Saturday, September 5, 2009

Preseason's over, bring on the real deal!

Fortunately, nobody of fantasy relevance was injured in the final three games of the preseason played on Friday night. So now we sit and wait...and wait...and wait...for the Thursday night opener.


Looks like MJD's leg will be fine. No problems emerged from the MRI, so while he may be a bit sore, there's no reason to think he won't play -- and play well -- in the Jags' opener next weekend.

Pierre Thomas is another story. He was quoted as deeming himself "questionable" for Week 1 and said his injured knee is currently at "65 percent." Normally players are overly optimistic about their chances of playing, so this can't be viewed as anything but a major concern for Thomas' owners. If you haven't yet drafted, you need to factor in the very real possibility of Thomas not suiting up in Week 1 (or being a dreaded game-time decision who could end up playing sparingly). That's a shame, because the Saints play the Lions in Week 1. Don't forget that Mike Bell is also squarely in the backfield picture, with a good chance of poaching goal-line carries even when Thomas is healthy. I wouldn't call Thomas undraftable now (we've seen how explosive he can be when given the opportunity, and it's a long season), but I would probably take my chances letting him slide past the 3rd round and grab him if he's still there in the 4th.

Bears RB Kevin Jones is out for the season after tearing a ligament in his ankle the other night. Don't be surprised if Chicago brings in a veteran backup, since Garrett Wolfe and "the other Adrian Peterson" are not considered adequate reserves in case Matt Forte goes down. Deuce McAllister, perhaps?

Chris Henry is now 4 for 4 in the preseason: 4 games, 4 TD catches. How he could still be flying under the radar is beyond me. If you don't grab him by the 9th round, you probably won't get another chance.

Michael Crabtree still hasn't signed. Amazing...

Steven Hauschka is the new K for the Ravens. Don't worry...nobody outside Baltimore has heard of him either. But he just might be a decent fantasy performer if the Ravens offense kicks it up a notch under Joe Flacco's leadership.

If you had been eyeing Matt Bryant as your kicker, you should know he's been cut by the Bucs. He was out-played by Mike Nugent, and couldn't get healthy in time to effectively compete for his job. Nugent is a borderline fantasy K.

A few other semi-interesting releases: Dominic Rhodes (Bills), Leonard Pope (Cards), Ronald Curry (Rams), Antonio Pittman (Rams, leaving Samkon Gado as S-Jax's handcuff), and David Tyree (Giants Super Bowl hero).

Jamal Lewis is still employed by the of this writing.

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