Stock Up/Stock Down Report (8-6 through 8-12)
Stock Up: These players have moved up the Draft Sharks rankings over the past week.
Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Eagles
Eagles insider John McMullen wrote this week that Gainwell “seems to be penciled in for high-leverage situations like third downs, the hurry-up offense, and goal-line work.” If that’s the case, Gainwell could be a weekly fantasy starter even alongside a healthy Miles Sanders. Gainwell has been sidelined the last few days with a hip injury that we’ll monitor.
Eno Benjamin, RB, Cardinals
Benjamin has had a nice training camp and is the favorite to open the season as Arizona’s #2 RB, ahead of Darrel Williams. Benjamin is still more likely to be a James Conner handcuff than standalone fantasy option.
Zamir White, RB, Raiders
The rookie had a nice debut in the Hall of Fame Game, running 11 times for 52 yards and catching 3 of 4 targets for 23 yards. The Athletic’s Tashan Reed wrote that White “is the closest to pushing [Josh] Jacobs for his role as the lead back.”
Ameer Abdullah, RB, Raiders
Insider Albert Breer believes Abdullah is pegged for the James White role (aka pass catcher) in Vegas’ backfield. We’re still not very interested in Abdullah as a draft target right now. But if Breer is right, it'd be bad news for RB Josh Jacobs and would leave RB Kenyan Drake undraftable.
Ty Montgomery, RB, Patriots
New England’s 3rd-down role is confirmed up for grabs after RB James White’s retirement. NESN's Zack Cox considers Montgomery a "strong candidate" for that job. He rested with the rest of the Patriots’ starters in the preseason opener, which might be confirmation that he has a roster spot locked up.
Julius Chestnut, RB, Titans
This undrafted rookie got the start in Tennessee’s preseason opener on Thursday night. RBs Derrick Henry and Dontrell Hillard sat out, but Chestnut played ahead of 4th-round rookie Hassan Haskins. Chestnut seems to have a chance to win the Henry handcuff job.
D.J. Chark, WR, Lions
Chark has been "impressive all camp," Tim Twentyman of the team's website wrote this week. With rookie WR Jameson Williams unlikely to make an early-season impact, Chark could provide sneaky fantasy value.
Noah Brown, WR, Cowboys
Cowboys insider Michael Gehlken said on the Draft Sharks podcast that Brown is his bet to be the team’s 2nd most targeted WR to open the season. He’s worth a look late in PPR drafts and might be an early-season DFS flier.
Simi Fehoko, WR, Cowboys
Gehlken also mentioned Fehoko as a camp standout. The Athletic’s Jon Machota, meanwhile, named Fehoko the “biggest surprise” in training camp. The 2021 5th-rounder has been getting some 1st-team reps. We’ll keep an eye on his preseason usage.
Brett Maher, K, Cowboys
He signed with Dallas on Tuesday. Maher and Lirim Hajrullahu will duke it out for the starting job over the next month.
Stock Down: These players have moved down the Draft Sharks rankings over the past week.
Zach Wilson, QB, Jets
Wilson suffered a non-contact right knee injury in Friday night’s preseason opener. The initial belief is that Wilson avoided a season-ending injury, but he’s scheduled for further testing on the knee. Check Shark Bites for updates. QB Joe Flacco is the Jets’ backup.
Kenny Pickett, QB, Steelers
QB Mitchell Trubisky remains the “clear favorite” to open the season as Pittsburgh’s starter, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler said this week. Fowler added that “there’s not much feeling” the Steelers will “rush” Pickett into the starting lineup. We still expect Pickett to make starts this season, but he’s not draftable outside of 2-QB and Superflex leagues.
Miles Sanders, RB, Eagles
If RB Kenneth Gainwell gets 3rd-down and goal-line work, as Eagles insider John McMullen suggested this week, Sanders will have a tough time scoring fantasy points. We nudged him down the rankings and will keep a close eye on the backfield in preseason action.
Ronald Jones, RB, Chiefs
For the 2nd time in the last month, we got a prediction from a Chiefs insider that Jones won’t make the final roster. Arrowhead Pride's Pete Sweeney believes Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Isiah Pacheco are locks and gives Jerick McKinnon the edge over Jones. Jones is barely draftable right now.
Gus Edwards, RB, Ravens
Ravens HC John Harbaugh basically conceded on Wednesday that Edwards (knee) won't be ready for the start of the season. We'll continue to monitor his progress. But, at this point, he's not worth a pick in most fantasy drafts.
Hassan Haskins, RB, Titans
Based on Week 1 preseason usage, Haskins currently sits 4th on Tennessee’s RB depth chart. There’s time for him to climb, but Haskins is more waiver-wire watch list than draft target right now.
James White, RB, Patriots
Struggling to come back from last year’s hip injury, White announced his retirement on Thursday.
Jakeem Grant, WR, Browns
Grant suffered a season-ending torn Achilles on Tuesday. He was expected to handle some return duties but didn't project for a significant role on offense.