Fantasy NFL is kind of like the stock market – players’ values rise and fall as time goes on.
That’s especially true in preseason as it’s our first look at players before the games count for real. Even a small sample size can significantly affect players’ values, resulting in them being drafted several spots higher or lower than originally expected.
Here, we pick out five players who’ve seen their stock rise throughout August.
The Panthers running back was always being picked within the first three rounds of drafts, but with how often he’s been on the field during the preseason, he’s shot up near the first round. It looks like the second-year playmaker could be a workhorse and consistently receive 20-plus touches per week, making him a hot commodity.
The more we’ve seen of Goodwin with Jimmy Garoppolo, the more it’s becoming clear he’s the number one receiving option in the 49ers offence. The two have displayed their strong chemistry in the preseason, with Goodwin hauling in seven grabs for 119 yards. In Kyle Shanahan’s system, the wideout has the chance to flourish as a go-to threat.
The Browns backfield hasn’t been a reservoir for fantasy production in recent years, but Hyde looks like he could change that this season. In three preseason games, the running back has looked light on his feet and burst through holes to rack up 108 yards and a touchdown on 17 rushes. Exciting times in Cleveland.
There’s excitement building with Burton because of the way he’s been used so far in the Bears offence. Head coach Matt Nagy was the offensive coordinator in Kansas City last year and he’s brought some of the same concepts they used with Travis Kelce to Chicago, which could see Burton have a breakout year.
Gordon didn’t even have to play a snap in the preseason to see his stock go up. All he had to do was return from his absence and start practicing with the Browns again for people to take notice. We saw what he’s capable of in 2013. That upside is just too tantalising to not reach for.
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