NEWS: Andre Ellington to be an every-down back?

According to AZCentral.com, Cardinals running-backs coach Stump Mitchell had this to say on Andre Ellington entering 2014: “He can do it all. He’s a great route runner. He’s excellent in terms of vision and the ability to catch and the ability to cut. He’s very serviceable as a pass blocker. He can stay in and be an every-down back, which a lot of teams don’t do nowadays.”

SMITTY: For every report that predicts an every-down workload for Andre Ellington, another report surfaces soon after suggesting something else. I’ve said it since January and I will continue to say it… Ellington is one of the final late third- to early fourth-round rushers that has top 5-10RB potential. Is he a lock? No. Could that Cardinals’ coaching staff mess this up like that Miami coaching staff ruined Lamar Miller’s upside in 2013? Absolutely, and that’s why you shouldn’t reach past Ellington’s amazingly-good 28-35 ADP… at that ADP, any risk is built-in, as he can easily catch 40 passes on a disappointing season in 2014, and should get more like 50-60 if he sees the kind of action that I expect. Checkout Andre Ellington’s Week 1 Power Rankings.

NEWS: Bishop Sankey set to get starter carries in 2014?

According to titansonline, Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt had this to say on the preseason performances of Bishop Sankey: “I think that it was obvious that he’s a talented young man. He ran the ball very well last night, very decisive, made good cuts. We’ve seen growth from him, as well. I think, just like with Zach (Mettenberger), we’ve seen growth with Bishop (Sankey). He’s gotten better, obviously, at his exchanges with the quarterbacks. His course on his footwork has improved. His vision is good. He’s seeing the holes well. His protection, he’s done a nicer job with that as he’s gone through it, so from a young guy that you’re trying to get prepared to contribute during the season, you’ve seen growth, you’ve seen him moving along with that, and that’s what you needed to see. I’m happy with him.”

SMITTY: It really is tough speculating how much work Bishop Sankey is going to get in 2014. Will he get starter-type carries, or will be be used far less than his optimistic owners are hoping? I’d be lying if I said I was super confident that Tennessee will use him like a feature back. I won’t bet against him, I think he is very talented, but it’s in the hands of that unpredictable Titans’ coaching staff. The good news is that Shonn Greene won’t be that hard to separate from. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

ARTICLE: Update August 29th ADP Data

Below is ADP (Average Draft Positions lists out there) Data as of today, August 29th, 2014. This is actually an average of the averages, as we use multiple industry ADPs and average that data together (including our friends over at FFCalc). This data is critical info to have on draft day, as it tells you where players are getting drafted on average — You don’t want to reach on your sleepers, as the value and upside is often how late you can grab them.

Ovr
Rank
Name
Pos
Team
1 LeSean McCoy RB PHI
2 Adrian Peterson RB MIN
3 Jamaal Charles RB KC
4 Matt Forte RB CHI
5 Calvin Johnson WR DET
6 Eddie Lacy RB GB
7 Jimmy Graham TE NO
8 Peyton Manning QB DEN
9 Demaryius Thomas WR DEN
10 Dez Bryant WR DAL
11 Montee Ball RB DEN
12 Marshawn Lynch RB SEA
13 A.J. Green WR CIN
14 Julio Jones WR ATL
15 Brandon Marshall WR CHI
16 DeMarco Murray RB DAL
17 Aaron Rodgers QB GB
18 Drew Brees QB NO
19 Giovani Bernard RB CIN
20 Doug Martin RB TB
21 Jordy Nelson WR GB
22 Arian Foster RB HOU
23 Antonio Brown WR PIT
24 Alshon Jeffery WR CHI
25 Alfred Morris RB WAS
26 Andre Ellington RB ARI
27 Zac Stacy RB STL
28 Julius Thomas TE DEN
29 Randall Cobb WR GB
30 LeVeon Bell RB PIT
31 Rob Gronkowski TE NE
32 Keenan Allen WR SD
33 Rashad Jennings RB NYG
34 C.J. Spiller RB BUF
35 Vincent Jackson WR TB
36 Reggie Bush RB DET
37 Toby Gerhart RB JAC
38 Andre Johnson WR HOU
39 Cordarrelle Patterson WR MIN
40 Victor Cruz WR NYG
41 Matthew Stafford QB DET
42 Roddy White WR ATL
43 Shane Vereen RB NE
44 Larry Fitzgerald WR ARI
45 Ryan Mathews RB SD
46 Pierre Garcon WR WAS
47 Michael Crabtree WR SF
48 Percy Harvin WR SEA
49 Michael Floyd WR ARI
50 Emmanuel Sanders WR DEN
51 Chris Johnson RB NYJ
52 Ben Tate RB CLE
53 Andrew Luck QB IND
54 Ray Rice RB BAL
55 Joique Bell RB DET
56 Bishop Sankey RB TEN
57 Frank Gore RB SF
58 Vernon Davis TE SF
59 Tom Brady QB NE
60 DeSean Jackson WR WAS
61 T.Y. Hilton WR IND
62 Jordan Cameron TE CLE
63 Torrey Smith WR BAL
64 Julian Edelman WR NE
65 Matt Ryan QB ATL
66 Nick Foles QB PHI
67 Trent Richardson RB IND
68 Maurice Jones-Drew RB OAK
69 Jeremy Maclin WR PHI
70 Marques Colston WR NO
71 Wes Welker WR DEN
72 Jason Witten TE DAL
73 Pierre Thomas RB NO
74 Brandin Cooks WR NO
75 Mike Wallace WR MIA
76 Kyle Rudolph TE MIN
77 Lamar Miller RB MIA
78 Golden Tate WR DET
79 Jay Cutler QB CHI
80 Steven Jackson RB ATL
81 Darren Sproles RB PHI
82 Terrance Williams WR DAL
83 Reggie Wayne WR IND
84 Fred Jackson RB BUF
85 Jordan Reed TE WAS
86 Cam Newton QB CAR
87 Stevan Ridley RB NE
88 Seattle Defense DEF SEA
89 Kendall Wright WR TEN
90 Tony Romo QB DAL
91 Kelvin Benjamin WR CAR
92 Knowshon Moreno RB MIA
93 Carlos Hyde RB SF
94 Eric Decker WR NYJ
95 Dennis Pitta TE BAL
96 Bernard Pierce RB BAL
97 Greg Olsen TE CAR
98 Sammy Watkins WR BUF
99 Danny Woodhead RB SD
100 Zach Ertz TE PHI
101 Robert Griffin III QB WAS
102 Riley Cooper WR PHI
103 Devonta Freeman RB ATL
104 Mark Ingram RB NO
105 Colin Kaepernick QB SF
106 Rueben Randle WR NYG
107 Philip Rivers QB SD
108 Justin Hunter WR TEN
109 Mike Evans WR TB
110 San Francisco Defense DEF SF
111 Terrance West RB CLE
112 Dwayne Bowe WR KC
113 Jeremy Hill RB CIN
114 Russell Wilson QB SEA
115 Carolina Defense DEF CAR
116 Andre Williams RB NYG
117 DeAngelo Williams RB CAR
118 Hakeem Nicks WR IND
119 Anquan Boldin WR SF
120 Denver Defense DEF DEN
121 DeAndre Hopkins WR HOU
122 Andy Dalton QB CIN
123 Steve Smith WR BAL
124 Darren McFadden RB OAK
125 Martellus Bennett TE CHI
126 Danny Amendola WR NE
127 New England Defense DEF NE
128 Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT
129 Markus Wheaton WR PIT
130 Khiry Robinson RB NO
131 St. Louis Defense DEF STL
132 LeGarrette Blount RB PIT
133 Jordan Matthews WR PHI
134 Jarrett Boykin WR GB
135 Ahmad Bradshaw RB IND
136 Kenny Stills WR NO
137 Ladarius Green TE SD
138 Carson Palmer QB ARI
139 Cincinnati Defense DEF CIN
140 Chris Ivory RB NYJ
141 Cecil Shorts WR JAC
142 Christine Michael RB SEA
143 Kenny Britt WR STL
144 Tavon Austin WR STL
145 Shonn Greene RB TEN
146 Kansas City Defense DEF KC
147 Stephen Gostkowski PK NE
148 Antonio Gates TE SD
149 Eric Ebron TE DET

NEWS: Jeremy Hill to have a big season even with Gio getting his?

According to Bengals.com, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis had this to say on why he sent his rookie Jeremy Hill back onto the field in the second-half of the team’s final preseason game: “Well, Jeremy has to understand what it’s like to be an NFL running back. We aren’t five deep. When we get to Sundays and we go down to 46 guys, and if he’s going to be the guy, then he’s going to have to be able to shoulder the load. You can get some good conditioning out here tonight. He’s going to learn to run with his pads down and protect the football. They were good snaps for him to learn with tonight.”

SMITTY: It’s becoming pretty clear that Jeremy Hill has monster sleeper potential at his 9th-round ADP, an ADP I expect to already be in the 8th if drafting let’s say today. This isn’t to say Gio Bernard won’t get his 300 or so touches, there is room for both a 900-1,000 rusher in Hill and at least a 275-300 total touch-type rusher in Gio. Handcuffing these two together is extremely smart, especially if you’re a Gio owner, but Hill is shaping up to be a sleeper RB2 heading into 2014. Check out the changes we made with Jeremy Hill’s Week 1 Power Rankings.

NEWS: Devonta Freeman looking like a big-time sleeper heading into 2014

Devonta Freeman rushed for 42 yards and 1TD on 12 carries in his final preseason contest against the Jaguars. He also pulled in five passes for 45 yards.

SMITTY: Out of all of the late-grab runners this year, Carlos Hyde and Devonta Freeman offer the most upside, and the kind of upside that can impact line-ups right away. Sure, both could start off slow… I doubt that they do, but it’s possible, but that’s why you don’t reach and use the ADP data to your advantage. For example, Devonta Freeman’s ADP is around 9.02 right now. That’s fantastic, as he could truly be this year’s surprise RB2, and I’m talking a very strong fantasy RB2! I doubt Steven Jackson stays healthy, and even if he does, my guess is Freeman will look 10x better at every turn. He has already proven he can pull in 3-5 passes a game, he has that skill set! He has proven he is a goal line back! He has that skill set. He is the real deal, folks. View our 2014 Top 10 Bold Predictions if you want more on Devonta Freeman. Yep, he cracked it!

NEWS: Wes Welker (concussion) cleared to travel with Broncos for preseason finale.

According to reports, Broncos WR Wes Welker has been cleared to travel with the team during the final preseason contest.

SMITTY: While anything can happen at any stage of the league’s concussion protocol, Wes Welker is zipping through that protocol and is already running; he has well over a week before the season opener, so it’s pretty safe to say that Welker will be in the line-up and an excellent fantasy WR3 in Week 1. Even if Welker is healthy all year long, Emmanuel Sanders is ready to take on the WR2 role in Denver in 2014, and it’s not crazy to imagine the receiver pulling in top 15-20 fantasy wide receiver numbers in Denver. For those thinking Peyton Manning cannot come close to replicating last year’s numbers, it’s unwise betting against Manning. Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and Wes Welker… that’s quite an arsenal. Do I expect another 55TDs? No, but 40 is a safe bet and 45 is likely… Manning is one of the safest players to build your fantasy team round entering 2014. Looking for Full-Season 2014 Fantasy Football Projections?

RADIO: Listen to Russ Bliss talk fantasy football on Wednesday night!

Take a listen to Russ Bliss’ fourth radio show of the 2014 fantasy football season! Russ has been doing fantasy radio for over 20 years with his famous “The Red Zone” program, which airs on NBCSports Radio (1060am). Smitty is slotted to join Russ almost every Tuesday night, and below is the fourth show of the year. Take a listen!

The Red Zone With Russ Bliss

Date: 8/27/14

Guest: Gary Davenport

Topics: IDP topics, handcuffs, and more.

Listen Now!

NEWS: Derek Carr looking strong in final preseason contest.

Derek Carr completed 11-of-13 passes for 143 yards and 3TDs in his team’s final preseason contest against the Seahawks.

SMITTY: The rookie has been one of our biggest QB sleepers from this draft class for some time now… It won’t be long before he cracks the line-up in Oakland, and he is a fine dynasty prospect! Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Eddie Lacy could lead the league in rushing in 2014?

According to jsonline.com, Packers running back coach Sam Gash believes that RB Eddie Lacy is capable of leading the league in rushing this season. “Without a doubt,” Sam Gash, the team’s running backs coach, said Monday. “He has the capability of being the leading rusher and maybe even combined yards if he catches a lot of balls. I absolutely do think that. I think he’s a bell cow. He’s a big guy, and he’s physical.”

SMITTY: Gash isn’t alone, which is why Eddie Lacy’s ADP has climbed into the 1.04 range in many redraft drafts. He and Matt Forte are dominating the ADP data for being the 4th-ranked rusher heading into 2014. Looking for Eddie Lacy Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Josh Gordon suspended for 1 year.

According to Mike Garafolo on Twitter, According to Mike Garafolo sources tell @FOXSports1 Browns that WR Josh Gordon’s one-year suspension “has been upheld on appeal.”

SMITTY: Horrible news for those hoping Josh Gordon was going to slip out of a one year ban. We will keep you posted if we hear more.