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Stock Up/Stock Down Report (8-27 through 9-2)

By Jared Smola 10:09am EDT 9/3/16


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

Dak Prescott, QB, Cowboys

Prescott was nothing short of brilliant this preseason, completing 78% of his passes, averaging 9.1 yards per attempt and chucking 5 TDs with 0 INTs. His task will be tougher when the real games start, but he’ll be playing behind an elite offensive line with a talented RB, #1 WR and TE. Prescott’s rushing ability gives him added upside. He could quickly emerge as a spot-start option.

Carson Wentz, QB, Eagles

Chase Daniel will open the season as Philly's starter, but the Sam Bradford trade means Wentz will likely get on the field much sooner than originally planned. He's not worth rostering in redraft now but could emerge as a spot-starter later this year.

Arian Foster, RB, Dolphins

Foster got the preseason finale off. Jay Ajayi didn’t. That might be telling as far as which guy will enter Week 1 as the lead back (Foster). We’re still expecting a committee attack, though, and Miami doesn’t look like a fruitful fantasy backfield.

Spencer Ware, RB, Chiefs

With Jamaal Charles potentially iffy and at least limited for Week 1, Ware might be the better fantasy play. And he could have value beyond that depending on Charles’ status. Ware is clearly ahead of Charcandrick West on the depth chart.

Rob Kelley, RB, Redskins

Keith Marshall is on IR. Matt Jones remains sidelined with his shoulder injury. Kelley ripped off 99 yards on 16 carries in Washington’s preseason finale. He’s secured the #2 spot on the depth chart behind an injured, unproven starter.

D.J. Foster, RB, Patriots

Reportedly fighting for a roster spot in Thursday night’s preseason finale, Foster exploded for 110 yards on 9 receptions. That pass-catching ability is important for a team looking to replace RB Dion Lewis. Foster isn’t worth a roster spot in redraft leagues just yet, but keep him on your watch list if something happens to James White.

Will Fuller, WR, Texans

This rookie looks ready to make an instant impact. He’s hauled in 7 balls for 140 yards and 2 TDs over the last 2 preseason games. Fuller has locked up a Week 1 starting job and is a nice pick anywhere in the double-digit rounds — especially in best-ball leagues.

Kenny Stills, WR, Dolphins

A forgotten man for much of the offseason, Stills is set to open the season as Miami’s #2 WR. He played that role in the 3rd preseason game and racked up 46 yards on 4 grabs in 1 half of action. His chemistry with QB Ryan Tannehill looks much improved. Stills could emerge as a weekly WR3 if he stays ahead of DeVante Parker on the depth chart.

Tyrell Williams, WR, Chargers

The release of James Jones further solidifies Williams as San Diego’s #3 WR. The 6'4, 205-pound speedster hauled in 7 balls for 83 yards across the 2nd and 3rd exhibitions.

Maxx Williams, TE, Ravens

Ben Watson’s season-ending Achilles injury creates a big opportunity for Williams. He’ll need to fend off Crockett Gillmore — but remember that Baltimore spent a 2nd-round pick on Williams just last year. He’s the Baltimore TE to take a shot on late in drafts.

Jesse James, TE, Steelers

James will spend at least the first 6 weeks of the season as Pittsburgh’s lead TE — and maybe longer depending on Ladarius Green’s health. The 6’7, 260-pound James should at least be a factor in the red zone. He hauled in 4 of 5 targets for 25 yards and a score in the Steelers’ 3rd preseason game.

Patrick Murray, K, Browns

Murray beat out Travis Coons for Cleveland’s starting job. You should be able to do better for your fantasy squad.


Stock Down: These players have moved up the Draft Sharks rankings over the past week.

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Vikings

Bridgewater will miss the entire 2016 season after tearing his ACL, dislocating his knee and suffering “other structural damage” in Tuesday’s practice. The question now is whether he’ll be ready for the start of next season. Shaun Hill steps in as Minnesota’s starting QB but isn’t a fantasy option.

Tony Romo, QB, Cowboys

Romo is expected to miss anywhere from 6-10 weeks with a broken bone in his back. We’ll see if Dallas sticks him on IR-designated-for-return, which would knock him out through Week 8. Romo isn’t worth rostering in anything besides deep 2-QB leagues.

Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs

ESPN’s Adam Teicher has single-handedly sunk Charles in our rankings. He reported on Wednesday that Charles is “behind schedule” in his rehab and suggested Thursday that he’s not a lock to play in the opener. One of the most reliable reporters in the industry, Teicher’s words need to be taken seriously. We’re not drafting Charles inside the first 2 rounds.

Jay Ajayi, RB, Dolphins

Ajayi had a disappointing preseason, averaging just 2.7 yards per carry, losing a fumble and looking shaky in the passing game. He played in this week’s preseason finale, a game usually reserved for guys still trying to earn a role and/or roster spot. Ajayi will make the team and still figures to have a Week 1 role, but he’ll be tough to like in fantasy lineups.

Kenneth Dixon, RB, Ravens

Dixon appeared to be making a run at a Week 1 role … then he tore his MCL in last week’s preseason game. He’s expected to be sidelined 4 weeks. It’ll be at least another few weeks beyond that before he’s a potential fantasy option.

Keith Marshall, RB, Redskins

Marshall was placed on IR with the elbow injury he suffered in the 3rd preseason game. He’ll return in 2017 to fight for a role and remains a fine dynasty stash.

Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys

As good as Dak Prescott has looked this preseason, he still projects as a downgrade from Tony Romo — at least early on this year. Dallas also figures to go even more run-heavy under Prescott.

Jordan Matthews, WR, Eagles

The Chase Daniel/Carson Wentz battery figures to be a slight downgrade from the departed Sam Bradford. Those 2 are also less familiar with Matthews, so there will be an adjustment period. Throw in the knee injury that cost Matthews most of August, and he's shaping up as a shaky WR3.

DeVante Parker, WR, Dolphins

We all overrated Parker’s readiness. He’s played behind Kenny Stills this preseason and was recently called out by HC Adam Gase. There’s still upside here, but Parker should only be drafted as a bench stash.

Kendall Wright, WR, Titans

Wright re-injured his hamstring in his 1st practice in nearly a month. He’s off the fantasy radar at this point.

Bruce Ellington, WR, 49ers

Ellington will miss the entire season after injuring his hamstring in last week’s 3rd preseason game.

Jason Witten, WR, Cowboys

Losing BFF Tony Romo hurts, but it doesn’t kill Witten. He’s averaged 5.7 catches and 57 yards in 24 games without Romo over the past 6 seasons.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Bucs

ASJ continues tumbling down the rankings. He played deep into Wednesday night’s 4th exhibition — never a good sign — and got into a sideline spat with the coaching staff. Seferian-Jenkins will open the season behind Cameron Brate on the depth chart.

Ladarius Green, TE, Steelers

Green was placed on reserve/PUP this week, knocking him out for at least the first 6 weeks. His availability beyond that remains in question. Green is only worth drafting in leagues with an IR spot.

Ben Watson, TE, Ravens

Watson tore his Achilles in Baltimore’s 3rd preseason game and will miss the entire season. The 35-year-old’s career might be over.

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