2012 Fantasy Football Offseason Stock - Week of June 11
Brian Hartline, WR, Dolphins
Chad Ochocinco was signed Monday night, so Brian Hartline will probably not be the No. 1 receiver this year. There is some belief that Hartline is injured as well. He's now irrelevant in the fantasy realm unless Ochocinco is a final cut - which is a very realistic possibility.
Stephen Hill, WR, Jets
Stephen Hill has missed practice time the past two weeks with hamstring issues. Hamstring injuries tend to linger, so while it wouldn't necessarily matter for a veteran dealing with these problems in June, Hill will miss valuable practice time as a rookie.
Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jaguars
Bad news regarding Maurice Jones-Drew - the Florida Times-Union has reported that he will not attend mandatory minicamp and that he may extend his hold out into the regular season. Jones-Drew understandably wants more money given that he was the team's only productive offensive player last year, but inept general manager Gene Smith told the media that he isn't budging. This could get really ugly.
Chad Ochocinco, WR, Dolphins
The only reason Chad Ochocinco is getting a stock up is because he's on an NFL team. He won't contribute much this year. He couldn't get open with the Patriots, so he no longer can use his talent to compensate for his inability to learn an NFL offense. This signing was purely a publicity stunt; it's very possible that HBO is paying some of his salary (indirectly, of course) to increase Hard Knocks ratings. It's no lock that Ochocinco will be on the final roster, so don't bother drafting him. Let someone else waste their pick.