NFL Barometer: Ross On the Rise
NFL Barometer: Ross On the Rise

This article is part of our NFL Barometer series.

Although there's still plenty of roster spots and a handful of job battles to be decided in this coming Thursday's preseason finales, the outlook for most fantasy-relevant players heading into the regular season has become increasingly clear. With the next week a prime time for season-long drafts, let's dive into who's improved their prospects and who might be worth ignoring based on recent developments:

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Tevin Coleman, Falcons: While backfield partner-in-crime Devonta Freeman has been carefully managed this preseason, Coleman has had a notably longer leash. He's made good use of his opportunities, too, averaging 5.4 yards per tote on his way to 81 rushing yards while looking explosive. The 25-year-old saw his rushing touches rise for a third straight season in 2017, and with Freeman a year older, that trend could certainly persist in the coming campaign. Coleman could be hitting his prime and has low tread on his tires overall (361 carries over first three years), and he offers plenty of pass-catching upside as well. Additionally, offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian should have a much better grasp on how to utilize his personnel entering his second season calling the Falcons' plays, which should also work in Coleman's favor.

Adrian Peterson, Redskins: It's difficult to determine what Peterson's role will be heading into the season, but it seems a virtual certainty that he wrapped up a spot on the 53-man with his performance against the Broncos last Friday. Peterson's throwback effort included a

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Juan Carlos Blanco
Winner of the FSWA 2016 Newcomer of the Year Award, Juan Carlos Blanco has been playing fantasy sports for over 20 years and covers NBA, MLB, NFL, CFL and Arena Football for Rotowire.com, including serving as the beat writer for teams in multiple sports. He has previously written for KFFL.com and remains an avid season-long and daily fantasy player in multiple sports as well.
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