Tuesday Trends: Pre-Season

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Welcome to Tuesday Trends, a new series where we will be taking stock of those who saw their value go up and those whose value went down. Let’s get to it. Pre Week 1 Pre-Season trends!

D’Onta Foreman: DOWN

All the Foreman truthers suffered a big blow over the weekend as the former 3rd round pick was released by the Texans due to their discontent with his work ethic. While that may be the official reason, it is more likely that the Texans just realized that Foreman was not recovering well from his Achillies injury and decided to lean on Lamar Miller. While Foreman was picked up by the Colts, he’s not replacing Mack and his value has all but evaporated. It’s time to look elsewhere for RB sleepers.

Melvin Gordon: DOWN

Gordon is a talented back, no doubt. His receiving and rushing abilities have made him one of the most complete backs in the league. Still, Justin Jackson and Austin Ekeler prove to be capable fill ins while he was nursing an injury late last season and the Chargers have reason to believe they can win with those two carrying the run game. If Gordon goes to another team, however, his value dips immediately. The Chargers have one of the most explosive and complete offenses in the league which allows Gordon to have multiple TD opportunities. Should Gordon be sent to a team with a less potent offense he will have a hard time replicating his recent RB1 seasons. Add in the fact that Gordon seemingly misses games due to injury every season and its best to stay away from Gordon not only in redraft leagues, but dynasty leagues as well.

David Montgomery: UP

Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery works on the field during an NFL football training camp in Bourbonnais, Ill., Saturday, July 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The David Montgomery hype train is officially rolling. A training camp video surfaced on Monday showing Montgomery running over most of the Bears’ defense on a run, inspiring memories of a young Marshawn Lynch. Montgomery’s vision has been praised by the Bears’ coaching staff and everyone has expressed excitement to see him in real games where he can continue to show this tackle breaking ability. With his known prowess in the receiving game, it would not be surprising to see Montgomery as the first rookie RB taken off the board in late August drafts. All eyes should be on the rookie when he makes his debut Thursday Night.

Lamar Jackson: UP

One of the biggest surprises of the offseason has been the notable improvement of Lamar Jackson in the passing game. According to Ravens beat reporters and the players themselves, Lamar Jackson is throwing more accurate balls and playing with more confidence than he was last year and in OTAS. This can only mean good things for the scrutinized QB. Jackson’s rushing ability will provide him with a safe floor most weeks and if he is able to get 200 yards passing and a TD per week, he will be a solid QB1. His stock is quickly rising so get him before his cost increases.

Damien Williams: DOWN

Damien Williams owners should officially be nervous. Hamstring injuries are always a red sign for fantasy purposes. Add in the recent comments made by Andy Reid that suggested Williams is missing too much time and it becomes obvious that Williams needs to return soon in order to avoid a timeshare. Carlos Hyde has been impressed while taking first team reps while Thompson and Darrell Williams continue to have good practices as well. While RBs coach Eric Bieniemy claims Williams is still the starter, it may not be long before Williams loses his grip on a workhorse role in the Chiefs offense. 

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