By most accounts, this was a talented 2014 draft class, especially in the skill positions and particularly at wide receiver. This wasn't a year to be jumping on rookies in fantasy drafts, though.
Case in point: The first rookie off the board in your leagues, running back Bishop Sankey, isn't even a projected starter for the Tennessee Titans—not quite a gold mine for talent and point production. Thus, it's tough to count on him as a starter for your fantasy team out of the gate.
Head coach Ken Whisenhunt likes Sankey's progress this preseason but not enough to declare him a starter over veteran plodder Shonn Greene, telling the Titans' official website Friday:
I think that it was obvious that (Sankey's) a talented young man. He ran the ball very well (Thursday) night, very decisive, made good cuts. We;ve seen growth from him, as well. I think, just like with Zach (Mettenberger), we've seen growth with Bishop.
He's gotten better, obviously, at his exchanges with the quarterbacks. His course on his footwork has improved. His vision is good. He's seeing the holes well. His protection, he's done a nicer job with that as he's gone through it, so from a young guy that you're trying to get prepared to contribute during the season, you've seen growth.
You've seen him moving along with that, and that's what you needed to see. I'm happy with him.
We thought a big preseason could put Sankey in the conversation to be a late second-round pick. There are a lot of question marks with the fantasy running backs outside of the top 10. Sankey could have been an answer if he ran away (pun intended) with the Titans' starting job.
Sankey proved he is going to be an impact pass receiver at the very least. He could become one of the NFL's workhorses and a Doug Martin-like smash rookie success story in fantasy.
Right now, he is merely a backup to Greene—who will keep the goal-line work regardless if healthy—and a sixth-round pick in a standard 12-team league, per FantasyPros.com's consensus rankings.
Consider that latter point the good news. Sankey has the potential to be an invaluable fantasy breakout at that draft position, particularly running behind the burgeoning young line stars Chance Warmack (2013 first-rounder) and Taylor Lewan (2014 first-rounder).
The Titans are built to become one of the better rushing offenses in football, assuming Sankey holds on to the ball, puts Greene on the bench and makes good on all of his promise.