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Monday, July 30, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL STOCK WATCH: LET THE ANDREW LUCK HYPE TRAIN BEGIN

Another day of NFL training camp brought another day of 2018 fantasy football positives and negatives in terms of some players' value.  Let's get right to the latest.

TRENDING UP

Andrew Luck:  Completing 19-of-22 in an intrasquad scrimmage was certainly a highlight for Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck who has not played an NFL down since 2016 due to slow recovery from shoulder surgery.  While it was a glorified exhibition, reports indicate Luck had very good velocity on the football and his ball placement was excellent.  Considering shoulder strength was the major worry here, this is nothing but a positive sign and Luck now gets added to an already deep stable of value play QB's such as Philip Rivers, Eli Manning, Matt Ryan, and Kirk Cousins. 

Dante Pettis:  Any offensive player in a Kyle Shanahan offense has our attention and so the early rave reviews of San Francisco 49ers rookie wideout Dante Pettis are very intriguing.  The 49ers loved Pettis in the draft and made sure to move up to get him which means they have plans for the kid.  Not the worst way to spend a late-round pick.

Devontae Booker:  While the Denver Broncos are giving first-team reps to FOUR different running backs in camp, it will likely come down to Devontae Booker and rookie Royce Freeman to begin the season.  What is also being said is that Booker will likely begin the season as the starter which adds some cold water onto the burgeoning fantasy football stock of Freeman.

TRENDING DOWN

Sam Darnold:  Still a holdout as of this writing, the rookie New York Jets QB is really hurting his chances to even contribute in 2018.  While he was not worth being drafted even in two-QB leagues, Darnold has immense ceiling that would help boost the values of the Jets skill players.

Sterling Shepard:  While he didn't miss reps, New York Giants wideout Sterling Shepard came up lame on a play during a weekend practice.  Not a big deal on the surface but Shepard being injured is a reminder of his rough 2017 on that front.  Something to keep an eye on. 

Seattle Seahawks Running Backs:  Right now Chris Carson is acting as the starter and C.J. Prosise is working on third downs.  That leaves rookie Rashaad Penny in limbo but there is almost no chance the Seahawks coaching staff won't unveil their new bulldozing running back early on.  So in essence we have chaos here once again. 


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