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Bills head coach Chan Gailey confirmed this week that running back
Fred Jackson will be limited early in the season due to the fractured
hand he suffered. Jackson was already dropping down draft boards
but this news, coupled with the solid performance of C.J. Spiller
and Marshawn Lynch’s continued presence on the team’s
roster, should put him in freefall.
James Hardy might be on his way out of Buffalo. The 2008 2nd
round pick has been an absolute bust and Bills management may
have seen enough of him. With Roscoe Parrish and Steve Johnson
looking solid and rookie free agent David Nelson impressing, Hardy
is in danger of being cut unless the Bills keep six wide receivers
on the roster. Update: Hardy was indeed released.
Key Cuts: WR James
Hardy, WR Chad Jackson, RB Chad
Simpson, RB Joique Bell, TE Derek
More problems for the Dolphins on the offensive line with guard
Nate Garner being placed on injured reserve. With Garner out and
Vernon Carey nursing an injury, the odds of the once vaunted Dolphins
rushing attack struggling out of the gate are increasing. After
three preseason games, the Dolphins were averaging less than 60
rushing yards per game with Ronnie Brown averaging 2.0 yards per
carry and Ricky Williams at 3.2 per carry.
The release of TE David Martin makes John Nalbone the backup
to Anthony Fasano and the release of Pat White signals Tyler Thigpen
has secured the backup QB job.
Key Cuts: QB Pat
White, WR Patrick
New York Jets
Despite not having Santonio Holmes for the first four weeks of the
season, it appears the Jets may part ways with David Clowney. Despite
having good speed, Clowney hasn’t been productive as a Jet
and might get bounced off the roster. The Jets seem keen on keeping
Larry Taylor due to his special teams ability including on returns
and they like Danny Woodhead for his versatility on offense. WR
Laveranues Coles was released earlier in the week. There’s
speculation he may be brought back after Week 1 at a lesser salary.
Key Cuts: N/A
There was lots of chatter that the Patriots would part ways with
Maroney. However, that always seemed unlikely if you peruse
the team’s depth chart at running back. Maroney is competing for
playing time with a trio of veterans in their thirties (Sammy Morris
– 33, Fred
Taylor – 34, Kevin
Faulk – 34) and young journeyman BenJarvis Green-Ellis. While
Maroney’s release wouldn’t be totally shocking, it would’ve certainly
qualified as a surprise given the team’s other options.
The once barren depth chart at tight end appears replenished
given the preseason performances of Alge Crumpler and rookies
Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. There is even talk of the
Patriots actually utilizing the tight end in the passing game.
However, good luck to anybody figuring out which player gets the
targets on a week-to-week basis.
Key Cuts: WR Sam Aiken, QB Zac Robinson
The Broncos paired down their wide receiving options by placing
veteran Brandon Stokley on IR with a groin injury. Stokley missed
the last three weeks of the preseason and at 34, may have played
his last down in the league.
Four running backs were kept on the roster (Moreno, Buckhalter,
Ball, and Hall). Knowshon Moreno, the projected Week 1 starter,
still isn’t completely healed from a hamstring injury suffered
August 1st. Backup Correll Buckhalter is coming off a back injury
and LenDale White was placed on IR with a torn Achilles. Moreno
projects to be the prime fantasy back but this situation is ripe
Key Cuts: WR Brandon
Stokley (IR), TE Marquez
The Chiefs left their starters in a little longer than normal in
the fourth preseason game, typically devoted for roster casualties,
in order to get a winning taste in their mouths. They were successful
in defeating Green Bay 17-13 for their first preseason win since
WR Jerheme Urban was placed on IR giving undrafted rookie Jeremy
Horne a place on the final roster. Could the release of QB Tyler
Palko signal a signing the Matt Leinart? KC is in need of a third
quarterback given the injury history of Brodie Croyle and head
coach Todd Haley is familiar with Leinart from his days as offensive
coordinator in Arizona.
Key Cuts: QB Tyler Palko, RB Javarris Williams
Michael Bush’s fantasy value took a hit as it appears he may
be out several weeks with a thumb injury. Bush has said it's a 'Bennett
fracture,' on his Twitter account, which usually comes with a 4-6
week recovery time. Screws have been inserted into his thumb to
stabilize the fracture. Darren McFadden will be the Raiders starting
running back with Michael Bennett filling a relief role.
Chaz Schilens has been hit by the injury bug again. Knee surgery
has put him on the shelf for 3-6 weeks leaving Louis Murphy as
the teams only fantasy receiver worth drafting.
Key Cuts: WR Todd Watkins, QB Colt Brennan, TE John Owens
Don’t be shocked if newly acquired Patrick Crayton vaults
into a starting role by mid-season. Legedu Naanee and Buster Davis
have yet to prove themselves on a consistent basis and Crayton could
prove to be an excellent compliment to Floyd as a possession receiver.
No news on the Vincent Jackson front. Speculation of a trade
has yet to come to fruition and he’s still in line to server
a three-game suspension for violating the leagues personal conduct
policy. Seattle was given permission to talk with Jackson’s
agent but no deal has been struck and rumours are circulating
the Rams have mild interest.
Key Cuts: RB Marcus Mason, WR Josh Reed
The release of QB Troy Smith makes veteran Marc Bulger the backup
to Joe Flacco and WR Mark Clayton’s spot as the No. 3 wideout
is secure with the release of Demetrius Williams. "We've gone
with two quarterbacks before," Ravens general manager Ozzie
Newsome said. Williams, a fourth-round pick in 2006, never lived
up to expectations and couldn’t shake the injury bug.
K Billy Cundiff has won the starting kicking job. "He won
a great competition, and he earned this spot," Harbaugh said.
"We've talked about this the entire preseason: Both Billy
and Shayne rose to the occasion and performed at high levels.
We know Shayne will kick in the league, but we feel very good
about the decision to go with Billy." Shayne Graham has been
Key Cuts: QB Troy
Smith, K Shayne
Graham, WR Demetrius
There weren’t too many surprises on the Bengals cut list
as veteran Matt Jones never really fit in the wide receiver rotation
and TE Chase Coffman couldn’t stay healthy enough to make
the active roster a year ago. Despite his injury concerns, expect
Coffman to land on the Bengals practice squad.
The Bengals have cut backup QB J.T. O’Sullivan and with
Jordan Palmer the only other QB on the roster a veteran signing
is almost sure to happen so it’s no surprise that the Bengals
may be one of five teams in the market for QB Matt Leinart. Houston,
Buffalo, New Orleans and Jacksonville are reportedly interested
Key Cuts: QB J.T. O’Sullivan,
Rayner, TE Chase
Coffman, WR Maurice Purify, WR Dezmon
Running back James Davis was on the roster bubble until fellow
running back Montario Hardesty suffered a season-ending knee injury
on Thursday. Davis has made the team but will fall in line behind
Jerome Harrison and Peyton Hillis. Davis a typical change-of-pace
back and will only see significant time if Harrison is sidelined
with an injury of his own.
Key Cuts: WR Bobby Engram, RB Chris Jennings, QB Brett Ratliff
Shakeup at the QB position this week as Byron Leftwich (knee)
came up lame with a sprained knee and will miss a month. This
keeps Charlie Batch on the roster with both Batch and Dixon battling
for the starting job Week 1. The latest word has the Steelers
considering making Charlie Batch their opening-day starter. On
the positive, Ben Roethlisberger had his suspension reduced to
four games. Roethlisberger can return Week 6 (Steelers have a
bye Week 5) and should help the fantasy value of Hines Ward, Mike
Wallace, and Heath Miller at that time.
Rookie RB Jonathan Dwyer made the team with a strong finish in
camp. "I agree with Coach that I haven't done anything yet.
I still have a lot of stuff to prove. I still have things I want
to prove. I'm real hard on myself and just want to be as perfect
as I can. I'm willing to go out there and play as hard as I can
and give my best effort."
Key Cuts: WR Stefan Logan, FB Frank Summers
A fantasy relevant kicking battle was decided this week in Houston
where Neil Rackers won the starting job over Kris Brown. The length
of Rackers’ kickoffs may have been the deciding factor,
but Brown is suffering from plantar fasciitis in his right foot,
which likely made the decision somewhat easier.
The recently released RB Derrick Ward has found a new home in
Houston but don’t expect him to make any kind fantasy impact.
Ward, signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent last year but was
waived by the Buccaneers last week. “We hope Derrick can
run like he did when he was a very productive player with the
Giants,” Kubiak said. “He’s run a lot of zone
plays like we run. He’s also played some special teams.”
Key Cuts: RB Chris
Henry, K Kris
Brown, QB John
David Booty, TE Derek
Fine, WR Andre Davis (IR)
There were few surprises on the Colts final roster with even less
fantasy impact. Local favorite Devin Moore secured the kick return
job while Gjorn Robinson passed the test as the backup tight end.
Nothing to see here…
Key Cuts: N/A
Mike Thomas has won the No. 2 wide receiver job opposite Mike
Sims-Walker while former first-round pick Troy Williamson got
the axe. Williamson has been plagued by drops and this pink slip
could spell the end of his career.
Key Cuts: RB Kolby
Smith, TE Ernest
Wilford, WR Troy
Undrafted rookie LeGarrette Blount beat out Sam Gado for a backup
running back spot as Gado was released on Saturday. “They
chose to go in another direction,’’ Gado said Saturday.
“They didn't tell me why. I wasn’t told much, really.
They just told me they were glad to have me and they were going
to go in a different direction. But that is kind of the nature
of the beast.” Blunt turned in a good preseason with 31
carries for 118 yards and 2 TDs.
It appears Kenny Britt’s spot on the roster is safe but
pay attention to the fact that head coach Jeff Fisher isn’t
pleased with his contribution to the team. "That is part
of the learning process," Fisher said Friday. "If I
suspect there’s issues he is not part of the (45-man roster
on game days). If his mind is clear and he is focused and is ready
to play, he is potentially a really good player. But if I suspect
there would be a problem, we have other receivers I’ll play
instead of Kenny." Britt seemed to lose focus in the preseason
game against New Orleans, committing a penalty and dropping two
Key Cuts: QB Chris Simms, RB Sam Gado, WR Paul Williams, WR Dominique
Edison, RB Alvin Pearman, TE Sean Ryan
I wasn’t sold on Matt Leinart at quarterback and it appears
the Cardinals aren’t either. The former USC phenom was unceremoniously
benched this week in favour of Browns retread Derek Anderson,
and eventually released - hardly a ringing endorsement for Leinart’s
career prospects. It’s one thing to be dumped in favour
of future Hall of Famer Kurt Warner; quite another for a former
sixth-round pick who has been released twice during a five year
career. Leinart lashed out publicly after the demotion and that
surely won’t help him earn a job elsewhere.
As for Anderson, he is the quintessential hot and cold quarterback,
capable of dynamic plays and inexcusable decisions on the same
drive. At some point, Anderson figures to slump badly enough for
head coach Ken Whisenhunt to turn the keys of the offense back
over to… Max Hall???? For fantasy purposes, don’t
be bothered with Anderson and drop Larry Fitzgerald down a couple
of spots on your wide receiver rankings.
Looking for the ultimate ultra deep sleeper? Look no further
than rookie free agent wide receiver Stephen Williams. The University
of Toledo product went undrafted despite being the university’s
all time leader in receptions and receiving yards. At 6’5”,
Williams has excellent size and his speed is decent, although
he isn’t considered a burner. With Steve Breaston perhaps
best suited to a secondary role and Early Doucet struggling for
much of his two-year career, Williams has a shot at earning some
playing time in 2010.
Key Cuts: QB Matt
Leinart, TE Anthony
With Donnie Avery out for the year with a torn ACL, the race is
on for the starting spot opposite Laurent Robinson. Danny Amendola
has had an outstanding training camp but is best suited to line
up in the slot. Disappointing fourth-round pick Mardy Gilyard
is also best suited to the slot but has dropped too many passes
to warrant much playing time early in the season. Brandon Gibson,
who had a solid rookie season after coming over from the Eagles
in a trade, has been out for much of the preseason with a hamstring
injury. Keenan Burton is also in the mix but he has been injury
prone during his two years with the team. Look for Gibson to be
in the teams starting line-up on opening day if for the only reason
that he is the player best suited for the role.
Rookie tight end Michael Hoomanawanui has been impressive in
the preseason and may have wrestled the starting spot away from
incumbent Daniel Fells. While the team like Fells’ athleticism
and he has above average speed for the position, he has been inconsistent
and tends to drop too many passes. Hoomanawanui might be a decent
option in deep keeper leagues.
It’s all but a given that the Rams will turn to waiver wire
to acquire a running back capable of backing up Steven Jackson.
With Kenneth Darby, Chris Ogbonnaya and Keith Toston not impressing,
it appears that Jackson’s handcuff is not currently on the
Key Cuts: N/A
Nothing like a good screaming match to make the end of the preseason
a little entertaining. The team’s top two targets in the
passing game, tight end Vernon Davis and second-year receiver
Michael Crabtree, went at it verbally in practice this week. Head
coach Mike Singletary explained afterwards that Davis, whom he
described as not the most diplomatic player on the team, “did
the right thing the wrong way.” Since Davis is a team captain,
the implication was clearly that he was on Crabtree regarding
his effort and/or attitude. Since Crabtree’s ascension may
impact Davis’ use, we’re sure there’s no professional
jealousy involved here, right?
Don’t expect much from recently signed running back Brian
Westbrook early in the season. Westbrook signed with the team
part of the way through training camp and has missed time with
a hamstring injury. While Westbrook is clearly an intelligent
player capable of quickly learning the playbook, his conditioning
will likely be a question mark entering the season.
Key Cuts: WR Jason Hill, RB Michael Robinson
Forsett has garnered a fair amount of sleeper/bust out attention
at running back but he has yet to win the starting position outright
ahead of Julius
Jones and Leon
Washington although late word has the Seahawks releasing the
veteran Jones. Forsett remains the front-runner but hasn’t done
enough to warrant getting the bulk of the playing time at the
position. At this point, it appears the Seahawks will use a committee
approach at running back. Considering the Seahawks are expected
to struggle on offense in 2010, that severely limits the upside
of any of Seattle’s running backs.
Supposed quarterback of the future Charlie Whitehurst has hardly
excelled in the preseason, barely holding off Bills castoff J.P.
Losman. While there was initially some thought that Whitehurst
could be inserted into the starting line-up if the Seahawks struggled
as expected, that now seems to be a remote possibility given his
struggles. Matt Hasselbeck owners (hopefully there aren’t
many of you out there) can breathe a sigh of relief.
Big news of the week has been the release of WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh,
paving the way for Mike Williams to land a starting spot opposite
Deion Branch. Seattle must pay him the difference between his
guaranteed salary of $7 million and the 2010 salary he receives
from any new team, which will likely be the veteran minimum.
Key Cuts: WR T.J.
Houshmandzadeh, RB Julius
Jones, WR Brandon
Jones, QB J.P.
Losman, WR Ruvell
Hotshot rookie Dez Bryant didn’t play in the Cowboys final
preseason game, pushing him further behind in his attempt to earn
a starting position in 2010. Dolphins owner Jerry Jones commented
that Bryant needs to improve his conditioning. It now looks like
it will take at least 4-6 games for Bryant’s owners to gauge
his usefulness to their fantasy teams.
Roy Williams, who is listed as the starter opposite Miles Austin,
will apparently be ready for opening day despite missing time
with a sore back and hip. Williams has had another disappointing
preseason, continuing to display questionable route running. He
has caught just five of his 13 targets in the preseason, after
having caught just 44% of his targets during the 2009 regular
Sam Hurd remains on the roster while Patrick Crayton has been
dealt to San Diego. With Austin, Williams and Bryant occupying
the top three spots at wide receiver and the team high on Kevin
Ogletree’s playmaking ability, Crayton was the odd man out.
Key Move: WR Patrick Crayton traded to San Diego
New York Giants
A couple of veterans who were in danger of losing their rosters
spots with the Giants had the axe fall on them this week. Quarterback
Jim Sorgi, signed to be the team’s top backup to Eli Manning,
had a shoulder injury that caused to team to put him on injured
reserve. With only experienced Rhett Bomar behind Sorgi, the Giants
were forced to trade for Vikings’ QB Sage Rosenfels. Sinorice
Moss was going to have a hard time making the final roster and
a groin injury landed him on injured reserve, likely ending his
disappointing career with the team.
More injury problems for Danny Ware, with a concussion potentially
derailing his chance to make the team and earning playing time
behind Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs. That’s right,
Bradshaw comes first when discussing the Giants running backs.
Key Cuts: QB Rhett
Bomar, RB Gartrell
Johnson, RB Andre
Brown, WR Derek
Eagles tight end Brent Celek had an excellent season in 2009 and
most prognosticators had him down for a top five fantasy season
in 2010. Part of the reasoning was based on his solid production
with Kevin Kolb at quarterback in two games last year when Celek
had 12 receptions for 208 yards and a touchdown. However, he has
been an afterthought through the team’s first three preseason
games, catching four balls for 51 yards in roughly six quarters
of action. Celek has been targeted only eight games. Kolb seems
to prefer throwing to his wide receivers with Jeremy Maclin getting
17 targets and DeSean Jackson 10.
Continuity along the offensive line is generally a key success
factor to solid offensive production during the season and the
Eagles have some concerns in that area. Jamaal Jackson might not
be ready to start the season at center, which would necessitate
Nick Coles manning the position. That would open up the right
guard position to either the to Mike McGlynn, especially now that
the disappointing Stacy Andrews has been traded to Seattle. McGlynn
doesn’t have much experience and he has been forced to line
up at left guard with Todd Herreman’s out with an ankle
injury. Former top backup guard Max Jean-Gilles has been released.
While the tackles positions look solid with Jason Peters and Winston
Justice, the interior of the Eagles offensive line is a bit of
Key Cuts: TE Cornelius Ingram, WR Kelley Washington
See ya later, Malcolm Kelly. The 2008 2nd round pick missed nearly
all of training camp with a hamstring injury and then reinjured
it in his first practice since July 30th. With new head coach
Mike Shanahan not having drafted Kelly and the team unsure of
what it has at the position, it was an easy move to place Kelly
on injured reserve.
Donovan McNabb’s ankle sprain seems to be getting a lot
of attention with Shanahan expressing his concern about the team’s
new starting quarterback’s availability for the Redskins
week one game against the Cowboys. Chalk this one up to gamesmanship
with Shanahan trying to bait the Cowboys into preparing for both
McNabb and backup Rex Grossman. Expect McNabb to be fine for opening
Key Cuts: RB Willie Parker, WR Bobby Wade
The Bears offensive performance in the preseason has boiled down
to one issue – the offensive line. Once again, the Bears
feature perhaps the worst offensive line in the NFC North. The
unit gave up 16 sacks in the first three preseason games and left
tackle Chris Williams has been abysmal. The party line is that
the Bears offense has been vanilla in the preseason and the playbook
will be opened up in the regular season with better results. While
there is likely some truth to that given offensive coordinator
Mike Martz’ vast playbook, the reality is that his offense
relies on superior pass protection from the offensive line with
occasional help from the tight end. If the offensive line struggles,
the player most affected may be tight end Greg Olsen. Olsen would
likely spend more time on the bench in favour of backup Brandon
Manumaleuna who is a far superior blocker.
While the depth chart at wide receiver has listed Devin Hester
and Johny Knox as the team starters throughout the preseason,
don’t consider it set in stone. Devin Aromashodu is clearly
the top backup and he has been impressive thus far in the preseason.
That leaves Earl Bennett, Rashied Davies fighting for scraps.
Key Cuts: WR Juaquin Iglesias, QB Dan LeFevour
Running back Kevin Smith was apparently in danger of losing his
roster spot. Smith was solid as a rookie in 2009 but had a disappointing
season last year before suffering a torn ACL. He has not performed
well in the preseason and the coaching staff had indicated that
his play has been tentative, likely the result of Smith not yet
fully trusting his surgically repaired knee. Maurice Morris and
Aaron Brown are also on the roster but in the end, DeDe Dorsey,
who is valued on special teams, got the axe. While Smith’s
performance has been underwhelming, his release would’ve
been a major surprise. Smith is solid as a runner, receiver and
pass blocker and would seem to be a capable replacement for rookie
Jahvid Best if he were to get hurt.
Second year wide receiver Derrick Williams hasn’t impressed
in training camp and it appears that his roster spot hinged on
his ability as a returner. With Calvin Johnson, Nate Burleson
and Bryant Johnson (surprisingly still around despite his salary
and backup status) the top three receivers on the depth chart
Williams fought for and landed the final receiver position. Dennis
Northcutt, a solid slot receiver and punt returner, is his main
Key Cuts: RB
DeDe Dorsey, WR Brian Clark
Looks like Brandon Jackson is the only reliable backup at running
back. Quinn Porter looked impressive but a sprained MCL landed
him on injured reserve. Rookie 6th round pick James Stark landed
on the PUP, further evidence of his inability to remain healthy.
Suffice it to say, the Packers will likely be scouring the waiver
wire to beef up the depth chart at running back.
With Donald Driver getting up there in age, his future replacement
is certainly worth owning in dynasty leagues. While Driver signed
a contract extension early this year, there are no guarantees
he will be in the starting line-up in 2011. The question then
is – who is his future replacement? At various points over
the last two years, both James Jones and Jordy Nelson have appeared
to be Driver’s heir apparent. However, Jones now seems to
have a stranglehold on the role of the Packers third receiver.
He is Driver’s backup at flanker and started in place of
Greg Jennings in week three of the preseason. With tight end Jermichael
Finley expected to be on the field in all passing situations,
the loser of the Jones-Nelson battle will hardly see the field
unless the Packers begin using a formation that features an empty
backfield with four wide receivers and a tight end.
Key Cuts: QB Graham Harrell,
Havner, RB Kregg
The early front-runner in the battle to backup Adrian
Peterson surprisingly was 2nd year, former undrafted free
agent Albert Young. However, 2010 2nd round pick Toby
Gerhart has apparently come on of late and it now appears
that he is likely to unseat Young. While Young is the more likely
of the two to assume the third down, pass catching role, it appears
that Gerhart would be the likely starter if Peterson were to miss
time. Those considering Peterson in their fantasy leagues should
monitor this situation.
Concerned about their depth at wide receiver with Sidney Rice
on the PUP for at least the first six games of the season with
a hip injury and Percy Harvin away regularly with migraine headaches,
the Vikings traded backup cornerback Benny Sapp to the Dolphins
for Greg Camarillo. While Camarillo can hardly be described as
having superstar potential, he put up decent production in Miami
when given an opportunity. Despite having little time to pick
up the Vikings playbook, he was targeted five times by Brett Favre
in only eight plays in his Vikings debut. In deep leagues that
use the PPR format, Camarillo could be a decent waiver wire candidate
if the Vikings have more injury problems at wide receiver.
Javon Walker, most recently of the Raiders, was added to the
roster and had a nice touchdown pass in the third preseason game.
While Walker is the biggest name of the Vikings current backup
wide receivers, there are no guarantees he will be on the roster
on opening day. Since he has been in the league for more than
four years, his yearly salary is guaranteed if he is on the roster
to open the season. Look for the Vikings to keep former Seahawk
Logan Payne ahead of Walker. Update: The Vikings have cut both
Walker and Payne leaving only four WRs on the roster. Look for
them to make a move before the Thursday night opener. T.J. Houshmandazdeh
Key Cuts: WR Javon
Walker, WR Logan
Based on his preseason to date, it doesn’t look like Matt
Ryan is due for a breakout fantasy campaign. He struggled in week
three of the preseason, completing just 50% of his passes.
The Falcons dumped Steven Hauschka midway through the preseason,
awarding the kicking job to Matt Bryant. Bryant has struggled
since then and may be in danger of getting chopped before week
one. If he makes the roster, he is nothing more than a mid-tier
option for fantasy purposes so he should probably be dropped from
your draft board given the risk he will get cut.
Key Cuts: N/A
Looks like the Panthers will be without starting Jeff Otah for
one or more games to open the season. The mauling right tackle
is a key component in the Panthers rushing attack but will likely
miss time with an ankle injury. It’s a long way down from
Otah to likely replacement Geoff Schwartz.
WR Wallace Wright has been placed on IR with a shoulder injury.
The final depth chart at receiver looks like Steve Smith, Dwayne
Jarrett, Brandon LaFell, Armanti Edwards, David Gettis & Charly
Key Cuts: WR Kenneth Moore, RB Dantrell Savage
Rookie tight end James Graham returned to practice after being out
since the preseason opener with a high ankle sprain. His absence
pretty much removes any doubt about the team’s depth chart
at tight end. Jeremy Shockey is entrenched as the starter and David
Thomas figures to get some targets early in the season. At best,
Graham may overtake Thomas around midseason but even that is debatable.
While Graham has clear upside in dynasty leagues, he isn’t
even waiver wire material in redraft leagues.
Lance Moore has been impressive in the preseason with both Marquis
Colston and Robert Meachem missing time with injuries. And that
is the dilemma with Moore. He is solid when he gets opportunities
but not good enough to warrant them when all of the Saints playmakers
are healthy. In his 2008, bust out season, Moore benefitted from
injuries. That year, in the six games that Reggie Bush missed,
Moore averaged 15.5 points per game. In the other ten games, Moore
averaged six points per game. In the five games in which Colson,
Bush and Moore all played, Moore averaged 3.3 points per game.
Add it all up and Moore is nothing more than waiver wire material.
Key Cuts: QB Patrick Ramsey, RB Ladell Betts, FB Jason McKie
The Buccaneers had a truly awful 2009 offseason and one of their
biggest failures was the free agent signing of Derrick Ward. Expected
to start at running back, Ward wound up behind Cadillac Williams
and was ineffective as a runner and receiver. The Bucs cut their
ties early this week with reports indicating that Ward was out of
shape and unhappy with losing playing time to Kareem Huggins. Huggins
has suddenly been propelled into the decent sleeper category but
hedge your bets on that one. While Huggins should be moved on your
cheatsheet partly because of Williams’ injury history, the
biggest winner is Williams who now has a legitimate chance to move
into the workhorse running back category. It’s worth noting
that Williams played in all 16 games last year and Earnest Graham
remains a favourite of the team’s coaching staff.
Key Cuts: WR Michael Clayton