Training camp is underway for all 32 NFL teams, and there have already been plenty of injuries and newsworthy notes than have influenced fantasy football. As draft season is nearing, players will start to fluctuate in ADP. Some of these ADP changes are not yet present, but based on recent news, these changes will/should be expected. Here are four fantasy football risers and how you should value them moving forward:
QB Trey Lance (SF)
Last week, the San Francisco 49ers announced their full commitment to Lance as their QB. This came with the news that QB Jimmy Garoppolo could seek a trade. Lance was already being drafted as a Top-15 QB with massive upside. Now that we have full assurance that he is the starter, his ADP should continue to rise to the tier of Jalen Hurts and Kyler Murray. He continues to impress in training camp, so draft him as late as you can.
Even now, Lance is a value pick in fantasy. However, he may reach a point where the price to get him is too rich. People need to remember that Lance will still have his inconsistencies in his first full season. At least Lance has a high rushing ceiling, potentially being able to accumulate 1,000 yards on the ground. Overall, draft Lance with confidence for now, and he will be an interesting player to track as we get closer to the season.
RB Alvin Kamara (NO)
Many people thought that Kamara was facing an immediate suspension for misdemeanor and felony battery charges that occurred earlier this year. However, his hearing will now take place September 29. This means that Kamara will be on the field this season, at least for the first four weeks. There have been rumors that the NFL wants to suspend Kamara during the 2023 season, which bodes well for fantasy in 2022.
Due to these uncertainties, Kamara was a third/fourth round pick. In the last couple weeks, he has been consistently taken in the second/early third rounds. It would have been nice to get Kamara at his original ADP, but if he is going to play a full season, then of course he should be considered a top RB option. Kamara can be a steal of your draft.
RB Rhamondre Stevenson (NE)
Damien Harris still remains the 1A of this backfield for now, but Stevenson has shown out in training camp so far. Stevenson’s explosiveness and versatility will help him overtake Harris. He was also very efficient in 2021. The rookie finished the season with 606 rushing yards on 133 attempts, along with five touchdowns. He also has shown flashes in the pass game, and could look to make his mark in all facets of the Patriots offense.
Stevenson has started to become one of my favorite later-round selections. As long as Damien Harris is still around and healthy, Stevenson’s ADP should not drastically skyrocket. Stevenson’s noticeable progress and oozing confidence proves that he is ready for an increased role in the offense. He should remain a late target as a high-upside bench RB.
WR Jalen Tolbert (DAL)
Jalen Tolbert can fill a valuable void early in the season as the WR2 for the Cowboys. Michael Gallup (ACL) is already officially out for Week 1 of the season and could possibly miss more time. Recent signee, James Washington, fractured his foot during Monday’s practice and will miss the next 6-10 weeks. While the Cowboys may be more encouraged to sign a WR now via free agency, Tolbert has proved he can handle the opportunity.
Tolbert was a fantasy football sleeper being drafted outside of the Top 50 WRs. Now he is not as big of a secret. He will be in line to open the season as a starter. It is definitely worth monitoring what the Cowboys do from here. It will be a huge vote of confidence for Tolbert if they do not make a move at all. With the third-round rookie already showing early chemistry with QB Dak Prescott, Tolbert has the chance to be a worthy fantasy asset.
Tolbert will likely go undrafted in smaller leagues, but he is for sure worth the late-round selection in deeper leagues.
These fantasy football risers can pay dividends for fantasy teams this season, but do not reach for these guys. Stay tuned for fantasy football fallers and their outlooks for 2022.