Weekly Fantasy Football Draft ADP Movers – June 26th, 2017

Each week, I want to take a look at some of the highest risers and fallers [is that a word?] in fantasy football drafts. This week, we don’t see the drama in movement that took place before as a result of kickers.

Last week, there were some really interesting players on the move, and it looks like the same can be said for this week.

I am really interested to see how the rankings will move to next week.

Let’s see how things looked for this last week.

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On the Rise

Ryan Mathews – WR – Philadelphia Eagles – ADP: 152 +21 spots

What and why? I cannot, for the life of me, understand why Mathews is moving up draft boards? The Eagles have now drafted running backs in back-to-back drafts AND they brought in Legarrette Blount. Why isn’t he the one moving up? I cannot fathom how, of the two, you would not rather want Blount. Nonetheless, we are just here to report on what is happening.

In case you couldn’t tell, I have no desire to look at Mathews in any situation. There is just nothing going his way at all. I am fully expecting him to drop 20+ spots next week because I just cannot fathom a reason to explain why his ADP would go up.

 

Chris Hogan – WR – New England Patriots – ADP: 182 +9 spots

Again, here is another guy that just doesn’t make sense. Why would Chris Hogan’s draft position be going up? I think a lot of the reason is that ADP 182 is well outside of 12 team drafts, so we are talking about people just flocking to somebody because of the upside that they bring to the table.

I wouldn’t close the door on Hogan this year, though. I think you can start thinking about him once you hit 14 team leagues, but I would mostly reserve him for MFL 10’s, where all you need is for him to have a few good weeks out of the season.

Jeremy Maclin – WR – Baltimore Ravens – ADP: 147 +8 spots

OK, cool. We’ve finally got to the point where someone makes sense, but I’m still a little surprised that we’ve only seen his ADP jump 8 spots. Maclin is going to a team that is down Kamar Aiken, Steve Smith Sr. and Dennis Pitta. That’s a lot of targets up in the air. I know those who drafted him last year are probably still mad, but he needs to be drafted sooner.

I’m in the process of putting together my first NFL model, and the Ravens should be finished today, but something tells me we are going to see Maclin much, much higher than many expect. He is an early value picks, as well as a sleeper. Yes, those two don’t have to be mutually exclusive, and this is one such situation.

 

Falling Down

Darren Sproles – RB – Philadelphia Eagles – ADP: 139 -27 spots

So we live in a world where Ryan Mathews goes up draft boards and Darren Sproles falls down? Surely, even though Sproles is getting old, he probably has a more secure role in this offense than Mathews. Regardless of what we think, his fall is real. It does raise a good question though: how should we handle Darren Sproles in 2017?

The more I think about it, I agree with the drop, though I’m sure the reason he fell is not the same reason I don’t like him. Because there is another RB from his team rising, players just value one over the other. I dislike Sproles because now the team gets two better options at receiver, Jordan Matthews falls back into his slot role and I just think the targets fall off.

 

Chris Thompson – RB – Washington Redskins – ADP: 165 -25 spots

Thompson isn’t someone I am going to look at in standard drafts at all, despite the fact that the Redskins are going to go with a “hot hand” approach at running back. I view that to be exclusive to Robert Kelley and Samaje Perine. Thompson’s role has been the third down, pass catching back, so I find him to be unaffected.

I like the upside he has in PPR league, but you shouldn’t be able to get him at this spot in those leagues. If you can, congratulations. Scoop him up and move on to the next one. It’s highly unlikely that he ends up having a big year, but he can be serviceable in full point PPR formats.

 

Vance McDonald – TE – San Francisco 49ers – ADP: 191 -25 spots

McDonald is another one of these guys who is not really on the radar for anything but the deepest of leagues. He was someone I REALLY liked in 2016, but things just never came to pass. Now, it is being reported that he might be cut after the Niners drafter Iowa product George Kittle.

I’m torn. He has an interesting combination of size and athleticism. He’s going to be in the best quarterback situation in his career most likely this year. I think George Kittle is a good player, but ultimately, I would take McDonald over him. He’s in that Austin Seferian-Jenkins group of unheralded tight ends that could boom this year.