2013-08-07 11:00:00 EDT
It’s been a pretty busy week around the NFL, what with all the injuries and training camp storylines out there. With that in mind, let’s take a quick look around the league at some of the noteworthy names and see what sort of an impact they’ll be having on the fantasy football season. Here’s the latest.
E.J. Manuel, QB, Buffalo Bills: It’s starting to look like Manuel will be behind center for the Bills’ first preseason game on Sunday. Fellow QB Kevin Kolb is still dealing with a (pretty embarrassing) knee injury he sustained after slipping on a mat earlier this week. Kolb will get an examination tomorrow and we’ll see where he’s at.
In the meantime, Manuel has gotten in plenty of extra work and has a good shot at being the starter on Sunday. Fantasy-wise, he’s just a lower-end backup, but has some sleeper potential.
LeSean McCoy, RB, Philadelphia Eagles: So far, this doesn’t sound like too big of a deal, but we’ll go ahead and put it out there anyway. McCoy sat out of contact drills in Eagles practice yesterday with an injured knee, sustained on Monday. He’s listed as day-to-day, however, so it doesn’t look like there’s much to worry about here.
McCoy is expected to be a No. 1 fantasy RB name, just inside the top 10 overall. If you want him, you’ll have to use your first-round pick.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Indianapolis Colts: We’ve been watching Heyward-Bey this week, as he’s been dealing with a knee injury. It was initially considered serious, but it looks like he’s going to be okay. He didn’t do any team work at practice yesterday, but caught some passes in offensive drills.
That said, it’s starting to look like Heyward-Bey could lose out on the No. 2 WR slot in Indianapolis. Fellow receiver T.Y. Hilton is likely to nab that spot, which will give his fantasy value a bit of a boost. Heyward-Bey will still have relevance as a backup, however.
Daryl Richardson, RB, St. Louis Rams: With each passing day, Richardson seems to tighten his grip on the No. 1 RB slot in St. Louis. He’s got the experience, as well as a vote of confidence from Rams coach Jeff Fisher. Meanwhile, Isaiah Pead looks like he’ll be relegated to the No. 2 role, as he’s had a rough off-season (including a suspension for Week 1).
With this news, Richardson earns a jump in fantasy value, and you should be able to get him at an affordable price during the draft. He’ll likely go outside the top 100, which is an excellent value for a starting RB. We’d be all over that.
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