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Mock fantasy football draft: 10-team, 2-QB, PPR

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When it comes to fantasy football drafts in standard leagues, the quarterback position is so deep you can wait forever and still land an impact player in the latter rounds. Just check out our recent 10-team mock fantasy football draft, which rostered one starting quarterback: Kyler Murray, Dak Prescott and Russell Wilson were taken at the end of Round 8, while Drew Brees, Carson Wentz, Aaron Rodgers and Daniel Jones were still available in Round 14.

Things change dramatically, though, when you have to start a pair of quarterbacks, as we do in our latest mock draft, which uses a 10-team, 2-QB, PPR format. You’ll see below that four QBs went in Round 1 and another three went in Round 2, including Josh Allen, who was available in Round 10 in the aforementioned one-quarterback mock.

A residual effect of quarterbacks going earlier is that the top wide receivers, in particular, slid further. To wit, in the 1-QB format, seven WRs were taken in the first 20 picks. With two QBs, the WR7 wasn’t taken until Pick 33. No doubt this is a fun and more challenging format, as it forces you to find good values at quarterback while filling out the rest of your roster.

The full results of this 10-team, 2-QB PPR mock draft are below, and you can compare them fully to our previous mocks here: 10-team, PPR (Aug. 14) | 12-team, non-PPR (Aug. 7) | 10-team, non-PPR (July 30) | 12-team PPR (July 23) | 10-team PPR (June 22) | 12-team PPR (May 8)

The participants, in order of draft position, were: Marcel Louis-Jacques, Daniel Dopp, Mike Clay, Tristan H. Cockcroft, Mike Triplett, Matt Bowen, Kyle Soppe, Matthew Berry, Cameron Wolfe and Tom Carpenter

Round 1

1. Christian McCaffrey Car (RB1) — Louis-Jacques
2. Lamar Jackson Bal (QB1) — Dopp
3. Patrick Mahomes KC (QB2) — Clay
4. Saquon Barkley NYG (RB2) — Cockcroft
5. Ezekiel Elliott Dal (RB3) — Triplett
6. Alvin Kamara NO (RB4) — Bowen
7. Dalvin Cook Min (RB5) — Soppe
8. Dak Prescott Dal (QB3) — Berry
9. Michael Thomas NO (WR1) — Wolfe
10. Deshaun Watson Hou (QB4) — Carpenter


Round 2

11. Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC (RB6) — Carpenter
12. Kyler Murray Ari (QB5) — Wolfe
13. Derrick Henry Ten (RB7) — Berry
14. Austin Ekeler LAC (RB8) — Soppe
15. Russell Wilson Sea (QB6) — Bowen
16. Davante Adams GB (WR2) — Triplett
17. DeAndre Hopkins Ari (WR3) — Cockcroft
18. Miles Sanders Phi (RB9) — Clay
19. Josh Allen Buf (QB7) — Dopp
20. Julio Jones Atl (WR4) — Louis-Jacques


Round 3

21. Tyreek Hill KC (WR5) — Louis-Jacques
22. Joe Mixon Cin (RB10) — Dopp
23. Nick Chubb Cle (RB11) — Clay
24. Travis Kelce KC (TE1) — Cockcroft
25. Kenyan Drake Ari (RB12) — Triplett
26. Aaron Jones GB (RB13) — Bowen
27. Tom Brady TB (QB8) — Soppe
28. George Kittle SF (TE2) — Berry
29. Josh Jacobs LV (RB14) — Wolfe
30. Chris Carson Sea (RB15) — Carpenter


Round 4

31. Matt Ryan Atl (QB9) — Carpenter
32. Chris Godwin TB (WR6) — Wolfe
33. Mike Evans TB (WR7) — Berry
34. JuJu Smith-Schuster Pit (WR8) — Soppe
35. Kenny Golladay Det (WR9) — Bowen
36. DJ Moore Car (WR10) — Triplett
37. Drew Brees NO (QB10) — Cockcroft
38. Allen Robinson II Chi (WR11) — Clay
39. Leonard Fournette Jax (RB16) — Dopp
40. Matthew Stafford Det (QB11) — Louis-Jacques


Round 5

41. Le’Veon Bell NYJ (RB17) — Louis-Jacques
42. Zach Ertz Phi (TE3) — Dopp
43. Carson Wentz Phi (QB12) — Clay
44. Adam Thielen Min (WR12) — Cockcroft
45. Aaron Rodgers GB (QB13) — Triplett
46. Amari Cooper Dal (WR13) — Bowen
47. Calvin Ridley Atl (WR14) — Soppe
48. Ben Roethlisberger Pit (QB14) — Berry
49. Daniel Jones NYG (QB15) — Wolfe
50. Todd Gurley II Atl (RB18) — Carpenter


Round 6

51. Mark Andrews Bal (TE4) — Carpenter
52. David Johnson Hou (RB19) — Wolfe
53. Melvin Gordon Den (RB20) — Berry
54. Odell Beckham Jr. Cle (WR15) — Soppe
55. A.J. Brown Ten (WR16) — Bowen
56. James Conner Pit (RB21) — Triplett
57. Courtland Sutton Den (WR17) — Cockcroft
58. Robert Woods LAR (WR18) — Clay
59. Cooper Kupp LAR (WR19) — Dopp
60. Tyler Lockett Sea (WR20) — Louis-Jacques


Round 7

61. Darren Waller LV (TE5) — Louis-Jacques
62. DK Metcalf Sea (WR21) — Dopp
63. Keenan Allen LAC (WR22) — Clay
64. Devin Singletary Buf (RB22) — Cockcroft
65. Jared Goff LAR (QB16) — Triplett
66. Jonathan Taylor Ind (RB23) — Bowen
67. Kareem Hunt Cle (RB24) — Soppe
68. Terry McLaurin Wsh (WR23) — Berry
69. DeVante Parker Mia (WR24) — Wolfe
70. DJ Chark Jr. Jax (WR25) — Carpenter


Round 8

71. Tyler Boyd Cin (WR26) — Carpenter
72. Cam Newton NE (QB17) — Wolfe
73. Michael Gallup Dal (WR27) — Berry
74. Baker Mayfield Cle (QB18) — Soppe
75. Jarvis Landry Cle (WR28) — Bowen
76. Ronald Jones II TB (RB25) — Triplett
77. David Montgomery Chi (RB26) — Cockcroft
78. D’Andre Swift Det (RB27) — Clay
79. Stefon Diggs Buf (WR29) — Dopp
80. Cam Akers LAR (RB28) — Louis-Jacques


Round 9

81. T.Y. Hilton Ind (WR30) — Louis-Jacques
82. Raheem Mostert SF (RB29) — Dopp
83. A.J. Green Cin (WR31) — Clay
84. Jimmy Garoppolo SF (QB19) — Cockcroft
85. Evan Engram NYG (TE6) — Triplett
86. Joe Burrow Cin (QB20) — Bowen
87. Marvin Jones Jr. Det (WR32) — Soppe
88. Marquise Brown Bal (WR33) — Berry
89. Mark Ingram II Bal (RB30) — Wolfe
90. Tarik Cohen Chi (RB31) — Carpenter


Round 10

91. Deebo Samuel SF (WR34) — Carpenter
92. James White NE (RB32) — Wolfe
93. Gardner Minshew II Jax (QB21) — Berry
94. J.K. Dobbins Bal (RB33) — Soppe
95. Phillip Lindsay Den (RB34) — Bowen
96. Will Fuller V Hou (WR35) — Triplett
97. Jamison Crowder NYJ (WR36) — Cockcroft
98. Zack Moss Buf (RB35) — Clay
99. Sterling Shepard NYG (WR37) — Dopp
100. Ryan Tannehill Ten (QB22) — Louis-Jacques


Round 11

101. Jordan Howard Mia (RB36) — Louis-Jacques
102. Kerryon Johnson Det (RB37) — Dopp
103. Tyler Higbee LAR (TE7) — Clay
104. Kirk Cousins Min (QB23) — Cockcroft
105. Diontae Johnson Pit (WR38) — Triplett
106. Julian Edelman NE (WR39) — Bowen
107. Rob Gronkowski TB (TE8) — Soppe
108. Darrell Henderson Jr. LAR (RB38) — Berry
109. Hunter Henry LAC (TE9) — Wolfe
110. Christian Kirk Ari (WR40) — Carpenter


Round 12

111. Mecole Hardman KC (WR41) — Carpenter
112. Preston Williams Mia (WR42) — Wolfe
113. Brandin Cooks Hou (WR43) — Berry
114. Latavius Murray NO (RB39) — Soppe
115. Noah Fant Den (TE10) — Bowen
116. Matt Breida Mia (RB40) — Triplett
117. Tevin Coleman SF (RB41) — Cockcroft
118. Drew Lock Den (QB24) — Clay
119. Henry Ruggs III LV (WR44) — Dopp
120. Jerry Jeudy Den (WR45) — Louis-Jacques


Round 13

121. Duke Johnson Hou (RB42) — Louis-Jacques
122. Antonio Gibson Wsh (RB43) — Dopp
123. T.J. Hockenson Det (TE11) — Clay
124. Jared Cook NO (TE12) — Cockcroft
125. Tony Pollard Dal (RB44) — Triplett
126. Alexander Mattison Min (RB45) — Bowen
127. Teddy Bridgewater Car (QB25) — Soppe
128. Mike Gesicki Mia (TE13) — Berry
129. Jalen Reagor Phi (WR46) — Wolfe
130. Emmanuel Sanders NO (WR47) — Carpenter


Round 14

131. Ke’Shawn Vaughn TB (RB46) — Carpenter
132. Marlon Mack Ind (RB47) — Wolfe
133. Golden Tate NYG (WR48) — Berry
134. Anthony Miller Chi (WR49) — Soppe
135. Justin Jefferson Min (WR50) — Bowen
136. Damien Harris NE (RB48) — Triplett
137. CeeDee Lamb Dal (WR51) — Cockcroft
138. Darius Slayton NYG (WR52) — Clay
139. Derek Carr LV (QB26) — Dopp
140. Bills D/ST (D/ST1) — Louis-Jacques


Round 15

141. Adrian Peterson Wsh (RB49) — Louis-Jacques
142. Breshad Perriman NYJ (WR53) — Dopp
143. Parris Campbell Ind (WR54) — Clay
144. Justin Jackson LAC (RB50) — Cockcroft
145. Chase Edmonds Ari (RB51) — Triplett
146. Steelers D/ST (D/ST2) — Bowen
147. Harrison Butker KC (K1) — Soppe
148. Anthony McFarland Jr. Pit (RB52) — Berry
149. Tua Tagovailoa Mia (QB27) — Wolfe
150. 49ers D/ST (D/ST3) — Carpenter


Round 16

151. Sam Darnold NYJ (QB28) — Carpenter
152. Ravens D/ST (D/ST4) — Wolfe
153. Patriots D/ST (D/ST5) — Berry
154. Jack Doyle Ind (TE14) — Soppe
155. Justin Tucker Bal (K2) — Bowen
156. Bears D/ST (D/ST6) — Triplett
157. Colts D/ST (D/ST7) — Cockcroft
158. Broncos D/ST (D/ST8) — Clay
159. Vikings D/ST (D/ST9) — Dopp
160. Philip Rivers Ind (QB29) — Louis-Jacques


Round 17

161. Wil Lutz NO (K3) — Louis-Jacques
162. Matt Prater Det (K4) — Dopp
163. Greg Zuerlein Dal (K5) — Clay
164. Robbie Gould SF (K6) — Cockcroft
165. Chris Boswell Pit (K7) — Triplett
166. Dwayne Haskins Jr. Wsh (QB) — Bowen
167. Chargers D/ST (D/ST10) — Soppe
168. Jake Elliott Phi (K8) — Berry
169. Matt Gay TB (K9) — Wolfe
170. Zane Gonzalez Ari (K10) — Carpenter

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Toronto FC hoping to make MLS Cup run having spent much of 2020 far from home

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On a recent Thursday in Hartford, Conn., Toronto FC goalkeeper Quentin Westberg pondered the dichotomy of wanting to reach MLS Cup on Dec. 12, but also desiring to see his family again. Meanwhile, Jim Liston, the team’s director of sports science, was planning a trip to Lowe’s to buy 15 garbage cans so players could have an ice bath after training. As for manager Greg Vanney, he was fretting about his team’s health and the lack of practice time their schedule was affording.

Such is the life of a team as it attempts to not only navigate its way through the COVID-19 pandemic, but has been forced to do it away from home.

Due to travel restrictions between the U.S. and Canada, TFC — like the league’s other two Canadian teams, Montreal Impact and Vancouver Whitecaps — set up a “home” base in the U.S. for the remainder of the season; Toronto were stationed in Hartford. (Vancouver Whitecaps took roost in Portland, ground-sharing with Timbers, while Montreal Impact split use of New York Red Bulls’ facilities in Harrison, N.J.) This was on top of nearly every team spending nearly a month inside a bubble back in July at the MLS is Back Tournament outside Orlando, Florida.

The Reds spent about seven weeks back in Toronto as they played a series of matches against Canadian teams. In mid-September, the remainder of the regular season — and the temporary move to Hartford — beckoned. The vagabond nature of the campaign is what led Liston to joke that he was willing to discuss “whatever five seasons” the team has been through so far. But for Vanney and the players, the campaign has required a special kind of focus.

“A lot of what we’ve done here, and what we try to preach here is just control the controllables, and don’t get too drawn into the things you can’t,” Vanney told ESPN. “Roll with it, and make the best out of whatever the situation is.”

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Toronto has largely succeeded in spite of its odyssey. While there was disappointment at missing out on the Supporters’ Shield to the Philadelphia Union, TFC went 7-3-2 during its Hartford sojourn and finished with the second-best record in the league. But the challenges have still been immense. Simply being out of one’s home environment is difficult enough, but the time spent away from family and loved ones weighs heavy on the psyche, even as Vanney has given players the occasional trip back to Toronto — under quarantine — to reconnect with loved ones.

“It’s just very different, very challenging and emotionally exhausting,” Westberg said of his experience while based in Hartford.

Westberg has arguably had it tougher than most. The TFC goalkeeper is married with four children, including a baby girl who was born in June. For that reason, Westberg and his wife, Ania, made the decision at the end of September that it would be better for her and their kids to head back to his native France so they could be surrounded by family. Westberg called it “the least bad decision,” but there are difficulties nonetheless.

“I’m a very even person, and this year has challenged me a lot,” he said. “I’m still pretty even, but I keep a lot to myself and for sure there’s some difficult days, seeing your family [struggle] from your absence.”

The inability to be home has affected the players and staff in other ways. In Toronto, there are ways of disengaging from the game. Being with friends, loved ones or even in familiar surroundings can be the best medicine in terms of forgetting a bad game or training session. But in Hartford, at the team’s hotel, that escape is nearly impossible even as players try to distract themselves by reading or taking online classes.

“You don’t really unplug,” Westberg said. “You FaceTime family, or this or that, but it’s too short. You’re 100 percent focused on your soccer, and your whole day basically relies on being ready for whatever soccer activity that you have next, whether it’s practice or game. It’s good for your physique, it’s optimal for the way you eat and the way you [train]. But mentally, you’re not as fresh as your body.”

That isn’t to say there are only negatives to the separation. There is also an us-against-the-world mentality that Toronto has adopted, given that their players and personnel are experiencing the season in a way that is vastly different than most other teams. The team staff has done what it can to make their surroundings a home away from home, whether it’s personalizing the locker rooms at Rentschler Field or having hotel staff brand the surroundings in TFC colors. The hotel went so far as to bring in a barista who could consistently give the players their coffee fix. Supporters groups have even sent down banners in a bid to convey the fact that the players are remembered.

The care that TFC takes for players has extended to families back home, with the club supplying meals to loved ones three times a week.

On the logistical side, Liston made sure that one of the gyms used at MLS is Back was brought to TFC’s hotel in Hartford, and he remarked that the food at the hotel is “arguably the best we’ve ever had on the road.”

There have also been efforts to create new routines. Assistant coach Jason Bent, aka DJ Soops, has been in charge of the pregame music selection for the past 18 months — no easy feat for a squad that has a considerable international presence. In Hartford, Bent has set aside Thursday nights to spin music in one area of the hotel. He’ll even go live on Instagram or Twitch for those who prefer to relax in their rooms.

“[We] opened it to players and staff and basically anyone that’s part of our bubble to come relax, listen to music and just enjoy each other’s company,” Bent said. “I enjoy making people happy so if it’s helping everyone even in the slightest, I have no problem arranging the set and spinning.”

For Vanney, the pandemic and operating outside of the team’s home market has meant any number of challenges. He said the team has used three different training facilities in Hartford, with varying field conditions. He recognizes that the trips home are vital for the mental health of his players and staff, but any breaks also mean less time spent on the practice field. The compressed schedule, which at times involved games every three or four days, has had an impact as well. Even the best-laid plans in terms of squad rotation were impacted as minor injuries began popping up.

“We end up with a lot of guys in different positions because they need special kinds of treatment or care to help them get fit and back to health,” Vanney said. “So it ends up being a lot of different things kind of going on all at once, and that’s been the challenge of it.”

Recovery from matches has been complicated by the fact that TFC doesn’t have access to the same level of facilities that it does at home — hence Liston’s emergency trip to Lowe’s to fashion impromptu ice baths for the players. Then there are the different ways the players occupy themselves on the road as compared to home, especially amid the pandemic.

“There’s really no life outside of the hotel,” Liston said. “[At home], you may go walk the dog in the afternoon or go for a walk with your wife or friend or girlfriend or family and you’re out and about. The recommendation [here] is to kind of stay put. So you’ve got a really active population and pro athletes, who we’re asking them to be sedentary the rest of the time, kind of stay in the hotel from a COVID and safety standpoint. That’s not optimal for recovery either.”

There are also the creature comforts of home that are no longer available on the road, which can impact sleep.

“Sleep is the number one tool for recovery, and that’s definitely been a challenge,” Liston said. “We do well-being questionnaires and the scores on quality of sleep, and hours of sleep, just drop.”

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Another change has been same-day travel, which has drawn mixed reactions from the TFC players and staff. Vanney and Westberg are generally in favor, saying it reminds them of when they each played in France. Flying back the same night also means a training day isn’t lost. Liston has a different perspective in that he prefers arriving the day before, and then leaving the same day.

“I think [same-day travel] makes for a really long day,” he said. “And there’s definitely a negative impact on performance, taking three bus rides and a plane ride before your game. You’re getting home — it can be 12:30, but it could also be 1:30 in the morning, and that’s where you know our well-being scores and sleep hours and quality just disappear. When you have so many games in succession, you can’t make up the sleep.”

With the playoffs set to begin for TFC on Nov. 24, the end is in sight, even as it makes for a complex — and even conflicting — set of emotions.

“This is the tricky part. I miss them a lot,” Westberg said of his family. “But in a way I want to see them as [late] as possible in December, because obviously, there’s this idea that we want to do well in the playoffs and we want to keep going. TFC has a history of setting high standards and high expectations. It’s a heavy load to carry but also an exciting one.”

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Bettman: NHL is mulling temporary realignment

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The NHL is considering a temporary realignment of its teams for the 2020-21 season due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, according to commissioner Gary Bettman.

Bettman said Tuesday that restrictions on travel across the Canadian border, as well as “limitations in terms of quarantining when you go from certain states to other states” within the United States, could mean the NHL creates a more regionalized alignment for its upcoming season.

“As it relates to the travel issue, which is obviously the great unknown, we may have to temporarily realign to deal with geography, because having some of our teams travel from Florida to California may not make sense. It may be that we’re better off — particularly if we’re playing a reduced schedule, which we’re contemplating — keeping it geographically centric and more divisional-based; and realigning, again on a temporary basis, to deal with the travel issues,” Bettman said during a 2020 Paley International Council Summit panel with fellow commissioners Adam Silver of the NBA and Rob Manfred of MLB.

The NHL board of governors has a meeting scheduled for Thursday which will provide a progress report and possible recommendations for a season format, based on talks between the league and the NHL Players’ Association. The target date for starting next season remains Jan. 1.

Bettman said the league is considering a few scheduling options for the 2020-21 season. Something that’s off the table: playing the entire season in the kind of bubbles the NHL had in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, to complete last season. But Bettman said teams opening in their own arenas is a possibility, along with a modified bubble.

“We are exploring the possibility of playing in our own buildings without fans [or] fans where you can, which is going to be an arena-by-arena issue. But we’re also exploring the possibility of a hub. You’ll come in. You’ll play for 10 to 12 days. You’ll play a bunch of games without traveling. You’ll go back, go home for a week, be with your family. We’ll have our testing protocols and all the other things you need,” he said.

Bettman also indicated that the NHL is exploring “a hybrid, where some teams are in a bubble, some teams play at home and you move in and out.”

The NBA’s board of governors unanimously approved a deal with the players’ union that sets the stage for a season that will open on Dec. 22 and with a reduced schedule of 72 games. Silver said that the commissioners are in communication on COVID-19-related issues, especially the NBA and the NHL, since the two leagues’ teams share arenas and, in some cases, team owners.

Silver said he senses that the NBA will have fans in many of its buildings this season.

“We’re probably going to start one way, where we’re maybe a little bit more conservative than many of the jurisdictions allow,” he said. “What we’ve said to our teams is that we’ll continue to work with public health authorities. Arena issues are different than outdoor stadium issues. There will be certain standards for air filtration and air circulation. There may be a different standard for a suite than there will be for fans spaced in seats.”

Silver said there will be standardized protocols that are consistent from arena to arena, such as proximity between players and fans: “In certain cases, for seats near the floor, we’re going to be putting in testing programs, where fans will certify that they’ve been tested — some within 48 hours, some within day of game.” While Silver supported a continued expansion of the NBA postseason through its play-in tournament, Bettman said that he’s not in favor of expanded playoffs or “playing with the fundamentals of the game.” The NHL had 24 teams in its postseason last summer.

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The Battleground States Where We’ve Seen Some Movement In The Polls

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With apologies to The Raconteurs, the presidential race continues to be “steady as she goes,” with little sign of tightening despite a plethora of new polls. FiveThirtyEight’s presidential forecast gives Joe Biden an 89 in 100 shot at winning the election, while President Trump has just an 11 in 100 chance. This makes Biden the favorite, but still leaves open a narrow path to victory for Trump, for whom a reelection win would be surprising — but not utterly shocking.

At the same time, we also have fewer polls from live-caller surveys, which have historically been more accurate and have shown slightly better numbers for Biden, than polls that use other methodologies, such as polls conducted primarily online or through automated telephone calls. Nevertheless, while the overall picture has shifted only a little in recent days, a few battleground states have seen at least some movement in their polls, which has slightly altered the odds Biden or Trump wins in each of those places.

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