Catching Up With Giovani Bernard and Bishop Sankey
The Cincinnati Enquirer expects 300 touches for Giovani Bernard this season. That’s a 25 percent increase from last year, so if he maintains his fantasy points/touch rate, he projects to score 279 PPR points. That would have been good for fifth overall last season. That sounds great, except that he’s currently drafted as the sixth overall running back, so his upside is already priced in. Keep that in mind when drafting; don’t overpay.
The same article also reports that BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Rex Burkhead are competing for a single roster spot. That might change the equation a bit on Burkhead’s dynasty stashability. Green-Ellis’ value is obviously impacted significantly. From a full fledged timeshare to fighting for a roster spot, it’s hard to see his value in Cincinnati. The silver lining would be if he were released and signed by another team. Green-Ellis isn’t a great runner, but he seems like the type of player (veteran, safe) that a team with a need could sign. I’m holding for now in dynasty.
We may have a partial answer to an important offseason question. Jim Wyatt reports Shonn Greene could be on the outside looking in. Jackie Battle had a good offseason, while Greene was sidelined with a knee injury. Greene also has a pricey contract. At the moment then, it looks like the Titans backfield could feature just Bishop Sankey, Dexter McCluster, and Jackie Battle. Battle would have little value unless there’s an injury. But Sankey may be a tad more locked in to a workhorse role – unless you’re picturing a Sankey/McCluster timeshare. I’m not, and although I do think McCluster will have a role, I’m willing to bet that Sankey’s superior talent wins out. Sankey’s RB19 price feels about right, but he also might have more upside than some of the guys going ahead of him, like maybe Arian Foster, who is older, coming off injury, playing in a new offense, with an underwhelming quarterback, and a disgruntled1 wide receiver. Just sayin. If Greene fails to make the roster, I like Sankey even more as a top dynasty rookie pick.