2012 Fantasy Football Offseason Stock - Week of July 16
Drew Brees, QB, Saints
Drew Brees' holdout is over. He signed a long-term deal with the Saints, so there will be no monetary distraction.
Matt Forte, RB, Bears
Matt Forte's holdout is over. He signed a long-term deal with the Bears, so there will be no monetary distraction.
Alex Green, RB, Packers
Alex Green is one of my favorite late-round sleepers. He's coming off a torn ACL, but that happened early enough in 2011 that it now appears that he'll be ready to play in the preseason. He was cutting in a practice a couple of weeks ago. Assuming he has no setbacks, he'll be ready to take over for James Starks if the injury-prone runner suffers another malady.
Brandon Lloyd, WR, Patriots
Brandon Lloyd and Tom Brady have reportedly really clicked during OTAs. This should hardly be a surprise because Lloyd had his best seasons under offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. With Wes Welker holding out, Lloyd could have a monster 2012 campaign.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch, as expected, is letting this new-found money go to his head. Lynch was arrested for a DUI Tuesday morning. This is not his first off-the-field incident, so he could be suspended. Either way, he should be avoided, as he will undoubtedly be fat and happy because of his new contract.
Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers
Doug Martin gets a stock up because he's drawn rave reviews from the coaching staff for his ability to pick up the blitz. This is extremely important, given that LeGarrette Blount struggled in this area. Martin should be on the field more often than Blount.
Santana Moss, WR, Redskins
Santana Moss has looked terrific at OTAs. He had a down year in 2011, but only because he was nursing a hand injury. He's now fully healthy and will be catching passes from a highly talented quarterback for the first time in his career. Moss should have a big season.
Ray Rice, RB, Ravens
Ray Rice's holdout is over. He signed a long-term deal with the Ravens, so there will be no monetary distraction.