1. Jeremy Maclin (WR, Phi) – Our Adam Caplan is at practice, and he says Kevin Curtis looks bad. Maclin’s still a work in progress, but don’t be surprised at all if he’s starting and being targeted often later in the season. He’s very talented. Heck, I like him THIS WEEK against the Bucs.
2. Hakeem Nicks (WR, NYG) – Those who guessed Manningham over Sims-Walker two weeks ago guessed wrong, and they may not even have a starter in Manningham. Manningham is flashy, but they drafted Nicks for a reason, and Nicks looks pretty good. He has good size and physicality, so he projects best as their starter at split end, on the weak side. With Steve Smith commanding a lot of attention, and with the Giants ignoring the TE, don’t be surprised at all if Nicks is getting 7-9 targets a game starting around November.
Every once in a while, I have an epiphany on a player, and often I’m correct with the idea. I have one right now with Malcolm Floyd, who is currently toiling and being wasted behind Chris Chambers in SD. Floyd is a free agent in 2010, and if there is a new collective bargaining deal struck, he will be unrestricted.
This guy can play. He has very good size at 6’5″ and he can run extremely well. He’s great and making contested catches and jumping to get the ball at its highest point from a defender. He’s obviously unproven as a featured guy, but I’ve seen more than enough to believe he could be very good.
And I have the prefect landing spot for him too: Chicago.
Think about Malcolm Floyd on the Bears, with Jay Cutler. How perfect would that be? He’d be the big physical receiver they need, and he’d be Jay Cutler’s Brandon Marshall. Chicago could get him as a free agent in 2010 and he would start and contribute immediately. He’d also quickly give the Bears a very formidable receiving corps.
So if you’re in a keeper or dynasty league, get his ass now!
I received an e-mail with some injury thoughts on some current guys from our Dr. D, our resident physician and fantasy freak. He had some good insight on some of these injured players, so I thought I’d share.
Anthony Gonzalez/Felix Jones – Like with what I said last year about Sidney Rice, the recovery for these injuries is completely variable. Some athletes start feeling “right” within a few weeks,and others take a very long time to get their proprioception (or position sense) back to normal. If I had to guess, I would say that Gonzalez would be back to normal sooner than Jones, since Jones’ game is far more likely to be affected by this injury than Gonzalez’.
Willie Parker – I have been down on Parker for a while, and all this injury does is slow him down even more. From his history, he’ll likely try to practice play through it, which should only exacerbate it, making him slower and less agile. I doubt PIT will have patience with that.
Frank Gore – Gore’s had a history with his ankle, and his current injury really sucks. I have no idea what [...]