I’m looking forward to week 2 of preseason, but we’ve had a couple games and a little of that NFL news we love so much, so here is my take on what the happy haps and crappy craps are, going into week 2.
C.J. Spiller’s stock keeps on rising. Everyone is all googley-eyed over this 31 yard TD run against the Colts Thursday night. I agree, he’s got da skills to pay the bills, or is that for the Bills to pay him? Anyway, with FJax finger broken and Lynch down for a bit, Spiller will have a shot to keep making a good impression and win more carries.
Sidney Rice: He told reporters he had a setback with his hip and his week 1 status is in question. I don’t think that was his exact wording, but it works for me. This is bad news because I think Rice’s up side is extremely high and we now know The Favre is back in the fold. He is a risky pick at this point and I would be careful when drafting him. I wouldn’t mind him in the 5th round still and could see reaching in the late 4th, but only if you are a gambler or like Kenny Rogers chicken. This can only help Bernard Berrian and hopefully Percy Harvin if he can control his migraines.
Arian Foster: Still more good news for the Foster owners. ESPN is reporting that Foster is the starting back and Slaton the change of pace back. This isn’t really news, but it looks like they should have defined roles and even though Kubiak is crazy, his rushing offense is built for Foster more than Slaton. Think of Slaton as a Sproles/Bush type, worth grabbing in PPR leagues.
Wes Welker: He was only in for 6 plays, but got hit enough for a half. He was targeted three times and caught 2 of them. This is a great sign for those that own him. Of course he’ll be increasingly harder to get in drafts now, but all systems appear to be Welker.
Brett Favre: Yes, he is back, blah, blah. This can only help the Vikings offensive players and Shiancoe for sure. I may be stupid, but I just don’t see Favre repeating last years’ numbers. I think he should be going around the 10th QB spot.
Shawn Nelson: He was on some sleeper tight end lists. Mine is always asleep because I’m on this damn computer all the time! Anyway, he’s out 4 games for shooting somethin somethin illegal into his body. You weren’t going to draft him anyway. He plays for the Bills.
Owen Daniels: He had to visit Dr. Freeze again. We’ll see what comes of that meeting. If he can start practicing again soon he’ll be worth the risk, but if not, stay away and don’t O.D.
Fred Taylor: The old man ran well against the Falcons Thursday, while my man Maroney cried while eating bologna, or was that Sanchez eating a hot dog? Whichever, Maroney wasn’t getting the starting work, while Taylor, Morris and Faulk got carries. I still like Maroney for touchdowns and really, I wouldn’t trust Belichick any farther than I could kick him. I’m still on the Maroney late round train for his TD potential alone.
Aaron Hernadez: The Pats rookie tight end had a nice touchdown grab and ran with the first team. If that continues he is the guy to draft late if you like backup tight ends.
Michael Turner: He was targeted in the passing game twice so maybe this hub bub about him getting a few more looks in the passing game are true. He’s not turning into Ray Rice anytime soon, but it could boost him a little.
Percy Harvin: He had another migraine issue and had to be taken to the hospital. He was back with the team today, so he seems to be as ok as he can be. I have a feeling we will see a similar Harvin as we saw last season. His upside is pushed down because he will probably have trouble practicing regularly, but I’m guessing he’ll be able to get out there for his 3 hours on Sundays.
Golden Tate: He has been stymied by Pete Carroll’s offensive game plan and it will be hard for him to make a big impact early in the season. He’s a great talent, but if you don’t know the plays, uh, you can’t play.