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2017 NFL Preseason Early Fantasy Risers

trashman-editPreseason Risers: Players who have seen their fantasy stock rise thus far in the NFL preseason.

It’s difficult to know what will translate to the regular season and what is just an early preseason mirage, but these are some of the guys who have been increasing their fantasy stock over the last couple of weeks….


Jaron Brown WR, Cardinals: Brown suffered an ACL tear last October, but he’s all systems go and running faster than ever. John Brown has been dealing for a quad injury for weeks, and has always been slow to recover, so Jaron is running as the No.2 in Arizona for what could be several weeks into the season.


Zay Jones WR, Bills: The sudden trade that put Sammy Watkins in Los Angeles and subsequently brought Jordan Matthews to Buffalo may have ultimately provided more questions than answers. One thing we can be sure of though is that Zay Jones is going to get a shot at becoming the No.1 WR for the Bills as a rookie with Matthews still recovering from a chest injury and Anquan Boldin likely to play almost exclusively out of the slot.


Seth DeValve TE, Browns: I shudder to think that Brock Osweiler will continue to start under center for the Browns, but if he does, DeValve could see a significant role in the Browns offense. Rookie David Njoku is struggling with back soreness and dropped passes at a position that is notoriously difficult for first-year players, and Randall Telfer is listed as the top tight end, but his role is more of a blocking one. Athletic and sure handed, DeValve is primed to see action early and often in Cleveland.


Taywan Taylor WR, Titans: Taylor is one of the last in line in a crowded Titans receiving corps, but his preseason play is displaying the natural playmaking ability we witnessed at the Senior Bowl where he was one of the fastest players on the field by our Catapult metrics. He has to leapfrog a few good players to step into fantasy relevance, but the path may be clearer than you think with Eric Decker already prone to injury and Corey Davis week to week with a hamstring problem. If nothing else, Taylor is a must-have in dynasty leagues.


Darren McFadden RB, Cowboys: There’s definitely some risk/reward potential to think about with this one, as there is a possibility that Zeke Elliott’s suspension is delayed until next season, but McFadden has the potential to be a first-half-of-season savior behind the league’s best O-line in Dallas. As long as his ADP doesn’t skyrocket, McFadden is well worth the pick.


Kenny Golladay WR, Lions: Possibly fifth in the initial pecking order in Detroit, Golladay is making an argument for starter’s snaps with dominant preseason play like his his 3/52/2 line on Saturday against the Colts. The redzone is where I see him making his biggest impact in year one.


Ted Ginn WR, Saints: I rarely saw Ginn leave the field during the closed practice I was able to attend at Saints camp last week. He was inconsistent in Carolina, and he may very well be in New Orleans (he dropped an easy TD grab last week in the end zone), but they’re going to give him snaps and targets galore in a high-octane passing offense.


Nelson Agholor WR, Eagles: He’s still a flier, but Agholor’s role has grown since the departure of Jordan Matthews to Buffalo. He’s squandered opportunity to thrive in the past, but our sources in Philly say that Agholor has turned a corner and is doing all the right things to be a productive member of the Eagles organization, on and off the field.


Thomas Rawls/Chris Carson RB, Seahawks: Contrary to popular belief, Rawls has been the first-team back in Seattle over Eddie Lacy, which isn’t that hard to believe if you leave out his 2016 season – he led the NFL in yards per carry as a rookie in 2015. Carson is playing well behind those two — he’s already ahead of Alex Collins and he’s been deadly in the redzone during the preseason. He’s someone to consider late in dynasty drafts.


Amara Darboh WR, Seahawks: One of my standouts at this year’s Senior Bowl, Darboh is turning heads at Seahawks camp with his ability to make catches in tight spaces and run-after-the-catch ability. We have reason to believe the ‘Hawks are going to be throwing the ball more than ever this year, and without a clear dominant receiver in the mix, Darboh has as good a chance as anybody to carve out significant playing time.


  1. I have the third pick in a four year dynasty. After year one we keep one, then two in year two, and three after the third year. This is the first year draft. It’s three wr, two rb standard. How should my draft board look? David Johnson 1, Brown 2 , beckham or Evans 3? Does this sound right or am I missing someone?

    1. We’d argue that Le’Veon should go before Brown given Brown is now 29 y.o.

      1. This is why you guys are the best. I didn’t realize bell was only 25. I thought he was a little older.

  2. Doug Martin looked good last night! He might be a steal a little later in the draft if you can get through his suspension.

    1. Sorry, this was in reference to the early fantasy risers and not the dynasty league!

      1. Post By Byron Lambert

        No doubt, users of the STD Draft Cheat Sheet have been getting quite a bit of exposure to Martin- hopefully it stays that way at current ADP, don’t want too good of a preseason 🙂

  3. Post By

    I am in a 12 team ppr league. 2 QB option, it’s a superflex spot. We can keep 4 players, no penalties. I am keeping Evans, Green, Hilton and Howard. I also have Wilson but I don’t want to keep him over my other guys. Most starting QB’s will be off the board because many will keep 1 and some will keep 2. I draft 2nd. I have been offered A Rodgers for Evans. Should I keep my team as is, draft a RB (McCaffrey) and look for a QB on my next pick (snake draft)? Or offer Green for Rodgers? Any help would be appreciated!

    1. Who are the best QBs available? Will Brady or Brees be available at 2?

  4. Post By

    No, almost all teams keep at least 1 QB. I ended up pulling the trigger. I gave AJ Green for Rodgers and a 9th rounder. I now have Rodgers, Howard, Evans and Hilton as my keepers. With the 2nd pick should I grab McCaffrey or Lynch? PPR league.

    1. you have a lot of upside w/ your WR I’d take the guaranteed touches in Lynch.

  5. Post By

    Thanks Alex, I appreciate the advice!

  6. Post By

    Should I swoop up Zay Jones for a handcuff Jamaal Charles, Jamaal Williams or even Samaje Perine? I feel a little lite on RB but thanks to the mystical cheat sheet my WR are already sick. 2-QB league, Standard 10 team League.
    My roster:
    QB Tom Brady
    QB Russel Wilson
    RB McCaffrey
    RB Ty Montgomery
    WR Antonio Brown
    WR Alshon
    Flex A Rob
    Flex TyFreak Hill
    TE Hunter Henry
    BENCH CJ Anderson, Martavis, J Stew, Perine, Mike Wallace, Jamaal Charles, Jamaal Williams

    1. Lots of talk that Charles will get cut and DeAngelo Henderson will overtake Booker for the #2 RB spot in Denver.

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