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Gabe Davis flying high but there are concerns about Albert O

Gabriel Davis

Gabriel Davis

Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

STOCK UP

Gabriel Davis - Bills, WR
OH MY LORD! Did you see that?! A receiver caught a touchdown pass against reserves in a preseason game! Davis made a great play, that’s a fact. With the way fantasy football works, it means he may get a little more expensive in your drafts. I’m here to tell you about a player’s stock rising, not agree with it. A fourth or fifth-round pick for Davis has always been too rich for my blood and it may creep even higher. In limited action, Davis finished with two receptions, 47 yards and a touchdown. While Davis did seem to pick up where he left off in last season’s playoffs, one cannot ignore the manufactured targets for Stefon Diggs and Isaiah McKenzie. The Davis hype has been sky-high this offseason and it only looks to rise as we get closer to the season. Chris Godwin, Michael Thomas and Allen Robinson are some receivers I’d rather have who are being drafted in the same area. The question will be, how high are you willing to draft him? And what do you expect?

Nico Collins - Texans, WR
Collins has reportedly been unguardable all throughout training camp and that was put on display in Week 2 of the preseason. In the absence of Brandin Cooks, Davis Mills (who’s been impressive himself) found Collins early and often. Right out of the gate he found Collins on a 17-yard catch, then another play on the same drive. Mills targeted Collins on six of his 17 throws in the half that he played. Collins would finish with four receptions, 48 yards and a touchdown. That touchdown would be the play of the night as he “Mossed” Rams’ cornerback Derion Kendrick in the endzone with :07 remaining in the half. If Mills is going to make the second-year leap, it would be wise to target Collins as a late-round flyer in your fantasy drafts. Collins would be the perfect compliment to the speedy route runner in Cooks. He may not catch 100 passes, but the potential red zone efficiency should have him on your fantasy radar.

Brian Robinson - Commanders, RB
Once Antonio Gibson took the opening kickoff and Robinson got the start in Week 2 of the preseason, all hell broke loose for fans. At the very least this signals that there will be some type of committee. Gibson’s (and fantasy managers) hopes of him being a true every-down back seem to be fading at a rapid pace. Then there’s the fact that J.D McKissic, the team’s passing catching back, will have a role as well. Robinson has worked his way into getting meaningful reps. While his ADP will climb, touching any player in this backfield may be asking for trouble. Robinson took eight carries for 31 yards while Gibson was more effective as a receiver, making three grabs for 37 yards. You’ll likely see Robinson’s and Gibson’s ADP come closer together as we enter the thick of fantasy draft season. It seems like Ron Rivera may just go with the hot hand at running back, and that is never something you want to think about with players that you roster.

STOCK DOWN

Isaiah Spiller - Chargers, RB
Joshua Kelley has emerged as the leader in the competition to be Austin Ekeler‘s running mate. We know this will be an important position to fantasy managers since any back who is attached to Justin Herbert and the Chargers offense will hold significant value. We assumed out of the gate at least that Spiller would be the guy. Kelley seems to have a second wind entering his third season. Already behind in the race, Spiller suffered an ankle injury after carrying the ball three times for three yards in Week 2 of the preseason. The severity of his injury is not yet known, but it isn’t thought to be serious. The Chargers have one final preseason game against the Saints which Spiller has already been ruled out. Coach Brandon Staley said there’s “a chance” he could miss Week 1. This almost assures that Kelley will start the season as the Chargers’ RB2. I’m still not sold yet on drafting Kelley at this point although that could change quickly.

Albert Okwuegbunam - Broncos, TE
Okwuegbunam has been seen as a potential breakout-sleeper type of player this offseason. I saw it as well, but with my eyes closed. No matter what Okwuegbunam does there’s always going to be steep competition for targets. Him playing in the fourth quarter of the team’s Week 2 preseason has fantasy managers shaken up a bit. Coach Nathaniel Hackett simply said that Okwuegbunam needed the reps. The question is, if you know this is your outright TE1, how many preseason reps do you need? In his extended time, Okwuegbunam collected five targets, four receptions and 32 yards, which is ok. Outside of Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy, the Broncos are looking for someone else to step up in the absence of Tim Patrick. Whether it be Okwuegbunam, KJ Hamler, Greg Dulcich or (wait for it) Montrell Washington is anyone’s guess at this point. What we do know is that we may have to pump the brakes on “Albert O SZN.”

Miles Sanders - Eagles, RB

To be fair, Sanders famously said not to draft him. To not be fair, his stock is falling to the point where he may become a value as his team’s top running back. Sanders suffering a hamstring injury isn’t doing his value any favors either. Boston Scott and Kenneth Gainwell both scored touchdowns in the team’s Week 2 preseason game against the Browns. Gainwell has already been gaining buzz as the team’s top receiving threat out of the backfield. Many are speculating that he could eat into Sanders’ early down work as well. Putting all of this together and adding Sanders’ injury in, means the value takes a dive. Still, it’s still extremely hard to see Sanders not at least leading this backfield in 2022. We already know that Jalen Hurts will gobble up rushing yards, but that’s baked into Sanders ADP. If you want to look at it on the bright side, the chances of Sanders scoring zero touchdowns for a consecutive year is slim to none.