With preseason Week 1 in the books, there are some key movers and shakers when it comes to 2018 fantasy football draft stocks.
Tarik Cohen: From the minute he was hired to coach the Chicago Bears, Matt Nagy has done nothing but gush about small but explosive second-year back Tarik Cohen. While Jordan Howard remains the starter and the dominant pure runner, Cohen reportedly will be used all over the field as a receiver. Cohen could even gain the very rare RB/WR eligibility for 2018 fantasy football as Nagy has also stated he would put him in regular wideouts spots if need be. When you break it all down, Cohen is just for the PPR crowd but at this point we could be looking at him gaining as high as RB 2 classification.
Peyton Barber: It is always nice to get an endorsement straight from the coach in terms of being the starter and that is what Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Peyton Barber head from Dirk Kotter on Monday. Kotter was decisive in saying that Barber was his starter to begin the season and that makes sense given the brutal work rookie Ronald Jones has done in pass protection and catching the football. With that said, Barber is just a RB 3 in all formats as Charles Sims is there to take catches away and Jones will still play. In addition, the Jones hype should quiet immensely.
Royce Freeman: With Ronald Jones bombing so far in training camp, fellow rookie running back Royce Freeman is opening eyes for the Denver Broncos hierarchy. Freeman was very good in his debut in the team's preseason opener and Devontae Booker has yet to average even 4.0 yards per carry in each of his first two NFL seasons. I said from the beginning I liked Freeman behind only Saquon Barkley among rookie running backs and I stand by that assessment.
Cleveland QB's: Whether it is veteran Tyrod Taylor or rookie Baker Mayfield, the Cleveland Browns passers looked great in the preseason opener and they have quiet a collection of offensive talent at their disposal. Whoever is under center in Week 1 absolutely has QB 2 value.
Alshon Jeffery: Having had rotator cuff surgery in his shoulder, we are now getting reports that Philadelphia Eagles big-play wideout Alshon Jeffery may begin the year on PUP which means he would miss the first six games. For a guy who gets drafted as a WR 2 in standard formats leading up to this, Jeffery landing on PUP would be a huge negative for his fantasy football. At the same time, it would open up looks for the newly-signed Mike Wallace and the returning Nelson Agholor.
Sammy Watkins: Another team and it is looking like it will be another disappointing season for Kansas City Chiefs wideout Sammy Watkins. Already reports are circulating that Watkins is struggling to get on the same page as QB Patrick Mahomes and ESPN's Adam Schefter said on Monday that Tyreek Hill is developing a much better rapport for the kid. By now we have should all accept that Watkins is just a WR 3 at best.