Fantasy Football Rise and Fall: Preseason Week 1

By: Nate Leer

Many teams chose to sit all their playmakers for the first full week of the preseason. However, enough guys played for us to take a look at the results to see who should move up draft boards and who should move down.


1. Kelvin Benjamin – WR – Car: All About The Benjamin looked fast and physical. He also showed his obvious length on a TD grab. He could be a bargain come draft day.

2. Leonard Fournette – RB – Jac: The big rook looked fast and powerful, a good combo for a guy who could get a ton of carries. He is climbing up my draft board as he has shown the ability to catch the ball on top of his powerful running.

3. Carson Palmer – QB – Ari: Palmer’s arm looked strong and that is the biggest factor to me in how effective he will be this year. He’s shaping up as a great late round QB target.

Others: Carson Wentz – QB – Phi, Alshon Jeffrey – WR – Phi (less competition due to trade of Jordan Matthews), Darren McFadden – RB – Dal (likely starter during Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension).


1. Todd Gurley – RB – LAR: Gurley had nowhere to run against the Cowboys and that is a bad sign for how the regular season may go.

2. Will Fuller – WR – Hou: Fuller broke his collarbone which has the obvious drawback of likely missed preseason games as well as slowing his development and giving other young WRs on Houston a chance to emerge.

3. Sam Bradford – QB – Min: The concern isn’t so much Sam himself but the porous play of his O line. I was liking him as a deep sleeper but the Vikes O line will have to play MUCH better for Bradford to be able to push the ball downfield.

Others: Sammy Watkins – WR – LAR (due to trade to team with at best an unproven QB), Jordan Reed – TE – Was (bad news on the injury front).


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