Every week, we want to take some time to look at which players are moving up and down fantasy draft boards. This will become even more important moving into the next few weeks, as the preseason gets going.
Alfred Morris – +84 – This is really the first appearance we have seen of Morris on this list this year, but it comes with good reason. No one really knows what is going to happen with Ezekiel Elliott. The presumption is that he will be suspended for a few games this year, which could result in Morris or Darren McFadden pick up some snaps.
I would think that McFadden profiles a little bit better as the starter than Morris, but there is the potential of Morris getting the nod. Either one of these guys are just speculative adds. They are both going really late in drafts, so you are not spending any capital to get them. I would not be so quick to jump, though.
Marqise Lee – +46 – The Jaguars are going to turn into a running team, right? I think they will go in that direction, but I just don’t see that happening in year one. The potential for Allen Robinson to turn things around this year is there, but ultimately, I think it is likely that we will see the ball spread around.
Lee finished the year as the #2 receiver for the Jags, actually coming pretty close to catching Robinson as the top dog. He was a prized receiver coming out of USC a few years ago, and it would not shock me to see him come through with an even bigger role for the team this year.
Rex Burkhead – +20 – Why Rex Burkhead makes it onto this list for a third straight week, I have no idea. I cannot fathom that Burkhead is in line for a huge role, but the more I look at the Patriots, the more I see this being a situation to stay away from. There are a lot of mouths to feed there.
I know the buzz is huge on Mike Gillislee, but to me, he continues to seem like more and more of a bust risk. The talent COULD be there, but we have not seen him in a full time role, so it is very tough to want to believe that he will be able to do what Blount did last year. Anyway, Burkhead is not someone you should be looking at.
Breshad Perriman – -26 – After news on Perriman having a strong offseason program, we see his stock fall. It does make sense, considering that the team picked up Jeremy Maclin. Still, with all the issues with tight end health, I can see Perriman having a much better year than 2016.
Let’s face it: it will not take much to do that. The upside for Perriman vs. his draft position is pretty clear. He is currently not being drafted at all, and as a result, is not a huge concern for us. Still, I would short list him as someone who could be a pickup after week 1.
Curtis Samuel – -21 – Samuel and his descent does not make sense to me. He is going to be moving into an offense where the pass catchers, outside of Greg Olsen, have been very inconsistent. Additionally, he brings something to the table that they do not really have at his talent level.
My guess is that his fall is a result more than anything else of just being forgotten about. Christian McCaffrey is the rookie on this team that fantasy players will look at, and as a result, Samuel gets left out in the dust. He is a more realistic dynasty option, but is someone that I would heavily consider in the same light as Perriman above.
Tyrell Williams – -16 – This is absolutely the worst one. Mike Williams gets hurt, and as if he was going to be seeing a huge role anyway, Williams sees a nice fall. At this point, this guy is going to end up as the steal of the draft.
I would not be surprised to see his draft position tick up over the next few weeks. While Mike Williams might not need surgery, he has missed all of OTA’s, and there is a strong chance that his preseason will be affected as well. Tyrell Williams is a stud on the rise, and I would not sleep on him.