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2013 Fantasy Football Stock Market

Ryan Fowler looks at NFL players whose fantasy stock is on the rise.
Ryan Fowler looks at NFL players whose fantasy stock is on the rise.
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Ryan Fowler

Ryan Fowler has spent the past 10 years covering and talking sports on TV and radio, in newspapers and on the web. He joined FOXSports.com as lead Fantasy Sports Editor and also acts as Digital Content Manager at WhatIfSports.com. Follow him on Twitter. Listen to his FOX Sports Team Report Podcasts on SoundCloud and iTunes

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Throughout the 2013 fantasy football season, I'll be sharing my fantasy football stock market update.  Here are my top three players on the upswing and top three players on the fantasy downswing after the first week of training camp.

Fowler's Fantasy Football Upgraded Stocks

  • DeAndre Hopkins
    • The first-round draft pick out of Clemson is a quick study according to reports
    • Andre Johnson says he's got great hands
    • Hopkins' late-July average draft position is after the 12th round - that's great value if you can pick him after the 11th round
    • It was only a few seasons ago that Kevin Walter made an impact as the Texans' WR2
  • Cecil Shorts III
    • Last 3 games of 2012, he was targeted 34 times with 19 receptions for 232 yards
    • He caught four touchdowns his last six games
    • Justin Blackmon (suspension) is out the first four games of the season
    • Shorts' late-July average draft position is the 9th Round
  • Stevan Ridley
    • Finished 2012 season with 291 carries, 1,263 yards (seventh-best in NFL) and 12 touchdowns
    • According to Brendan Fitzgerald of FOX 25 Boston, the Patriots are embracing a shift in offense that goes through Ridley
    • Could creep into late-first round fantasy drafts

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Fowler's Fantasy Football Downgraded Stocks

  • Tom Brady
    • He has made chicken soup out of chicken droppings in the past, but he was a lot younger then
    • Depending on when he gets Gronkowski back weighs heavily on his 2013 fantasy football value
    • I don't see 4,800-plus passing yards and 35 touchdowns this season
    • If he's there in the fourth round, I pounce on him, but no earlier
  • Steven Jackson
    • I still believe he's a fantasy RB1 with the Falcons (middle-to-late second round)
    • With Matt Ryan just inking a new deal and Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez all ready to make plays, it's tough to get "too high" on Jackson in drafts
    • Plus, don't forget Jacquizz Rodgers is part of the offensive system and could take touches, targets away from Jackson
  • RG3 - Russell Wilson - Andrew Luck
    • Waiting on 2013 fantasy football quarterback is all the rage these days
    • So, my eagerness to target RG3 with his knee, Wilson without Percy Harvin and Luck, who I believe is the best of the three, leads them to fall down my draft board until after the fifth round
    • Reliable fantasy quarterbacks like Tony Romo, Matthew Stafford and Eli Manning (lil shaky) are falling to the seventh, eighth and ninth rounds of fantasy drafts

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Tagged: Falcons, Patriots, Giants, Seahawks, Jaguars, Texans, Andre Johnson, Steven Jackson, Eli Manning, Matt Ryan

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