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Saints&Ingram

12 Aug

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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Rice could return to stardom

24 Jul

Ray Rice on the rise in 2011: In 2009, Rice emerged into one of the most valuable running backs in fantasy football. He finished fourth in points (246.10) at his position and led countless owners to a championship. He saw his fantasy value drop a bit last season, however, scoring 32.5 fewer points while also being far less reliable — in fact, almost 30 percent of all his fantasy points came in just two games. But with the expected release of Willis McGahee, Rice’s stock could be back on the rise. The Baltimore Sun reports the team needs to save cap space, and cutting ties with McGahee is one way to help that cause. That means more work for Rice, especially near the goal line, and more value as a first-round option. If McGahee is released and the Raven’s don’t add another back, Jalen Parmele would be the front runner to become Rice’s main handcuff.
Hasselbeck could be a Titan: One of the more prominent free-agent quarterbacks on the market this summer is Matt Hasselbeck, and where he lands will help determine the value of several players. The most popular choice for his next destination might be Tennessee, where the Titans could use a veteran signal-caller to start and mentor rookie Jake Locker. In fact, Jim Wyatt of the Nashville Tennessean seems convinced that Hasselbeck will be wearing a Titans uniform in 2011. Wyatt also suggests that if Hasselbeck doesn’t land with the team, Donovan McNabb would be another option. Either way, fantasy owners should welcome the addition of either of these quarterbacks — someone has to throw the ball to troublesome (but talented) receiver Kenny Britt and super sleeper Jared Cook. It would also be nice to have some semblance of a pass attack to keep defenses from stacking the box to stop Chris Johnson. Let’s just hope CJ2K’s expected holdout doesn’t last too long…
Will Sidney Rice be a bust?: Clearly, Rice will be one of the most coveted wide receivers on the free-agent market once player movement is allowed. But is he a lock to make a major impact, both on the field and in fantasy land? Remember, Rice has had knee issues in the past and also missed most of the 2010 campaign while recovering from hip surgery. While he will be back at 100 percent this season and possesses a ton of upside, Rice has only had one truly productive season at the NFL level — that came in 2009 with Brett Favre under center. In 20 career games in which Favre wasn’t with the Vikings or didn’t play the majority of the team’s snaps, Rice has averaged 2.9 receptions for 37 yards. Those are ugly numbers. So if Rice stays with the Vikings and has Christian Ponder throwing him the football, he becomes an instant bust candidate. But if he winds up with the Bears and is catching passes from Jay Cutler, for example, Rice will be a much more attractive choice.

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