Risers & Fallers

Stock Up/Stock Down Report (8/24-8/30)

By Jared Smola 8:56pm EDT 8/30/13

Stock Up - These players have moved up the Draft Sharks rankings over the past week.

Terrelle Pryor, QB, Raiders

The Raiders have yet to name their Week 1 starting QB, but the general consensus among the Oakland media is that it’ll be Pryor.  This guy still has tons of work to do as a passer, but his rushing ability could make him a sneaky QB2.

Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs

Charles is back at practice and even played in Kansas City’s 3rd preseason game.  The foot he injured a few weeks ago is no longer a concern.  Charles is safe to draft as a top 5 RB.

David Wilson, RB, Giants

Andre Brown’s broken leg has David Wilson locked in as New York’s lead back.  He’s earned it anyway by averaging a juicy 7.5 yards per carry this preseason.  Consider Wilson a strong RB2 with top-10 upside.

Eddie Lacy, RB, Packers

With DuJuan Harris out for the year, Lacy will open the season as Green Bay’s clear-cut lead back.  Expect 15+ touches per game, making him a weekly RB2 for your fantasy squad.

DeAngelo Williams, RB, Panthers

Jonathan Stewart is out for at least Carolina’s first 5 games -- and possibly longer.  Williams is looking at 15+ touches per game as long as Stewart is sidelined.

Joique Bell, RB, Lions

Bell beat out Mikel Leshoure for the #2 spot on Detroit’s depth chart.  He figures to see a handful of touches per game and would be a viable fantasy starter if Reggie Bush goes down.

Kendall Hunter, RB, 49ers

Hunter has flashed pre-injury explosion this preseason and has won San Fran’s #2 RB job.  He’s the handcuff for Frank Gore owners.

Johnathan Franklin, RB, Packers

It’s been a rough summer for the rookie.  But DuJuan Harris’ season-ending injury has re-opened the door for the #2 RB spot.  We’ll see if Franklin can bust through.  He’s still only worth a look in deep standard leagues or Draft Masters.

Mike Goodson, RB, Jets

Goodson returned to the Jets this week … and then was suspended for the first 4 games.  It’s clear he’s still part of the team’s plans, though.  Goodson has a good chance to emerge as New York’s change-of-pace and pass-catching back over the 2nd half of the season.

Brandon Jackson, RB, Browns

With both Dion Lewis and Montario Hardesty out for the year, Jackson steps in as Cleveland’s #2 RB by default.  He’ll see just a handful of snaps behind Trent Richardson, though.  Even if T-Rich goes down, we wouldn't recommend Jackson as a fantasy starter.  Don’t bother drafting Jackson as a handcuff.

Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers

Nelson returned to practice this week and reportedly looks 100% recovered from knee surgery.  He’s good to go for Week 1 and is back to high-end WR2 status.

Quinton Patton, WR, 49ers

Patton missed the first 2 preseason games but impressed in the last 2.  He caught a TD from Colin Kaepernick in each, including a 43-yarder in the finale.  Patton could quickly emerge as San Fran’s #2 WR.  He’s worth a look with 1 of your last few picks.

Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots

It looks like Gronk will avoid the reserve PUP list.  The latest report has him eyeing a late-September return.  Week 4 is our guess right now.  12 games of Gronk at 100% is worth a 3rd- or 4th-round pick in fantasy drafts.  We’re just still not convinced he’ll be 100% at any time this year.

Brent Celek, TE, Eagles

Despite the additions of Zach Ertz and James Casey, Celek will open the season as Philly’s #1 TE.  Insider Paul Domowitch goes as far as saying Celek will be a “big part” of the passing game.  We’ll see about that.  Celek still figures to be tough to trust in standard fantasy leagues.  He’s more of a Draft Masters option.

Stock Down - These players have moved down the Draft Sharks rankings over the past week.

Matt Flynn, QB, Raiders

For the 2nd straight offseason, Flynn has been out-played in August and is in danger of losing the starting job.  Don’t both considering Flynn in fantasy drafts.

Kevin Kolb, QB, Bills

Kolb sustained a concussion in the 3rd preseason game -- at least his 3rd as a pro. He’s done for this year, and his football career is reportedly in jeopardy.

Andre Brown, RB, Giants

Brown broke his left leg in Thursday night’s preseason game.  It’s the same leg he broke last year.  Brown said afterward that it’s just a “small fracture” and said he hopes to play again this season.  Friday reports put his "rough" return timeline at 4-6 weeks, which would mean missing 3-5 games.  That makes Brown a solid late stash in relatively deep fantasy leagues.

Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers

Stewart will open the season on the PUP list, costing him Carolina’s first 5 games.  There’s no guarantee he’ll even be ready after that.  Stewart hasn’t even resumed running after dual offseason ankle surgeries.  He’s just a late-round bench stash in fantasy drafts.

LaMichael James, RB, 49ers

James suffered a sprained MCL in Thursday night's preseason game.  That will reportedly knock him out for 3-4 weeks.  James, when healthy, will operate as a change-of-pace, likely seeing no more than a handful of touches per game.

DuJuan Harris, RB, Packers

Harris suffered a season-ending knee injury in the 3rd preseason game.

Dion Lewis and Montario Hardesty, RBs, Browns

Both backups landed on IR this week.

Brandon Marshall, WR, Bears

Marshall continues to be bothered by the bum hip he had operated on earlier this offseason.  He’ll play Week 1, but the hip is enough for us to move him behind safer options with similar upside in our WR rankings.

Kenny Britt, WR, Titans

Britt’s knee has been acting up recently, forcing him out of practice.  It’s clear that he’s still not 100%.  He'll be tough to rely on as a fantasy starter to open the season.

Austin Collie, WR, 49ers

Collie got off to a good start with the 49ers but has fizzled lately.  He’s on the roster bubble and isn’t a fantasy option.

Rob Housler, TE, Cardinals

Housler went down with what was reported as a high ankle sprain in the 3rd preseason game.  Housler believes he has a chance to play Week 1, though.  Either way, he won’t be a recommended early-season fantasy starter.  Housler could still be a valuable bye-week option for your fantasy squad.

Tony Moeaki, TE, Chiefs

Moeaki fractured his shoulder in the 3rd exhibition.  He’s out indefinitely.  The oft-injured TE was 3rd on Kansas City’s depth chart anyway and isn’t a fantasy option.

Jake Ballard and Daniel Fells, TEs, free agents

The Patriots released both guys on Friday.  It’s another sign that New England expects to have Rob Gronkowski back sooner than later.  Zach Sudfeld and Michael Hoomanawanui are #2 and #3 on the depth chart.

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