While there are plenty of situations around the NFL that are crystal clear, I do feel there are also a lot of them this year that are fluid and won’t sort themselves out until we’re well into training camps and the exhibition season – so August could be a pretty chaotic month in the fantasy world.
There are always questions that need to be asked as we head into each preseason, but this year many of these key questions have significant fantasy implications.
I probably have about 40 questions that I’d like to see answered – and we’ll obviously be all over them this summer. But for the purposes of this post here’s the top-10 on my mind:
Will Robert Griffin III be back?
He said as the team wrapped up their off-season that he’s ahead of schedule with his recovery from ACL and LCL surgeries, and that he’s had no setbacks and is confident he’ll be ready to participate when training camp opens. He’s been through this process before, so he should know what it’s like. If he’s back to his old self, then the team will continue to use plenty of zone-read plays, which means his upside is still high. His completion [...]
On Friday night, I was able to speak with Jaguar RB Maurice Jones-Drew on Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports radio, so I figured I would share what he had to say about his injury status.
There have been some reports that there was a “bone-on-bone” issue with his knee, which I actually didn’t ask him about because MJD was pretty darn optimistic on his recovery. And as he said in the interview, he plays fantasy and knows how it is for fantasy players dealing with injuries, so he’s always going to be honest with his status.
Jaguar RB Maurice Jones-Drew told me on 7/1 that he "pretty much" ran for 100+ yards from Weeks 8-13 on one leg.
For one, Jones-Drew said the surgery “wasn’t anything major.” He did say it was a little more than a torn meniscus, and that the doctor’s had to clear up a little more “stuff,” but this was an injury he actually suffered in the summer. He could have had surgery in August and missed some time, but he wanted to play. By midseason or so, it was very problematic, and he told me that he basically played on one leg his final 6-7 games (he went [...]
Note: Ages are accurate as of midseason 2010.
What’s interesting about this position is how watered down it is. Because so many backfield are utilizing two (even three) players in a rotation, the number of clear studs is low. And while there are more players these days than usual who do have some value now due to a fairly large role, they’re still in situations that prevent major fantasy production. We’ve also seen fewer legitimate developmental prospects at the position and a lot of players who are kind of in limbo, with little long-term potential and even questionable short-term potential.
I’ll start off this section with the (surprisingly few) players who are clearly slam-dunks for those in keeper leagues: Adrian Peterson (Min, 25), Steven Jackson (Stl, 27), Chris Johnson (Ten, 24), Maurice Jones-Drew (Jac, 25), and Ray Rice (Bal, 23).
It's probably a little early to proclaim Ray Rice as a legit fantasy stud for the long-term, but the guy was incredibly impressive in 2009 – and he's very young
These five players are clearly the cream of the crop, and with youth on their side. Rice may not be a legit top-5 overall RB over the next few years, as the [...]
It’s been a few weeks since I broke out my QB Keeper Overviews here, and it’s already time to update them. But before I do that I’m going to try to bang out the other key positions within the next week and catch completely up.
Next up, it’s the RBs.
At first glance, while there is good depth, I notice a little bit of a void when it comes to true studs at the position. So if you’re in a keeper league that retains only 3-4 players, I advise your approach your keepers much like you should have been approaching a standard redraft league the last two years: don’t take a RB just because he’s a RB and take the best players, period. Keep in mind, of course, the pool of attractive options will increase after the draft.
That said about the lack of quality at the top, I’m personally ranking some young guys who I do think are for real very high, even though they’ve really only “done it” for one year.
Let’s take a look at the top guys.
There aren’t many RBs who are clearly their team’s workhorse, so if you have one on your team, and he’s a young stud, then [...]