Expert League Average Draft Position Reveals A.J. Green is Falling While Austin Ekeler Improves
By Zach Brunner
NFL training camps have just begun, and there has been no shortage of news affecting player's average draft position (ADP). Whether it's injuries, players not showing up, or others stepping up, the value for certain players is changing rapidly.
One of the best ways to analyze these changes is to take a look at some expert league drafts, including the NFFC Online Championship.
The first noteworthy player to look at is Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green, who has dropped to the beginning of the fourth round (WR16). After surgery on his injured ankle, Green is expected to miss a couple of games to open the season.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler has risen to the seventh round (RB29), and he will likely continue to rise every day that Melvin Gordon doesn't show in training camp. Ekeler was effective even when playing behind Gordon in 2019, tallying 958 total yards and six TDs.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has been the other notable player holding out, which has cause him to drop a couple of spots (RB4). Even so, Elliott's talent is such that it's hard to imagine him falling too much further.
Judging by ADP, it looks like Green has a chance to be a steal this year. If you can hold him on your bench for a few weeks, Green has a chance to provide WR1 value upon his return, yet he's currently being drafted as WR16.
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