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Many fantasy football fans were disappointed over the lack of star power at the Hall of Fame Game as the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns kicked off the 2023 preseason. However, there were still a few players of note who could end up being sleeper picks in future fantasy drafts.
The first player to consider is Jets rookie running back Israel Abanikanda. Although he had just 26 yards on nine carries, he did manage to punch in a 10-yard touchdown. With a lot of uncertainty and competition at the running back position for the Jets, Abanikanda could be a good, late-round flyer option in deeper leagues.
Another player to keep an eye on is Browns third-round pick Cedric Tillman. Although he is listed as a direct backup to Amari Cooper, Donovan Peoples-Jones, and Elijah Moore, his size and talent could eventually force the Browns to give him more opportunities. He’s a good option in dynasty formats or deeper leagues this year.
Finally, one position that’s often overlooked in fantasy drafts is kicker. The Jets’ Greg Zuerlein could be one to target after he nailed a couple of kicks from 54 and 44 yards out in the first quarter of the game. He could get plenty of opportunities to score with Aaron Rodgers now at the helm. In 2017, Zuerlein had the highest average of any kicker over the past 10 seasons and could top that in 2023.
Overall, while the Jets vs. Browns Hall of Fame Game may not have been an amazing matchup for fantasy purposes, there are still a few players from both teams to keep in mind. Abanikanda, Tillman, and Zuerlein all showed flashes and should at least be on everyone’s radar as the fantasy football season heats up