Fantasy football rankings report

by Cory J. Bonini on August 26, 2011 @ 15:35:34 PDT's fantasy football rankings are fluid from week to week - and even on a daily basis if news dictates such. To keep you in the loop, our Rankings Report series will track the changes in a snapshot approach, which will be released each Friday throughout the draft season.

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Players on the rise

Felix Jones, running back, Dallas Cowboys

Jones has been running well and was projected for more carries as it appears he will indeed be the primary back in this offense. His big-play ability and Dallas' wide-open offense should allow him to be very productive with limited touches. He's a low-end RB2.

Stevan Ridley, running back, New England Patriots

The rookie rusher has been beastly this summer, and his prowess around the goal line may earn him more touches. We increased him from a low-rated flier pick to a slightly better flier pick in our rankings. He's a sixth back or a handcuff to BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

Vincent Jackson, WR, San Diego Chargers

Vincent Jackson, wide receiver, San Diego Chargers

We revisited Jackson's projected figures and came to the conclusion that he was simply too low in our rankings. He has looked very good this offseason; V-Jax and Philip Rivers clearly have chemistry together. The long ball is a staple of this offense, so don't expect a lot of receptions for him, but his big-play ability makes him an acceptable No. 1 receiver - even in PPR formats.

Plaxico Burress, wide receiver, New York Jets

Burress' speed may not be what it used to be - never great to begin with - but that's not his game. His lanky frame allows him to high-point jump balls and out hustle defenders. He'll be known around the stripe this year. While injuries are a bit of a concern, he is a reasonable No. 3 receiver for fantasy football purposes. 

Early Doucet, wide receivers, Arizona Cardinals

Doucet came to camp in shape and has impressed the coaching staff. He is a tireless worker and, most importantly, is healthy for a change. Doucet is battling Andre Roberts for the No. 2 job. He's a low-end fourth fantasy receiver.

Greg Olsen, tight end, Carolina Panthers

OC Rob Chudzinski's offense will emphasize the tight end position, and even though Jeremy Shockey is present, the more athletic Olsen will be a force down the seam. Cam Newton has been surprisingly decent - some bad decisions, enough good ones to give hope. The Panthers' receiving corps isn't very impressive or proven, which means Olsen, Newton's checkdown, is likely to be a big part of the passing game.

Players on the decline

Jason Campbell, quarterback, Oakland Raiders

Jason Campbell, QB, Oakland Raiders

The Raiders selected Terrelle Pryor in the supplemental draft and are going to keep him at quarterback, which means sometimes Campbell will come off the field for trick plays involving the rookie. Also, it isn't out of the question to think Pryor will start a few games if (when?) Al Davis invokes his irrational will on Hue Jackson. Avoid Campbell in standard drafts.

Shane Vereen, running back, New England Patriots

Vereen (hamstring) hasn't practiced in weeks and may not be ready for the Pats' next preseason game. Meanwhile, Stevan Ridley has impressed. Playing time is dependent on experience, practice reps and knowledge of the system. Vereen is a final-round flier in PPR leagues with rosters of 18 players or more.

Enters rankings

Terrelle Pryor, quarterback, Oakland Raiders  

We gave Pryor generic numbers to enter the rankings. Let's face it: No one knows what is going on in Al Davis' mind. If history is any indication, though, you can expect him to force Pryor in to the Raiders' lineup sooner rather than later. The disgraced former Buckeye doesn't belong anywhere on your 2011 fantasy radar.

Harry Douglas, wide receiver, Atlanta Falcons

Douglas has a decent rapport with Matt Ryan it seems, but he is mainly benefiting from defenses homing in on Julio Jones and Roddy White. Tight end Tony Gonzalez may take a lot of looks from Douglas; therefore, don't get your hopes too high. Douglas is a waiver wire target.

Fred Davis, tight end, Washington Redskins

Chris Cooley's swollen knee encouraged us to add Davis to the rankings (Cooley's knee itself didn't speak to us, if that's what you are thinking). Davis is athletic and can do most everything Cooley can in the passing game. Observe this situation and act accordingly should it appear as though the veteran's joint isn't right as of Week 1. 

Lance Kendricks, tight end, St. Louis Rams

This offense doesn't utilize the tight end position very much, but Kendricks, a rookie, has been making some noise in training camp. We added him to the rankings with nominal projections. Avoid him in single-year leagues.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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