Week 1 of the NFL Preseason is in the books, and a few players stepped up. Because of that, so will their fantasy football ADP in upcoming drafts. Fantasy football drafts should be taking place over the next three weeks, and these three players have put some impressive stuff on film this pass weekend. Let’s jump into some fantasy risers.
WR Devin Funchess – Green Bay Packers
Green Bay might have found their second wide receiver in Devin Funchess. He performed very well after not playing a single snap of football in over a year and a half. In 2019, Funchess was placed on IR to miss the entire season due to injury. Then, in 2020 he decided to opt out of the NFL season for Covid-19 reasons.
Funchess looked fresh, ready to play, and overall a reliable second wide receiver that Aaron Rodgers could use. Funchess’ fantasy football ADP is non-existent at the moment, but I could see some fantasy football players taking a shot on him as a WR4. Funchess ended the day with eight targets, six catches, and 70 yards.
the only reason to take a shot on Funchess in because Aaron Rodgers is the quarterback. Rodgers could make Funchess fantasy relevant as a flex play. Low risk, high reward is the best thing to keep in mind on draft days.
Allen Lazard had his chance last season to step up, but we saw very little spark from him all season. Lazard only saw 46 targets behind Marquez Reshard Valdes-Scantling who had 63 targets.
Funchess could step in and gain the trust of Rodgers as a reliable target like we seen happen with Robert Tonyan last season. I’ll be putting Funchess on my watchlist or draft him with my last pick. Then, it’s all about being patient to see how well he will develop chemistry with Aaron Rodgers.
in case you missed this Devin Funchess catch pic.twitter.com/K0a1w7VtKQ
— Ted Buddy (@TedBuddy8) August 15, 2021
TE Jacob Harris – Los Angeles Rams
Harris has been making noise all summer and was able to showcase his talent against the Chargers this past weekend. He looked physical off the line and able to create separation coming down with four catches for 43 yards. Harris has been on a lot of people radars this summer and his fantasy football ADP is still scary low.
Now, Higbee will still be the top tight end on the roster. However, Harris is electric coming off of the line. He has home run ability and has the speed to back it up. I can see Harris having the volume to be able to make an impact in year one.
With the running game lacking, a Rams tight end could become fantasy relevant. Higbee and Harris could easily split 120 targets. That’s the trend we seen for the past three years with Higbee and Everett. With the lack of a run game, those 120 targets could become 150+. Harris should be stashed or placed on your watchlist but act fast the moment something happens when the season starts.
— LaQuan Jones 🐺🏆 (@RealDealFantasy) August 1, 2021
WR Josh Palmer – Los Angeles Chargers
Palmer has been a player that I’ve had my eyes set on since April when he was drafted by the Chargers. In the opening preseason game against the Rams, Palmer was able to showcase his route running and catch radius. The rookie receiver made some simple plays look crisp. He was able execute the basics as a reliable wide receiver.
Palmer is coming in as the potential third wide receiver on the offense behind Keenan Allen and Austin Ekeler. However, Palmer has been making some noise as well this summer and could see a bigger role.
The third option in the Chargers offense is up for grabs with Mike Williams.
Palmer has the skill to be that second wide receiver for the offense. Throughout his career, Williams’ problem has been staying on the field. Pending Williams’ availability this season, Palmer could step up at any point this season.
Imagine having Palmer late in the season week 12-17 for the Fantasy Football Playoffs and he’s performing at a high level. Those are the players that I would love to have on my bench. Palmer is an easy stash. While he may not have Week 1 impact, he could earn the trust with fantasy players to throw him into the starting line ups down the line!
— LaQuan Jones 🐺🏆 (@RealDealFantasy) July 31, 2021
These three players are some risers that you should keep on your watch list and act fast when the moment is there to roster them. I’m not against using late round picks for these guys. These three players have very little risk, but high reward. At this time, there is no real demand to draft these players as fantasy football starters. However, they have a potential ceiling as week-to-week contributors.