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Fantasy Soccer ADP Report: Sleepers Zach Wilson, Rhamondre Stevenson rising, Trevor Lawrence, Michael Carter amongst largest fallers

Fantasy football draft season is in full swing, and ADPs are extremely elastic in the midst of preseason games. Some changes are overreactions, while others indicate worry or excitement about the prospects of a given player, especially if there’s been an injury or trade. Such is the case this week, where some preseason performances and depth chart changes are changing the outlooks of several rookies. Potential sleepers Zach Wilson and Rhamondre Stevenson have seen bumps in their respective ADPs, while Trevor Lawrence and Michael Carter have been on downward trends. Below, we’ll provide explanations for their changes and list more notable risers and fallers.

This article uses Underdog Fantasy ADP data and is based on half-point PPR formats. All changes referenced in ADP are over the past seven days (Aug. 18-25). For last week’s ADP report, click here.

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Fantasy Football ADP Report: Risers and Fallers

QB Risers: Zach Wilson, Jets

Zach Wilson fell victim to a lot of slander leading up to the 2021 NFL draft: “How could you take Wilson over Fields? He didn’t play anybody in college!”, the armchair QBs exclaimed. After two preseason games, Wilson looks more comfortable than any rookie QB in his class. In Week 2 of the preseason, Wilson posted a line of 9-for-11, 128 yards, two TDs, and zero INTs. Fantasy owners are taking notice. He’s the biggest riser among all QBs, sliding up 7.9 spots and settling in at QB23. That makes him a prime late-round sleeper as your backup in single-QB leagues and a solid starting QB2 in superflex/two-QB leagues.

More QB Risers: Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers; Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins; Jameis Winston, Saints

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QB Fallers: Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars

While Wilson put on a spectacular performance, Lawrence struggled (113 yards on 23 passing attempts, zero TDs) in the Week 2 Monday Night Football game against New Orleans. He didn’t fall drastically, but he slid back 3.3 spots. This is the first time we’ve seen Lawrence fall and the first time we’ve really seen him struggle mightily after a strong college career. He now sits behind Justin Fields at QB16. This marks the first time he’s not been the highest rookie QB in ADP, though you have to

More QB Fallers: Daniel Jones, Giants; Matt Ryan, Falcons, Dak Prescott, Cowboys.

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RB Risers: James Robinson, Jaguars; Rhamondre Stevenson, Patriots

You never wish anyone harm, but it’s important to adjust your cheat sheets after it was revealed Travis Etienne is out for the season because of a Lisfranc injury. The obvious beneficiary is last year’s rookie breakout, James Robinson. In 2020, we saw Robinson finish the RB7 in standard and PPR leagues despite missing two games. Because the news is relatively new, his ADP hasn’t seen the dramatic jump yet, but boy is it coming. In our standard RB rankings, Robinson jumped from outside the top 35 to RB19 in an instant. Why isn’t he in the top 10 like last year? It’s important to note Robinson saw an 85.2-percent opportunity share (percentage of team’s RB touches), per PlayerProfiler.com . As an undrafted player with no ties to Urban Meyer, He’s unlikely to be close to that figure this year. Expect Carlos Hyde and a committee to take some of the touches. After all, there’s a reason Jacksonville used a first-round pick on another RB this year. Still, Robinson is a value if you can still grab him past the third round in drafts.

Stevenson is a huge beneficiary of the Sony Michel trade. James White has the pass-catching role on lockdown, but Stevenson is set to be the primary handcuff behind Damien Harris. He has a chance to steal carries, especially around the goal line, if he continues to impress. Even before the trade, he moved up 9.1 spots in ADP. Expect that number to shoot the moon. Obviously, Michel will move up, too, now that he’s L.A.’s primary handcuff behind Darrell Henderson Jr., who’s currently dealing with a hand injury.

More RB Risers: Phillip Lindsay, Texans; Chuba Hubbard, Panthers; Malcolm Brown, Dolphins; Devin Singletary, Bills

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RB Fallers: Michael Carter, Jets

Carter has received a ton of buzz in a wide-open Jets backfield. However, we have to remember he was just a third-day pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. While some have been hopeful for a workhorse role, it’s likely he’ll be subjected to a committee role. Ty Johnson has dominated much of first-team reps, and veteran Tevin Coleman is in line for plenty of work, too. Carter has fallen 5.9 spots with the reality of his situation coming to light, but the upside is still there, making him a potential boom-or-bust pick in the early-middle rounds.

More RB Fallers: David Johnson, Texans; Latavius Murray, Saints; Rashad Penny, Seahawks

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WR Risers: Jakobi Meyers, Patriots

Meyers has been speculated to be the top contender for the No. 1 WR job in New England. In his Week 2 preseason game against the Eagles, Meyers ran with the ones, catching three passes for 56 yards and a touchdown. His ADP has risen 12.8 spots, yet he still sits at WR61. Put simply, he’s extremely undervalued and someone that you can easily acquire. Last season, he ranked seventh in the NFL in target share. Why not take a cheap flier, especially in PPR leagues?

More WR Risers: Marquez Callaway, Saints, Josh Palmer, Chargers; Corey Davis, Jets; Tyrell Williams, Lions

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WR Fallers: Tre’Quan Smith, Saints

When the reports of Michael Thomas’ ankle injury and drama first came out, all eyes went to Smith. Why wouldn’t he become the team’s WR1 in Thomas’ presumed absence? Oh yeah, because Marquez Callaway exists. As Callaway has shined bright, a shadow has loomed over Smith. After all, Smith has had plenty of opportunities to impress. and he has yet to do it with any consistency.

Callaway presents more upside and continues to rise in ADP, which directly results in Smith falling (11 spots).

More WR Fallers: John Brown, Raiders; Allen Lazard, Packers; Breshad Perriman, Lions

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TE Risers: Logan Thomas, Washington

After the fantasy community got to see Ryan Fitzmagic in a WFT uniform, all their pass-catchers are receiving more hype. Thomas is both a short-yardage and deep-play threat, and we know Fitzpatrick has no reservations about taking shots. Last year’s biggest breakout TE is the biggest riser (8.5 spots) among all tight ends in the last week and sits at TE7 in ADP.

More TE Risers: Pat Freiermuth, Steelers; Cole Kmet, Bears

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TE Fallers: Dallas Goedert, Eagles

Goedert is another guy that falls into the category of extreme offseason hype. All offseason, the thought was Zach Ertz was going to be shipped out of Philadelphia, setting up for a breakout year for Goedert. However, Ertz has been in camp and has been impressive. He’s the kind of player who will demand snaps and reduce Goedert’s upside as long as he’s an Eagle. Sorry to all the Goedert truthers, but if you still believe in him, he’s fallen 9.3 spots and is cheaper for you to acquire.

More TE Fallers: Jared Cook, Chargers


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