This is the week that most fantasy football leagues conduct their drafts. And if you haven’t been keeping a watchful eye on the NFL news cycle, you might’ve missed some key info on why certain players are climbing or plummeting down draft boards. Our SGPN fantasy football conciliary reconvened to review our Consensus Rankings and update our Fantasy Football Big Board. Here are our biggest risers and fallers for fantasy football draft week.
Derrick Henry has shot up our fantasy football big board. Especially as the uncertainty around Alvin Kamara has caused him to begin to slip down draft boards. Henry was a battering ram and workhorse down the stretch in 2019 and figures to be in for a repeat performance in 2020. Add in some minor, very minor but hey we are all about splitting hairs here, concerns about potential workload decrease for Saquon Barkley and Ezekiel Elliott, and Henry climbs to our RB03.
Derrick Henry 'Beast Mode' pic.twitter.com/WashxhAM3B
— HUNTER WE!SS (@Hunter_Weiss) September 1, 2020
Boston Scott is the Cinderella story out of nowhere who rocketed up the consensus rankings. He was left off of the board in our initial ranks but has rocketed up to RB40 in the follow-up. His role as the new Darren Sproles has folks excited. With growing uncertainties in other backfields starting to emerge, a man who is in a solid position to secure targets is a valuable fantasy asset.
Curtis Samuel is the definitive number two receiver in Carolina and was ranked as WR60 in our initial ranks. However, the number two receiver in a Joe Brady coached offense seems like it should hold some value. Look to Samuel late in drafts.
👏 Joshua Kelley 👏
— UCLA Football (@UCLAFootball) March 1, 2020
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Joshua Kelley is a big climber (UNR to RB54) as reports out of Chargers’ camp indicate he may have supplanted Justin Jackson (RB 63) as option 1B.
David Johnson (RB28 to RB22) seems to be gaining steam with our rankers as we all remember just how good he was a few years ago in a worse offense.
We have all rediscovered our love for Mike Gesicki as well as he has climbed (TE10 to TE04) to the top of our expectations for 2020.
No one seems to have a firm idea of what the hell is happening with Alvin Kamara. As such, he fell from the RB03 and a Tier 1 pick down to RB06. If it turns out the absence was not for a holdout, then maybe all is well. However, with rumors that he is injured and needed an epidural shot, that has to concern anyone who drafted him early.
The Tampa Bay backfield is an enigma wrapped in a mystery and shrouded in coach-speak. LeSean McCoy showed up in town and it is anyone’s guess what will happen. As a result, former fantasy darling Ke’Shawn Vaughn has plummeted down rankings (RB37 to RB52). It is not only the question of what the hell will happen with the Bucs backfield, but also that stronger options have emerged in other backfields.
Here is the video of the David Montgomery injury. He ended up being carted off. pic.twitter.com/70JchiJJMl
— Going Deep Podcast (@goingdeep) August 26, 2020
David Montgomery also plummeted down our board (RB24 to RB35) as questions surrounding his health have emerged. He injured his groin last week and fell down boards as a result. There are major questions about who will replace him and how long he will be out. Initial reports indicate he may miss 2-4 weeks, but who knows with soft-tissue injuries? Additionally, how big a role with Tarik Cohen and Cordarrelle Patterson fill in behind him? The SGPN fantasy football big board provides some good options instead.