2013-08-02 11:00:00 EDT
We’ve reached the weekend (finally), and that means the fantasy football draft season will be kicking up a notch. Even if your draft is still a little ways off (or happened already), you’ll want to stay informed. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the players who are making headlines this morning. Here’s the latest.
Steve Johnson, WR, Buffalo Bills: We’ve been seeing some injury tweaks and pulls already during training camps, and that’s exactly what’s happened to Johnson. He’s nursing a sore hamstring, stemming from practice this week. Last year, he spent some time fighting the same condition. We’ll have to monitor his status as the season nears. Assuming he can stay healthy, Johnson makes a nice No. 3 name with solid upside but moderate risk.
Sidney Rice, WR, Seattle Seahawks: Rice racked up some major frequent flyer miles this week when he went to Switzerland for a non-surgical procedure to alleviate pain in his ailing knee. He will likely return at some point in the preseason, so we will have to keep an eye on him. It remains to be seen what sort of impact the loss of Percy Harvin will have on Rice and the rest of the Seattle receivers. Golden Tate figures to benefit the most from the new setup, but we will have to see what sort of target numbers everyone is getting in the preseason.
Kellen Winslow, TE, New York Jets: With this year’s thin tight end market, fantasy owners will be looking for help in places they otherwise wouldn’t. That’s where Winslow comes in. The Jets are being very careful with them in camp thus far, monitoring his practice time in an attempt to minimize his injury risk. Speaking of injury risk, that’s one thing Winslow has an abundance of. That said, he still may be able to provide some low-end fantasy value. He plays on a team with almost no other receiving options, and if he can stay healthy he should put up some decent numbers.
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Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys: It looks like we will have to wait a while to get our first look at Romo. He reportedly won’t be playing in tomorrow’s Hall of Fame Game due to concerns over his tender back and issues with the offensive line’s health. That said, he should be playing next week. Hopes are high in Dallas this year now that Romo is sporting a fat new contract and a healthy set of weapons at his disposal. He is a higher-end fantasy quarterback.
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