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As players' average draft position moves up or down, it's often difficult to decide whether or not to bite on a new trend, or to buy-low on a falling asset. Here is a breakdown of two players who have seen a recent shift in value. Stock up Stock down Alex Smith Rob Gronkowski Starting with Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. An early look at the Patriots unofficial depth chart has Daniel Fells listed as the No. 1 tight end going into the first week of preseason. I'm not sure that this is enough to suggest that Gronk's value should be drifting down to the 5th round. Nonetheless, his average draft position has crept into the 40s. If you're league is drafting this week, I would jump on the chance to grab Gronk with you're fifth pick. In deeper formats, he would be worth a look in the 4th round as well. While coming off of serious injury, all recovery reports have been positive, and we all know how positive Gronk's up-side can be. I suggest buying low on Gronk and look to later rounds for a viable backup. Alex Smith. Smith is not going to get any attention as a starting quarterback in most fantasy leagues. Unless you're drafting Mr. Brees or Mr. Rodgers, every fantasy owner should be looking at a late-round backup. The obvious choices for your No. 2 in a ten or twelve team league would be Eli Manning, Dalton, Cutler, Roethlisberger, Schaub, or Flacco. These guys are all good fantasy QBs - but their ceiling has essentially been set. Joe Flacco has never thrown for 4,000 yards, or over 25 touchdowns in a season. With virtually the same offense, I don't think anyone is going to except Flacco to eclipse those figures in 2013. If you're looking for a guy to fill in on a bye week, Flacco is a good pick. If you're looking for someone with the potential to finish top 15 in fantasy points, take a look at Alex Smith. Either as trade-bait or to protect against injury, Smith enters 2013 with a blank-slate. In Andy Reid's high-powered west coast offense, and with one of the league's best run games, he'll be in a position to shock defensive coordinators from the very start. If you're feeling lucky, grab Smith in the last few rounds. He has decent keeper potential as well.
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