Stock Up/Stock Down Report (8-19 through 8-25)
Stock Up: These players have moved up the Draft Sharks rankings over the past week.
Trevor Siemian, QB, Broncos
Siemian was named Denver’s starter this week after out-performing Paxton Lynch in camp and the preseason. He’s just a low-end QB2 in fantasy, though. Siemian ranked 26th at his position in fantasy points per game last year.
DeShone Kizer, QB, Browns
Kizer will start Cleveland’s 3rd preseason game, positioning him as the leader in the clubhouse for the Week 1 nod. The rookie has been impressive so far, averaging 8.3 yards per attempt with 1 TD and 0 INTs — plus 47 rushing yards and a score — through 2 exhibitions. That rushing ability could make him a spot-start option this season.
Kareem Hunt, RB, Chiefs
Hunt moved up the rankings twice this week. First after his 63-total-yard effort with the 1st-team offense in the 2nd preseason game. Then again after Spencer Ware injured his knee in the 3rd exhibition. Early reports are that Ware avoided a season-ending injury, but he’s still iffy for Week 1. Hunt could take the lead job and run with it.
Chris Carson, RB, Seahawks
This kid is for real. He’s been Seattle’s most impressive RB this preseason, averaging 4.4 yards per carry, 16.0 yards per catch and scoring twice. Carson out-snapped Eddie Lacy with the 1st-team offense in the 3rd exhibition. (Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise didn’t play.) The rookie has earned himself a Week 1 role and is worth a shot near the end of your draft.
De’Angelo Henderson, RB, Broncos
Another rookie pushing for a regular-season role. Henderson worked in with the starting offense in the 2nd preseason game, rushing 6 times for 30 yards and catching 2 balls for 20 more. We’ll be keeping a close eye on his usage on Saturday night vs. Green Bay.
Wendell Smallwood, RB, Eagles
Smallwood out-snapped LeGarrette Blount 11 to 8 and out-carried him 4 to 3 with the starting offense in Philly’s 3rd preseason game. This is trending toward an early-down committee early this season. Darren Sproles will also mix in and dominate passing-down work.
Tarik Cohen, RB, Bears
He got the start in place of the injured Jordan Howard (eye) in Chicago’s 2nd exhibition, carrying 11 times for 77 yards. We’re not sure Cohen will see enough action to be a standalone fantasy option this year, but he’s emerged as Howard’s handcuff.
DeVante Parker, WR, Dolphins
Parker and QB Jay Cutler again flashed their budding chemistry in Thursday night’s preseason game, hooking up for a big 72-yarder. Cutler’s gunslinging mentality will raise Parker’s chances of a breakout 2017 season.
Chris Hogan and Danny Amendola, WR, Patriots
Brandin Cooks, Rob Gronkowski, James White and Malcolm Mitchell got boosts up the rankings after what looks like a season-ending knee injury for Julian Edelman. But these 2 guys are the big winners. Hogan looks like the best bet to step in as New England’s #2 WR. He flashed his upside with a 4-70-2 line in Friday night’s exhibition. Amendola figures to replace Edelman’s slot snaps and could be an asset in PPR leagues.
Sterling Shepard, WR, Giants
Shepard got a bit of a target boost with the injuries to WRs Odell Beckham and Brandon Marshall on Monday night. Marshall should be fine, but Beckham could “potentially” miss Week 1.
Cooper Kupp, WR, Rams
Kupp is quickly developing a strong rapport with QB Jared Goff. The duo hooked up 6 times for 70 yards and a score in the 2nd preseason game. Kupp was targeted by Goff a team-high 7 times. He’ll miss the 3rd exhibition with a minor groin injury but should be ready for Week 1. Kupp is an intriguing late-round flier in PPR drafts.
Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers
He’s not going away yet. Gates has out-snapped Hunter Henry 19 to 15 with the 1st-team offense through 2 preseason games. While we still project the youngster to score more fantasy points this season, the grizzled vet looks like the better value in drafts.
Stock Down: These players have moved down the Draft Sharks rankings over the past week.
Andrew Luck, QB, Colts
We’re 15 days from the start of the season and Luck is still on the PUP list. At this point, we’d be shocked if he played Week 1. And don’t be surprised if he misses multiple games. That means if you draft him, you’ll need to spend another valuable pick on a QB for the beginning of the season. We’re not considering Luck before the 8th or 9th round.
Paxton Lynch, QB, Broncos
He had a disappointing August and lost the starting job to Trevor Siemian. Lynch is trending toward “bust” status.
Spencer Ware, RB, Chiefs
Ware went down with a knee injury in Friday night’s preseason action. It sounds like he avoided ACL damage but is still likely looking at a multi-week absence. Rookie Kareem Hunt might have a stranglehold on the starting job by the time Ware returns. He’s only a later-round bench stash in fantasy drafts.
Eddie Lacy, RB, Seahawks
The good news for Lacy: He’s healthier than Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise. The bad news: He’s getting out-played by rookie Chris Carson. Seattle’s backfield will be 1 of the muddiest in the league entering Week 1, making all the RBs tough to trust in fantasy lineups.
Matt Forte, RB, Jets
He’s missed the majority of August with hamstring trouble. He returned to practice on Tuesday, and we’ll see if he suits up for this weekend’s preseason game. We just wonder how much motivation this 32-year-old has to play for the crumbling Jets.
LeGarrette Blount, RB, Eagles
Blount was out-snapped and out-carried by Wendell Smallwood in Philly’s 3rd preseason game. It looks like he’ll enter the season in an early-down committee without a role in the passing game. Yuck.
C.J. Prosise, RB, Seahawks
Hurt again. Prosise is now dealing with a strained groin that cost him the 2nd and 3rd preseason games. That follows hip, hamstring, hand and shoulder blade injuries during his rookie campaign. We love this kid’s talent, but he can’t be trusted as more than a bench stash.
Donnel Pumphrey, RB, Eagles
Pumphrey ran behind LeGarrette Blount, Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement in Philly’s 3rd preseason game. (Darren Sproles didn’t play.) Pumphrey is seemingly fighting for a roster spot and is off the redraft radar.
Lance Dunbar, RB, Rams
Rams HC Sean McVay said this week that Dunbar is expected to open the season on the PUP list with his knee injury. That’d knock him out for the first 6 games. He’s not worth rostering in any fantasy leagues.
Odell Beckham, WR, Giants
He avoided a serious injury in Monday night’s preseason game, but it sounds like Beckham is dealing with a high-ankle sprain. ESPN reported on Wednesday that he could "potentially" miss the season opener against the Cowboys. We shaved a game off OBJ’s projections. He remains 3rd in the WR rankings but is now closer to #4 than #2.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts
We nudged him down a few spots with his QB looking unlikely for Week 1. Hilton will be more of a lower-end WR2 for however long Andrew Luck is out.
Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots
Edelman went down on Friday night with what sounds like a season-ending torn ACL. Check Shark Bites for updates, but Edelman is obviously undraftable right now.
Jaelen Strong, WR, Texans
He was popped with a 1-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Strong was slated to start on the outside in place of WR Will Fuller (collarbone). He’ll likely step in there come Week 2, but Strong isn’t worth drafting.
Anquan Boldin, WR, free agent
He decided to hang up the cleats rather than spend the season with the rebuilding Bills.
Hunter Henry, TE, Chargers
The preseason has reminded us that Henry remains in a committee with Antonio Gates. In fact, Gates has out-snapped Henry 19 to 15 with the 1st-team offense through 2 preseason games. Henry is more likely to be a boom/bust weekly option than the rock-solid TE1 he’s being drafted as.
David Njoku, TE, Browns
It’s been a quiet August for the 1st-round rookie. He was playing deep into the 4th quarter in Cleveland’s 2nd preseason game — a sign that he has a lot of depth-chart climbing to do. Njoku won’t be on the fantasy radar to start the season.