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ADP Risers & Fallers in DRAFT Best Ball Leagues: August Update (2019 Fantasy Football)

by Josh Shepardson | @BChad50 | Featured Writer
Aug 17, 2019

The following is the last look at ADP risers and fallers in DRAFT Best Ball leagues before the regular season begins, and there’s a ton of superstar movement at the top of the quarterback, running back, and wide receiver positions. A couple of headline-grabbing holdouts at running back have provided a big jolt to the top of the position landscape. Even the tight end position has a couple of risers and a couple of fallers within the top-10 at the position.

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Quarterback

Risers

Player 6/15 (ADP) 7/14 8/14
Aaron Rodgers (GB) QB3 (70.3) QB4 (72.2) QB3 (72)
Cam Newton (CAR) QB13 (116.8) T-QB10 (110.2) QB9 (99.4)
Jameis Winston (TB) QB11 (112.2) QB12 (111.4) QB11 (106.7)
Jared Goff (LAR) QB12 (113.8) QB13 (115.1) QB12 (108.4)
Lamar Jackson (BAL) QB17 (133.1) QB17 (134.2) QB14 (117.4)

 
Fallers

Player 6/15 (ADP) 7/14 8/14
Andrew Luck (IND) QB2 (63.2) QB3 (66.3) QB4 (77.2)
Drew Brees (NO) QB7 (97) QB9 (103.3) QB10 (105.3)
Russell Wilson (SEA) QB9 (101.8) T-QB10 (110.2) QB13 (113.5)
Dak Prescott (DAL) QB15 (127.5) QB14 (121.1) QB15 (123.4)
Josh Allen (BUF) QB16 (127.7) QB16 (133.8) QB20 (140.8)

 
Luck was the QB2 back on June 15, but he’s now flipped places with Rodgers and sits as QB4 while his status for Week 1 of the regular season remains in limbo. Newton’s steady ascension continues as he’s now in the top-10 quarterbacks with a top-100 overall ADP. Brees is clinging on to a top-10 quarterback ADP while Wilson’s slipped to QB13 in Seattle’s run-heavy offense. A pair of mobile sophomore quarterbacks have seen their respective stocks move in different directions with Jackson surging to QB14 and Allen tumbling to QB20. Back in late July, I wrote about pairing Jackson and Allen being a potential league-winning combo in standard season-long formats, and I love doing the same in DRAFT Best Ball leagues.

Running Back

Risers

Player 6/15 (ADP) 7/14 8/14
Christian McCaffrey (CAR) RB2 (2.4) RB3 (2.6) RB2 (1.9)
Alvin Kamara (NO) RB4 (3.5) RB4 (3.7) RB3 (2.9)
David Johnson (ARI) RB5 (5.4) RB5 (5.4) RB4 (4.7)
Le’Veon Bell (NYJ) RB7 (9.4) RB7 (10.8) RB6 (8.1)
James Conner (PIT) RB9 (12.3) RB9 (14.5) RB7 (13.8)
Todd Gurley (LAR) RB10 (16.6) RB11 (18.2) RB8 (14.6)
Nick Chubb (CLE) RB12 (20) RB13 (19.3) RB9 (16.5)
Kerryon Johnson (DET) RB20 (35.9) RB19 (34.9) RB13 (23.9)
Chris Carson (SEA) RB27 (57.2) RB27 (57.3) RB22 (45.5)
Austin Ekeler/Justin Jackson (LAC) RB40 (105.2)/RB69 (210.4) RB38 (96.6)/RB63 (194.3) RB29 (65.9)/RB42 (116.1)
Kalen Ballage (MIA) RB51 (142.5) RB54 (156.7) RB41 (110)
Duke Johnson (HOU) RB58 (182.7) RB59 (179.8) RB49 (137.3)
Tony Pollard (DAL) T-RB73 (214.5) RB69 (210.7) RB58 (167.3)

 
McCaffrey is back at RB2 while Kamara and Johnson each moved up a spot in the top-five backs. Gurley had steadily fallen most of the offseason, but he’s back within the top-10 running backs. The Browns dealt Duke Johnson to the Texans, and both incumbent back Chubb and the dealt Johnson find themselves in the risers section. The Lions cut pass-catching back Theo Riddick, and that likely helps explain the massive move upward for Kerryon Johnson. Carson’s the clear-cut top back for the Seahawks, and buzz from offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer indicating he plans to get his lead back’s targets into the 50s this year has helped Carson shoot up draft boards. Backup running backs Ekeler, Jackson, and Pollard are all being popped much earlier in drafts with the stud starters ahead of them currently holding out and threatening to do so into the regular season.

Fallers

Player 6/15 (ADP) 7/14 8/14
Ezekiel Elliott (DAL) RB3 (3.2) RB2 (2.2) RB5 (5.7)
Melvin Gordon (LAC) RB6 (6.5) RB6 (8.2) RB15 (30)
Joe Mixon (CIN) RB8 (11.9) RB8 (12.5) RB11 (18.8)
Leonard Fournette (JAC) RB17 (31.5) RB15 (29.6) RB18 (31.8)
Derrick Henry (TEN) RB16 (30.7) RB16 (29.9) RB19 (37.8)
Kenyan Drake (MIA) RB23 (46.3) RB21 (42.8) RB30 (69.6)
Phillip Lindsay (DEN) RB22 (45.6) RB24 (49.4) RB26 (53.6)
Rashaad Penny (SEA) RB34 (73.1) RB30 (68.5) RB34 (78.6)
Darrell Henderson (LAR) RB29 (65.6) RB31 (71.1) RB36 (86.1)
Jerick McKinnon (SF) RB41 (108.4) RB45 (118.5) RB56 (161.2)

 
Elliott and Gordon are tumbling in ADP due to their holdouts. Mixon’s slide is possibly a product of gamers overreacting to the expected early-season absence of Cincinnati’s No. 1 receiver (who happens to be in the fallers table below). Drake is expected to miss the remainder of the preseason and McKinnon’s status for Week 1 is in doubt, causing both to slide in drafts. Henderson’s meteoric rise is feeling like a distant memory as he slips outside of the top-80 picks and top-35 running backs in ADP.

Wide Receiver

Risers

Player 6/15 (ADP) 7/14 8/14
Julio Jones (ATL) WR4 (13.6) WR4 (12.6) WR3 (10.5)
Tyreek Hill (KC) WR27 (63.7) WR16 (40.2) WR6 (13.5)
Brandin Cooks (LAR) WR16 (40.6) WR17 (40.9) WR15 (40.5)
Chris Godwin (TB) WR19 (49.2) WR20 (46.1) WR16 (40.7)
D.J. Moore/Curtis Samuel (CAR) WR25 (59.8)/WR44 (104.9) WR24 (55.8)/WR39 (92.6) WR22 (53.4)/WR34 (79.7)
Tyler Boyd (CIN) WR30 (69.4) WR29 (67.6) WR25 (57.3)
Marquez Valdes-Scantling (GB) WR54 (137.8) WR41 (93) WR36 (83.4)
Donte Moncrief (PIT) WR64 (169.5) WR48 (116.4) WR46 (109.1)
Anthony Miller (CHI) WR56 (142.2) WR56 (139.7) WR48 (121.5)
Emmanuel Sanders (DEN) WR57 (147.2) WR63 (164.7) WR53 (135)
Josh Gordon (NE) WR83 (212) WR70 (186.8) WR64 (169.9)

 
With suspension concerns in his rear-view mirror, Hill has shot up to WR6 with an ADP of 13.5. Moore and Samuel are both generating buzz, and they join Newton and CMC as risers. While Mixon fell presumably in part because of an injury to Cincinnati’s top wideout, No. 2 receiver Boyd has climbed to WR25. Gordon has applied for his reinstatement, and it’s not clear if he’ll face a suspension, but gamers are beginning to roll the dice on him a bit earlier in anticipation of a minimal suspension (or perhaps none at all).

Fallers

Player 6/15 (ADP) 7/14 8/14
Michael Thomas (NO) WR3 (13.3) WR3 (11.8) WR4 (11.7)
Antonio Brown (OAK) WR7 (20.8) WR7 (20.9) WR9 (25.2)
Adam Thielen (MIN) WR9 (26.7) WR9 (27.5) WR11 (27.5)
Amari Cooper (DAL) WR11 (30.3) WR11 (28.6) WR13 (30.2)
A.J. Green (CIN) WR13 (34.6) WR13 (34.9) WR26 (57.9)
Julian Edelman (NE) WR15 (38.2) WR15 (38.3) WR17 (41)
Sammy Watkins/Mecole Hardman (KC) WR21 (49.8)/WR37 (90.8) WR26 (60.7)/WR50 (124.4) WR35 (82.3)/WR62 (165.3)
Keke Coutee (HOU) WR40 (94.3) WR38 (91.7) WR45 (106.1)
Golden Tate (NYG) WR49 (113.7) WR47 (112.4) WR55 (139)
Andy Isabella (ARI) WR61 (159.6) WR58 (152.2) WR65 (170.9)

 
Brown has generated headlines in his first year with the Raiders for all the wrong reasons. He started a huff over being unable to use his old helmet, but, more importantly for his fantasy outlook, he also received attention due to his frost-bitten feet that are making playing football difficult for him. I’ve been teasing Green throughout, and here he is, as promised, in the fallers section due to an ankle injury that’s expected to sideline him for a few weeks of the regular season. Coutee struggled to stay on the field in his rookie season, and he finds himself in the fallers section due to an ankle injury that leaves his Week 1 status in doubt. Tate will miss the first four games of the regular season while he serves a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s Performance Enhancing Substances Policy.

Tight End

Risers

Player 6/15 (ADP) 7/14 8/14
Evan Engram (NYG) TE5 (59.1) TE6 (63.5) TE5 (56.8)
Vance McDonald (PIT) TE9 (81.6) TE9 (83.3) TE8 (79.3)
Mark Andrews (BAL) TE20 (152.5) TE12 (126.1) TE11 (108.5)
Jordan Reed (WAS) TE19 (149.9) TE21 (158.2) TE13 (127.1)
Greg Olsen (CAR) TE23 (160.7) TE22 (159) TE19 (152)
Darren Waller (OAK) TE26 (198.9) TE26 (191.4) TE24 (182.5)

 
Fallers

Player 6/15 (ADP) 7/14 8/14
Hunter Henry (LAC) TE6 (61.9) TE5 (58.4) TE6 (63.2)
Eric Ebron (IND) TE8 (75.9) TE8 (82) TE9 (90.2)
Austin Hooper (ATL) TE11 (105.7) TE11 (107.1) TE12 (110.7)
Trey Burton (CHI) TE13 (126.2) TE13 (126.3) TE14 (133.7)
Chris Herndon (NYJ) TE12 (110.9) TE14 (127.7) TE21 (159.9)

 
Engram and Henry as well as McDonald and Ebron flip-flop spots within the top-10 tight ends. Andrews’ rise continues. Meanwhile, Herndon falls again as the drafting community continues to react to his four-game suspension.

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