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Hakeem Nicks fractured his fifth metatarsal in his right foot on Thursday while trying to learn the salsa dance from Victor Cruz, effectively putting his fantasy relevance this year into serious doubt.  Though the timetable put out by the physician says 12 weeks, it was noted that team mate Prince Amukamara had the same injury last year and didn’t even practice until 15 weeks later.  On one hand, that puts Hakeem on track to start the season right on time.  On the other hand, did ya NOT see how bad some football players were with a shortened training camp last year?  I’d be willing to speculate on Hakeem at the right price in drafts this year but something tells me he’ll be too rich for my blood when they start going live.  It’s one thing to fully heal and practice it’s another thing to get your timing down.  Plus, it’s his foot.  I don’t know about you, but in order for me to reach my full potential vertical (I can clear an iPhone box with a strenuous bound), I have to use my feet to do it.  Cuts get dicey like your name was ginsu when your foot doesn’t plant like it should.  Here’s my strategy on Hakeem and feel free to follow it if you’d like since, well, you come to this site for information like this.  Let someone else draft him.  You’re going to get enough of your headache from your runningback tandems most likely, you don’t need full on migraines.  This news is both a boon and a rub for Cruz owners.  Though he’s going to see increased targets, he’s also going to be the focus early in the season by opposing defenses.  I already felt he was going to regress this year and this sure doesn’t change my mind.  Overall, I feel this simply muddies the WR waters in NYG.  There’s the rookie of interest in this story – Rueben Randle – but I wonder if Ramses Barden gets a shot first.  Domenik Hixon and his injury history doesn’t make me interested at all.  Obviously, we’ll need to see how training camp unfolds but whatever happens, if Eli Manning doesn’t get into a groove with one of them, he might start having some emotional issues.    In other fantasy football news…

Kellen Winslow - Traded to a team that doesn’t throw to their TE’s.  Fantasy Football analysis of the day: ‘this is not good for Winslow’s 2012 fantasy value’.  Couple that with the fact he has Zach Miller competing for targets and this may be the first time in my life that I don’t want to touch a good tight end.

Dallas Clark - Signed with the Buccaneers, replacing Winslow as Josh Freeman‘s security blanket.  He could and should finish near the top 10 for tight ends in 2012, despite Freeman’s attempt to ruin the fantasy value of all those around him.

David Clowney – Tweeted to the world that he was HIV free.  Why?  I assume it was to get himself on Razzball because I had no other reason to talk about him without this.  Let’s all #congrats him, shall we?

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  1. David_KOA says:
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    @Sky,
    Damn! Why did this have to happen to Nicks. I was very excited about what type of production, he was going to give us fantasy owners. Like I thought we could be looking at his name right below Megatrons. Plus his current ADP of 3.02 was also screaming value.

    I think if you can come away with both your RBs in round 1 & 2. I would be more then okay drafting Nicks in say the 4th round. Even if Nicks is not a full go to start week one. The WR position right now is ridiculously deep! Looking at current ADP you could field a cast of WRs around Nicks. Some of the names off the top of my head Harvin, Maclin, A. Brown, Decker & Torrey Smith. All these players can be had after the 5th round and I believe hold WR2 production.

    So let’s say you go RB-RB to start the draft and Nicks ADP does dip into the 4th. You have a couple of options.
    Option A- In rounds 3-6 go all WR looking something like this Julio Jones(I really heart me some Julio in 2012), Nicks, Maclin & A. Brown
    Option B- in rounds 3-7 you go J. Jones, Nicks, Maclin, Starks & T. Smith.

    I think that with the depth of the WR position, you can cover for Nicks until he is ready. While at the same time not hurting your team at other positions. If you can go RB-RB I don’t really see any good RB3 value till the 6th round. I don’t really care about the QB or TE position as I try and go as cheap as I can. Looking at the current ADP of some QBs & TEs it is a great year to go into your draft with that mentality.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @David_KOA, Yeah, I had him pretty high up in my rankings until this little disappointing nugget.

      Personally, injuries scare me pretty far away from Nicks. Just think back to Peyton last year. He was going at a value relative to his talent level but we never saw him get to the field so was it really worth the gamble? That’s my take on these types of things. When you factor in the possibilities of injury setbacks and general timing on the field, it makes it hard for me to get behind going at Nicks where he’ll be at in the draft, even with WR depth.

      That said, I don’t dislike either of your draft strategies if you’re willing to take on Nicks.

  2. David_KOA says:
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    @Sky,
    I was surprised to read that you are so high on Dallas Clark and his fantasy outlook. His new team is a run first base mentality, I would think lose a ton of snaps to Luke Stocker(better run blocker) & when he does see the field for passing downs, having to battle for targets with Jackson, Williams and Martin.

    You add all three of them up and add to the mix that he has missed 15 games due to injury over the last two years. It just seems to have disastrous written all over for fantasy owners. That being said a lot of fantasy owners especially in the middle to late round will draft players based of name alone.

    I would much rather his name rise in the ADP chart as it already is. Then the players such as Celek, Cook & Daniels can fall even farther in drafts. I will not be touching Clark but do hope to see his name called out by another team come draft day.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      My statement comes for two reasons. First, I don’t have any faith in Josh Freeman putting the tools around him to work. Kregg Lumpkin had the 17th most RB receptions last year. Freeman is the checkdown master and I worry about the WR values because of that. Second, Kellen Winslow finished 14th with 75 rec and 2 TDs. One more touchdown and he finishes tied for 12th. What this all means is I’m not really high on him, I just see what has happened in Tampa Bay and how reasonable it is to expect a repeat or close to it. It’s more of a realization than it is a ‘go draft him’ statement. I’d definitely be interested in Cook this year, especially if Locker finally takes the reigns.

      • David_KOA says:
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        @Sky,
        Hopefully with the departure of Winslow and the nine interceptions, Josh threw in his direction, Plus the big improvement to the offense line in the off season & A more emphasis on the run game. It seems like the Bucs are taking the right steps in helping Freeman get back on track.

        I here what you are saying with the numbers that Winslow had in 2011. I just have a hard time seeing Dallas Clark getting close to the 114 targets that Winslow received. A few more options and a lot less snaps/targets don’t go well together.

        I fully expect Martin to make an impact in the passing game could be easily looking at 50+ catches in his rookie year. He is playing for a coach that had Ray Rice in his backfield in college.

        Can a fantasy owner find any value at the WR position in Tampa? I think you would want to look at Mike Williams. Yes, last year was not fun to watch and especially for his ADP last summer. Looking at his TD total, you would not expect to find his name in the upper tier in red zone targets. You add the help of Jackson and Martin, the departure of Winslow and the fact he does get red zone looks(less now with Jackson in town). I think last year’s numbers are the floor for Williams in 2012. His current ADP is 10.01(42nd) WR off the board. I would not be surprised to see his name slip even farther as the summer goes on. You will be able to get him as a WR4 or WR5(maybe) and could get a WR3 back in return.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I see where you’re coming from, this will just have to be shown during the season. Freeman and his dump pass ways just make it hard to get into Williams for me

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