Hola all. I am currently out and about in the great state of Kansas so my response time will be a little slower than usual. Here are the most up to date rankings –> Auction Values, Tiers and Cheat Sheet for PPR and Non PPR. That should hopefully get you through the hard times. The top RBs are pretty fluid right now with Foster hurting and CJ holding out. I’m leaning Ray Rice #1 in PPR leagues and Adrian Peterson in non-PPR, but might take a risk on Rice even in non-PPR, he has just looked that good.
(Doc’s note: The site is still running a little slow, but we are upgrading as we speak! It should be footloose and fancy free soonish!)
Peyton Manning: He has been taken off the PUP list and is now on the big dog list. It looks like he will start practicing in some capacity this week and with no setbacks will most likely be available for week one. I agree with Tony Dungy in that Manning will need to be 6 feet under to not be under center week one. I’m feeling pretty good about where I got him in drafts recently.
Kenny Britt: Britt didn’t get a suspension after 3 offseason arrests. It looks like the NFL and NFLPA must have made a deal or at the very least the NFL decided they didn’t want to get sued for suspending a player for doing something while he didn’t officially work for them. Whatever the reasoning this is good news for Britt and gives a little more incentive to grab him in drafts even though he can’s seem to stay on the field!
Chris Cooley: He believes that he’ll be ready to go week 1, but with Fred Davis continuing to play well there is no reason for the Natives to push Cooley. I’d stay away from both in your drafts this week. There are too many good tight ends to worry about timeshares and injuries.
Jordy Nelson: He looked very good this last preseason game and he has been somewhat lost with all the Randall Cobb hype and James Jones being resigned, but his sure hands and good route running make him one of Rodgers go to guys if he’s out there. If Driver is out for any time Nelson would be the guy.
Arian Foster: His hammy troubles are getting to be three little pigs and blow your house down-ish. So far I’m not insanely concerned and he is easily in my top tier. But through preseason Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson have moved up into the safer 1a/1b.
Delone Carter: I haven’t got to see much of him this preseason because they haven’t given him that much work, but he has looked good when he got time and the reviews out of camp have been very good. Donald Brown is total crud and will be passed by Carter if he hasn’t been already. Addai is still the guy, but I could easily see Carter getting goal line and some early down work as he learns the offense. Very good late upside pick.
Lance Moore: His groin injury seems to be mild and it looks like he’ll be able to go week one. It’s a little concerning, but I still like him a whole helluva lot this season and want him on my teams.
Adrian Peterson: The word is that AP will see more passing targets this season. This is no doubt good news to those who own him in PPR, but it’s still just talk. He’s a top 2 pick anyway, with a lot of #1 consideration.
Jimmy Graham: The Saints highlighted Graham in their third preseason game targeting 8 times in the first half. He caught 5 for 73 yards and right now could be the go to guy as long as there are some injury concerns for Colston and Moore. He could be a PPR monster if he stays healthy all season.
Bernard Berrian: He had a good game Saturday with 2 receptions for 64 yards and a TD. His injury history is worrisome, but it’s good to see him getting some real work again. With no Sid Rice they very much need a deep threat. He’s worth keeping an eye on, but I’m not drafting him quite yet.
Aaron Hernandez: This guy could easily be the best receiver on the Patriots team. Last season I picked him up wherever I could because his ability was off the charts — routes, speed, hands, YAC, it was all superb, but Gronkowski was getting all the TDs! So I had to move toward the Gronkster, but with Ochocinco not really “getting it” yet (or ever?) I think Hernandez is going to get plenty of work. Of course getting into the end zone will still be a problem, but from all accounts he has taken yet another step forward and his upside is very high.
Cowboys Kicker: Right now it’s a race between Shayne Graham and Dan Bailey. The winner of that battle will have fantasy value and should be available as a free agent when word comes out. Just reason #1,743 not to draft a kicker if you can help it.
Javon Ringer: I’ve been saying to get Ringer for your CJ insurance and Jamie Harper for deep insurance, but Ringer’s injury will probably keep him out of the last preseason game and hurt his chances for the feature roll week 1 if they don’t sign Johnson before then. Either way it doesn’t look like one or the other will be “the guy” so temper expectations.
Beanie Wells: My guy Beanie is finally showing some of that promise he promised me. In this last game he showed more burst and toughness than I’ve seen for a while. With Ryan Williams out it is hard to get him at great value, but he is still going late enough for a small unsupersized value meal.
Antonio Brown: He had a huge game catching 4 passes for 137 yards and 2 touchdowns. Most people believe Emmanuel Sanders to be the more talented of the two, but there is no way to know when and how well Sanders will recover from foot surgery so I’m liking Sanders quite a bit right now. I think the Steelers are going to let Big Ben go this season and this passing game could have some fantasy goodness.
Matt Ryan: He had an insane 42 passing attempts in the first half on Saturday. That’s a whole lot of passing. If this is any indication of what they are going to do, then Harry Douglas will even have decent value. The talk has been that they were going to open the passing game up with Julio Jones and Douglas, but this makes it seem even more real.
Brandon Marshall: He had a couple receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown. I’ve been high on Marshall this season and with Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas both not playing well in this last game it makes it look like the Dolphins will need to throw quite a bit this season and around the goal line. I’m liking BMarsh more and more.
Matthew Stafford: Just think if this guy had never hurt his shoulder? Good lord. Just think of the numbers Megatron would have had? It really is mind boggling how good this guy is with being hurt so much of his career. Stafford is 24-of-31 for 356 yards, five touchdowns, and no interceptions in preseason and IF he doesn’t have his arm torn off he’s going to be a fantasy force this season and make Megatron and probably Nate Burleson forces as well.