The Fantasy Elevator: 3rd Week of the Preseason

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Every week as the season gets closer we will look at players that are on the rising and falling.  After the third week of preseason and Training Camp, here are the players that are on the move.

Going Up


Andrew Luck

Two of my favorite QB targets in drafts are Tony Romo and Andrew Luck.  Reggie Wayne is still a stud, TY Hilton is a budding star, DHB is better than Donnie Avery, Bradshaw can be a receiver out of the backfield, and the TEs should be ready to step up.  He finished the dress rehearsal with 16 for 25 for 164 yards with 2 TDs.  Stud in the making.

Terrelle Pryor

Pryor has a good chance to take the job away from Matt Flynn, because he can make plays like this.  He was a true spark and looked much better than noodle-armed Flynn.  Pryor finished with 93 yards and a TD through the air and 37 yards and a TD on the ground.  I’m not going crazy with him, but in deeper leagues or 2 QB leagues, I’m taking a shot.

Tony Romo

Sleep on Romo if you must, but this offense looks great and he will once again be a top 8 QB.  I mean, everyone LOVES Dez and has Witten as a top TE, so who do they think is going to be tossing them the rock?  So awesome that you can get him as late in drafts as you can right now.  

Running Backs

Arian Foster

The vibes on Foster on finally headed in the positive direction.  Foster came off the PUP list this week and all indications are that he will be ready for the season opener.  Would it surprise anyone to see Foster finish as the #1 overall RB this season?  I doubt it.  I would feel good about him in the back end of the first round now.  Only drawback is you may feel forced to grab the talented Ben Tate in the 8th round.

Matt Forte

Forte is looking a complete stud in the preseason.  He went 6 for 76 on the ground and scored on a 32 yard swing pass.  I love him in this offense, but much more in PPR as he still is losing goaline carries to Michael Bush.

David Wilson

Wilson looks like the breakout player of the year at the RB position.  He took the first play from scrimmage 84 yards to pay dirt, something that Andre Brown couldn’t dream of doing.  Sure, Brown is going to be a factor, but people that say he has fumbling issues (ONE IN 2012) are not paying attention (Coughlin fixed Tiki too).  I’m taking him with confidence in the third round.  

Reggie Bush

PPR leagues were made for guys like Reggie Bush.  5 receptions for 103 yards in this last game and 5 receptions in game before.  5 receptions a game is 80 for the year and that might be low balling it.  He is a borderline RB1 in PPR and I would feel great about him in the second round of that format.

Giovani Bernard

Like I have been saying all Summer, BJGE is a boring, plodding RB.  He finished with 5 carries for 5 yards against the Cowboys, while Gio finished with 6/39, not to mention 2/17 through the air.  I just love this guy’s upside and think he will be the guy at some point this season.  

Mark Ingram

Ingram has looked really good this preseason and there are whispers that he could be the workhorse back for the Saints.  Ingram was actually used in the passing game, but Sproles will be the third down back and PT Cruise is still around.  Ingram is starting to look like a nice flex starter this season.

Ryan Mathews

I had pretty much written off Mathews, but he has actually looked pretty impressive, showing power and elusiveness.  Now, everything could completely go awry here with a sh*t offensive line, shaky QB play, and of course the injuries.  But you could do worse for your RB3.

Christine Michael

Michael has shown that he has a nice blend of speed and power, but his role is dependent on the health of Lynch.  If Lynch is healthy, then Turbin will be the backup.  If Lynch is out, Turbin will be the backup.  See what I did there?  Michael could be stud if he gets a chance this season.

Wide Receivers

Andre Johnson

AJ had been quiet this preseason, but after 7 receptions for 131 yards, he announced his presence to the fantasy world.  Don’t sleep on AJ this season, if he plays all 16 games, 100 receptions is basically in the bag.  PPR Gold.

Alshon Jeffrey

Jeffrey went 7 for 77 and was Jay Cutler’s favorite target the other night.  Sounds like he was cheating on Brandon Marshall.  Jeffrey has been impressive in camp and looks like a guy to target in the later rounds of your draft.

Markus Wheaton

Love this guy’s skill set and it looks like the Steelers have found yet another WR gem in the draft.  He may eventually move into the starting lineup, but I like him better in Dynasty leagues right now.  Definitely a guy you can take in the last rounds of your draft and that could pay off.

Kenny Stills

Stills continues to be the favorite to be the 3rd WR for the high octane Saints offense.  He scored another TD this week and although he will be 5th on the pecking order behind Graham, Sproles, Colston, and Moore, he should carve out a role as the deep threat.

Quinton Patton

The 49ers are in need of a WR2 in their offense and rookie WR Patton finally got into the act with a nice TD reception from Kaepernick.  Worth a look in larger leagues now and a guy you may want to keep an eye on for a early season WW pickup, if he and Kap continue to vibe.

Donnie Avery

Avery got 9 targets the other night as the starter playing opposite Bowe.  He finished with 6/54.  In larger leagues he could be a guy to target in PPR leagues as he could be a volume guy at the very least.

Tight Ends

The Gronk

Gronk could be back earlier than we all expected.  Some are saying as early as week 3.  This is great news as Gronk is the biggest sure thing after Graham and could end up the #1 guy in a game by game basis.  You will have to take him in he 4th or 5th round and grab a backup to fill in for the first few weeks, but it could all pay off.

Jared Cook

I will love to see a team actually get Cook involved and the Rams look like they are going to do just that.  Grabbed 4/50/1 on 6 targets against the Broncos and could be one of the breakout stars at TE.

Going Down


Josh Freeman

Freeman has never really been a consistent QB, but the preseason he has looked terrible. He has only completed 12 of 26 passes.  The good news is Mike Glennon doesn’t look anywhere near ready, so Freeman should be the guy all year.  Not sure what that means for V-Jax and Martin, but it’s not the best news in the world.  I’m just grabbing other QB2s that I like better.

Matt Flynn

Flynn’s water pistol arm and inability to create on his own have him in danger of losing his job.  Not that he was going to be a guy to target in drafts, but you would be surprised what happens in 2 QB leagues.

Joe Flacco

I have never been a fan of the Fantasy version of Joe Flacco.  He wasn’t good when he had all his weapons and now he has just Torrey Smith.  I’ll pass on him again.

Running Backs

Rashard Mendenhall

Mendy of course got hurt and although it’s not serious (knee sprain), it is the same knee that has bothered him this month and the ACL he tore in 2011.  This will be problematic this season.

Wide Receivers

Stevie Johnson

Stevie has done nothing wrong, but things are falling apart around him.  Kolb may have to retire (should) and Manuel may not be ready till week 2.  Jeff Tuel?  Sure.

Tight Ends

Rob Housler

A high ankle sprain and a quiet preseason have him dropping off boards in most redraft leagues.  

Brandon Myers

Myers has done nothing this preseason.  Although you can’t over value preseason games, it would be nice to see him getting the mojo with Eli.  He’s not dead to me or anything, but he’s not getting an endorsement either.

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Juan Elway is an enthusiast of Fantasy Football, Movies, and Combat Sports, but don't call him an expert. He once shook Adrian Peterson's hand and AP winced in pain. Follow him on Twitter where you can partake in all sorts of shenanigans.