2012 Fantasy Football Offseason Stock - Week of June 4
Ronnie Brown, RB, Chargers
Ronnie Brown signed with the Chargers on Friday. He had absolutely nothing left in the tank last season, but he's a fantasy factor now because he'll get touches if Ryan Mathews is out of the lineup. It's possible that Mathews could have a big 2012 campaign - a popular, but contrarian fantasy Web site is touting him ceaselessly - but he will probably suffer some sort of injury because he's so brittle. Brown is a decent, late-round handcuff.
Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys
Dez Bryant had issues with conditioning last season, almost always disappearing in the second half of games. Enjoying his first full offseason as a pro, Bryant is in terrific shape and has emerged as a leader for the Cowboys. Bryant's the favorite to have the better fantasy numbers over Miles Austin-Jones, but it'll be close.
Roy Helu, RB, Redskins
Coming off a torn ACL, Tim Hightower hasn't been cleared to practice yet. This is terrific news for Roy Helu, who may not have to share too many touches with Hightower after all.
Santonio Holmes, WR, Jets
As Emmitt Smith once said, "you can't change the stripes of a leopard." Santonio Holmes had what ESPN New York called a "mini-meltdown" in Thursday's practice, walking off the field because he didn't like how hard the coaches were pushing him. He then yelled at the receivers coach. Holmes is a bum; all of this talk about working harder this offseason was a farce. Avoid him until further notice.
DeVier Posey, WR, Texans
DeVier Posey is having a poor showing at OTAs, which was predictable, given his off-the-field issues. He's behind Lester Jean and even fourth-round pick Keshawn Martin at the very moment. Don't bother with him.
C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills
Those who believe C.J. Spiller is a legitimate threat to steal half of Fred Jackson's workload got some validation last week, as Chan Gailey raved about Spiller's improved blocking. Jackson will still be the No. 1 back, but it appears as though Spiller will definitely eat into his touches.
Justin Blackmon, WR, Jaguars
Justin Blackmon is an idiot. He was arrested for an alleged DUI, reportedly blowing a .26. He could be suspended for one or two games. If Blaine Gabbert wasn't enough to keep you away from Blackmon, maybe this will.
Lestar Jean, WR, Texans
Lester Jean has been the talk of the Houston OTAs. He's been extremely impressive, both mentally and physically. He's learned every position, and the Texans apparently believe that he can unseat Kevin Walter as the No. 2 wideout. Receivers coach Larry Kirksey went on to compare Jean to Jerry Rice and Terrell Owens. It's worth noting that all three happened to go to smaller schools.
Greg Little, WR, Browns
Brandon Weeden compared Greg Little to Justin Blackmon, minus the DUI, of course. Little, Cleveland's No. 1 receiver, reported to OTAs in fantastic shape. He came into the league with good athleticism, and now it seems like he's taking football seriously. Try to get Little on your roster in the late rounds.
Hakeem Nicks, WR, Giants
Hakeem Nicks fractured his foot in OTAs. It was initially thought to be a 12-week injury, but Adam Schefter reported a few days ago that Nicks will be out only 4-6 weeks. There's no need to downgrade him much.
Titus Young, WR, Lions
Titus Young made headlines for punching safety Louis Delmas and getting thrown out for OTAs. Well, he's back, and he's been the star on offense, catching every ball in sight. With Calvin Johnson destined to suffer from the Madden Curse, Young will be a huge part of Detroit's aerial attack this year.
@Black&Gold Problem is that you see Eli and Cobi as solid backups. Truth is that Eli is number 2 and Cobi is our number 3. They aren't backups, but starters. So what you're saying is that we have no true number 2, but see no need in drafting a receiver? What D line depth are you thinking? DE or NT? Have you seen what LT Walton has done? Remember he's only in his second year.
@Steelr Fan 3:16 Coates was supposed to be plan B at number 2 with the uncertainty of Bryant. You make the case that he's a one trick pony and not a 50 catch per season wide-out, so does that scream out as a option for number 2? What gives you hope about Green? I hope he does end up staying on the field, but so far in his career he hasn't be able to do that. I like James, but if he goes down you trust Grimble? He can't block, and hasn't been reliable in the pass game. He did mess his ribs up with a nice touchdown reception a few weeks ago. That still doesn't mean he can pick up and be an impact if James would not be able to go. We have 7 picks in this draft. The first I hope goes OLB. We are good at CB with Burnes and @[email protected] will be challenged hopefully by Golson. Loser of the battle would be a good slot corner. Golson lacks length so they may throw him in the slot role anyways. LT Walton has been more than solid at DE. If Heyward or Tuitt can't go a few weeks during the season then I have faith in LT to get the job done. I like Chickillo and Moates at OLB. They have started and played solid. Williams and Dirty Red at backup ILB is good depth that any team would love. Safety we have Golden and Dangerfield. Both have started any didn't miss a beat. Offensive line? Yeah, we're good there. You say we're good at tight end and WR, so with or final 6 picks we're going what exactly? A RB would be nice with Williams age. A backup that won't see the field unless God forbid Bell gets hurt is a wasted pick anywhere in the top 4 rounds. Maybe 5th would be suffice. That's 2 picks gone and 5 to go. A backup QB of the future would be nice. Four to go. A special teamed lol? Warren, Boswell, and Berry are really good.