Post Preseason Week 1 Updated 2015 Fantasy Football Rankings: Where’s Andre Ellington?
You won't notice many changes in my 2015 Fantasy Football rankings. Is it because I'm stubborn or think I know all? Nope! Well... at least nope to the first part. The fact is that just as with offseason/OTA talk, too many people overreact to one week of preseason games.
Teams use vanilla/simple defenses, second and third string players litter the playing field and even offenses don't use their entire playbooks. When that backup-backup running back tears off a 40-yard run in the fourth quarter, ignore it.
Now, I did make a few tweaks to my Fantasy Football players rankings, as injuries have changed a few situations - Julius Thomas and Zach Ertz out for the preseason, Kevin White possibly out for the season, etc.
The biggest talk this week seems to be surrounding Andre Ellington and David Johnson due to the signing of Chris Johnson. Before you panic, Johnson does little if anything to Ellington's value. I have talked extensively about David Johnson and his potential, but he's the one that has to worry about CJK simply because DJ can't get on the field. It sounds as if DJ is ready to practice, and as I've said before, if given the opportunity, he could push Ellington to a Giovani Bernard role. That's not a terrible thing folks!
Bernard still has flex value and RB2 upside in PPR leagues. Even if that happens with Ellington too, there is still plenty of value. All it means is that DJ could end up with more touches than Ellington, as we have seen that Ellington just can't stand up to 20-plus touches per game. It would be in Ellington's best interest - likely best for his Fantasy potential too since he could make it through 16 games - if DJ becomes the lead option. Either way, to reiterate, DJ has tons of upside if he practices and proves himself because even when Ellington is in the backfield, he can lineup up wide as a receiver. He's that talented of a receiver. My ranks reflect the current situation for the Cardinals, but if David Johnson starts getting a push, he'll rise in the ranks with Ellington losing little value. If DJ can't get on the field or past CJK for backup duties, Ellington will rise... a bit... he's still a major injury risk.
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