Fantasy football rankings report
    September 2, 2011 @ 01:38:28 PDT

  Follow @Cory_Bonini'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

Ben Tate, running back, Houston Texans

Chad Ochocino, WR, New England Patriots

Arian Foster's hamstring injury and Tate's healthy preseason appearance has given us reason to improve his stock in our rankings. He remains a handcuff to Foster and a No. 5 back or sixth choice in deep leagues.

Jerome Harrison, running back, Detroit Lions

The Lions released Mike Bell, which likely means Harrison will get the majority of reps behind Jahvid Best (concussion). Best seems to be injury-prone and could use a helping hand for the tougher yards. Goal line work could also be in the cards for Harrison. Maurice Morris may steal some looks, though.

Montario Hardesty, running back, Cleveland Browns

Brandon Jackson (toe) may end up on Injured Reserve, and Hardesty has looked capable in limited preseason work. Consider him a handcuff to Peyton Hillis or a late-round flier if you don't own the aforementioned bruiser.

Andre Roberts, wide receiver, Arizona Cardinals

Roberts held off Early Doucet for the No. 2 job, so we increased his number of receptions as he will clean up Larry Fitzgerald's scraps. Roberts has mild value as a No. 5 fantasy receiver and could develop into a weekly flex play if all goes well.

Players on the decline

Arian Foster, running back, Houston Texans

Foster's bum hammy has us rather worried. Even if he plays in Week 1, he probably will be spelled often and my not be 100 percent healthy for some time. Houston has legitimate playoff hopes, so it's hard to imagine they will trot him out there too soon. Adrian Peterson is the safer No. 1 overall choice, but Foster's potential should keep him in the top four or five of every draft.

Brandon Jackson, running back, Cleveland Browns

Turf toe may land Jackson on Injured Reserve. He was a deep sleeper candidate before the injury, but you can scratch him from your draft plans now.

Chad Ochocinco, wide receiver, New England Patriots

Arian Foster, running back, Houston Texans

Reports have surfaced that No. 85 won't make the starting lineup until after the team's Week 7 bye. We find that to be a bit excessive and unrealistic, but Ocho himself said he has about only 70 percent of the playbook digested. We shaved a few receptions from him. Ochocinco remains a borderline No. 3 fantasy receiver.

Garrett Hartley, place kicker, New Orleans Saints

Hartley suffered a hip injury and will miss up to 10 weeks, per some reports. He seems to be promised to miss around a month and a half, so we've docked six games worth of production from him. Leave him for the waiver wire.

Enters rankings

Taiwan Jones, running back, Oakland Raiders

We liked Jones entering the offseason, but a hamstring injury cost him most of camp and preseason play. Darren McFadden and Michael Bush are no strangers to injuries; Jones could get a chance to play meaningful snaps, but he is no better than a late flier in deep layouts.

John Kasay, place kicker, New Orleans Saints

Kasay gets to kick for a high-powered offense, but he isn't necessarily worth a draft choice since Garrett Hartley (hip) is expected to return at some point in the season. If you want, draft him as a last resort and banish him to the wire once Hartley is back.

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