Sunday, August 9, 2009

Roddy White flips over new contract; Avery hurt; other updates

Good news out of Atlanta, as Roddy White has ended his escalating holdout and is now back with Matt Ryan and Co. It was getting to be desperation time in Atlanta, after Harry Douglas was lost for the season earlier in the week.

White will reportedly be the second-highest paid WR in the game after signing a $50 million contract, trailing only Larry Fitzgerald. He'll be an excellent WR1 for any fantasy team, though his targets are expected to decrease a tad due to the presence of Tony Gonzalez.

Meanwhile, around the league...

Donnie Avery, the only sure starting WR in St. Louis, will reportedly be sidelined for 4-6 weeks due to a foot injury sustained in a Friday scrimmage. The second year speedster is too young to miss the entire preseason without suffering from the lack of preparation. His value will plummet with this news.

As I warned weeks ago, Brandon Marshall may be too hot to handle for fantasy owners this year. He is a certifiable head case, he's still dealing with a hip injury, and he's barely taken the time to meet new QB Kyle Orton. He has been AWOL from practice for a week, and there's no telling when he'll report back. Unless he gets his act together quickly, we will advise letting him be someone else's problem.

Willie Parker is dealing with back spasms. This is not what you want to see out of the oft-injured Fast Willie in the preseason.

DeSean Jackson hyperextended his knee in Saturday's practice and was taken to the locker room as a precaution. But all reports are that the injury is minor and won't cost the second-year dynamo much practice time.

DeAngelo Williams tweaked his toe in practice. He hobbled off the field and was treated, then said later it was "nothing major." That's fine for now, but if he continues to favor it, we'll start to worry that he may have a case of turf toe, which can be debilitating to runners.

Packers TE Jermichael Finley is turning heads this offseason and appears well-positioned to supplant Donald Lee as the team's starter before long. In that high-octane offense, the TE can rack up points quickly.

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