Articles by Brian Peacock

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

Labor Day has come and gone, which means most leagues have held their annual selection meetings, so it’s time to examine those players who have no ADP — the undrafted. These players are going 150 or later in Yahoo, ESPN and/or NFFC drafts, but still have a chance to impact fantasy leagues. Odds are, most of the following names are sitting on the waiver wire in 10 and 12-team formats.


Ryan Fitzpatrick, Houston Texans
Yahoo: n/a
ESPN: n/a
NFFC: 181.9
Fitzpatrick gets first crack at running Houston’s new uptempo offense and I fully expect the 31-year-old to run it as efficiently as coach Bill O’Brien’s old quarterback in New England. That’s right — Matt Cassel. In 2008, Cassel threw 516 times for 3,693 yards and 21 touchdowns while filling in for an injured Tom Brady. It’s unknown how closely related O’Briens scheme will be, but Houston has some very good pass-catchers and Fitzpatrick could put up surprising fantasy numbers if he nears the 600-plus attempts that New England’s offense is known for. Newly acquired Ryan Mallett is looming, however, if Fitz should falter.

ADP Trends: Quarterbacks

Today we finish up our position-by-position look at draft risers. Running backs, wide receivers, tight ends and all other ADP articles can be found here. With preseason games in the books, we have an idea of who won the few open quarterback jobs and, to a certain extent, which passing games look sharp.

Since most of the big movement with quarterbacks comes outside the top passers, I stuck with National Fantasy Football Championship’s deeper data, and included the furthest fallers as well. Below are the top-10 risers and fallers in NFFC drafts leading up to kickoff weekend.

Top-10 ADP Risers: Tight Ends

Today we will take a look at tight end ADP’s. There hasn’t been as much movement at the position as there was with running backs and wide receivers when we checked in on them last week. No significant injuries have occurred in training camp and previously hurt players like Rob Gronkowski are recovering on schedule. Of the tight ends who are climbing, it’s a mix of new opportunities for young guys and some old familiar names that aren’t letting the fantasy community put them to bed quite yet.

Below are the top-10 highest risers among tight ends in Yahoo (standard) and NFFC (PPR) drafts.

Player Yahoo
Last Week
Tim Wright (TE, NE) 150.0 139.0 11.0
Zach Ertz (TE, Phi) 111.8 102.4 9.4
Jordan Reed (TE, Was) 89.8 83.5 6.3
Kyle Rudolph (TE, Min) 72.2 68.7 3.5
Charles Clay (TE, Mia) 127.0 123.9 3.1
Rob Gronkowski (TE, NE) 45.3 42.9 2.4
Martellus Bennett (TE, Chi) 119.7 118.2 1.5
Dwayne Allen (TE, Ind) 134.7 133.2 1.5
Coby Fleener (TE, Ind) 137.5 136.0 1.5
Heath Miller (TE, Pit) 134.6 133.6 1.0

Top-10 ADP Risers: Wide Receivers

Earlier this week we checked in on running back ADP trends. Today, our focus will be the wide receivers — and there has been substantial movement since games started. Some rookies were impressive in week two of the preseason, leading to optimism among fantasy drafters. A handful of veterans are making their way up the rankings as well, thanks to new opportunities in new cities. Below is a breakdown of the top-10 highest risers among wide receivers in Yahoo (standard) and NFFC (PPR) drafts.

Player Yahoo
Last Week
Brandon LaFell (WR, NE) 150.0 124.2 25.8
Miles Austin (WR, Cle) 150.0 125.5 24.5
Jerricho Cotchery (WR, Car) 150.0 125.7 24.3
Kenny Britt (WR, StL) 150.0 130.1 19.9
Mike Wallace (WR, Mia) 93.9 82.4 11.5
Terrance Williams (WR, Dal) 85.8 77.6 8.2
Brandin Cooks (WR, NO) 112.3 105.1 7.2
Kelvin Benjamin (WR, Car) 128.8 124.4 4.4
Sammy Watkins (WR, Buf) 108.5 104.4 4.1
Rueben Randle (WR, NYG) 118.0 114.0 4.0

Top-10 ADP Risers: Running Backs

After two weeks of preseason games, player roles are starting to become more clear and rankings are being shuffled as a result. We’ve had a chance to see how some new faces look in new places, who is out of shape and what players are being nagged by injuries. Today we breakdown the top-10 highest risers among running backs in Yahoo (standard) and NFFC (PPR) drafts.

Fantasy Football ADP: The Rookies

NFL rookies historically have a slow transition from the college game, so there are very few players you can draft with confidence. The ADP data will bear that out. Still, every year a group of rookies break away from the pack and impact fantasy leagues right away. In 2012, Trent Richardson, Doug Martin, Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin hit the ground running. Last year it was Eddie Lacy, Le’veon Bell, Giovani Bernard and Keenan Allen. 2014 will be no different.

Have a look at the top-25 rookies currently being selected in National Fantasy Football Championship drafts (Please note, NFFC leagues are all PPR). It’s a deep rookie class, making for plenty of tantalizing options.

Fantasy Football ADP: Standard vs. PPR — Tight Ends

Today we conclude our look at ADP differentials between Standard and PPR formats with the tight end position. Running backs and wide receivers were examined last week.

Jimmy Graham is the undisputed TE1 of the NFL and aside from maybe one wide receiver sneaking ahead of him in PPR drafts, his ADP remains in the seven to nine range. Behind him are Rob Gronkowski and Julius Thomas, who posses the combination of elite physical traits and scheme opportunity for elite production, but have nagging injuries preventing fantasy owners from selecting them with 100% confidence. Next is a steady, yet unexciting stable of veterans followed by a dartboard full of young talent daring you to dream. After the top-3, fantasy owners are waiting on tight-ends, much like quarterbacks, realizing minor upgrades are not worth the price tag.