There are plenty of players hurting this preseason. We are going to overreact in some cases and underreact in others. So just keep that in mind and proceed with caution.

Johnny Knox: He has officially been demoted to the #4 receiver on the depth chart. Ok, Knox caused a lot of interceptions last season that got blamed on Cutler and that’s unacceptable, but 4th behind Devin Hester? I thought the Hester project had been scrapped? Well, I hope this lights a fire under Knox’s arse and he moves back up into the starting ranks because he has the ability.

Marques Colston: He hasn’t practiced for 5 days and has now been shut down for irritation and swelling in his surgically not so repaired knee. Just another reason to be worried about Colston this season and move Lance Moore up your lists.

Steve Smith (PHI): Yeah, he’s an Eagle now. This would be bigger news if he wasn’t still injured. He could be back by mid-October, but if that’s the time table for his return I sure wouldn’t count on him until 2-4 weeks after that. I’m not going to worry about him for fantasy until I know he is practicing fully again.

Jeremy Maclin: There was some speculation that the mysterious absence of Jeremy Maclin had something to do with picking up Steve Smith. That was denied by Eagles’ sources, and really, if Maclin is hurt or has scarlet fever or something, wouldn’t they want someone who could play in week 1 instead of week 8? I’m not downgrading Maclin just yet.

Chris Cooley: Coach Shanahan is concerned about Cooley’s knee and Fred Davis is getting the 1st team reps. I’m not hitting any panic buttons yet, but since I am cowering in the corner afraid of Rex Grossman and John Beck, I’m staying away from any Washington receiver anyway.

Tony Romo: All of the reports coming out of camp are glowing in regard to Romo. He’s my #1 QB target in drafts this season so that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.

Dane Sanzenbacher: An undrafted rookie slot receiver sounds just like someone Mad Martz would want to give 80 catches and 1,000 yards to. He’s currently battling Earl Bennett for the slot position. Think Mike Furrey.

Ed Dickson: Dickson was the front runner to replace Todd Heap in Baltimore, but has a hamstring injury right now and Dennis Pitta is getting all the reps. This is notable because both have decent upside as pass catching TEs and since the Ravens lost Derrick Mason and didn’t get a veteran in free agency to replace him there is only Anquan Boldin, two rookie receivers and the two second year TEs vying for targets.

Stevan Ridley: The Patriots backfield is a cluster eff of fantasy proportions, but right now Ridley probably has the most value as far as where you can get him in drafts or even the waiver wire later on. Shane Vereen was getting most of the hype between the two rookies, but hasn’t been able to practice much due to injuries. Ridley is looking sleepery.

Ricky Williams: After letting Willis McGahee go the Ravens went and got veteran Williams. I didn’t expect Ray Rice to be their only running back so this wasn’t surprising and Rice has always been in the mix in the red zone and around the goal line, so I don’t see this hurting him much. I’m still high on Rice.

Jamaal Charles: He is listed as the second string running back behind Thomas Jones on the depth chart. Todd Haley is a funny, funny man, for me to punch in the face multiple times. Hard. Don’t worry about this, but really?

Julius Thomas: The Broncos really don’t have a starting tight end so the position is up for grabs and Thomas is grabbing it like a steel trap. All of the camp reports say he’s a cross between Gates and that alien on Super 8.

Montario Hardesty: He has yet to practice and seems to still be recovering from his ACL injury. That’s not good news for him, but really good news for Peyton Hillis. Hardesty is undraftable right now and Hillis moves up the board.

Mikel Leshoure: It’s been a while since I’ve done a news post, so if you haven’t been paying attention, Leshoure just washed ashore, they were unable to revive him. Maybe next season. Upgrade my man Jahvid Best.


  1. JimmyBest says:

    Hi amigos. I need help from more experienced fantasy players. Who should I keep? Mathews, Crabtree or S. Johnson (Buf WR) (standard H2H, 12 teams). Thanks

  2. Doc

    Doc says:

    @JimmyBest: I’d stick with Mathews. His injury concerns are worrisome, but his ceiling is much higher than the others.

  3. Scott says:

    Hey Doc,

    Auction league. $200 budget. Would you trade a $3 Bradford who can be kept for two years for a $30 Shonne Greene who can be kept for one? Which side would have to add more if not?


  4. Scott says:

    Same auction league. $200 budget. I forgot to add scoring: standard scoring plus .5 PPR.

    Also, should I keep a $16 Gates? I do have an extra $20 this year (220 total) due to rebuilding trades last year. But don’t want to spend it carelessly.

  5. Josh says:

    A few quick questions:

    With the CJ2K holdout lasting and raising injury concerns, how early should we look at Javon Ringer as a sleeper?

    I think the Lions added Jerome Harrison? I’m assuming the Detroit backup still has value with Best’s huge durability question mark, but isn’t Harrison pretty bad?

  6. abe says:

    do you think it’s worth spending a 3rd round pick on jermichael finley? i’m in a 14 team league and he’s going right at the beginning of the fourth so if I don’t get him in the third he’ll be gone. I was resistant to drafting a TE so early but when I look at the difference between other players I could get in the mid third and the difference between finley/gates and everyone else, it seems like my team would have the higher point total if i took finley

  7. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Scott: Hmm, I’d keep Gates for sure. How badly do you need Greene for this season.

    @Josh: Harrison has ability, but is a similar runner to Best and will be more of a backup than a committee member. He’s who I would handcuff Best with though. Yeah, Ringer is worth stashing. He has enough ability to be worthwhile if CJ holds out. I’m taking a wait and see approach right now with CJ.

    @abe: I’m usually not a proponent of taking a TE that early, but I really like Finley this season and could see doing that.

  8. Scott says:

    Yeah, surely keeping Gates. The other offer for Greene was I could trade a $3 Collie for him. As for the Bradford deal, I don’t need Greene. I like him a whole lot. It’s hard since I LOVE both Bradford and Greene. There will be comparable RBs thrown back into the auction this year, but not that many since a decent amount are being kept. $31 isn’t great, but its my only shot at him and I feel like Bradford was only a QB2 this year anyway though a chance to be an elite keeper as a QB1 next year at that price tag. (side note I also have Cassel but throwing him back since I don’t think he’s worth $3, agree?)

    For comparisons sake, I would say on the open market Greene would go for somewhere around $35-45 in our auction. It comes down to if I can build a better team around Bradford, Gates and Collie with around $200 at my disposal, or around Bradford, Gates, Greene and either Collie/Bradford (mattering which I trade) with around $170 at my disposal.

  9. Scott says:


    woah dunno why i said bradford twice, should read “around Gates, Greene and either Bradford/Collie (mattering which I trade) with $170.

  10. CL says:


    Sorry if this has been asked already, but will you have a Top 100 list for PPR this year (not just a tiered grid)?

  11. Wilsonian says:

    Right now I’m keeping CJ and Roddy in a small league. Should I be worried about keeping CJ? I could keep DMC or Rivers instead of him.

  12. Tom the Niner says:

    Doc, what do you think of my team? This is a 16-team league (non-ppr), so players went fast. Overall, I think my team is pretty solid. My one regret is drafting Jahvid Best over Shonne Green. I really wanted Blount, but he went the pick before

    Qb: Flacco
    RB: Charles
    RB: Best
    RB/WR: Beanie Wells
    WR: Calvin Johnson
    WR: Marshall
    WR: Mike Thomas
    TE: Dustin Keller
    DEF: Miami
    Kicker: Matt Bryant

    My bench players include: Earl Bennett, Jacoby Ford, Eddie Royal, Erick Decker, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jason Snelling, and Brandon Jackson

  13. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Scott: I’d get Greene.

    @CL: Just posted a .5 PPR overall rankings.

    @Wilsonian: I’m not yet.

    @Tom the Niner: I like it. Especially for a 16 team league. Bench is suspect, but that is to be expected in a deep league.

  14. Tom the Niner says:

    Yup. I was pretty happy. Best and Beanie scare me because if injured I am screwed lol

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