Le’Veon Bell, RB, Steelers
Bell moved up 3 spots in the RB rankings with his suspension reduced from 4 to 3 games. He’s now in middle-of-round-2 territory. But his ADP was already in the late 1st and figures to climb now. Bell remains a significant injury risk but could also be fantasy football’s top RB from Week 4 on.
Jeremy Langford, RB, Bears
Langford looked good in tallying 63 yards and a score on 9 touches in Thursday night’s preseason game against the Patriots. More importantly, he dominated 1st-team work, serving as Chicago’s lead runner, pass-catcher and goal-line back. If he’s going to be a 3-down back this year, Langford should at least be a solid RB2.
Christine Michael, RB, Seahawks
Michael turned in another strong outing in Seattle’s 2nd exhibition, carrying 10 times for 55 yards and adding a 9-yard catch. That followed HC Pete Carroll calling him part of "a little one-two punch that we're excited about.” It’s looking more and more like Michael will have a real role when the games start to count. Consider him an upside bench stash for your fantasy squad.
Spencer Ware, RB, Chiefs
Ware started Kansas City’s preseason opener with Jamaal Charles sidelined and continues to look like the team’s #2 RB. He’s the preferred handcuff to Charles.
Rishard Matthews and Tajae Sharpe, WR, Titans
These guys are virtually locked in as top 3 WRs in Tennessee after the team dealt Dorial Green-Beckham to Philadelphia. And they’re both basically free in drafts. Matthews is going in the 14th round; Sharpe in the 17th.
Tyler Boyd, WR, Bengals
Boyd’s opportunity keeps growing — first with Tyler Eifert’s ankle surgery, then with Brandon LaFell’s injured hand. The rookie could open the season as Cincinnati’s #2 target. He’s shown well in the preseason with 3 catches for 78 yards and a score through 2 outings.
Davante Adams, WR, Packers
Adams has had an uneven training camp if you believe the Twitter play-by-play. But he was recently talked up by HC Mike McCarthy and is in line to enter the season as Green Bay’s #3 WR. That role alone makes him worth a shot at his 16th-round price tag.
Terrelle Pryor, WR, Browns
Pryor the WR might actually be happening. He made his 2nd long catch of the preseason on Thursday night, hauling in a 50-yard TD from QB Robert Griffin. Pryor is in line to open the season in Cleveland’s starting lineup. We’ll see what happens when Josh Gordon returns, but the former QB is an intriguing late-round flier.
Malcolm Mitchell, WR, Patriots
What looked like a serious elbow injury only cost Mitchell a few days of practice. The rookie is in line for a Week 1 starting job, which makes him worth stashing late in drafts.
Tyrell Williams, WR, Chargers
This 2015 undrafted free agent is currently 3rd on San Diego’s WR depth chart. Williams is a 6'4, 205-pounder with sub-4-4 speed and a 39.5-inch vertical. Week-to-week consistency figures to be tough to come by, but he could turn in a few big games.
Virgil Green, TE, Broncos
Green ran exclusively with the starters in Denver’s preseason opener, hauling in 3 balls for 26 yards. The starting job in HC Gary Kubiak’s TE-friendly offense would very likely make Green a fantasy asset.
Marcus Mariota, QB, Titans
Mariota’s passing upside took a slight hit with the departure of WR Dorial Green-Beckham. DGB was Tennessee’s most physically gifted WR, especially as a red-zone weapon.
Carson Wentz, QB, Eagles
Wentz suffered a hairline rib fracture in the preseason opener and missed the team’s 2nd exhibition. He was a long shot for the Week 1 starting job anyway, but the missed time hurts his chances of getting on the field at any point this year.
Matt Jones, RB, Redskins
Jones suffered a sprained AC joint in his shoulder in Friday night’s preseason game. We don’t yet know the severity or how long he’ll be out. Until we do, there’s added risk to an already unproven player.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, Steelers
Bell’s suspension reduction means we only know we’re getting 3 useable weeks from Williams now. Beyond that, though, he remains the most valuable handcuff in fantasy football.
Charcandrick West, RB, Chiefs
West played clearly behind Spencer Ware in Kansas City’s 1st preseason game. He’d still be involved in the case of a Jamaal Charles injury, but Ware is the preferred handcuff.
Jordan Howard, RB, Bears
At this point, the rookie doesn’t look likely to make an early-season impact. He hasn’t run at all with the 1st team through 2 preseason games. And he’s averaged just 3.6 yards per carry against backup defenders.
Wendell Smallwood, RB, Eagles
A quad issue has kept this rookie out of Philly’s first 2 preseason games. He’s in a battle just for the 3rd spot on the depth chart and is off the redraft radar for now.
Nelson Agholor, WR, Eagles
The Eagles’ trade for Dorial Green-Beckham says a lot about their faith in Agholor, who’s had a disappointing offseason according to the Philly media. He’s barely worth considering in redraft leagues and will need to fend off DGB for a starting job.
Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Eagles
Green-Beckham heads from 1 run-first offense to another. And Philly brings a new system to learn and a QB downgrade.
Brandon LaFell, WR, Bengals
LaFell has a torn ligament in his hand. It’s still unclear whether he’ll undergo surgery. HC Marvin Lewis believes LaFell could be back in time for Week 1, but he might be behind Tyler Boyd in the pecking order by then.
Jeff Janis, WR, Packers
Janis is expected to be sidelined 4-6 weeks with a fractured hand. That kills any chance he had of winning the #3 WR job. He was reportedly having a disappointing camp even before the injury.
Josh Brown, K, Giants
Brown was suspended 1 game for violating the league’s personal conduct policy — the result of a domestic violence charge last year. Look elsewhere for your Week 1 kicker.