2012 Fantasy Football Offseason Stock - Week of Aug. 13
Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs
Dwayne Bowe has signed his franchise tender, concluding his holdout. Bowe is still at risk to have a down season because he has missed so much training camp time, but there's a better chance now that he'll have a solid campaign.
Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Steelers
Rashard Mendenhall has been activated off the PUP. He's still not expected to suit up in September, but it's looking like he'll be available sooner than previously anticipated. He's once again worth a late-round flier.
Isaac Redman, RB, Steelers
And another running back bites the dust. Isaac Redman has suffered multiple injuries, prompting the Steelers to prematurely activate Rashard Mendenhall off the PUP list. This means they could push Mendenhall to return sooner than anticipated. Redman's stock obviously takes a major hit in the wake of this news.
Jahvid Best, RB, Lions
Adam Schefter is reporting that Jahvid Best is likely to open the season on the PUP list, meaning he won't be eligible to play in the first six weeks of the season. This is obviously a devastating blow to his draft stock, making him nothing more than a late-round flier.
Santonio Holmes, WR, Jets
Surprise, surprise, Santonio Holmes has suffered yet another injury. This time it's his back. Holmes reported to OTAs and training camp out of shape and is getting banged up because of it. Stay away from him in your fantasy draft.
Kevin Smith, RB, Lions
Jahvid Best is likely to open the season on the PUP list, per Adam Schefter. Mikel Leshoure, coming off an injury of his own, has been suspended for two games. Kevin Smith, who looked great in the exhibition opener versus Cleveland, will start for Detroit.
Jason Witten, TE, Cowboys
Jason Witten is out for the rest of the preseason and his status for the opener is now in doubt because of internal injuries he suffered during a tackle from Rolando McClain in the preseason opener. I'm only dropping Witten a little bit because he'll likely be back in Week 2 or 3.
Roy Helu, RB, Redskins
It's looking like Roy Helu will miss this week's preseason game with Achilles' tendinitis. This is definitely not helping Helu, who was already deemed too brittle to handle a full workload by his coaching staff. It appears as though Evan Royster will be the Redskins' starting running back this year.
Ronnie Hillman, RB, Broncos
Ronnie Hillman re-injured his hamstring Tuesday. Hillman has already missed a week and a half with the same problem, so it's now tough to imagine him challenging for much playing time early in the season, especially considering how John Fox hates using rookies. Don't draft Hillman until the final couple of rounds, if at all.
Evan Royster, RB, Redskins
Evan Royster will once again draw the start for the Redskins this weekend, as Roy Helu will likely be out with Achilles' tendinitis. Mike Shanahan doesn't think Helu can handle a full workload, so this will further convince him that he's right. Royster is the overwhelming favorite to be the starting running back.
Cedric Benson, RB, Bengals
The Packers signed Cedric Benson. He's not any good, but he's the favorite to handle all of the early-down work. At best, he's an RB3 in non-PPR leagues, but at least he's back in the NFL.
Alex Green, RB, Packers
Green Bay added Cedric Benson to the roster, so the front office clearly doesn't have any confidence in Alex Green's ability to handle the early-down work. He'll be relegated to third-down duties.
James Starks, RB, Packers
James Starks really struggled in the Packers' preseason opener. He also has turf toe. All of this prompted Green Bay to acquire Cedric Benson, which means Starks is no longer draftable in any format.
@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.