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August 14, 2013 posted by Dan Stack

2013 Fantasy Football: Biggest Risers and Fallers after Week 1 of Preseason Action

2013 Fantasy Football: Biggest Risers and Fallers after Week 1 of Preseason Action
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Well, the first batch of preseason games are in the books, and that means were a week closer to the start of the regular season. Suffice to say, the regular season can’t come here soon enough.

The first week of preseason action provided us with our first real look at some of the players we’ll be drafting in the coming weeks. Not all studs played, or if they did, they only played a minimal amount of time, so it’s still hard to gauge who you should put stock in.

That all said, some players did improve their stock, while others saw some of their value dip a bit. So, here are your Week 1 preseason biggest risers and fallers.

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Risers:

T.Y. Hilton: Indianapolis Colts

This year’s viral sleeper has to be Hilton, as seemingly everybody is talking about him. Hilton is set to take his game to a new level this year and if his game (three receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown) against the Bills on Sunday is any indication, he is just starting to get warmed up.

Chris Givens: St. Louis Rams

A deep sleeper to keep your eye this summer is Rams’ deep threat Chris Givens. Givens got loose for a 59-yard bomb, while racking up 82 yards and a touchdown on three receptions in his game against the Browns on Thursday night. Sam Bradford is going to love throwing the ball to Givens this year.

DeAndre Hopkins: Houston Texans

This rookie is starting to perk the ears of a lot of fantasy players, as he is quickly showing he is ahead of the curve. Hopkins showed some amazing athleticism in hauling in a tremendous touchdown catch in his game against the Vikings. In that game, Hopkins had four receptions (on four targets) for 52 yards and a touchdown. Playing opposite Andre Johnson, Hopkins could perhaps have a similar season to the one Julio Jones had in his rookie season playing alongside Roddy White.

Cordarrelle Patterson: Minnesota Vikings

Patterson is another rookie receiver who is turning some heads this summer. Patterson is still a bit raw, but his natural, God-given abilities are off the charts and he showed them off in his game against the Texans, recording four receptions for 54 yards. Watch for his development, as he could be a nice late-round sleeper. He is already an obviously great selection in keeper leagues.

Christine Michael, RB, Seattle Seahawks

Christine Michael, RB, Seattle Seahawks

Christine Michael: Seattle Seahawks

While we know that the Seahawks bell-cow back is no doubt Marshawn Lynch, Christine Michael could be the back to handcuff with Lynch—not Robert Turbin. In his first preseason action against the Chargers, Michael rushed for 89 yards on 16 carries. Turbin may remain No. 2 on the depth chart, but Michael should be monitored this preseason nevertheless.

LeGarrette Blount: New England Patriots

While it’s hard to imagine Blount leapfrogging both Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen on the Pats’ depth chart, nevertheless, he looked great in the Patriots’ preseason game against the Eagles, rushing for 101 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. You never know how Pats’ coach Bill Belichick will split the carries in New England, as he has been known to shake things up.

Stepfan Taylor: Arizona Cardinals

Although running for 64 yards on 20 carries is not all that impressive, it was nice to see Taylor (the Cardinals 2013 5th round pick) handle the load. With Rashard Mendenhall and Ryan Williams nursing injuries, Taylor may just do enough to eventually steal the job away from them at some point this year.

Fallers:

Green Bay running backs

With Eddie Lacy sidelined, it opened the door for guys like James Starks, Alex Green and fellow rookie Johnathan Franklin to step up. However, all three were hardly impressive as they combined to rush for just 68 yards on 25 carries. This has the looks of a completion that will go down to the wire in camp.

Montee Ball, RB, Denver Broncos

Montee Ball, RB, Denver Broncos

Denver running backs

What was just said about the Green Bay backs can be applied to the Denver backs here. The role as Broncos’ lead back was supposed to be a fierce battle between rookie Montee Ball and incumbents Ronnie Hillman and Knowshon Moreno, but after their first preseason game against the 49ers in which all three combined to rush for a pathetic 41 yards on 14 carries, no one is separating themselves from the pack just yet. Someone will eventually break out of this group and the one who does should have great value on draft day.

Rams running backs

Seeing a theme here? Although favorite Daryl Richardson showed some explosiveness in the Rams preseason game against the Browns, Zac Stacy and Isaiah Pead (who lost a fumble) left a lot to be desired. The three backs combined to rush for a modest 65 yards on 14 carries in their game against the Browns.

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My name is Dan Stack and I live in Nyack, New York, which is about 20 miles north of New York City. I am a writer/blogger who is passionate about many things, namely sports. I am also very passionate when it comes to fantasy sports, whether it be baseball, football or basketball. You can find me writing/blogging here at FantasyPros911.com, BleacherReport.com, Mets360.com, GiantsFootballBlog.com and WeAreDePaul.com. I have also been the Managing Editor of my county's weekly newspaper (Rockland County Times). I hold a BA degree in Journalism/Broadcasting from C.W. Post University in Brookville, New York. I have other passion besides sports as I am big in to music, pop culture, dogs and and other fun stuff. I love New York and all that it has to offer. You can often find me writing/blogging, watching TV, attending movies or at a ballgame. E-Mail if you have any questions or comments.
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