Fantasy Football 2013
Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on the noteworthy names
July 31, 2013
We’ve officially hit the middle of the week, and training camps around the NFL continue to chug along. With that news comes a host of fresh fantasy information which will be key to our upcoming drafts and roster selections this year. Let’s take a look at a few players who are making headlines this morning.
Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers: There’s not much information out there as far as a target date for Stewart’s return to action, and the incoming news from Panthers camp seems to confirm that. Sources close to the situation say the team has no idea when he’ll return from his multiple off-season ankle surgeries (the left one is currently okay; it’s the right one that’s bothering him now).
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With such a murky future ahead of him, it’s tough to put much value on Stewart’s fantasy prospects. He’s likely a late-30s name among running backs, with a potential upside, but a whole lot of injury risk.
Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys: With all the TE drama happening in the off-season (Hernandez’s arrest, Gronkowski and Pitta’s injuries, etc.), you can bet we’re following any relevant tidbits even more closely. With that in mind, let’s look at Witten. The team will reportedly be making a conscious decision to target him in the red zone, given the fact that they’ve gotten away from that in recent years. There will be plenty of plays highlighting him inside the 20 this season.
That’s great news for fantasy owners. Witten is a top 3 or 4 name at the TE position and will get some extra attention in drafts.
Shane Vereen, RB, New England Patriots: We’re hearing good things out of Patriots training camp when it comes to Vereen. The team has had to revamp its offense due to their injury troubles and departures since last season, and the resulting looks are very favorable to the young RB’s versatility out of the backfield.
Vereen could be in line for a breakout campaign as a key part of this offense, so be sure to give him a good look around the mid-to-high 20s among running backs in your draft.
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Okay, it’s officially time to get concerned about Bradshaw. The Colts’ assumed No. 1 RB hasn’t yet been able to participate in camp and the feeling is that he’s still a couple weeks away from practicing (he’s recovering from surgery on his foot early this year). The best-case-scenario has him following that timeline and getting back out there in time for Preseason Week 3.
If Bradshaw experiences a setback or takes longer to heal than expected, the early part of his season could be in jeopardy. He’s going in the high-20s among RBs, but could end up falling further. Backup Vick Ballard could come in handy as a result.
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