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.

  1. tourinct says:

    No love for Joseph Addai?

  2. Doc

    Doc says:

    @tourinct: Would have been a good one. –Insert Addai up there with good things said–

  3. agarthered says:

    Hi there,

    I’m in a keeper league, am keeping Rodgers and Deangelo, but for my third pick i have either forsett or finley, who would you keep?

  4. Doc

    Doc says:

    @agarthered: That is tough. I love Forsett, but don’t like that Washington is looking good in camp. Finley is a top TE, but TE is deep. If it’s PPR I like Forsett, if not, I’d probably lean toward Finley.

  5. agarthered says:

    Yeah Doc, i’ve been saying Finley all offseason, just got a lil worried when I see forsett so highly ranked!


  6. Randy says:

    Anthony Gonzalez? Manning was targeting him last night. Any thoughts?

  7. Doc

    Doc says:

    @agarthered: He’s going to be a beast.

    @Randy: I like AGonz, but he’s also had a couple drops. Still too early to jump on the train.

  8. DSimms says:

    Hey Doc in some mocks i’ve done on yahoo (11 pick in a 12 team keeper not ppr) for my 3rd and 4th round its usually a pick between these backs for me: ronnie brown, beanie, jahvid best, knowshon, and j stew— also for some reason jamaal charles once in a while. What would your two picks be in a keeper league?

  9. Doc

    Doc says:

    @DSimms: Yeah, JC can fall to the third sometimes. Usually second. How many keepers? If it’s a good amount you need to think long term because there is a good chance you’ll be keeping these guys. If it’s one or two, you can get away with grabbing guys for this season and keeping someone else. I like Beanie and Best, if JC doesn’t fall.

  10. Dumbmutt says:

    Hiya I was wondering if I need to draft differently with these bonus points. I will let QB fall a bit leaning towards Cutler. Does having the TE at flex change anything too?

    Non PPR

    QB, WR, WR, RB, RB, TE, W/R/T, K, DEF, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN

    Passing : 25 yards per point; 2 points at 300 yards; 3 points at 350 yards; 4 points at 400 yards

    4 point TD -1 Int

    Rush/Receive : 10 yards per point; 2 points at 100 yards; 3 points at 150 yards; 4 points at 200 yards

    6 TD -1 Fumb

  11. Jim Parkey says:

    Doc, based on your last reply, just above, am I correct assuming you have little faith that Brown will make it through the season without injury?

    I’m having a tough time gauging the likelihood of a repeat injury here… tx

  12. LMack says:

    All Spiller No Filler.

  13. jsp2014 says:

    sorry if this is posted twice. thought i posted it last night but i don’t see it anywhere.

    i’m really torn regarding a keeper selection and would really appreciate any guidance.

    it’s a non-ppr league, and we start 2 RB and 3 WR. no flex.

    i’m definitely keeping Charles @4 years. i can keep Beanie @3 or [email protected] i think Beanie might be slightly better value, but i have a gut feeling that Nicks will be a stud. i also don’t know if i necessarily want to lock up 2 non-elite RBs long-term.

    any help would be very very very much appreciated. my brain says Beanie but my gut says Nicks. thanks!

  14. Calogero says:

    Picked at 11 of 12 and grabbed Greene and DeAngelo (Moss went 10 and Mathews and Rodgers went 12-13, breaking my heart). My next 2 picks were Brady and Forte. Obviously, I have no WR1. What should I do?

    My WR: Mike Wallace, Johnny Knox, Derrick Mason, Devin Thomas, Laurent Robinson

    I figure if Thomas or Robinson is looking beastly, I’ll hang onto them and see how they look, but otherwise I have a few WR2/Flex guys plus Mason and his secure 5-6 points per week.

    My other RB, depthwise, are Hardesty, Bernard Scott, Tashard Choice – some solid high-upside backups.

    My TE is JerMichael.

    Do I run a few weeks with Wallace and Knox and hope they both establish themselves as high-upside types or should I address my WR situation before the season starts? If so, should I dangle DeAngelo or Forte for a solid to good WR1?

  15. Slam says:

    Kellen Winslow is going to suck isn’t he?

    Got stuck with him, missed Zach Miller by one pick and needed somebody. I hate that I have a player from Tampa Bay.

    Who do you think would be a reasonable TE to get for LeSean McCoy? I have 6 rbs and the worst one is Michael Bush.

  16. Doc

    Doc says:

    @jsp2014: I’m on the Beanie train.

    @Calogero: I think you have to stick with who you have now. I don’t see any great moves you could make right now. I wouldn’t want any of your backup RBs starting right now.

    @Slam: I really wouldn’t break the bank for a TE. Winslow will be decent as long as he’s healthy. If he isn’t then I’d look to trade.

  17. jsp2014 says:

    @Doc: much appreciated. love the site btw. you’re a great counterpart to Grey and Rudy.

  18. Doc

    Doc says:

    @jsp2014: Appreciate it!

  19. Stumanji says:

    FYI, the link for Spiller’s TD run is done broke.

  20. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Stumanji: Thanks. Will update

  21. Matt says:

    I found your site only thing year and I have to say is fantastic. If you were to target Spiller, what round would you look to take him? I have teh 5th pick in a 10 team league that starts 2RB/2WR (no flex). I’m a Bills homer so I don’t want to over reach.


  22. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Matt: Thanks sir. I wouldn’t reach past the 6th round in a ten teamer. He could make it to the 7th, but 6th would be the safest. Higher than that I would let him go.

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