by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
We all know that it doesn’t take much for a player’s value to increase or decrease as we head towards fantasy drafts. It only takes a rumor or innuendo, or a minor injury that causes missed time, to send someone’s value spiraling in either direction. Let’s take a look at a few players whose value has changed over the past few days for various reasons:
Zack Ertz – Tight End – Philadelphia Eagles
Stock – Rising
Ertz was always a Rotoprofessor favorite, and with the trade of Jordan Matthews the chance of him seeing a high volume of opportunities only grows. While many are pointing to Nelson Agholer as being the beneficiary of the increased looks, and it’s fair considering Ertz is already one of the most targeted tight ends in the NFL (he was one of only six tight ends to have 100+ targets in ’16), you can’t argue the rapport that he has developed with Carson Wentz.
As we stated in our previous breakout article for Ertz (which came prior to the Matthews trade, and you can read by clicking here):
Just look at the numbers that he produced over the final 9 games of the ’16 season:
63 receptions for 666 yards and 4 TD
No you can’t just project that over an entire 16 games, but if we did (just for fun) you’d get a tight end posting 112 receptions for 1,184 yards and 7 TD.
With Matthews gone, reaching 100 catches and 1,100 yards no longer seems impossible.
Breshad Perriman – Wide Receiver – Baltimore Ravens
Stock – Falling
He was already going to be playing third fiddle, behind Jeremy Maclin and Mike Wallace, but he continues to be sidelined with a hamstring injury that could ultimately cost him the entire preseason. As Jeff Zrebiec recently said on Twitter:
My understanding is Perriman has a Grade 2 hamstring strain. That can take 4 weeks or more to heal. He’s been out for 2 wks already
That missed time will just put him further down the depth chart and could lead to a slow start.
O.J. Howard – Tight End – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Stock – Falling
According to ESPN’s Jenna Laine (click here for the article):
It might not show up on the stat line or make SportsCenter’s top plays, but the former Alabama star’s run blocking is already making a noticeable difference in Tampa. That’s likely where he’ll make his mark early on, and the Bucs would be thrilled. He didn’t have a catch in the preseason opener, but the hands will show up in games soon enough. They can leave that to Cameron Brate for now.
It often takes rookie tight ends time to acclimate themselves to the NFL, so the fact that he could be limited to blocking duties early on in the season will significantly limit his appeal. He will likely be one of the better tight ends in the NFL in time, but for now he’s better left for those in dynasty formats.
Make sure to check out all of our 2017 Preseason Rankings: