Saturday, August 15, 2009
Preseason injury news and more...
Bump Ahmad Bradshaw up further on your RB draft board. Now that promising rookie Andre Brown has gone down with a torn Achilles, it's smooth sailing for the speedy Bradshaw to capture virtually all of Derrick Ward's carries behind Brandon Jacobs. Mark my words: Bradshaw will single-handedly win some fantasy matchups for his owners this season.
The incomparable Steve Smith is back on the field just days after bruising his shoulder in a scary practice collision. Don't worry if he doesn't play in the first couple of preseason games -- he hardly needs the practice -- he'll be ready by Week 1.
Brandon Marshall averted a serious threat to his '09 fantasy production (not to mention other off-field issues) when he was found not-guilty of misdemeanor assault. So, no suspension looms from the Commish. Now he just needs to get his hip and hamstring back to 100%, and start building a rapport with his new QB, Kyle Orton. I still prefer Eddie Royal among Bronco WRs.
A hamstring injury prompted Bernard Berrian to be carted off the field in the Vikings' preseason opener. It's too early to tell, but this could be a real problem for the team's WR1. We'll watch this one closely, but if you're drafting this week, you may want to let someone else take him.