Stock Up/Stock Down Report (7-30 through 8-5)
Stock Up: These players have moved up the Draft Sharks rankings over the past week.
Alvin Kamara, RB, Saints
His court case for battery charges was delayed again on Monday. The next hearing is now scheduled for September 29. It continues to look like this won’t be wrapped up until after the 2022 season, making it likely that Kamara is eligible for all 17 games this year.
Darrell Henderson, RB, Rams
HC Sean McVay said last weekend that he sees Henderson and Cam Akers as “two starting backs … Those guys are great complements (to) one another.” They’ve been splitting 1st-team reps “pretty evenly” in training camp, according to The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue. Our money is still on Akers leading this backfield, but Henderson could see enough work to be a standalone fantasy option.
Nyheim Hines, RB, Colts
The spring buzz on Hines has carried over into training camp. The Athletic’s Zak Keefer expects him to be used "substantially more" this year than last. The ceiling still doesn’t climb too high here behind Jonathan Taylor, but Hines could be a useful depth piece in PPR leagues.
Isiah Pacheco, RB, Chiefs
This 7th-round rookie has been a surprise standout in camp, often working ahead of Jerick McKinnon and Ronald Jones in RB drills. We’ll see if Pacheco can keep rolling in preseason action, but he’s officially on the late-round flier radar.
Justin Jackson, RB, Lions
He signed with Detroit on Monday after 4 seasons with the Chargers. We’ll see if Jackson can push Jamaal Williams for the #2 RB job behind D’Andre Swift.
Broncos pass catchers
Jerry Jeudy, Courtland Sutton, K.J. Hamler, Albert Okwuegbunam and Greg Dulcich all got boosts with Tim Patrick’s season-ending torn ACL. We had Patrick projected for 85 targets, so his absence opens up a lot of opportunity. Hamler was the biggest riser, with a clear path to the #3 WR job if he can make his way back from last September's torn ACL and dislocated hip.
Jalen Tolbert, WR, Cowboys
We already had Tolbert penciled in as the favorite to be Dallas’ #2 WR to open the season. That’s more likely now that WR James Washington is expected to miss 6-10 weeks with a broken right foot.
Wan’Dale Robinson, WR, Giants
The 2nd-round rookie has been a standout in camp, running with the starters and lining up in the slot and backfield in new HC Brian Daboll’s offense. Robinson is 1 of our favorite late-round targets in fantasy drafts.
George Pickens, WR, Steelers
"If the first three practices are any indication, George Pickens is going to be a huge factor in this [Steelers] offense," ESPN's Brooke Pryor tweeted last week. Pickens continued to shine in camp this week, while WR Chase Claypool sits with a shoulder injury.
Romeo Doubs, WR, Packers
Doubs appears here for the 2nd straight week as the buzz and highlights from camp keep pouring in. Most noteworthy: QB Aaron Rodgers praised the rookie's camp performance. Doubs has a real shot to open the season as 1 of Green Bay's top 2 WRs.
Stock Down: These players have moved down the Draft Sharks rankings over the past week.
Cam Akers, RB, Rams
HC Sean McVay called Akers and RB Darrell Henderson “great complements (to) one another.” The 2 have been splitting 1st-team reps in camp so far, according to The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue. We still expect Akers to lead this backfield, but it might be closer to a 50/50 split than we originally thought.
Tim Patrick, WR, Broncos
He’ll miss the entire 2022 season after tearing his right ACL in Tuesday’s practice. Patrick turns 29 in November and is signed with the Broncos through the 2024 campaign.
Van Jefferson, WR, Rams
He got a slight bump down the rankings after undergoing surgery on his left knee this week. Jefferson has a shot to be back by Week 1, though, according to The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue. So he’s still worth a look near the end of fantasy drafts.
James Washington, WR, Cowboys
He’s expected to miss 6-10 weeks after breaking his right foot in Monday’s practice. The short end of that timeline would have Washington back for Week 2; the long end back for Week 6. He’s not worth a pick in fantasy drafts.
Mike Gesicki, TE, Dolphins
Gesicki admitted that HC Mike McDaniel’s offense has him blocking more than in past seasons. That’s obviously bad news for his target projection.
Irv Smith, TE, Vikings
He underwent thumb surgery on Tuesday. HC Kevin O'Connell expects Smith to be ready for the start of the season, but the missed practice time isn't ideal for a young player who missed all of 2021 with a knee injury and is now learning a new offense.
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