Early Risers and Fallers

A lot has happened since our 2019 rankings and projections were released a month ago. All 32 teams made it through their June minicamps. And we poured over 200 hours of research into our player profiles.

So the Draft Sharks staff recently got together to do a big update of the rankings. Let’s take a quick look at the most notable risers and fallers as we scream toward the start of training camps …


Rashaad Penny, RB, Seahawks

With Chris Carson sidelined after knee surgery, Penny turned in an impressive spring. The 2nd-year back has shed some pounds, now tipping the scales at 230. And he’s drawn praise from both coaches and fellow players.

We’re still projecting Carson to lead this backfield in touches and fantasy points. But with Mike Davis out of the way and the ‘Hawks expected to go run-heavy again in 2019, there’s plenty of room for Penny to beat his RB32 ADP. And if he passes Carson on the totem pole, Penny could flirt with RB1 production.

Jordan Howard, RB, Eagles

Conventional wisdom has rookie Miles Sanders stepping right in as Philly’s lead back. Not so fast. Eagles insider Zack Rosenblatt wrote earlier this month that it’d be “premature” to expect the rookie to climb right to the top of the depth chart. It certainly doesn’t help that Sanders missed all of OTAs and minicamp with a lingering hamstring injury.

Howard, meanwhile, has impressed his new team this spring — specifically with his pass-catching ability.

“I feel like they’re allowing me to do more, show my game off more instead of just being one-dimensional like Chicago had me,” Howard said in early June.

The former Bear will head to training camp with a fair shot to open the season as Philly’s lead back.