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Stock Up/Stock Down Report (7-29 through 8-4)

By Jared Smola 9:08am EDT 8/5/17


Stock Up: These players have moved up the Draft Sharks rankings over the past week.

Dalvin Cook, RB, Vikings

The rookie made another move up our rankings as buzz continues to build. Insider Albert Breer wrote this in an article earlier this week: “That job Latavius Murray signed up for in March? It’s already gone. It’s early, but the Vikings aren’t being bashful. Cook is for real.”

Ameer Abdullah, RB, Lions

Some of our volume concerns with Abdullah were quelled this week. The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett called him the Lions' "feature back,” while Tim Twentyman of the team's official website projected "somewhere in the neighborhood of 200-plus carries.” That’d be enough to give Abdullah a shot at top-20 fantasy finish.

Rob Kelley, RB, Redskins

The Washington Post’s Master Tesfatsion wrote on Thursday that “it’s clear” that Kelley will be the Redskins’ starter this season. He’s impressed early in camp, while rookie Samaje Perine has struggled with pass protection and ball security. We’re not putting this battle to bed yet, but Kelley is the preferred fantasy pick right now.

DeAndre Washington, RB, Raiders

He’s been getting "all" of the 2nd-team reps ahead of Jalen Richard in camp so far, according to insider Vic Tafur. We’re still expecting a committee backfield between the 2 if Marshawn Lynch misses time this season, but Washington is the preferred late-round target right now.

Rex Burkhead, RB, Patriots

Mike Gillislee remains the favorite for early-down duties in New England’s backfield, but don’t count out Burkhead. On top of impressing as a pass-catcher, the former Bengal has also been receiving short-yardage and goal-line work. With an ADP in the 17th round, Burkhead is well worth a shot in the always-unpredictable but productive Patriots backfield.

Tyrell Williams, WR, Chargers

He continues to climb the rankings as Mike Williams (back) continues to sit. The rookie has become a long shot to make a significant impact early this season — and might not make much of an impact all year. Tyrell ranked 18th among WRs in PPR points last season on 119 targets. It now seems possible that he sees similar volume in 2017.

Marquise Goodwin, WR, 49ers

The 4.2 speedster has been making big plays early in camp, according to insider Cam Inman. Goodwin has also been running as the #2 WR. A starting role would at least make him an intriguing later-round pick in best-ball drafts.

Jaelen Strong, WR, Texans

Strong got the biggest projection boost when Will Fuller broke his collarbone on Wednesday. He’s the leading candidate to step into Fuller’s starting spot on the outside. But Strong still checks in just 93rd in the WR PPR Rankings. WR Braxton Miller and TE C.J. Fiedorowicz also got slight bumps, but WR DeAndre Hopkins remains the only reliable fantasy piece in this passing game.

Chester Rogers, WR, Colts

Rogers has been getting run with the 1st-team offense early in camp and is right in the mix for the #3 WR job. Winning that would put him on the deep-league radar.

Larry Donnell, TE, Ravens

Donnell signed on this week with the Ravens, who have lost TEs Dennis Pitta, Darren Waller and Crockett Gillmore for the season already. Donnell will battle for playing time with Maxx Williams, Ben Watson and Nick Boyle. He won’t be more than a lower-end TE2 if he wins the starting job.


Stock Down: These players have moved up the Draft Sharks rankings over the past week.

Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers

Rivers moved slightly down our rankings — 1 spot behind Kirk Cousins — with WR Mike Williams (back) still sidelined and G Forrest Lamp going down with a torn ACL this week. Rivers is still a strong value at his QB15 ADP, though.

Ryan Tannehill, QB, Dolphins

Tannehill is in a precarious spot. He had what the team considers a “setback” on Thursday with the partially torn left ACL he suffered last December. Surgery to address the issue is a possibility. And that would likely end his season. The rest-and-rehab route would cost him 6-8 weeks. Tannehill is undraftable until we get some clarity.

Samaje Perine, RB, Redskins

He’s struggled with pass protection and ball security early in camp — 2 no-nos for any RB, especially a rookie. Robert Kelley looks like the Redskins’ starter, according to insider Master Tesfatsion. Perine is still capable of making a push, but he’s moved behind Kelley in our rankings for now.

Jalen Richard, RB, Raiders

He’s running clearly behind both Marshawn Lynch and DeAndre Washington in camp, according to insider Vic Tafur. We’re still expecting Richard to have a role after an impressive rookie campaign, but Washington looks like the top Lynch handcuff right now.

Lance Dunbar, RB, Rams

He’s out “indefinitely” with a knee injury. Durability has been a problem for Dunbar, who tore his left ACL and patellar tendon back in 2015 and missed 3 games with a knee injury last year. We’ll see how long this latest ailment keeps him sidelined, but even a healthy Dunbar wasn’t an attractive fantasy option.

Wendell Smallwood, RB, Eagles

He’s 4th on the RB depth chart right now, according to insider Jimmy Kempski, and isn’t a lock to make the final roster. Smallwood is obviously off the redraft radar for now.

Mike Williams, WR, Chargers

Williams appears in “Stock Down” for the 2nd week in a row. The Chargers announced last weekend that the 1st-round rookie won’t practice at all in training camp. And HC Anthony Lynn conceded that Williams “could be” out for the season. He’s at least looking like a candidate for the reserve PUP list, which would cost him the first 6 games of the regular season. Williams isn’t worth rostering in standard redraft leagues right now.

Will Fuller, WR, Texans

He broke his collarbone in practice on Wednesday and is expected to miss 2-3 months. That’ll cost Fuller at least 4 games — and potentially 7 or 8. He’s undraftable in standard lineup-setting leagues.

Jordan Reed, TE, Redskins

Reed remains sidelined with his sprained toe and visited a specialist on Tuesday. While that checkup revealed nothing serious, he remains 1 of the riskiest early-round picks in drafts right now. Of course, Reed’s ceiling still extends to the top of his position.

Crockett Gillmore, TE, Ravens

Gillmore will miss the entire season after undergoing surgery on his MCL on Monday.


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