Draft Board Risers
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With our updated position rankings over the weekend on the site, I wanted to take some time to explain some of the risers you will find. Below is a listing of those players, and the current ranking they stand in at for standard scoring redraft leagues.
What a better way to get the ball rolling as we for our fantasy drafts or even sports betting sites here, as we march foreword to another NFL season.
Please be aware that when you see the number ranking next to the players name that is for there ranking at the position they play, not an overall ranking. Should have our fallers section out to go with our risers by the end of the week.
Michael Vick, 7th – After a rebirth in 201o, Vick had a disappointing season last year. Perhaps we should have seen it coming as Jeremy Maclin had a scary illness in the summer that had some questioning if he would play again.
DeSean Jackson decided to act like a total brat and while I don’t like his prospects in the long run, everything should be good with Jackson for at least one year as he was paid in the off-season.
Vick is having a good off-season by all reports and with his two receivers ready, healthy and focused look for the veteran to have a bounce back season and finish just outside the top five fantasy quarterbacks. Health will always be a concern so make sure you pick up someone like Jay Cutler or Ben Roethlisberger as a backup.
Darren Sproles, 15th – Call me a late bloomer but I’m finally on the Sproles bandwagon, as being a worthy RB2 in standard leagues and a low end RB1 in PPR leagues. Sproles may not carry the football over 100 times this season, but he’s already proven he doesn’t need to in order to be a quality fantasy option.
In fact, last year he finished as a top five running back in PPR leagues, but in my heart, I didn’t feel like he was up for doing it again, this spring.
Then the news about Mark Ingram’s continued knee problems cropped up and it should be clear that he’s the No.2 runner to own on this team. Truthfully, I would’ve been a bigger fan of Sproles last year if it weren’t for being so darn high on Ingram when he came out of college.
Instead of Ingram being a perfect fit for the Saints offense, it was Sproles and the way he’s used in the passing game, coupled with Drew Brees’s outstanding accuracy makes him the most dangerous receiving back in the game.
Sproles may not have as many touchdowns as he did a year ago, but don’t be surprised if he lands over 100 receptions.
Ahmad Bradshaw, 14th – Not a big fan of Ahmad Bradshaw but it’s not because of his hard running style. Bradshaw has a tone of heart and while we should view his play as worthy of low end RB1 status, his foot ailments are a real concern.
Not sure Bradshaw will finish the season, but he should have a great first half. Just make sure you keep an eye on David Wilson’s continued development, because if he’s taken over the No.2 job and is flashing in short work, you need to stash him as the year moves along.
Donald Brown, 29th – For many players in the Colts offense, the loss of Peyton Manning was a bad thing, but Donald Brown was the exception. Manning wasn’t much of a fan of Brown because of missed assignments but late in the season Brown emerged as the top running back without Manning and Joseph Addai around.
Thus far, Brown has impressed his new coaching staff and if this trend continues he should deliver on the recent buzz in the fantasy world about his sleeper RB3 upside. The Colts will run the football and Brown will be one of the interesting running backs to watch over the next few months.
Brandon Lloyd, 17th – We shouldn’t bet against Tom Brady and Brandon Lloyd working at a Pro Bowl level together, especially with Lloyd’s buddy Josh McDaniels as the offensive coordinator. Lloyd will be a WR2 producer and may end up as a WR1 like he was back in 2010 with Kyle Orton as his quarterback.
Yes, I said Kyle Orton as his quarterback, and he was a WR1 that year. Brady is far better than Orton and while he still has to distribute the football to other quality targets, something tells me the veteran will find a way to make everyone pleased in this pass happy era.
Greg Little, 31st – The second-year receiver made it through his first full season with some ups and downs. I went back and watched some tape on his big game against the Cardinals last year and was impressed by the moves he put on defenders like Patrick Peterson when he had the football in his hands.
A former running back, Little clearly has good moves in close quarters, and the talent to be a respectable late WR3, especially in PPR leagues. You can get him cheaper than that, and he makes for a nice later round pick.
Kyle Rudolph, 13th – This tight end has me excited already and it’s time to believe in a breakout year for the second-year product from Notre Dame. Rudolph is likely to be Christian Ponders top target in the red zone and while Jerome Simpson is impressing in camps, look to Rudolph as the second option in this passing game.
You can get him as a cheep TE2 but don’t be surprised if he turns into a regular starter in all scoring formats by October.