Bucs traded DeSean Jackson and lost Adam Humphries to the Titans, but they still didn't draft a wideout until Round 6 (Scott Miller, Bowling Green State). Godwin is going to bust out in the stat sheets

  • The Texans did draft a running back, but seventh rounder Cullen Gillaspia isn't going to push Miller for work in the backfield. Houston did add two OTs in Tytus Howard and Max Scharping, however, so that will help Miller and teammate D'Onta Foreman, who is coming back from an Achilles injury. 15

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    Winner: Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans

    The Texans did draft a running back, but seventh rounder Cullen Gillaspia isn't going to push Miller for work in the backfield. Houston did add two OTs in Tytus Howard and Max Scharping, however, so that will help Miller and teammate D'Onta Foreman, who is coming back from an Achilles injury.

  • If it wasn't bad enough that the Bills added Frank Gore and T.J. Yeldon as free agents, the team then drafted Devin Singletary out of FAU in Round 2. This is all bad for McCoy, who is coming off one of the worst seasons of his career and is now looking a backfield committee square in the face. 14

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    Loser: LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills

    If it wasn't bad enough that the Bills added Frank Gore and T.J. Yeldon as free agents, the team then drafted Devin Singletary out of FAU in Round 2. This is all bad for McCoy, who is coming off one of the worst seasons of his career and is now looking a backfield committee square in the face.

  • Howard's stock was on the rise after being traded to the Eagles, but it's back on a downward turn after the team drafted Miles Sanders in the second round. A far more well-rounded runner, Sanders is now the Eagles running back of choice in fantasy drafts. That leaves Howard's stock in limbo. 13

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    Loser: Jordan Howard, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

    Howard's stock was on the rise after being traded to the Eagles, but it's back on a downward turn after the team drafted Miles Sanders in the second round. A far more well-rounded runner, Sanders is now the Eagles running back of choice in fantasy drafts. That leaves Howard's stock in limbo.

  • The Bucs were one of the most running back needy teams heading into the NFL Draft, but the team didn't take one. That leaves Barber and Jones to battle it out for the top spot on the depth chart for new coach Bruce Arians. The eventual winner could bring back some flex-starter value. 12

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    Winners: Peyton Barber/Ronald Jones, RBs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    The Bucs were one of the most running back needy teams heading into the NFL Draft, but the team didn't take one. That leaves Barber and Jones to battle it out for the top spot on the depth chart for new coach Bruce Arians. The eventual winner could bring back some flex-starter value.

  • The Ravens added a pair of weapons in the passing game, drafting Marquise Brown in the first round and Miles Boykin in the third. That's good news for Jackson, who now has some help in the offense that could help keep defenses at least somewhat honest. Jackson has low QB1 upside next season. 11

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    Winner: Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens

    The Ravens added a pair of weapons in the passing game, drafting Marquise Brown in the first round and Miles Boykin in the third. That's good news for Jackson, who now has some help in the offense that could help keep defenses at least somewhat honest. Jackson has low QB1 upside next season.

  • Rudolph is coming off a disappointing season in the stat sheets, scoring just four touchdowns. If that weren't enough to hurt his 2019 value, the Vikings also drafted one of the top tight ends in the class in Irv Smith. Rudolph is now an even less attractive No. 2 fantasy tight end in drafts. 10

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    Loser: Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings Rudolph

    Rudolph is coming off a disappointing season in the stat sheets, scoring just four touchdowns. If that weren't enough to hurt his 2019 value, the Vikings also drafted one of the top tight ends in the class in Irv Smith. Rudolph is now an even less attractive No. 2 fantasy tight end in drafts.

  • For a time, it looked like Davis was going to take over the Jordan Howard role in Chicago's backfield. That didn't come to fruition, though, as the team landed David Montgomery in the third round of the draft. That move pushed Davis back into the late-round flier category for fantasy drafts. 9

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    Loser: Mike Davis, RB, Chicago Bears

    For a time, it looked like Davis was going to take over the Jordan Howard role in Chicago's backfield. That didn't come to fruition, though, as the team landed David Montgomery in the third round of the draft. That move pushed Davis back into the late-round flier category for fantasy drafts.

  • There was a slot of chatter around NFL circles that the Packers would take a wide receiver in the draft. Instead, the team focused more on defense and failed to take a wideout. That's good news for MVS, Geronimo Allison and Equanimeous St. Brown, but the former will be the best fantasy bet. 8

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    Winner: Marquez Valdez-Scantling, WR, Green Bay Packers

    There was a slot of chatter around NFL circles that the Packers would take a wide receiver in the draft. Instead, the team focused more on defense and failed to take a wideout. That's good news for MVS, Geronimo Allison and Equanimeous St. Brown, but the former will be the best fantasy bet.

  • The defensively-loaded Bears focused on the offensive side of the ball in the draft, grabbing running back David Montgomery in the third round and Riley Ridley in the fourth. That does nothing but help the value of Trubisky, who has a whole bunch of weapons to chose from next season. 7

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    Winner: Mitch Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears

    The defensively-loaded Bears focused on the offensive side of the ball in the draft, grabbing running back David Montgomery in the third round and Riley Ridley in the fourth. That does nothing but help the value of Trubisky, who has a whole bunch of weapons to chose from next season.

  • Agholor's value took a hit last season when the Eagles traded for Golden Tate, and now he'll have to deal with the addition of rookie J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. That, of course, assumes he's even still on the Eagles roster when next season kicks off. For now, he's no more than a late-rounder. 6

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    Loser: Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

    Agholor's value took a hit last season when the Eagles traded for Golden Tate, and now he'll have to deal with the addition of rookie J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. That, of course, assumes he's even still on the Eagles roster when next season kicks off. For now, he's no more than a late-rounder.

  • It was a slight surprise when the Patriots took N'Keal Harry in the first round, and it was an even bigger surprise when the team grabbed Harris in the third. While I don't think he'll threaten the stock of Sony Michel, Harris could push Burkhead down the depth chart ... or off the roster. 5

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    Loser: Rex Burkhead, RB, New England Patriots

    It was a slight surprise when the Patriots took N'Keal Harry in the first round, and it was an even bigger surprise when the team grabbed Harris in the third. While I don't think he'll threaten the stock of Sony Michel, Harris could push Burkhead down the depth chart ... or off the roster.

  • Rosen's draft stock sunk like the Titanic when the Cardinals drafted Kyler Murray, but it swam back to shore when he was traded to the Dolphins. Now the favorite to open next season as a starter, Rosen will have a chance to prove his critics wrong and take the nest step as a (fantasy) player. 4

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    Winner: Josh Rosen, QB, Miami Dolphins

    Rosen's draft stock sunk like the Titanic when the Cardinals drafted Kyler Murray, but it swam back to shore when he was traded to the Dolphins. Now the favorite to open next season as a starter, Rosen will have a chance to prove his critics wrong and take the nest step as a (fantasy) player.

  • Keenum wasn't projected to make much of an impact in fantasy leagues next season, but his stock still took a hit when the Redskins drafted Dwayne Haskins in the first round. I wouldn't be surprised to see the rookie open next season as the starter, or at the very least start significant games. 3

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    Loser: Case Keenum, QB, Washington Redskins

    Keenum wasn't projected to make much of an impact in fantasy leagues next season, but his stock still took a hit when the Redskins drafted Dwayne Haskins in the first round. I wouldn't be surprised to see the rookie open next season as the starter, or at the very least start significant games.

  • James looked for a moment like he could have some late-round value in deep leagues as the top tight end in Detroit. Well, that all went out the window when the Lions drafted T.J. Hockenson with the eighth overall pick in the NFL Draft. The former Steelers tight end is now an afterthought. 2

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    Loser: Jesse James, TE, Detroit Lions

    James looked for a moment like he could have some late-round value in deep leagues as the top tight end in Detroit. Well, that all went out the window when the Lions drafted T.J. Hockenson with the eighth overall pick in the NFL Draft. The former Steelers tight end is now an afterthought.

  • The addition of Fitzpatrick earlier in the offseason was seen as a bridge move to a future franchise quarterback, but the addition of Josh Rosen will no doubt push the veteran to second on the depth chart. The Harvard product might start a few games (he always does), but he's undraftable 1

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    Loser: Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Miami Dolphins

    The addition of Fitzpatrick earlier in the offseason was seen as a bridge move to a future franchise quarterback, but the addition of Josh Rosen will no doubt push the veteran to second on the depth chart. The Harvard product might start a few games (he always does), but he's undraftable