Bishop Sankey's Instant Fantasy Reaction After Preseason Debut vs. Packers

Nate Loop@Nate_LoopFeatured ColumnistAugust 9, 2014

Tennessee Titans running back Bishop Sankey (20) runs the ball during NFL football training camp Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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Tennessee Titans rookie running back Bishop Sankey has the potential to become a fantasy football stalwart this season, and he showed promise with his versatile play in his team's 20-16 preseason victory over the Green Bay Packers.

His overall stats weren't eye-popping, but then again, few players can manage spectacular numbers in vanilla preseason offenses and truncated playing time.

Potential fantasy owners should be encouraged by his ability to get involved in the offense both on the ground and through the air. Sankey got thrown into the fire, gaining 37 yards on 13 carries. He also picked up 38 yards on three receptions, one of which went for a touchdown in the third quarter.

This gives him a distinct edge over Shonn Greene, who rarely got involved in the passing game in four seasons with the New York Jets. However, the presence of the speedy Dexter McCluster means the team may still favor a committee approach and use multiple backs in both short-yardage and passing situations. Running backs coach Sylvester Groom has essentially confirmed this will be the case.

Titans beat writer Terry McCormick liked the way Sankey carried the ball during the game:

"They’ll all contribute, and the great things about it is they are all fans of each other, and that’s going to be a big plus for us," he said, via ESPN's Paul Kuharsky.

According to ESPN's fantasy draft results, Sankey's average pick position is 80.6, ahead of players such as Maurice Jones-Drew, Darren Sproles and Danny Woodhead.

All four of those players will obviously share time in the backfield with other quality backs. Sankey could be great value in this area of the draft if he can prove that he deserves to be the featured back, but this is unlikely early on in the season due to the fierce competition.

One area of definite concern will be in the red zone, where the bruising Greene may get the majority of the carries, taking away potential touchdowns from Sankey.