Fantasy football players rising, falling and ones to watch: NFC East

Fantasy football is just around the corner. Be sure to check back frequently for up-to-date fantasy football rankings. Keep those rankings in mind as we take a look at each division’s players on the rise, on the decline and ones to watch for all 32 teams. Here’s a look at the NFC East.

Cowboys

Rising

Allen Hurns, WR—I don’t think he’ll light the fantasy world on fire, but if you can grab a No. 1 receiver in the ninth round, it could pay off. There are some mock drafts where he’s going as late as the 11th round. Taking Hurns there would be a tremendous value. He had an outstanding second year in the league in 2015—catching 64 passes for 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns—so he has the ability. He’s missed 11 games in the last two years, however.

Falling

Dak Prescott, QB—It’s hard to make a case for Prescott when he’s lost a big percentage of last year’s targets. Dez Bryant and Jason Witten are no longer options for the third-year quarterback. He has the newly acquired Hurns, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Tavon Austin and rookie Michael Gallup. It’s a corps that doesn’t excite you. On the bright side, he’ll be available for free in drafts as he’s currently the 20th signal caller getting drafted.

One to watch

Rico Gathers, TE—The former basketball player had a great preseason last year, but a concussion derailed any shot at a breakout. With the job now open, Gathers likely has one more chance to make an impact. Geoff Swaim and Blake Jarwin are also in the mix to replace Witten, but neither has the natural ability as Gathers in my opinion.

Giants

Rising

Eli Manning, QB—Manning had a season to forget last year, but things should be looking up for the 37 year old. He gets Odell Beckham Jr. back and will have help in the backfield with rookie Saquon Barkley taking some pressure off. Barkley’s also a solid receiver out of the backfield. Add to that, Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram, and you have a lot of weapons for Manning. He’s being drafted in the 13th round so you can fill out your team before adding the veteran.

Falling

Jonathan Stewart, RB—Raise your hand if you knew Stewart is a Giant now. Ok, you probably knew he signed a two-year deal with his new team after the Panthers released him. But it probably wouldn’t have mattered if you didn’t since he’s likely to serve solely as backup to Barkley.

One to watch

Sterling Shepard, WR—Outside of missing five games last season, Shepard has been a solid fantasy contributor. He caught 59 passes for 731 yards and two touchdowns after reaching the end zone eight times in his rookie year. If the Giants can get things clicking offensively, Shepard can find himself as a solid flex play.

Redskins

Rising

Jamison Crowder, WR—The presence of Josh Doctson and the addition of Paul Richardson aren’t making me think Crowder takes a step back. He caught 66 passes for 789 yards and three touchdowns last year and is hooking up well with new QB Alex Smith, according to reports. Fantasy owners have gotten the memo, as Crowder is being taken late in the seventh round. A nice spot to find a No. 1 receiver.

Falling

Jordan Reed, TE—Despite a long history of injuries, Reed is still getting drafted as high as the sixth round. That’s too expensive for someone that has yet to play a complete season in five years. Frankly, he’s on my do-not-draft list, given how you can’t trust his health. He’s only played more than 12 games once in his career.

One to watch

Chris Thompson, RB—This is a very interesting player to watch. He was ridiculously efficient in an injury-shortened season last year. He rushed 64 times for 294  yards and two scores. Thompson made his biggest impact catching the ball out of the backfield, hauling in 39 receptions for 510 yards and four more scores. He gained 7.1 yards on average per reception in 2016, but that shot up to 13.1 yards in 10 games last season. Derrius Guice will be the main man on the ground, but Thompson could still be relevant if he carves out a role on passing downs.

Eagles

Rising

Jay Ajayi, RB—Ajayi was having a rough year last season before he was moved to Philadelphia from Miami. With the Dolphins he averaged just 3.4 yards per carry through seven games. With the Eagles, Ajayi rushed for a whopping 5.8 yards per rush in his final seven games of the season. He’ll be running behind one of the best lines in the league and should hold off Corey Clement for most touches out of the backfield. Ajayi is currently being taken in the fourth round of drafts, which isn’t too expensive for a running back of the Super Bowl champions.

Falling

Alshon Jeffery, WR—Jeffery played 16 games for the third time in his six-year career last season. He had a productive fantasy year, but he was very touchdown dependent. He caught just 57 passes for 789 yards. Jeffery’s nine touchdowns made his season. His low reception amount wasn’t from a lack of trying, however. Jeffery was targeted 120 times last year which means he caught less than half the passes that came his way.

One to watch

Nelson Agholor, WR—Since I’m wary of Jeffery, I think Agholor could end up having a better year than last season. He put it all together last year, catching 62 passes for 768 yards and eight touchdowns. I could definitely see him leap-frogging Jeffery as the top wideout for the Eagles since he nearly was last season.

Division previews

AFC North

AFC South

NFC North

NFC South

AFC East

AFC West

Fantasy football players rising, falling and ones to watch: AFC West

Fantasy football is just around the corner. Be sure to check back frequently for up-to-date fantasy football rankings. Keep those rankings in mind as we take a look at each division’s players on the rise, on the decline and ones to watch for all 32 teams. Here’s a look at the AFC West.

Broncos

Rising

Royce Freeman, RB—I’m willing to bet Freeman gets the starting job before too long. He only has to beat out Devontae Booker, who has averaged just 3.6 yards per carry in his career. Freeman is currently being drafted in the fifth round, behind Sony Michel, but I think he ends up being the fourth rookie running back taken after Saquon Barkley, Derrius Guice and Rashaad Penny.

Falling

Devontae Booker, RB—Though Booker could end up being a value—he’s being drafted in the 11th round—Freeman has the ability to take that starting job quickly. Booker isn’t a productive runner, but he does have catching ability. He’s hauled in 61 passes over two years and that may give him his biggest shot to contribute. Booker being named starter in camp just offers you a discount on Freeman.

One to watch

Emmanuel Sanders, WR—Before last season (47 catches, 555 yards, 2TDs), Sanders had three straight 1,000-yard seasons. Last year the quarterback situation in Denver was atrocious. Now that Case Keenum is in town, I’d expect Sanders to be a candidate for a nice bounce-back season.

Chiefs

Rising

Sammy Watkins, WR—Watkins’ value will depend on how well Patrick Mahomes plays. Watkins reportedly injured his hip during practice on Monday, but signs are that it isn’t serious. Despite his seemingly underwhelming play in four seasons, he’s actually scored 25 touchdowns. Watkins is getting drafted in the sixth round, and if this injury knocks him down further, you could find yourself a value.

Falling

Spencer Ware, RB—Kareem Hunt solidified himself as the main rusher for Kansas City as he led the league in rushing last season. Hunt will have to get injured or falter spectacularly if Ware is going to gain fantasy relevance.

One to watch

Patrick Mahomes, QB—The Chiefs believed in Mahomes enough to let Alex Smith leave for Washington. The range of outcomes for Mahomes is pretty wide, however. In college he threw an interception in 21 of his 32 games. His rushing ability could be the x-factor that makes him fantasy relevant.

Raiders

Rising

Amari Cooper, WR—Cooper hit a major regression last season, but he still scored seven touchdowns. Fantasy owners are taking him early in the fourth round, which seems a bit high after a rough season. The targets will still be there, especially with Michael Crabtree in Baltimore.

Falling

Derek Carr, QB—Carr looked like he might enter the elite fantasy QB tier before last season, but he fell into mediocrity, throwing just 22 touchdowns and a career-high 13 interceptions. He lost Crabtree in the offseason, but will have to replicate his play from two years ago if he’s going to help you win in your league. He’s getting drafted behind quarterbacks like Jared Goff, Mahomes and Marcus Mariota.

One to watch

Martavis Bryant, WR—I very much like that Bryant is being drafted in the 12th round. He could end up providing a big return on a small investment. Jordy Nelson isn’t getting younger and he’ll be the main competition for Bryant. Much was made of Jon Gruden’s criticism of Bryant Saturday, but the coach ended his comments expressing confidence in the receiver.

Chargers

Rising

Keenan Allen, WR—Allen finally topped his great rookie season in his fifth year. Injuries have plagued his career, but he finally put it all together in 2017. Allen and the Chargers should continue to put up points this season. Melvin Gordon will get it done on the ground while Allen produces through the air.

Falling

Tight end—With Hunter Henry falling to injury before training camp even started, it looks like there will be a pretty big void to fill at the position. The Chargers may end up luring Antonio Gates out of retirement. If not, Virgil Green will likely start.

One to watch

Mike Williams, WR—Williams is having a great training camp and it looks like he’s itching to be the No. 2 target in Los Angeles. With Hunter Henry going down, Williams could help take pressure off Allen and prove to be a tremendous value. He’s being drafted in the 11th round.

Division previews

AFC North

AFC South

NFC North

NFC South

AFC East

AFC West

NFC East

Fantasy football players rising, falling and ones to watch: AFC East

Fantasy football is just around the corner. Be sure to check back frequently for up-to-date fantasy football rankings. Keep those rankings in mind as we take a look at each division’s players on the rise, on the decline and ones to watch for all 32 teams. Here’s a look at the AFC East.

Patriots

Rising

Rex Burkhead, RB—With rookie Sony Michel dealing with an injury early on, Burkhead is starting to look like a nice value. He’s lacked sufficient opportunity in previous years despite his abilities. Burkhead may get his chance now that Dion Lewis has moved on. Burkhead is getting drafted in the seventh round and you can take him as your third back hoping he gives you RB2 numbers.

Falling

Tom Brady, QB—Brady is 41 years old and this could be the year things start to decline quickly. That’s not the main reason I see him as falling in my mind. Brady is getting selected as the fourth quarterback off the board, early in the sixth round on average. That’s too expensive for what I see as a risky pick.

One to watch

Sony Michel, RB—Expectations are high for the rookie, but like I said he’s already dealing with a knee issue. There are a lot of backs in New England so they won’t rush his recovery. Hopefully he’ll come at a discount if owners get anxious about drafting him. With Dion Lewis gone, Michel could fill that void if he can stay on the field.

Dolphins

Rising

Kenyan Drake, RB—Though Frank Gore has taken his talents to South Beach, Drake should win the job over the ancient veteran. Drake rushed for 641 of his 644 yards in the final 10 games of the season on 129 carries last year. He also hauled in 32 passes for 239 yards.

Falling

DeVante Parker, WR—You only get so many chances to prove yourself. Fantasy owners have been waiting for Parker’s breakout season and I’m not sure it will come. He isn’t expensive, getting drafted in the ninth round, but you could do better to take a chance on Robby Anderson, Marquise Goodwin or Allen Hurns in that spot.

One to watch

Kenny Stills, WR—Stills caught one more pass than Parker last season and outgained him 847 yards to 670. Stills also scored six times against Parker’s lone touchdown. Stills has done well in the last two years, hauling in 100 catches for 1,573 yards and 15 touchdowns with very suspect quarterback play.

Bills

Rising

LeSean McCoy, RB—It’s Shady, why is he considered a rising player? It’s because when I think of a rising player, I think of a player that I want on my team after considering all factors, including talent, situation, opportunity and (often most importantly) draft position. McCoy is as consistent as they come and I don’t see that changing, but this year he’s being drafted in the third round. That’s a great spot to take a player with his productivity.

Falling

Kelvin Benjamin, WR—Benjamin caught just 47 passes for 692 yards last season and he’s being drafted pretty late for a No. 1 receiver. I wouldn’t draft him this season, even if he’s around after the 10th round. Benjamin’s quarterback situation isn’t great. He’ll be wishing he was back with Cam Newton despite his comments regarding his former QB last week.

One to watch

Corey Coleman, WR—The trade between the Bills and Browns is bad news for second-year receiver Zay Jones. Coleman has the talent to not only take away targets from Jones, but he could possibly become the No. 1 receiver if Benjamin continues to trend in the wrong direction.

Jets

Rising

Robby Anderson, WR—I think Anderson has the best shot at being the most productive Jet. He’s the clear No. 1 on the team and was just 59 yards shy of a 1,000 yard season last year. He’s clearly a value pick, getting selected in the ninth round on average.

Falling

Bilal Powell, RB—Powell had decent production last season, but he was expected to do a lot more. Now that Isaiah Crowell is in town, it looks like Powell won’t be a big factor for fantasy purposes.

One to watch

Quincy Enunwa, WR—Enunwa missed all of 2017 but had 58 catches for 857 yards and four touchdowns the year before. He’s being drafted in the 13th round so there’s no need to feel anxious about taking a flier on him.

Division previews

AFC North

AFC South

NFC North

NFC South

AFC East

AFC West

NFC East

Fantasy football players rising, falling and ones to watch: NFC South

Fantasy football is just around the corner. Be sure to check back frequently for up-to-date fantasy football rankings. Keep those rankings in mind as we take a look at each division’s players on the rise, on the decline and ones to watch for all 32 teams. Here’s a look at the NFC South.

Falcons

Rising

Matt Ryan, QB—He regressed last season, as I predicted, but a second year with his offensive coordinator should help Ryan and the Falcons improve on offense. Ryan threw a touchdown pass on 3.8 percent of his throws last year. That was a big drop from 7.1 in 2016. His career average is 4.6 percent, so I expect him to get closer to that number this year. Ryan is getting drafted after the likes of Kirk Cousins, Jimmy Garoppolo and Matthew Stafford. He looks like a value pick in the ninth round.

Falling

Mohamed Sanu, WR—Taylor Gabriel is no longer a Falcon, but Atlanta drafted a solid wide receiver in Calvin Ridley. That could affect Sanu’s value. He should still be the second best receiver for the Falcons, but his value depends on how much the rookie can take from the veteran. I don’t think 700 yards and five scores would make me happy if he was my second WR.

One to watch

Calvin Ridley, WR—Though I think Ridley probably ends up better than Sanu, I don’t know if he’s a candidate to be your WR2. I think the two receivers combine to make for a good season for Ryan, but it’s hard to say if one is worthy of a start on your team. Ridley is being drafted in the 10th so you might be able to take him after you’ve solidified your starters.

 

Buccaneers

Rising

Ronald Jones II, RB—Jones is the sixth rookie running back getting drafted, which is a bit surprising to me given that he’s virtually guaranteed to start for the Bucs. His fifth-round price might be a little high for an unproven commodity, but he’s got every opportunity to make an impact. He doesn’t have to worry about Doug Martin, who left for Oakland, and he should beat out Peyton Barber for touches.

Falling

Jameis Winston, QB—Winston will miss the first three games of the season and probably wasn’t going to be a QB1 anyway. His play has somewhat regressed recently. Winston only threw 19 touchdowns last season and has thrown no less than 11 interceptions in each of his first three years.

One to watch

O.J. Howard, TE—The second-year tight end is still getting drafted behind teammate Cameron Brate, but it will be interesting to see how he performs in the first three weeks with Ryan Fitzpatrick calling signals. The veteran QB is good at connecting with tight ends. Howard will be cheap in drafts so he may be worth taking a flier on late.

Panthers

Rising

Christian McCaffrey, RB—McCaffrey should be a solid RB1 this season if he at least matches his first season production. He gained 1,086 yards from scrimmage and caught a whopping 80 passes. McCaffrey rushed just 117 times last year so it’s likely that number increases with Jonathan Stewart now with the Giants.

Falling

C.J. Anderson, RB—One factor that could keep McCaffrey from taking the next step is the presence of Anderson. Last season with the Broncos, Anderson actually rushed for 1,007 yards, but he scored just four overall touchdowns. He’d likely have to earn the goal line role in order to become a RB2 option. Problem is Cam Newton can often serve as the Panthers goal line back. I see Anderson as falling in terms of value since he is being drafted too high with a lot of questions surrounding his productivity.

One to watch

D.J. Moore, WR—The rookie wide receiver enters a nice situation, looking to compete for the No. 1 spot as a wideout. Kelvin Benjamin is in Buffalo now so that helps Moore’s value. Devin Funchess is still in Carolina and Greg Olsen is a favorite target of Newton, so you’ll have to see how Moore competes in the preseason.

Saints

Rising

Michael Thomas, WR—Thomas was expected to improve last season and he did, catching 12 more passes and gaining 108 more yards in his second year. His targets also increased to 149 from 121 in his rookie season. The only question is if Drew Brees can continue to keep slinging the ball around like he’s done year after year. It will be interesting to see how Thomas starts the season since the Saints are likely to throw a little more given that they’ll be without Mark Ingram.

Falling

Mark Ingram, RB—I was wrong about him last season, of course, that was when Adrian Peterson and Alvin Kamara were supposed to share the backfield with him. Peterson left and Ingram and Kamara turned into one of the best 1-2 punches we’ve seen in a while. That said, Ingram is set to miss four games due to suspension. That’s not a good way to start the first quarter of your fantasy season, especially with him being drafted in the fifth round.

One to watch

Cameron Meredith, WR—The third-year receiver is a possible sleeper candidate as he missed all of last season with a torn ACL. But he has to start practicing soon if that’s going to happen. Meredith is expected to be healthy enough to start the season, though. He had a good 2016, catching 66 passes for 888 yards and four touchdowns. Imagine what he could do with Brees tossing him the ball instead of Jay Cutler, Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley.

Division previews

AFC North

AFC South

NFC North

NFC South

AFC East

AFC West

NFC East

Fantasy football players rising, falling and ones to watch: NFC North

Fantasy football is just around the corner. Be sure to check back frequently for up-to-date fantasy football rankings. Keep those rankings in mind as we take a look at each division’s players on the rise, on the decline and ones to watch for all 32 teams. Here’s a look at the NFC North.

Packers

Rising

Davante Adams, WR—Adams is likely to continue putting up big fantasy numbers with the departure of Jordy Nelson. He’s the clear No. 1 in Green Bay now and is coming off of his second straight season scoring double-digit touchdowns. Even if he can’t score that many times this season, you can almost guarantee he’ll record his first 1,000-yard season.

Falling

Ty Montgomery, RB—Montgomery was only able to play half the season last year and he struggled on the ground, averaging 3.8 yards per carry. He can still be effective catching the ball out of the backfield, hauling in 23 passes in those eight games. The problem is Jamaal Williams has been running with the first team and has shown he can catch the ball as well. Aaron Jones could also be a factor once he returns after a two-game suspension.

One to watch

Jamaal Williams, RB—Williams rushed for 556 yards and four touchdowns and was healthy all year, unlike Montgomery and Jones. He also caught 25 passes for 262 yards and two more scores. If he can stay on the field on third down then he can make the leap into RB2 territory.

Vikings

Rising

Dalvin Cook, RB—Something that tends to happen in fantasy leagues is owners will forget a hot player who goes down with injury early in the season. That’s not happening with Cook. He’s still going early in the second round, and as high as the fourth pick overall in some fantasy drafts. He’s recovered from his ACL tear last season and should be consider an RB1 from the jump.

Falling

Latavius Murray, RB—Since Cook looks good to go, that means Murray won’t likely get much run unless Cook goes down with injury again. Murray’s value lies only in the fact that he’s a good handcuff for Cook. Something to note, however, is that you need not draft handcuffs, unless you want to do so with a final pick. Take a shot on a player with upside rather than an insurance policy that you can pick up off waivers later.

One to watch

Kyle Rudolph, TE—You don’t have to worry about Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, they’ll both be productive as WR2s. Rudolph is an interesting guy to watch, though. He’s had a solid career but I think he can improve his production from last year. Rudolph is being drafted as the seventh tight end off the board late in the sixth round. That could be expensive, but it might pay off. Kirk Cousins is no stranger to connecting well with the tight end. He has reliably healthy one to throw to now.

Lions

Rising

Kerryon Johnson, RB—Johnson can be a complete back for Detroit. He looks like a lean runner but can run on the inside and has catching ability. Johnson landed in a good spot where he can thrive without worrying about the competition too much. I like him because his upside comes with little risk. Johnson is currently being drafted as the 32nd running back off the board.

Falling

Ameer Abdullah, RB—With Johnson in town, a rookie who can catch, Abdullah isn’t likely to get much playing time. He got his shot last season and was a big disappointment, averaging just 3.3 yards per carry on the way to 552 yards rushing. He did catch 25 passes, but that could go decrease with Johnson in town.

One to watch

Kenny Golladay, WR—Golladay made big plays in the preseason last year and turned in a decent rookie campaign, catching 28 passes for 477 yards and three touchdowns. What’s most encouraging is his 17-yard per catch average. That’s fifth best among players who caught at least 28 passes. Being drafted in the 12th round, he’s definitely worthy of a flier.

Bears

Rising

Trey Burton, TE—He only caught 23 passes for 248 yards last season, but he scored five times while playing behind Zach Ertz. He’ll start now and fantasy owners are treating him like a TE1, drafting him in the seventh round, ahead of Jordan Reed at times. Burton has the talent to be a top-8 tight end, but the play of Mitch Trubisky will be a big factor.

Falling

Mitch Trubisky, QB—Trubisky isn’t exciting a lot of fantasy owners as he’s being drafted late in the 14th round on average. His receiving corps improved, though, as the Bears added Allen Robinson, Burton, Taylor Gabriel and rookie Anthony Miller. Trubisky could improve this season, but he’s not worthy of adding until he proves it on the field.

One to watch

Anthony Miller, WR—The rookie comes to an offense with a young quarterback and low expectations. Seeing where he fits in will be interesting to watch. Miller was extremely efficient in the red zone in college, despite his lack of size. Keep an eye on him as the season develops.

Division previews

AFC North

AFC South

NFC North

NFC South

AFC East

AFC West

NFC East

Fantasy football players rising, falling and ones to watch: AFC North

With the preseason kicking off Thursday night, fantasy football is just around the corner. Be sure to check back frequently for up-to-date fantasy football rankings. Keep those rankings in mind as we take a look at each division’s players on the rise, on the decline and ones to watch for all 32 teams. Here’s a look at the AFC North.

AFC North

Steelers

Rising

Antonio Brown, WR—It seems nearly impossible that Brown could be held in any higher regard, but it’s happening in early drafts. In half-point PPR leagues, he’s getting drafted fifth overall, ahead of the likes of Alvin Kamara, Melvin Gordon and Saquon Barkley. The next best wide receiver getting taken is DeAndre Hopkins at No. 9. Brown is a can’t-miss player and, despite not being a running back, you can draft him as early as you like.

Falling

Vance McDonald, TE—When you have a potent offense with a lot of weapons it can be tempting to try to cash in on some of the wealth that’s spread around. McDonald has the talent to be a solid fantasy contributor but his injury history doesn’t instill confidence. He just left practice with a foot injury on Sunday so it could be another year of nagging issues. On the bright side, he’s pretty much free in drafts and offers upside.

One to watch

James Washington, WR—The rookie was extremely impressive in college, but with Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster in town it’s hard to picture Washington having a positive weekly impact. He’s currently going in the 14th round in most drafts, but I expect that to move up once more leagues start drafting. It’ll be interesting to see where he ends up at the end of the season, but be sure you have your starting WRs all set before entertaining drafting him.

Ravens

Rising

Alex Collins, RB—Collins is getting drafted early in the fourth round in fantasy drafts and will be the lead rusher for the Ravens. He rushed for 973 yards last year, playing in 15 games, starting 12 of them. He rushed for six touchdowns, all of them coming in the second half of the season.

Falling

Joe Flacco, QB—Flacco has thrown a touchdown on 3.8 percent of his passes for his career. He’s been below 3.8 percent in each of the last three seasons. Last year he tossed just 18 TDs to 13 interceptions, averaging only 196.3 yards per game. It was his worst per game average since his rookie season when he averaged 185.7 yards.

One to watch

Lamar Jackson, QB—It definitely sounds like Jackson will get on the field even if he isn’t named the starting quarterback. His talent is too much to keep on the bench. I’ve got a feeling he’ll take over full time sooner rather than later, especially if Flacco continues to struggle. Flacco’s contract be damned.

Bengals

Rising

Joe Mixon, RB—I call him the leader of the post hype crowd. He was supposed to be great right out of college, but people were reminded that he was drafted by Cincinnati, a team with a terrible line and a coach who doesn’t play rookies early. That said, he came on late and is set to be at least an RB2 in my opinion.

Falling

A.J. Green, WR—Don’t get me wrong. Green will still be a WR1 and should have a good season, but he’s getting drafted after Michael Thomas, Keenan Allen and Davante Adams. Those are three players he was clearly ahead of before last season’s fantasy drafts. The Bengals’ poor season in ’17 and Andy Dalton still in Cincy has Green slipping a bit.

One to watch

John Ross, WR—Ross is a player who could end up surprising fantasy owners. He played in just three games in his rookie season and scored negative fantasy points due to a fumble on his only touch of the season. After running a 4.22 in the 40 at the NFL combine last season, expectations were high. Injuries stunted his first year, but he’s healthy now and making plays at camp. He’ll be virtually free in drafts, so selecting him late could pay off.

Browns

Rising

David Njoku, TE—Tyrod Taylor will start the season with No. 1 draft pick Baker Mayfield on the bench. Taylor has a history of connecting well with the tight end position and could help Njoku’s value. The second-year player is currently being taken as the No. 13 tight end.

Falling

Josh Gordon, WR—Hopefully this changes soon, but it doesn’t look good when Gordon doesn’t start training camp with his team. We don’t know when he’ll return, but it’s not apparent that he’s facing any league discipline. Gordon is currently getting drafted ahead of Jarvis Landry, who may end up with more fantasy points by the season’s end.

One(s) to watch

Running backs—It’s tough to say which of the backs expected to get playing time will come out on top. Carlos Hyde is being drafted highest, in the seventh round. Duke Johnson is being taken in the ninth while rookie Nick Chubb is right behind Johnson. It’s the kind of backfield I tend to avoid, but if things settle as the season progresses, one could be useful off the waiver wire.

Division previews

AFC North

AFC South

NFC North

NFC South

AFC East

AFC West

NFC East

Fantasy football players rising, falling and ones to watch: AFC West

NFL teams are starting training camp this week which means fantasy football is just around the corner. Be sure to bookmark this page for up-to-date fantasy football rankings. Keep those rankings in mind as we take a look at each division’s players on the rise, on the decline and ones to watch. Here’s the AFC West.

Broncos

Rising

Demaryius Thomas, WR—The hip injury he dealt with last season is behind him and he gets to be reunited with offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.

Falling

C.J. Anderson, RB—The running game will likely struggle, and Anderson has Devontae Booker and Jamaal Charles to fend off.

One to watch

Jamaal Charles, RB—If it turns out he comes back at even 75 percent of what he used to be, you’ll gladly take him in the eighth round.

Chiefs

Rising

Travis Kelce, TE—Hard to think he’s rising after the great season he had last year, but I’m thinking he gets more than four touchdown receptions this year.

Falling

Spencer Ware, RB—His status as the Chiefs’ No. 1 back is in question with the addition of rookie Kareem Hunt, who impressed during OTAs.

One to watch

Tyreek Hill, WR—The electrifying wide receiver is no longer a secret, but you have to make sure you don’t overvalue him.

Raiders

Rising

Amari Cooper, WR—He’s entering his third year and if Derek Carr targets him more often near the red zone then Cooper can finally show his true upside.

Falling

Marshawn Lynch, RB—I wasn’t as excited about his return, given the last time he played he was a shell of Beast Mode. There’s talent in his backfield that he’ll have to hold off.

One to watch

Jared Cook, TE—The playoff hero for the Packers joins a team that could use a threat down the seam. He’s got TE1 potential, but may stay a TE2.

Chargers

Rising

Tyrell Williams, WR—He led Chargers wide receivers in yards and touchdowns last season and he’s an absolute bargain right now, being drafted in the tenth round.

Falling

Mike Williams, WR—With Allen’s injury history, the rookie out of Clemson was looking like he could be a nice pick. But Williams is dealing with a back issue and may miss the start of the season.

One to watch

Hunter Henry, TE—It’s likely this is the season Antonio Gates finally falls off, Henry has shown he has the capability to make an impact.

Divisions:

NFC North

NFC South

AFC North

AFC South

NFC East

NFC West

AFC East

AFC West

Fantasy football players rising, falling and ones to watch: AFC East

NFL teams are starting training camp this week which means fantasy football is just around the corner. Be sure to bookmark this page for up-to-date fantasy football rankings. Keep those rankings in mind as we take a look at each division’s players on the rise, on the decline and ones to watch. Here’s the AFC East

Patriots

Rising

Mike Gillislee, RB—He’s a talented back who was extremely efficient as LeSean McCoy’s backup in Buffalo. He’ll come out on top of the Patriots’ backfield.

Falling

Dion Lewis, RB—He’ll be the odd man out with the additions of Gillislee and Rex Burkhead while James White remains the main pass-catching option.

One to watch

Julian Edelman, WR—It’s yet to be seen how well Tom Brady and Brandin Cooks will click, but the addition of the speedster has to hurt Edelman’s value.

 

Dolphins

Rising

DeVante Parker, WR—His teammates and coaching staff are very high on him a year after he more than doubled his receptions and gained 744 yards to go with four TDs.

Falling

Kenny Stills, WR—Expectations are high for DeVante Parker, and if he pans out then Stills falls short of his nine TDs from 2016.

One to watch

Julius Thomas, TE—He’s had success before, but health has been an issue. If he stays on the field, he could be a worthy waiver pick up.

Bills

Rising

Zay Jones, WR—Coaches have been impressed by the rookie who will have to step up if the fragile Sammy Watkins is to get hurt again.

Falling

Tyrod Taylor, QB—Even if things go perfectly for him, he’s at best a stringing option. It’s important to note he’s playing under a new coach now as well.

One to watch

Andre Holmes, WR—The former Raiders receiver may end up starting for the Bills after getting work with the first team, but it depends on the development of Jones.

Jets

Rising

Quincy Enunwa, WR—He’s the only game in town with the departures of Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker.

Falling

Matt Forte, RB—With the Jets taking a running-back-by-committee approach, Forte’s not a good bet to make your starting lineup.

One to watch

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE—The Jets may try to get the talented tight end involved given their lack of depth at wideout. He’s suspended two games so no need to use a draft pick on him.

Divisions:

NFC North

NFC South

AFC North

AFC South

NFC East

NFC West

AFC East

AFC West

Fantasy football players rising, falling and ones to watch: NFC West

NFL teams are starting training camp this week which means fantasy football is just around the corner. Be sure to bookmark this page for up-to-date fantasy football rankings. Keep those rankings in mind as we take a look at each division’s players on the rise, on the decline and ones to watch. Here’s the NFC West.

Seahawks

Rising

Russell Wilson, QB—Wilson had 10 passing touchdowns in his last five games of 2016 because he was finally healthy enough to take advantage of his mobility. He enters this season fresh.

Falling

Thomas Rawls, RB—With the signing of Eddie Lacy, Rawls’ value takes a big hit, not to mention the presence of a skillful C.J. Prosise.

One to watch

C.J. Prosise, RB—Speaking of Prosise, he should continue to be dangerous in the passing game. He’ll be more valuable in PPR leagues.

Cardinals

Rising

John Brown, WR—He dealt with a sickle-cell trait issue and a cyst on his spine in 2016. He will be available at good value and is likely to bounce back.

Falling

Carson Palmer, QB—Palmer is still at a QB2 level, but he contemplated retirement in the offseason and his best days appear to be behind him.

One to watch

J.J. Nelson, WR—Nelson had five overall touchdowns in the last five weeks of the season in 2016. If Larry Fitzgerald begins to slow down, a big if, then Nelson could become a bigger factor.

Rams

Rising

Robert Woods, WR—Woods has every opportunity to become the No. 1 receiver in Los Angeles with Kenny Britt in Cleveland now. Great value pick possibility.

Falling

Todd Gurley, RB—He still has a high floor, just based on volume of touches, but not much has changed from a season in which he rushed for just 885 yards.

One to watch

Tyler Higbee, TE—Lance Kendricks is now a Packer, so the second-year player should see a large increase in targets. Monitor his off the field issues before picking him up off waivers.

49ers

Rising

Pierre Garcon, WR—He had his career year with Kyle Shanahan in Washington and new 49ers’ QB Brian Hoyer helped DeAndre Hopkins shine as a rookie in Houston.

Falling

Carlos Hyde, RB—A new regime is in town and the drafting of Joe Williams doesn’t inspire confidence in the oft-injured running back.

One to watch

Joe Williams, RB—He looks like the preferred back for the new head coach, so pay close attention to the reports out of training camp.

Divisions:

NFC North

NFC South

AFC North

AFC South

NFC East

NFC West

AFC East

AFC West

Fantasy football players rising, falling and ones to watch: NFC East

NFL teams are starting training camp this week which means fantasy football is just around the corner. Be sure to bookmark this page for up-to-date fantasy football rankings. Keep those rankings in mind as we take a look at each division’s players on the rise, on the decline and ones to watch. Here’s the NFC East.

NFC East

Cowboys

Rising

Dez Bryant, WR—He hasn’t played in 16 games since 2014, but if Dak Prescott continues to build a rapport with the receiver he could be a great bargain in the third round.

Falling

Cole Beasley, WR—Terrance Williams is still a small factor, but the addition of rookie Ryan Switzer could really cut into the diminutive receiver’s production.

One to watch

Ryan Switzer, WR—Speaking of the rookie. He’s gotten some work in with Prescott in OTAs as Beasley dealt with a hamstring injury.

Giants

Rising

Paul Perkins, RB—The Giants should have a pass heavy offense, but Perkins had double-digit carries in the last four regular season games of 2016 and Rashad Jennings is gone.

Falling

Sterling Shepard, WR—He had a nice rookie season, but with Brandon Marshall joining the receiving corps Shepard’s likely to take a hit in productivity.

One to watch

Evan Ingram, TE—The tight end looks more like a wide receiver and could do well in the Giants’ offense.

Redskins

Rising

Samaje Perine, RB—If you had him on your team, you’d likely put him in on goal line situations at the very least.

Falling

Rob Kelley, RB—With the Oklahoma rookie in the mix, Kelley may struggle to stay relevant for fantasy purposes.

One to watch

Jamison Crowder, WR—He had 847 yards and seven touchdowns in 2016 and the two WRs ahead of him on the depth chart are on different teams now.

Eagles

Rising

Alshon Jeffery, WR—Health is always an issue, but if Carson Wentz improves on a decent rookie season, the two could prove to be productive.

Falling

Jordan Matthews, WR—He’s no longer the No. 1 receiver on the team with the addition of Jeffery.

One to watch

LeGarrette Blount, RB—The experts aren’t very high on him despite leading the league in rushing TDs last year, but he’ll be an improvement over Ryan Mathews.

Divisions:

NFC North

NFC South

AFC North

AFC South

NFC East

NFC West

AFC East

AFC West