Ingram to be “heavily involved”: Mark Ingram is already making an impression at Saints training camp. In fact, Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune tweeted that the rookie will be very much involved in the offense right out of the gate. Ingram figures to see plenty of early-down work for coach Sean Payton, and I also think he’ll be the favorite for goal-line carries, which just adds to his draft value. While the backfield is a bit crowded with Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles in the mix, Ingram still has middle-round value as a No. 2 or 3 fantasy runner. He will no doubt be the first player taken in many dynasty leagues.
Edwards signs with the Niners: Braylon Edwards hasn’t exactly been a reliable fantasy wide receiver and, in fact, has been mediocre at best outside of his breakout season of 2007. Edwards isn’t likely to re-gain his once elite status with the 49ers – he’ll be more of a No. 4 fantasy option in most formats. But what does his signing mean for Michael Crabtree? Crabtree will miss his third straight preseason with a foot injury, and it’s hard not to think the addition of Edwards could be tied to that situation. Despite his potential, it’s tough to take a chance on Crabtree as anything more than a late-round, risk-reward selection.
McFadden to miss two weeks: Vittorio Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Darren McFadden is out two weeks with a fractured orbital bone in his eye. The ailment won’t endanger his status for Week 1, but it is a reminder of McFadden’s frequent injury history. Barring a setback, I still see him as a middle- to late first-round choice. After all, he has an intimate knowledge of coach Hue Jackson’s system and has major statistical potential as the team’s offensive centerpiece. If you do land Run DMC, though, it’s a good idea to grab Michael Bush in the middle to late rounds as insurance.
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