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Fantasy News: Four B’s and an A

The end of the school year is here and the final report cards are out. For fantasy owners, the report cards for their favorite players continue to change, which is such the case for the five players in this week’s edition of Fantasy News.

Brandon Jacobs

According to Yahoo! Sports, Giants general manager Jerry Reese seems to think that his star running back could be in line for more carries in 2009. “We have depth at that position that we like … but I would think

will get some more carries, especially if he can stay healthy,” Reese said.

The key word when it comes to Jacobs is health, something that the bruising back knows is the key to him taking his game to the next level. “If I played 16 games, which is my goal, stayed healthy and got some more carries to go with that … we have a good enough offensive line, we have good offensive play calling, I could lead the league,” he said.

The Giants heavyweight averaged more than 83 yards and a tick over one touchdown per game last season. If he plays all 16 games this season he has a chance to eclipse 1,300 yards and score almost 20 touchdowns if he paces himself like he did in 2008. If he can’t stay healthy, Ahmad Bradshaw is slated, for the time being, to scoop up some of his carries with rookie Andre Brown not far behind.

Brandon Marshall

According to the

Denver Post,

troubled Broncos star wideout did not show for the start of mandatory mini-camps on Friday due to what some suspect as contract issues. Coach Josh McDaniels was expected to meet with

, and had this to say about his receiver’s situation: “It’s something we’re going to handle and take care of in-house,” McDaniels said after practice. “I’ve been through a number of these situations. Whether it does or doesn’t get fixed, that’s something that’s going to play out in the future. But we’re going to coach the guys that are here the best we can. When he’s ready to go and we get him out here, we’ll get him out here.”


is still recovering from hip surgery, but nonetheless the mini-camps are still “mandatory,” and according to McDaniels, his absence will be addressed and handled accordingly. “That’s a personal decision that

has made, and we’ll do what the league rules allow us to do for a player that has missed a mandatory activity,” McDaniels said. “The rest of that is really internal. I’ve spoken to him and his agent and that’s a decision that he’s made.”

Although he showed glimpses of inconsistency last season when he made it on to the field,

is still the Broncos’ top target and it is important that he gets on the field sooner rather than later to start building some chemistry with new potential starter Kyle Orton.

recently avoided discipline from the NFL as his latest off-the-field charges were dropped — news that probably boosted his fantasy value for just a week. Now, it’s back to square one and fantasy owners can only hope for the best.

Brad Cottam

According to the

Kansas City Star,
there are three players in the mix to be the new starting tight end — rookie Jake O’Connell, undrafted free agent Tom Crabtree and assumed starter and former third-round pick in Cottam. Coach Todd Haley talked about the competition earlier this week.

“We’ve got some guys who have some potential and look like they’re pretty hungry and are pretty serious about making a fight for it,” Haley said. “There are some pretty competitive guys there who realize there is a window of opportunity and a legitimate shot.”

Oddly enough, O’Connell and Crabtree both played at Miami of Ohio together, and both could have a leg up on the receiving part of the position due to the fact that Cottam was initially brought in as a blocking tight end.

Anquan Boldin

According to the

Associated Press,
head coach Ken Whisenhunt fully expects the wide receiver to attend mandatory mini-camps. Whisenhunt also was very happy with the recent OTAs, according to

“Overall, I thought it was a productive month for us,” he said. “It’s sad to see it come to an end. This is really one of the funnest times of the year for a coach because you’re getting to work on things and there’s not the pressure of the season or a game coming up. It’s a little bit more relaxed atmosphere with your players.”

As for Boldin, well, fantasy owners will have to continue to wait and see, but word around

is that the Cardinals really want to get something done and retain the pro bowl receiver.

Brett Favre

Now, I know what you’re thinking already, so I’ll make it quick. According to

’s John Clayton, unidentified Vikings staff members will be traveling to

to see what kind of shape the 40-year old quarterback’s shoulder is in. Clayton insists that this could be mean that as long his shoulder looks good he will be in the purple and gold in 2009.

What does this mean?

1) Adrian Peterson’s value will skyrocket. In fact, he could be the LaDainian Tomlinson of 2007 once August rolls around. With a quarterback like Favre behind center alleviating pressure, much like he did with Thomas Jones in 2008, Peterson will see less men in the box and more space to roam.

2) Bernard Berrian will be overvalued. What happened with Jerricho Cotchery and Laveranues Coles last year will happen again with Berrian and possibly Percy Harvin and/or Sidney Rice.

3) It’s time to jump on the Shiancoe train! When Brett Favre puts on that purple number four, especially early in the season, he’s going to need a safety net. That net could very well be Visanthe Shiancoe. If you read the last edition of

Fantasy News

you should know that the Vikings tight end is eager to be one of the best tight ends in the NFL, and that attitude combined with Favre’s arm could lead to a major increase in production and value.

Thanks for reading!

Eric Huber is a staff writer for  You can now follow him on



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