Stock Up: These players have moved up the Draft Sharks rankings over the past week.
Case Keenum, QB, Redskins
Keenum continued to run as the 1st-team QB in Washington’s 3rd preseason game. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport confirmed this week that “all signs” point to Keenum opening the regular season as the starter. He won’t be a recommended fantasy play, though. And rookie QB Dwayne Haskins still figures to take over at some point.
Miles Sanders, RB, Eagles
Eagles insider Jimmy Kempski wrote this week that Sanders has "quelled concerns about his ability in pass protection and as a receiver out of the backfield.” That’s been our biggest hesitation with the rookie. He’s looking like the favorite to lead Philly’s backfield in carries this season, so a decent-sized role in the passing game would likely make him a weekly fantasy starter.
Austin Ekeler, RB, Chargers
He continues to inch up our rankings the longer Melvin Gordon’s holdout lasts. We’re projecting Ekeler to handle somewhere around two-thirds of the backfield work (with the other third going to Justin Jackson) if Gordon’s holdout extends into the regular season.
Darwin Thompson, RB, Chiefs
Thompson’s strong August has leapt him ahead of Carlos Hyde on the depth chart and earned him 1st-team reps in practice. Now, only Damien Williams stands between him as a super-valuable role as Kansas City’s lead back.
Tony Pollard, RB, Cowboys
He dominated 1st-team work in Dallas’ 2nd preseason game and looked good doing it. Pollard carried 5 times for 42 yards and a score and caught 1 ball for 9 yards. We’re still skeptical that he’ll have fantasy value alongside Ezekiel Elliott. But if Zeke’s holdout costs him regular-season games, Pollard will be a strong fantasy play.
Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Broncos
We’ve heard all summer that Sanders looked good in his return from December’s torn Achilles. Then we saw it with our own eyes in Monday night’s preseason game against the 49ers. Sanders took this end-around for 19 yards and also had a 45-yard catch negated by a holding penalty. Remember that he was sitting 15th among WRs in PPR points before that injury last year.
Marquise Goodwin, WR, 49ers
Much remains unsettled in San Francisco’s WR corps. But it sounds like Goodwin is pretty much locked into 1 of the starting spots. That makes him a nice late-round flier. Goodwin is going undrafted in most drafts.
Michael Crabtree, WR, Cardinals
He inked a 1-year deal to join a Cardinals WR corps that still seems unsettled behind Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald. Crabtree doesn’t have much gas left in the tank but will be worth monitoring over the next couple of weeks.
Jaron Brown, WR, Seahawks
Injuries to D.K. Metcalf and David Moore have left Brown as Seattle’s likely #2 WR to open the season. You should be able to do better in your season-long lineup, but Brown might be a cheap DFS option.
Stock Up: These players have moved down the Draft Sharks rankings over the past week.
Cam Newton, QB, Panthers
He was knocked out of Thursday night’s preseason game with what the team is calling a mid-foot sprain. GM Marty Hurney said Friday that he’s “cautiously optimistic” that Newton will be ready for Week 1. Even so, his mobility might be compromised early on.
Dwayne Haskins, QB, Redskins
It’s looking like QB Case Keenum will open the season as Washington’s starter. Haskins still figures to hit the field at some point this year, but he’s not worth rostering in redraft leagues.
Melvin Gordon, RB, Chargers
His holdout continues. And NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Wednesday that the holdout is expected to last into the regular season. The 2 sides still have a couple of weeks to come to an agreement, but Gordon becomes a riskier fantasy pick with each passing day. Of course, his price is dropping — into the 4th round in recent drafts.
Carlos Hyde, RB, Chiefs
He’s reportedly been passed on the depth chart by rookie Darwin Thompson. And multiple Chiefs beat writers are predicting that Hyde doesn’t make the final roster. He’s barely worth drafting at this point.
Parris Campbell, WR, Colts
The rookie has now missed over 3 weeks with his hamstring injury. The Athletic's Zak Keefer tweeted on Tuesday that there's "no guarantee" that Campbell is ready for Week 1. At minimum he’ll be tough to trust in fantasy lineups early this season.
D.K. Metcalf and David Moore, WRs, Seahawks
Both WRs are on the shelf — Metcalf after knee surgery and Moore with a shoulder injury suffered in Thursday’s practice. We have no timetable for the rookie’s return; Moore is out for at least Week 1, per HC Pete Carroll.
Josh Doctson, WR, Redskins
Redskins insider JP Finlay said Wednesday that Washington has been trying to trade Doctson for the past 2 years and added that he "wouldn't be shocked” if Doctson was released before Week 1. He’s obviously not worth drafting.
Hakeem Butler, WR, Cardinals
He suffered an avulsion fracture in his hand that might land him on IR. Butler was buried on the depth chart anyway and is off the redraft radar.
Jordan Reed, TE, Redskins
Reed sustained a concussion in Thursday night’s preseason game — the 7th documented concussion of his career. Consider Reed iffy to be cleared in time for Week 1.