Stock Up/Stock Down Report (8-13 through 8-19)
Stock Up: These players have moved up the Draft Sharks rankings over the past week.
Rashaad Penny, RB, Seahawks
Backfield mate Kenneth Walker underwent surgery to repair a hernia this week. The team reportedly believes he has a chance to be back for Week 1. But, at minimum, Walker is going to miss a few weeks of practice. That makes Penny the clear favorite to open the season as Seattle’s lead back.
Dameon Pierce, RB, Texans
Although he didn’t get any 1st-team snaps, Pierce looked explosive in the preseason opener. In fact, he led the entire league in Pro Football Focus rushing grade in the 1st week of the preseason. It shouldn’t be long before Pierce is Houston’s lead runner.
Brian Robinson, RB, Commanders
The rookie was a Preseason Week 1 winner. After RB Antonio Gibson lost a fumble on his 2nd carry, Robinson stepped in with the 1st-team offense and racked up 41 total yards and a score. He seems set to play a real role in this backfield out the gate – and it’s possible that Robinson replaces Gibson as the lead back at some point this season.
Isiah Pacheco, RB, Chiefs
All the camp buzz on Pacheco was confirmed in the preseason opener, when he was the 2nd RB to hit the field with the Chiefs’ starting offense – behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire but ahead of Jerick McKinnon. RB Ronald Jones didn’t play at all with the starters. It looks like Pacheco is #2 on this depth chart.
Ty Montgomery, RB, Patriots
Montgomery has operated as the passing-down back on New England’s 1st-team offense recently. Mike Dussault of the team’s official website called him “one of the under-the-radar stars of Patriots training camp.”
Zack Moss, RB, Bills
The feeling from the Buffalo media is that Moss could turn this backfield into a 3-man committee. The Athletic's Joe Buscaglia wrote this week that Moss could be an "early-down threat to [RB Devin] Singletary" and the goal-line back. Moss will still probably need a Singletary or James Cook injury to be a reliable fantasy play, but you could do worse as a last-pick flier.
Jaylen Warren, RB, Steelers
DK Pittsburgh Sports' Dale Lolley believes Warren is the favorite for the Steelers' #2 RB job. The undrafted rookie had a strong camp and preseason debut, while RB Benny Snell has missed time with injury.
Michael Pittman, WR, Colts
Colts HC Frank Reich said recently that he wants a more balanced offense than the one that ranked 28th in pass rate last season. That’s good news for Pittman, who’s reportedly been dominating at training camp.
George Pickens, WR, Steelers
Pickens’ dominant August continued with a 3-43-1 line in the preseason opener. It’s clear the rookie will open the season with a significant role.
Danny Gray, WR, 49ers
Gray flashed with this 76-yard TD in the preseason opener. We’re not expecting the rookie to be a reliable weekly fantasy play, but his speed could lead to some useful spike weeks for best-ball teams.
Robert Tonyan, TE, Packers
Tonyan was activated from the PUP list this week. It’s still unclear if he’ll be ready for Week 1, but the move means the team expects him to play before Week 5.
Isaiah Likely, TE, Ravens
Likely caught all 4 of his targets for 44 yards in the preseason opener and has reportedly had a strong camp. The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec goes as far as saying Likely will be a “major part” of the offense this season. We’re not sure we buy that without a Mark Andrews injury. But Likely is at least a nice stash on dynasty rosters.
Stock Down: These players have moved down the Draft Sharks rankings over the past week.
Antonio Gibson, RB, Commanders
Gibson lost a fumble in the preseason opener and was yanked for RB Brian Robinson. Then he spent some time working on the punt protection team in practice this week. Not a good look. Gibson’s hold on the starting job seems very tenuous at this point.
Kenneth Walker, RB, Seahawks
Walker underwent surgery to repair a hernia – but not a sports-hernia surgery – this week. The Seahawks “plan” for the rookie to be ready for Week 1. We’ll see about that. At minimum, this missed practice time figures to hurt his chances of having a big early-season role.
Marlon Mack, RB, Texans
Mack worked with the 1st-team in the preseason opener but was clearly out-played by rookie RB Dameon Pierce. Don’t expect Mack to be atop this depth chart for much longer.
Kenyan Drake, RB, Raiders
Insider Albert Breer believes RB Ameer Abdullah is the favorite for passing-down work in Vegas’ backfield. That’d make Drake pretty much undraftable.
Ronald Jones, RB, Chiefs
Jones was the 4th RB to hit the field – behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Isiah Pacheco and Jerick McKinnon – in the preseason opener and didn’t play at all with QB Patrick Mahomes. If he’s gonna make a fantasy impact this season, it’s unlikely to happen with the Chiefs.
Benny Snell, RB, Steelers
Snell has fallen behind undrafted rookie Jaylen Warren for the #2 spot on the depth chart, according to DK Pittsburgh Sports' Dale Lolley. Snell is undraftable at this point.
Kadarius Toney, WR, Giants
Toney is back at practice now but missed almost a week of camp and the 1st preseason game with knee trouble. And the Giants’ offense – particularly Daniel Jones – continues to struggle. We still like Toney as an upside WR4 target, but we nudged him a few spots down the rankings.
Will Fuller, WR, free agent
Fuller remains jobless as of August 20. And Yahoo’s Charles Robinson made it sound on a podcast appearance this week that no signing is imminent. Fuller is more of a waiver-wire watch list guy than draft target at this point.
Noah Fant, TE, Seahawks
It’s been a troubling preseason for Fant so far. He’s played a lot, unlike WRs D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, which might be a bad sign. But despite all the snaps, he’s only been in a pass route on 52.5% of Seattle’s dropbacks. He won’t be a reliable fantasy play if that continues into the regular season.