It’s August, which means the draft is approaching, the greatest time of the year for fantasy players. Teams have reported for camp, everyone is in shape (except Albert Haynesworth), and news from training camps has already saturated us to the point of drowning. So, what’s been going on so far?
Ben Roethlisberger’s suspension has opened the door for Byron Leftwich. Leftwich never really had much of a chance last year with
Denver Broncos’ runningbacks Correll Buckhalter and Knowshon Moreno suffered injuries at the start of camp. Buckhalter hurt his back and
Reports from Washington Redskins’ camp are that Clinton Portis looks great. Temper your expectations a little, since it’s still very early in camp, but this is the same offensive system that made Clinton Portis a household name to begin with. True, Mike Shanahan is not to be trusted. Ever. With anything. But, if Portis can capture that old zone-blocking scheme lightning in a bottle again, it could make the Redskins interesting. And, if he doesn’t, they always have other washed up backs Larry Johnson and Willie Parker to trot out there.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Head Coach Raheem Morris says that he will ride the hot hand in
Ryan Mathews is impressing his coaches in
The Dallas Cowboys are getting geared up to try and win a Super Bowl in their home stadium. Their high-powered offense has been taking some hits already, even before full-contact drills. It began with Roy Williams asking his
superior replacement teammate, rookie Dez Bryant, to carry his shoulder pads after a practice. Bryant refused. I don’t blame him. If someone I was better than started ordering me around, I’d refuse too. After that whole thing blew over, Bryant was apparently punished by the football gods when he hurt his ankle and will now miss 4-6 weeks. Bryant should be dropped a little, since he’ll have to rehab the ankle and take it slow. To add to all that, Tony Romo is apparently experiencing some soreness in his throwing shoulder because he’s thrown well over 200 passes in just a few days. No real worries here, since Romo should be fine, but it looks like Big ‘D’ is for ‘Drama.’
Wes Welker is a superhero. In Week 17 last year, his knee got completely blown up. I don’t know if he’s the toughest guy ever, the fastest healer ever or if advances in technology have come so far that they can cut rehab time for serious knee injuries in half, but he’s running around, making catches and doing other Welker-like things already. He’s not even on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. I honestly have no idea what to do with him or where to draft him. I have to believe that he’s not Wes Welker, but isn’t 75 percent of Welker still better than 100 percent of Bernard Berrian?
Michael Turner looks really good in Atlanta Falcons camp. He reported in great shape, quicker, faster and most importantly, healthy. Remember what he did two years ago when motivated by his first feature back gig? I think he’ll do that again. I know he disappointed owners last year, but he is a large, angry man who is going to run people over this year. He’s also going to get a lot of goal line carries.
Cleveland Browns’ runningback Montario Hardesty hurt his knee and will miss the majority of camp. This means that Jerome Harrison has a huge opportunity to be the guy in
Lastly, Brett Favre has announced that he won’t be returning to the Minnesota Vikings due to his ankle not healing as well as hoped. We’ve heard this before. But it’s early August, and it’s hot out there. How many people expect Favre to be under center once again – for