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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL STOCK WATCH: EARLY RISERS AND FALLERS

Training camps have just gotten underway but that doesn't mean some key fantasy football players have not already seen their stocks rise and fall based on differing situations.  Let's take a look.

STOCK UP

David Johnson/Odell Beckham Jr.:  We put both Johnson and Beckham together due to the fact they are players looking for new deals but who decided to still show up for camp.  It is always a plus when a player gets himself in shape with his teammates and gets some snaps in before Week 1.  Remember that Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell struggled last September after holding out all of camp.

Jarvis Landry:  Word leaked out that Todd Haley would use new arrival wideout Jarvis Landry on the outside some this season but count on him to also feature prominently in the slot.  In addition, the continued issues surrounding Josh Gordon should firmly entrench Landry as the top target of QB Tyrod Taylor.

Christian McCaffrey:  Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera made it known that he could foresee Christian McCaffrey taking 200 carries for the team this season in addition to his exceptional receiving work.  That would only serve to reinforce McCaffrey's standing as a RB 1 in PPR formats and a better RB 2 in standards.  

STOCK DOWN

Tyler Eifert:  Already we are hearing that Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert will be questionable for Week 1 as he continues to make his way back from back surgery.  Eifert has been an absolute health mess over the last few seasons and so even in standard formats where he has his most value, Eifert can't be counted on as a starter.

Julio Jones:  Jones is holding out of training camp as the Atlanta Falcons said publicly they wouldn't extend his contract until the offseason.  Missing reps in training camp won't hurt a veteran like Jones as much as a younger player but this is always a bit disconcerting considering he has not reached 90 catches for two straight seasons and he has always been banged up.


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