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.
Rasul Douglas is an interesting pick for the Eagles. He was a ballhawk last year with eight interceptions, to tie for the lead in the nation. He is a big press man corner. He has issues in zone and off man, but Douglas could develop into a starter.
Chad Williams is a speed threat receiver for Arizona. It is a nice fit in the Cardinals with Larry Fitzgerald aging, Michael Floyd released, and John Brown in the last year of his contract. Williams was impressive at the Senior Bowl with speed to challenge cornerbacks.