I recognize that the fantasy football offseason is long and tedious. Everybody looks great in shorts. But even during this down time there is fantasy news that could impact our draft plan. Listed are a handful of players who have been making waves the past week.
Isaiah Pead, RB, St. Louis –
Seems the media wants to deem Pead the incumbent starter in the Rams backfield after an endorsement from coach Jeff Fisher. From what I saw last season, Pead dances too much in the backfield, being forced to run east/west. Meanwhile, Daryl Richardson showed flashes of power in relief of Steven Jackson, with better blocking skills than Pead. For my money I’m taking a late-round stab on Richardson, while newcomer Zac Stacy has found a spot on our “watch list.”
Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington –
In a Thursday press conference,
Robert Griffin III stated that he will be ready for training camp. I recognize quarterbacks can come back from knee injuries faster than most players, but this is a seven month injury, minimum. Of course everyone wants to make the
Adrian Peterson comparison, but this is Griffin’s second knee injury. The question remains, can he play under control in order to stay healthy and still be effective? It will be interesting to see Griffin’s average draft position the closer we get to draft day. As of right now I have him as a late fourth-, early fifth-round pick.
Joe Morgan, WR, New Orleans –
Morgan has been turning heads at Saints’ organized team activities as a possible deep threat. With
Marques Colston aging,
Devery Henderson now gone and
Lance Moore injury-prone, Morgan has solidified a place on our “watch list.”
Roger Goodell, Commissioner –
According to Goodell, the Jacksonville Jaguars will be playing two games each season in London. This ignited further speculation of the Jaguars moving to London permanently. On my Facebook page (fantasyfootballfanatic) I wrote: “it sounds good in theory, but what if Seattle plays Jacksonville in the playoffs? That’s a 9.5 hour plane ride.” A reader then responded: “ha ha, the Jaguars making the playoffs? Let’s be realistic.”
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Free Agent
– Veteran running back
Ahmad Bradshaw remains the best available free agent, most recently passed over by the Indianapolis Colts. As a huge Bradshaw fan, it’s tough watching him linger. The guy has talent, toughness, blocks well and has great hands. Half the teams in the league could use his services. Hello, Dallas. You listening? I’d take him as a backup on my Seattle Seahawks any day.
, QB, Minnesota –
Christian Ponder declared himself 100-percent recovered from his triceps injury. Playing in a “prove it” season, it’s no stretch to say Ponder’s career is on the line. The loss of
Percy Harvin isn’t going to help matters, and in my opinion
Greg Jennings is a borderline WR1. The player of interest on the Vikings offense is tight end
Kyle Rudolph. His talent level is through the roof, while on any other team he would be a high TE1. I expect Ponder to force-feed him the ball in the red zone, making Rudolph an excellent late-round flyer as a low end TE1 with upside.
, RB, Denver –
Rookie running back
Montee Ball has been on a meteoric rise up the Denver depth chart. All signs indicate he will be replacing
Willis McGahee in the coming season (McGahee hasn’t even reported to camp). As an emerging three-down running back, I’d be willing to bet my Jerry Rice rookie card that Ball will be an early third-round pick when draft day arrives.
, WR, San Diego –
Third-year wide receiver
Vincent Brown has been seen running with the Chargers’ first team offense. My love of Brown is well-documented after watching his Senior Bowl performance in 2011 (dude’s got hands). He is certainly worth a 13th-round pick with high-end WR3 possibilities.
, RB, New York Giants
– Like Ball mentioned above,
David Wilson is grabbing the attention of the Giants coaching staff. Wilson’s talent is obvious, but his blocking skills kept him on the bench. With a full offseason as the lead pony, Wilson should emerge into a three-down running back. Looking into my crystal ball, Wilson is projected to have solid value in the mid-third round.
Beanie” Wells, RB, Free Agent
Beanie” Wells even splashed the headlines this week as the Jacksonville Jaguars brought the injury-prone runner in for a quick look. You may ask: “Why are we talking about the Jaguars’ backup job?” I’ll tell you. I have Maurice Jones-Drew as a top 10 runner with solid draft value somewhere in the late second round. Should he land on my team, I want to know who is going to be the Jones-Drew handcuff entering the season. As we sit today, that player is most likely