2017 Fantasy Football Stock Report - Week of Aug. 28
One more update on Andrew Luck: It's official now that Luck will be sidelined Week 1. The fact that the Colts ruled him out so early in the week suggests that he won't be available Week 2 either. I would stay away from all Colt players unless they fall far in your draft.
Matt Jones, RB, Colts
The Colts signed Matt Jones. He can be picked up in the later rounds, as he could be the replacement for Frank Gore, should he get injured.
Jonathan Williams, RB, None
The Bills don't understand how NFL personnel management works. Buffalo, what you want to do is keep your young, talented players and cut the old, useless ones instead. We realize you released Jonathan Williams without understanding this simple concept, but please use it as a learning experience going forward.
Phillip Dorsett, WR, Patriots
Phillip Dorsett was traded to the Patriots. There's some long-term potential with the move, but Dorsett will have to spend some time learning New England's offense.
Jim Irsay said Andrew Luck is "unlikely" to play Week 1. At this point, it's more of a matter when Luck will be able to play rather than if he'll suit up against the Rams. Tread carefully with Colts players, as Luck could miss several games and may not be 100 percent when he returns.
Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys
The NFLPA has filed a temporary restraining order in Texas to get the courts to block any suspension upheld by the NFL arbiter. This appeals process could get ugly, and I think one of two things will happen. Either this will drag out forever like the Tom Brady hearing did, or Elliott will accept a plea to have his suspension reduced to four, or maybe even two games. Either way, Elliott is looking much better right now, and I'd consider him atop the second round now.
Ted Ginn, WR, Saints
Ted Ginn's value has increased in the wake of Willie Snead's three-game suspension. I wouldn't go crazy with him, but Ginn is a decent option in the double-digit rounds.
John Ross, WR, Bengals
John Ross will miss a couple of weeks with a sprained knee. I didn't like Ross as a re-draft target anyway, so this cements the fact that he'll be off my board.
Willie Snead, WR, Saints
Willie Snead has been suspended for three games. If everyone knows this, Snead could provide some value very late in your draft.
LeGarrette Blount, RB, Eagles
The Eagles could look into a better solution at running back than LeGarrette Blount, according to Zach Berman, Philadelphia Inquirer. Blount hasn't shown well this preseason, though part of the reason for that is the Eagles using him incorrectly. Wendell Smallwood has looked better, so he could be the starter. Matt Forte and Matt Jones could be possibilities acquired via trade.
Jarvis Landry, WR, Dolphins
The NFL is investigating the domestic abuse allegations against Jarvis Landry. It's not out of the question that Landry could get popped for six games, much like Ezekiel Elliott has. Landry could receive no ban, but the potential of one would definitely keep me from drafting him.
Corey Davis, WR, Titans
Corey Davis has returned to practice. Davis is set to be ready Week 1. It's been nearly a month since he's practiced, but he has the talent to be a breakout player early in the season. His 10.01 ADP seems reasonable.
George Kittle, TE, 49ers
Vance McDonald has been traded, so George Kittle will have an opportunity to catch more passes. I wouldn't recommend him in re-draft formats, however, as he's just a rookie tight end playing in a pedestrian offense.
Vance McDonald, TE, Steelers
Vance McDonald has been traded to the Steelers. It might take him some time to integrate into the offense, but McDonald has great potential late in the season because of the offense he'll be playing in.
It'll take a "miraculous turn of events" for Andrew Luck to play Week 1, according to Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star. The Rams have opened as three-point favorites in numerous sportsbooks, so even the oddsmakers believe Luck won't play. It sounds like Luck will be out for a few weeks, and he may not be 100 percent even when he returns.
Joe Williams, RB, 49ers
Matt Breida has been better than Joe Williams in training camp, according to Matt Barrows, Sacramento Bee. Williams got off to a hot start in rookie mini-camps, but has been a letdown since. He has played behind Breida, and there's no guarantee he'll even make the team. Williams is not draftable anymore.
Spencer Ware, RB, Chiefs
Spencer Ware is out for the season with a torn PCL.
The odds are against Andrew Luck playing in Week 1, according to Mike Wells, ESPN Colts. It's sounding like Luck will miss a few games, making everyone in Indianapolis' offense a risky selection. T.Y. Hilton, in particular, shouldn't be chosen at his 3.01 ADP. I would take Luck as a backup in the ninth round or later (his current ADP is 8.01), but there's a realistic chance that he won't be 100 percent at all this entire year.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots
Rob Gronkowski has emulated parts of Tom Brady's diet, according to Mike Reiss, ESPN. Brady has a legendary diet that has allowed him to remain one of the top players in the NFL despite turning 40 this month. It sounds like Gronkowski is going to follow suit, or at least attempt to. Gronkowski is cutting out beer (during the season, at least) and coffee. Perhaps this will keep him healthy this season.
Allen Hurns, WR, Jaguars
It's believed that the Jaguars are trying to trade Allen Hurns. Good luck finding anyone who is willing to take on that $40 million contract! With Dede Westbrook thriving in preseason action, the Jaguars can afford to deal Hurns, who hasn't seen the field very much.
Danny Woodhead, RB, Ravens
Danny Woodhead has missed practice this week with a hamstring injury. Hamstrings tend to linger, and this is a reminder that Woodhead isn't the most durable player in the NFL. His Week 1 status is unclear.
Mike Gillislee, RB, Seahawks
Mike Gillislee returned to practice fully Tuesday. Gillislee is finally over his hamstring, or so it seems. The Patriots have a complicated backfield where a running back will get most of the touches one week and disappear the next, based on the game plan. The one thing we do know is that Gillislee's ADP is too high and Rex Burkhead's is too low.
C.J. Prosise, RB, Seahawks
C.J. Prosise strained his groin in warmups prior to the second preseason game. This is frustrating because soft-tissue injuries linger, plus Prosise couldn't stay healthy last year. I like Prosise as a late-round sleeper, but he certainly has his downside.
Eric Ebron, TE, Lions
Eric Ebron has been out nearly a month with his hamstring injury. It's 10 days short of a month now, to be precise. This can't be surprising to anyone, as Ebron has yet to play a full 16-game season. I would avoid him in fantasy drafts.
Matt Forte, RB, Jets
Todd Bowles wouldn't commit to Matt Forte being ready for Week 1. The worn-down Forte has been battling a hamstring injury. Forte was projected to be behind Bilal Powell anyway, so this is even less incentive to draft the old runner.
Wendell Smallwood, RB, Eagles
Wendell Smallwood could win the Eagles' starting running back job, according to Jimmy Kempski, Philly Voice. LeGarrette Blount has been pretty lackluster thus far, while Smallwood has been the best player at his position in training camp. Smallwood has no ADP, making him a very intriguing sleeper.
Anquan Boldin, WR, Bills
Anquan Boldin has announced his retirement. He was being chosen in the middle of the 14th round (14.04 ADP) for some reason, so he was worth mentioning as a stock-down player.
Zay Jones, WR, Bills
With Anquan Boldin retiring and Jordan Matthews nursing an injury, Zay Jones is Buffalo's lone remaining viable receiver. It's hard to like any non-running back in Buffalo's offense, but Jones is definitely draftable. Unfortunately, Boldin's retirement could bump Jones' ADP.