Off The Board: 55th amongst running backs.
Bell is the Lions’ No. 2 running back. So why is he going 28 spots behind his backup Mikel Leshoure? Bell doesn’t have the name or the hype of the vast majority of the backs going ahead of him, but he certainly has the game. His 52 catches were fifth amongst running backs last season, while he averaged a cool 5.0 yards per carry. He’s the play-making, pass-catching backup to play-making, pass-catching starter Reggie Bush, making him an RB2 in waiting in PPR leagues. And though Bush has seemingly learned to play through injury the past two seasons, he’s still a 28-year-old back with a long history of aches and pains.
A young runner with a history of catching passes and getting more than what’s blocked in one of the league’s most wide-open offenses, Bell is an ideal late-round flier, and a lock to out-point Leshoure.
Report: 59th amongst running backs.
This should change in the coming days, but for now, Moreno is among the biggest values in all of fantasy football. It’s not because of his talent — Moreno has proven beyond a doubt to be a replacement-level runner — but his role. With Montee Ball still inept as a pass protector and Ronnie Hillman prone to treating the football like a priceless artifact, Moreno will be the back the Broncos rely on in the game’s biggest moments, at least in September.
Moreno answered the bell as an every-down player down the stretch last season, so the Broncos know they can rely on him if neither Ball nor Hillman takes the necessary steps forward. The presence of Ball could make Moreno expendable for fantasy purposes at any given moment, but he’s shaping up as a potential early-season FLEX option, and that’s worth more than the 162nd pick.
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Currently without an ADP — meaning a minimum of 188 players are being drafted ahead of him — Stills put the finishing touches on the Saints’ No. 3 receiver job in Sunday’s preseason game. The Oklahoma product whipped Kareem Jackson down the sideline for a 40-yard grab before freeing himself from Johnathan Joseph for a wide open 14-yard touchdown. Stills is still no better than fifth on the Saints’ target totem pole, but even the fifth spot has some fantasy value in New Orleans’ annually prolific offense. Stills’ production will be unpredictable on a week-by-week basis, but his unpredictability is still better than the crushing predictability you’d get from some of the players that are going in front of him, like Mohamed Sanu.
Off The Board: 38th amongst receivers.
You don’t typically land potential WR1s at the turn of the century mark, but that’s where Gordon has been going pretty much all summer. Of course, by now you surely know the catch: Gordon is suspended for the year’s first two games, no small thing when the fantasy season consists of just 13 contests. Alas, the upside is too great, the potential Andre Johnson too evident for Gordon to be coming off the board after the likes of Kyle Rudolph, Kenny Britt and Lance Moore.
The 6-foot-4, 220 pound centerpiece of what coach Rob Chudzinski and OC Norval Turner want to make an attacking, vertical offense, Gordon will be laying down the WR2 law upon his return, and could easily fashion himself into a lower-end WR1 if his talent rises the way it did down the stretch last season. That’s the kind of leap of faith you take earlier than 97.
Off The Board: 24th amongst quarterbacks.
Tannehill hasn’t had a concern-free summer, but it’s crazy to see so much air sucked out of his ADP after he entered camp as one of the most hyped QB2s. After rocky performances in Miami’s first two preseason games, Tannehill rebounded to go 27-of-42 for 291 yards and two touchdowns in the two exhibition contests that vaguely count. Yes, he’s working with a shaky offensive line, unproven rushing attack and drop-prone No. 3 receiver. Dustin Keller is out for the season. But Tannehill has shown more than enough to be more than one of the final players off the board.
Tannehill has all the tools of a franchise quarterback, and though he may no longer be a surefire break-out candidate, he has everything you should be looking for in a plug-and-play QB2.