2012 Fantasy Football Offseason Stock - Week of Aug. 27
Rashad Jennings, RB, Jaguars
So much for Adam Schefter's report that Maurice Jones-Drew's holdout will last into the season. Rashad Jennings' ADP will plummet, but that's a good thing because it'll allow you to pick him up in the 10th round or so. Jones-Drew is bound to get hurt because players who hold out usually struggle with performance and/or durability.
Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jaguars
Maurice Jones-Drew has concluded his holdout. He needs to learn the playbook, but should be ready to start in Week 3 or so. The problem is that players who hold out have a very dubious history with both performance and durability. People will be drafting Jones-Drew early, so you'll want to avoid him.
Roy Helu, RB, Redskins
With Tim Hightower gone, Roy Helu will have command of all third-down duties, making him a solid, late-round flier in PPR formats. Don't expect him to be an every-down ball-carrier though, as Mike Shanahan doesn't have confidence in his durability.
Tim Hightower, RB, Redskins
Tim Hightower's knee didn't respond well to the brief workload he shouldered in the third preseason game, so Mike Shanahan decided to give up on him. Hightower was released Friday.
Alfred Morris, RB, Redskins
Tim Hightower of Oldtown is gone. I feel like Alfred Morris was already the favorite for early-down work because Mike Shanahan held him out of the preseason finale, but Shanahan is very difficult to predict.
Kenny Britt, WR, Titans
Roger Goodell has apparently gone soft because Kenny Britt somehow received just a one-game ban. This is obviously good news for him, though his shaky knees remain a concern.
Isaiah Pead, RB, Rams
Isaiah Pead is no longer the clear-cut No. 2 running back behind Steven Jackson. He's sharing that honor with seventh-round rookie Daryl Richardson. Pead has struggled with blocking and ball security, while Richardson has been the more impressive runner overall.
Daniel Thomas, RB, Dolphins
Daniel Thomas apparently is in Joe Philbin's doghouse, per Hard Knocks. Good. I never liked Thomas anyway. He's a crappy, backup running back in an offense that could easily put up the fewest points in the NFL this year.
Cedric Benson, RB, Packers
Mike McCarthy told the media that James Starks' turf toe isn't healing. At this point, it really doesn't matter. Starks has lost his job to Cedric Benson, whom the coaching staff has raved about. Benson is in terrific shape and wants to prove to everyone that he can still play really well. He's a fantastic RB2 option who should be there in Round 5.
Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Steelers
Emmanuel Sanders is no longer draftable in the wake of Mike Wallace's holdout coming to an end.
Mike Wallace, WR, Steelers
Mike Wallace has finally reported to the Steelers. While this is good news, it's very unlikely that he'll be a big producer this year. Not only is Wallace way behind in learning Todd Haley's playbook; he's also at risk of being yet another holdout who has a bad year because of missed time.