Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Edge is back, and more

Edgerrin James is a Seahawk.

That sound you're hearing is the pounding of feet hitting the ground as (other) fantasy pundits and countless owners leap off Julius Jones' rickety bandwagon. As stated here this weekend, you'd be wise to ignore those trumpeting the sleeper potential of various Seattle players, due mostly to the serious injury issues plaguing their offensive line.

Not to mention Julius just isn't a consistent fantasy performer to begin with, and TJ Duckett is (now was) poised to poach his goal-line carries. That's right...in comes Edge, out goes "the other TJ in Seattle."

Edge is unlikely to crack my Top 50 RB rankings in next week's update, but you can be sure that Julius' stock will drop even further. Stay away, Fools!

In other news...

Shaun Hill has won the competition for the starting QB gig in San Fran. He's a borderline sleeper who could benefit from a fairly soft schedule. I don't recommend counting on him as your sole backup, but I wouldn't be shocked if he managed to evolve into a decent bye-week fill-in. He throws an ugly pass, but he appears to be a playmaker.

Oh yeah, JaMarcus Russell was also officially named a starter. Zzzzzzz

And Derek Anderson hasn't relinquished the starting gig to Brady Quinn in Cleveland. Yet.

Samkon Gado appears to be the best handcuff for those drafting Steven Jackson, but you can probably take your chances on draft night and let him wait on waivers.

Donnie Avery continues to make steady progress in rehabbing his broken foot, and could even be back on the field in Week 1. He's definitely worth drafting in the middle or late rounds, since he's the only viable WR on the Rams' current roster.

Pierre Thomas is day-to-day with a sprained MCL. Meanwhile, Mike Bell has made the most of his preseason opportunities, so expect to see a lot of him over the last two games. Reggie Bush is expected to make his '09 debut this weekend as well. Thomas will be rested until Week 1 as a precaution, and for now does not seem to be in jeopardy of missing any real playing time. But...if Bell continues to excel, he might just work his way into a 3-headed RBBC, which would not be welcome news to those, like me, looking at spending a 3rd round pick on Thomas.

As if landing in Tennessee wasn't enough to sour you on Nate Washington's prospects, the speedy wideout is now dealing with a bum hammy. Rookie Kenny Britt has been encroaching on his starting role, too. The moral of this story? Let someone else waste a draft pick on Washington. There may not be a worse place to play WR than Tennessee.

Calvin Johnson is back at practice without the protective cast on his thumb. Megatron should be one of the first 4-5 WRs taken in every draft.

Just a few weeks after Eli Manning signed the richest contract in NFL QB history, Philip Rivers cashed in on his own mega-deal. Rivers can only wish their deals had been tied to their respective fantasy production, as his payday would be triple the size of Eli's.

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