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Sunday, August 5, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL STOCK WATCH

STOCK UP

Mike Gesicki:  The Dolphins have been in the fantasy football news of late for good and bad and it appears on the plus side that rookie tight end Mike Gesicki will have a very prominent role in the passing offense.  Historically speaking, rookie tight ends are a big negative in fantasy football but Gesicki appears to be a possible exception given his great receiving ability and the fact Miami could use a safety outlet for QB Ryan Tannehill.

Vance McDonald:  The Pittsburgh Steelers are loaded with offensive talent led by wideout Antonio Brown and running back Le'Veon Bell but QB Ben Roethlisberger always likes to target his tight end around the end zone.  Right now Vance McDonald is listed at the top of the team's depth chart there and so his stock goes up as a possible late-round add.

John Ross:  The speedy Bengals wideout bombed as a rookie due to injuries and this is why I said not to bother with him a year ago.  Now that the price has come way down, Ross is now worth a late-round look given his insane speed and WR 2 classification on the team.  QB Andy Dalton was in desperate need of receiving help last season and Ross could fit that bill.  

STOCK DOWN

Kenyan Drake:  I said from the moment that Frank Gore was signed by the Miami Dolphins, this would serve as a sizable hit on the fantasy football outlook on Kenyan Drake.  Add in the drafting of pass-catching dynamo Kalen Ballage and all of a sudden Drake goes from looking like a low-end RB 1 to a firm RB 2 in all formats.  The Miami coaching staff have been talking up Gore since the singing and his veteran presence is a plus for a young team.  

Sonny Michel:  Already having struggled early in camp,. New England Patriots rookie running back Sonny Michel had a procedure done on his knee after suffering an injury this past Wednesday.  The fact that Michel has missed crucial preparation time is a big negative for his immediate fantasy football value and also serves as a boost for Rex Burkhead.  


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