The NFL preseason is winding down and let's just say there has been no lack of news or developments that have impacted fantasy football rankings as we are less than two weeks from the start of the regular season.
Of course, the big news is the sudden retirement of Andrew Luck, which thrusts Jacoby Brissett into the starting job for the Indianapolis Colts and adds a degree of uncertainty to this offense entering the season. Luck was dealing with an ankle injury that could have sidelined him in Week 1 before he made the announcement he was hanging it up, but even then he was widely considered a top-five fantasy QB. The position is deep so it's not like there aren't any other options for disappointed owners to turn to, but losing someone of Luck's caliber not only impacts the QB position, it has ripple effects throughout the fantasy landscape.
Speaking of ripple effects, that's exactly what happened up in New England when news came out that Josh Gordon was being reinstated by the NFL. Back with the Patriots and cleared to return to the field, Gordon shakes up the wide receiver rankings in that he has the upside of a WR2 but also comes with plenty of risks. As it relates just to New England, his return changes everything at the position. Julian Edelman remains the lead dog with Gordon a legitimate threat to command the majority of the remaining WR targets. There may not be another viable fantasy option behind these two as Brady also has running backs James White and Sony Michel to throw to, as well as his tight ends (which is another jumbled position). Gordon's presence certainly impacts the outlook of first-round pick N'Keal Harry (who has missed most of the preseason with a hamstring injury) and undrafted rookie Jakobi Meyers, who has made the most of his opportunities and is making a serious push to claim a roster spot.
And then there are the injuries. Minor ones can be tolerated, but when a starting running back like Lamar Miller goes down with a torn ACL, those are the kind that literally hurt in fantasy. Miller's loss could be Duke Johnson's gain, but either way it impacts the running back rankings. Cam Newton suffered an ankle injury in the Panthers' most recent preseason game, but the team is hopeful that he will be ready to go by Week 1. There have been plenty of other injuries (Amari Cooper, A.J. Green, Sterling Shepard, DK Metcalf, etc.) and everyone's still waiting to see if Ezekiel Elliott and/or Melvin Gordon will report to their respective team anytime soon.
Remember, leading up to and then once the season begins it's best to treat any rankings as a moving target.