2013 Fantasy Football: Whose Stock Is Rising This Offseason?

Garrett BakerSenior Analyst IJuly 2, 2013

LANDOVER, MD - JANUARY 06:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins runs the ball against the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC Wild Card Playoff Game at FedExField on January 6, 2013 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Even though we are just starting July, football talk is already beginning. OTAs and minicamps are now behind us and we look ahead to training camp, which means fantasy football preparation will begin.

While it is still very early in the offseason, some players have already seen their stocks begin to rise as they recover from injuries or have situations around them improve.

Robert Griffin III is going to be followed extremely closely by the media this entire summer as he recovers from his second major knee surgery in a few years.

I would normally say to stay away from a dual-threat quarterback with severe knee problems, but RGIII is not a normal athlete, let alone a normal person.

RGIII is an elite playmaker at his best, and Kirk Cousins raved about Griffin's recovery, saying that he expects his teammate to start Week 1. 

Griffin would be a perfect mid-round pick (although he stock should continue increasing), but his owners would be wise to invest in Cousins as a backup option as well.

The past month has been tumultuous for the New England Patriots, and more specifically, for their passing game. Tom Brady is still one of the league's best passers, but he went from having one of the best pass-catching groups in the league to one of the worst this offseason.

Wes Welker is gone, Aaron Hernandez is gone, and Rob Gronkowski has been dealing with significant complications from his back and arm surgeries.

They signed Danny Amendola, but the 27-year-old is very injury-prone and I do not trust him this season at all, especially considering he'll likely be drafted pretty high now.

Julian Edelman and Aaron Dobson are two receivers who have to be ready to step up and take advantage of this suddenly gaping-wide window of opportunity.

Edelman has experience in the offense, and could end up getting a ton of targets now. Dobson was a second-round draft pick, and you know Bill Belichick didn't take him that high to keep him on the sidelines, especially considering their situation.

Our focus now turns to an ex-Patriot, running back Danny Woodhead, who has been making waves out in San Diego. 

Ryan Matthews has ultimately been a disappointment for the Chargers, and is not at all viewed as a do-everything back at this stage of his career. He's also already had a bit of a rough summer.

Woodhead has been extremely impressive in spring practices, and it looks like he could garner a lot of touches, especially if Matthews goes down with an injury.

Scott Chandler is a month ahead of schedule on his ACL recovery, which is a good sign for the Buffalo Bills passing game and fantasy owners as well.

He may not have a ton of upside, but with only a couple elite fantasy tight ends in 2013, Chandler could end up being a great value pick towards the end of your draft.

Two Detroit Lions receivers, Ryan Broyles and Nate Burleson, are also reportedly way ahead of schedule on their ACL recoveries.  

With Titus Young finally out of the way, and Reggie Bush bringing some steady rushing to Detroit, Burleson and Broyles could have some more room to make a real impact this season.

When some rise, others must fall. Check back next week to look at whose fantasy stocks have fallen this offseason.