Fan­tasy foot­ball:

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - INSIDE - Tony Holm, Fan­ta­

Player rank­ings, siz­zlers/fiz­zlers.

These play­ers have seen their fan­tasy val­ues in­crease or de­crease based on their per­for­mances this pre­sea­son:


RB Adrian Peter­son, Wash­ing­ton Red­skins: While he’s not the same Adrian Peter­son who’s won three rush­ing ti­tles and an MVP award, he makes for an in­ter­est­ing pla­toon mate in a back­field that is not stoked with a lot of depth.

RB Pey­ton Bar­ber, Tampa Bay Buc­ca­neers: While all eyes were on 2018 sec­ond-round draft se­lec­tion Ron­ald Jones II this off­sea­son, Bar­ber, an un­drafted free agent, dis­tanced him­self from all his com­peti­tors and re­in­forced his sta­tus as the Bucs’ starter.

RB Al­fred Mor­ris, San Francisco 49ers: With the loss of starter Jer­ick McKin­non for the sea­son, newly signed Mor­ris will share the run­ning du­ties with Matt Breida. Mor­ris is bet­ter suited as the pri­mary run­ning back and had a pro­duc­tive pre­sea­son.

TE An­to­nio Gates, Los An­ge­les Charg­ers: Af­ter start­ing tight end Hunter Henry tore his ACL early in the pre­sea­son, it was only nat­u­ral that Gates would come out of re­tire­ment to re­turn to the Charg­ers for a 16th sea­son. Gates is 38 years old and cer­tainly isn’t as shifty as he once was but he can still be a short-yardage end-zone threat.

RB Jor­dan Wilkins, In­di­anapo­lis Colts: While Mar­lon Mack is pen­ciled in as the starter, Wilkins has been the one who has looked im­pres­sive in camp and will get first crack at the job if Mack (ham­string) is un­able to go Week 1.


QB Car­son Wentz, Philadel­phia Ea­gles: Af­ter show­ing off his talent in a break­out 2017 sea­son, Wentz was highly drafted most of this sum­mer. But here we are in Week 1 and we are al­ready pump­ing the brakes as Su­per Bowl MVP Nick Foles starts and Wentz con­tin­ues to re­cu­per­ate his knee.

RB D’Onta Fore­man, Hous­ton Tex­ans: Fore­man was a ros­ter stash for many over the sum­mer as a high-risk/high-reward player. In Week 1 we’ve re­ceived our an­swer: He was more risk than reward as the Tex­ans have placed him on the PUP list, mak­ing him in­el­i­gi­ble to re­turn un­til Week 7.

WR Al­shon Jef­fery, Philadel­phia Ea­gles: Re­hab­bing from shoul­der surgery, there was hope Jef­fery would be ready for the reg­u­lar sea­son. How­ever, the Ea­gles have pushed his timetable back “at least” two weeks. Jef­fery did pass his lat­est phys­i­cal and it seems like his nee­dle is point­ing up but set­backs have been known to hap­pen.

WR Josh Gor­don, Cleve­land Browns: The enig­matic Gor­don con­tin­ues to frus­trate fan­tasy own­ers. He was be­ing drafted on his up­side prom­ise, but his down­side is just as steep and a lot of pieces still need to fall into place for him to suc­ceed.

WR Doug Bald­win, Seat­tle Sea­hawks: It is never a good sign when a player al­ready has a knee in­jury that will never be 100% healthy this sea­son. Bald­win will play through it but fan­tasy own­ers can’t be ex­cited about a player who has to “tough it out” be­fore the sea­son has even be­gun.


Late signeed Adrian Peter­son earned a Wash­ing­ton ros­ter spot.

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