Fantasy Football Stock Report: A Must Target Running Back On The Rise & More

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Jamison Crowder – New York Jets – Wide Receiver
Fantasy Stock – Rising

Maybe it’s nothing but hyperbole, but according to The Athletics’ Connor Hughes:

If that guy stays healthy, he’s going to be a reception animal come the regular season. He and Darnold found chemistry the moment they stepped on the field together. They see plays the exact same way, which helps the two connect when things break down. Their chemistry reminds me of the Seahawks’ Russell Wilson and now-retired Doug Baldwin. It wouldn’t surprise me if Crowder creeps near or past 100 catches this season.

It’s hard to envision him reaching 100 catches, especially with Le’Veon Bell operating at the top of the overall depth chart (and others, like Robbie Anderson and Chris Hendon in the mix).  That said this could provide an intriguing opportunity for those in PPR formats considering the relative lack of draft day cost (current ADP is 193.7).

Chris Carson – Seattle Seahawks – Running Back
Fantasy Stock – Rising

The Seahawks running back depth chart is full of questions, with Carson set to share the load with Rashaad Penny.  That said there are going to be opportunities available, especially with Doug Baldwin retired and questions at tight end.  Carson has shown an ability to run the ball (1,151 rushing yards last season) and he has 27 receptions over 18 career games.  If he’s going to see more opportunities in that regard, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him as the safety valve for Russell Wilson, 50+ catches could be realistic.

If he can stay healthy, which may be the biggest question, he could be a tremendous option in PPR formats (he’s currently going in the fourth round, with an average ADP of 44.0).

Jerrick McKinnon – San Francisco 49ers – Running Back
Fantasy Stock – Falling

His knee is injured and there’s talk that he could open the year on the injured reserve (which would sideline him for the first eight games of the season).  Regardless his absence is going to allow Tevin Coleman and Matt Breida to emerge, and depending on how they perform McKinnon could be more of a role player than anything upon his return.  That doesn’t mean he should be ignored completely, but he’s more of a RB5 depth option at this point.

Dontrell Hilliard – Cleveland Browns – Running Back
Fantasy Stock – Rising

According to Anthony Poisal of the Cleveland Brown’s official website:

“Hilliard is in line to begin the season behind Chubb on the depth chart and fill the void Johnson leaves as a pass-catching running back used mostly on third down plays.”

Just how many opportunities he gets, or how long he gets them, remains to be seen. The offense is flush with potential weapons as it is, and once Kareem Hunt returns from his eight-game suspension he should move into the primary backup/pass catching role. For now Hilliard’s stock is rising, but it may not last for long.

Make sure to check out all of our 2019 preseason rankings:

PositionLast Update
Quarterbacks06/25/19
Running Backs08/19/19
Wide Receivers8/18/19
Tight Ends07/15/19
Kickers08/02/19
Defenses08/24/19

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