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Brian covers MLB, NFL and Pac-12 for RotoWire. All you need to know about Brian is he once left his Community College baseball team to go on tour with his band. So he is both extremely dedicated and completely unreliable. He roots for the San Francisco Giants and 49ers.

ADP Trends: The Undrafted

“The Undrafted” sounds like it could be a new post-apocalyptic television series about a group of practice squad players who survive a zombie plague. For this exercise, however, it just means the following guys are not being selected in most standard fantasy leagues, but are worth a look in the late rounds of your Labor Day drafts. Players like CJ Anderson, Travis Kelce and Odell Beckham Jr. were in this category a year ago, so don’t be afraid to stash a talented athlete who could pop when the opportunity arises.

ADP Trends: Quarterbacks

The signal callers are up in our fourth and final installment of position by position ADP trends. Running backs, wide receivers, tight ends and all the previous ADP posts can be found here.

Much of the movement with quarterbacks is from the few open camp battles that have been settled. As is the case with all positions, injuries are also to blame for long falls, and in turn, new opportunities for former backups.

ADP Trends: Tights Ends

Tight ends are up next as we track risers and fallers during the pre-season.  Running backs and wide receivers were covered over the past week. Most of the big names have remained consistent in their ADP’s, but there is some major movement after the top-6 or so. Obviously, injuries are a huge factor here, so are owners mining sleepers who can make the jump to TE1 territory.

Below is a list of all tight ends drafted among the top-240 players in NFFC drafts since exhibition games began. 

ADP Trends: Running Backs (and Davante Adams)

On Friday we took a look at ADP trends for receivers, but over the weekend Packers star wide out Jordy Nelson suffered a torn ACL, ending his season. Nelson leaves behind 151 targets from a year ago, fourth most in the league. Before examining running backs, I was curious to see how this news has affected the most obvious beneficiary, Davante Adams.

Adams had an ADP of about 95 last week, and now just 4 days later (two days since Nelson’s injury), that has jumped to 49 overall. At WR25, the second-year man is slotted between fellow pass-catchers Sammy Watkins and Allen Robinson. Adams had a high pick of 37 overall in one draft, but his low was 99, which means the data still hasn’t caught up with his ascent. It will be interesting to see where Adams settles in, but you will most likely need to spend a fourth round pick in 12-teams leagues to land him and he could climb into the late-third.

Now, on to running backs. Below are the top-20 (or so) risers and fallers in National Fantasy Football Championship drafts. NFFC data is always PPR.

ADP Trends: Wide Receivers

Now that we are more familiar with the ADP landscape, where players are going and in what formats, it’s time to monitor movement during the exhibition season. Wide receivers are up first. They are divided into risers, fallers and players who have fallen off the cliff and are now largely undrafted.

2015 Fantasy Football ADP: The Rookies

Before we examine position-by-position risers and fallers, I want to take a quick snapshot of the 2015 rookie class. As a whole, the fantasy community is showing more confidence in first-year players than in past seasons. Part of that is due to the historically strong group of wide receivers that entered the league in 2014, enticing owners to be less risk averse on draft day. Another factor is a strong class of rookie runners combining with the ever-declining number of workhorses around the NFL.