ADP Trends: Wide Receiver

Jordy Nelson’s torn ACL last preseason was a massive blow to fantasy owners unlucky enough to have selected him in the first or second round. Of course, the Packers weren’t thrilled either. There haven’t been any such shakeups involving top-end wide receivers since training camp opened in 2016. Those who drafted early this year are fine with that. 

Training Camp Notes: Dez gets dinged

With a pair of dominant performances in the books this preseason, Dez Bryant won’t be on the field for the Cowboys third preseason game after suffering a concussion during Monday’s practice. It’s never wise to speculate about a player returning from a head injury, but the superstar has almost three weeks to recover in order to be on the field in Week 1. Unless additional negative news arises in the near future, he’s a great value at his current ADP of 12.

Training Camp Notes: Backfields In Motion

  • while Ezekiel Elliott gets back up to speed for the Cowboys and prepares for his possible preseason debut Thursday, the depth chart behind him is starting to get crowded. Alfred Morris has looked revitalized in a Dallas uniform, sixth round pick Darius Jackson has flashed his speed through the first two exhibition games and passing down specialist Lance Danbar (knee) also began taking part in individual drills Monday. If Dunbar is ready for Week 1, and at this point it seems as though he will be, it’s hard to see how there’s room on the roster (much less many touches) for last year’s team rushing leader Darren McFadden, who’s still sidelined with an elbow injury

Training Camp Notes: Jones injures shoulder

Matt Jones left Friday’s preseason game against the Jets with a slight separation on his left AC joint, and the shoulder injury will cause him to miss some time, though head coach Jay Gruden is hopeful that he’ll have his lead running back on the field soon. As long as there aren’t any complications, is reasonable to expect that he’ll be ready for Week 1, which gives him 21 days to recover. His current ADP is 66, and with Jones expected to have a sizable work load for Washington, he remains a solid target for fantasy teams that loaded up on wide receivers early in drafts.

ADP Trends: Rookies

There should be a ton of movement with draft positions as hype and story lines build through week 2 of the preseason schedule this weekend. Before I start looking who is losing and gaining momentum, I want to see where the rookie class is slotting in fantasy drafts.

The long running theme with 2016 rookies, Ezekiel Elliott aside, is that the class is underwhelming and not as talented as 2014 and 2015. That theme is very much playing out in current ADP. It’s telling that Kevin White, who only this week suited up for the first time since being drafted last season, would rank second if you count him as a rookie with an ADP of 72.5.

Training Camp Notes: The Bell Rings Only Three Times

– Le’Veon Bell had his suspension reduced from four to three games. This should bump him up from his current ADP of 15.6 and will make his owners very happy. Keep in mind though that most leagues run their regular season for 13 weeks and missing three games is pretty significant. His owners should feel good if they come out of Week 3 with a 2-1 or 3-0 record and being 1-2 isn’t the end of the world with Bell set to return Week 4 against Kansas City.