There isn’t much a fake football manager worries about more than his or her #1 pick getting injured. So for all you Arian Foster owners, boo! He has some kind of ailment in his leg area that might keep him out a day to 3 and two thirds years. I can’t say I have any great insight on how long he will actually be out, but he did tweet a photo of his hamstring that medical types are calling lots of medically words, but it looks like some ESPN guys are saying he tore some muscle fibers and there is some bleeding and they are talking 2-4 weeks for recovery.
I have no idea how accurate that is, but he is hurting and the chances of him playing week 1 are nowhere near 100%. The depth chart has Derick Ward at #2 and Ben Tate at #3. Tate has shown enough to warrant a roster spot in deeper leagues as it is, but if you are worried about week 1 there is a good chance we’ll be seeing Ward much more than Tate if Foster is down. He is going to be the much stabler pass blocking back and the Colts have some dudes that can rush the quarterback. So I’d grab Ward for week 1 and Tate for long term. But if I had my druthers I’d just have a good enough bench RB to replace Foster to start the season and Tate as his handcuff.
This does drop Foster in the rankings. Say they don’t rush him and he misses a couple games and comes back healthy vs. rushing him and having this thing linger are out of our control so we have to be wary. I don’t know how far he will drop, but I just don’t see him dropping far enough, so I would plan on skipping him for the most part. I want to say grab him at the end of the first round, but I’m going to play this one as safe as possible and go with the second round for him right now. Could he end up playing week one and every week from there on out, even the bye week and breaking every rushing record known to mankind? Sure, but I’m afeared as I type this. Keep a close eye on the situation.
Cedric Benson: So he’ll spend about 7 days in jail and then will return to playing football. I’m guessing there won’t be any suspension since that’s what is happening due to the lockout it seems. His leash has got to be unbelievably short, but he is still set for a big workload even if he won’t be all that effective. I’m still drafting him if he falls, but I don’t have to like it.
Chris Johnson: Jason LaCanfora reported that CJ and the Titans were finally getting on the same page to get a deal done. At least there is finally some positive news. I’m a little worried about him getting injured or not being full go in week one if he signs, but he’s too good to let fall if the news continues to be good.
Jeremy Maclin: He’s been practicing and is on track to be full go for week 1. Don’t hesitate to draft him.
Marshawn Lynch: He’s hurting with an ankle injury right now and isn’t very good and on a poor team. I’m staying far away if I can help it. His backup is Leon Washington and I’ve always been a fan of LDub. And now two years from his injury he is looking back up to speed. On that team his upside is still capped, but they will try to get him the ball this season.