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

As we speak, NFL teams are gearing up for training camp, if they haven’t reported already. 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 a look at the NFC South.

Falcons

Rising

Julio Jones, WR—Tough to pick a rising player on this potent offense, but we’ll go with Jones since he’ll likely improve on last season’s six touchdowns.

Falling

Matt Ryan, QB—He should still end up with QB1 status, but we’re betting he regresses a bit after losing offensive guru Kyle Shanahan to the 49ers.

One to watch

Taylor Gabriel, WR—The highly efficient, however undersized, receiver could turn into the second option on the outside.

Buccaneers

Rising

Jameis Winston, QB—If Winston is going to solidify his QB1 status, he’s got a great opportunity with his new weapons (DeSean Jackson, O.J. Howard) and the reliable Mike Evans.

Falling

Doug Martin, RB—Mock drafts may say otherwise, but the up-and-down career of Martin is too risky to play with early in drafts.

One to watch

Cameron Brate, TE—He’s a better value over Howard since rookie tight ends hardly make a big impact early.

Panthers

Rising

Christian McCaffrey, RB—The rookie can do it all and he could end up taking a lot of pressure off Cam Newton.

Falling

Jonathan Stewart, RB—He’s not likely to score nine touchdowns again this season with McCaffrey likely to take away a lot of touches.

One to watch

Curtis Samuel, WR—If the Panthers find multiple ways to get the versatile player the ball, it could put defenses on their heels.

Saints

Rising

Michael Thomas, WR—He practically supplanted Brandin Cooks as the No. 1 receiver last year and the Saints were confident enough in Thomas to let Cooks go.

Falling

Mark Ingram, RB—Sean Payton gave Tim Hightower a lot of touches last season so you have to figure Adrian Peterson eats into Ingram’s opportunities.

One to watch

Ted Ginn Jr., WR—When a speedy wide receiver joins a team led by Drew Brees you have to take note. He should be cheap as well.

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 North

As we speak, NFL teams are gearing up for training camp, if they haven’t reported already. 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 a look at the NFC North.

Packers

Rising

Martellus Bennett, TE—The potential has always been there and I think he ends up in the top-12 for tight ends fantasy scoring.

Falling

Davante Adams, WR—He had 12 TDs last year while Randall Cobb struggled with injuries. Adding Bennett to the mix hurts.

One to watch

Jamaal Williams, RB—The rookie out of BYU has the best shot to take some touches away from converted wide receiver Ty Montgomery.

Vikings

Rising

Dalvin Cook, RB—The rookie has every opportunity to shine over a mediocre Latavius Murray and last season’s leading rusher Jerick McKinnon.

Falling

Jerick McKinnon, RB—With Murray signed in free agency and Cook taken in the draft, there’s no way McKinnon leads the team in rushing this season.

One to watch

Adam Thielen, WR—He led the team in receiving yardage and had more fantasy points in non-PPR leagues than Stefon Diggs.

Lions

Rising

Golden Tate, WR—The Lions’ leader in red zone targets and TDs last season, Anquan Boldin, is out of the picture.

Falling

Theo Riddick, RB—He shines in PPR leagues, but a fully recovered Ameer Abdullah is the better option.

One to watch

Kenny Golladay, WR—After having a good start last year, Marvin Jones struggled. If that carries over to this season then that opens things up for the rookie.

Bears

Rising

Cameron Meredith, WR—With Alshon Jeffery now an Eagle, Meredith will end up being this bad team’s No. 1 receiver.

Falling

Jordan Howard, RB—He definitely won’t be a bust, but the odds are long for him to repeat last season’s performance with this team.

One to watch

Dion Sims, TE—Zach Miller is in danger of not making the Bears’ roster and Sims scored all four of his touchdowns in his last six games with the Dolphins last year.

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 North

As we speak, NFL teams are gearing up for training camp, if they haven’t reported already. 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 for all 32 teams. Here’s a look at the AFC North.

AFC North

Steelers

Rising

Martavis Bryant, WR—The natural ability of this talented receiver is something you can’t ignore despite off the field troubles that should be behind him.

Falling

Eli Rogers, WR—The return of Bryant takes some opportunity away, plus the addition of rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster doesn’t help.

One to watch

JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR—It’s a crowded group, but the team is looking to go with more 4-receiver sets so the rookie will have a chance to impress.

Ravens

Rising

Jeremy Maclin, WR—The Ravens love to throw the ball, probably because their run game is weak, and Maclin is a true No. 1 that should benefit.

Falling

Terrance West, RB—With the addition of Danny Woodhead, and the fact the Ravens are pass happy, West should probably see some regression.

One to watch

Danny Woodhead, RB—Speaking of Woodhead, he’ll likely be a monster in PPR leagues with Joe Flacco dumping off the ball on check downs.

Bengals

Rising

Andy Dalton, QB—He’s been solid his whole career, but he hasn’t had as many weapons with so much upside.

Falling

Jeremy Hill, RB—With Gio Bernard likely to hold onto the third-down role and Joe Mixon coming in with a lot of talent, that leaves Hill on the outside looking in.

One to watch

Joe Mixon, RB—He’s as talented as they come and his ability in all areas can make him the No. 1 back on the team before the season’s done.

Browns

Rising

Isaiah Crowell, RB—He was 48 yards shy of 1,000 last year while catching 40 passes. The Browns have a good offensive line for running the ball.

Falling

Duke Johnson Jr., RB—Unless Crowell goes down with injury, Johnson holds little value outside of PPR leagues.

One to watch

David Njoku, TE—The Browns have a lot of young QBs and a security blanket at the tight end position can prove to be valuable.

Divisions:

NFC North

NFC South

AFC North

AFC South

NFC East

NFC West

AFC East

AFC West