Wide receivers whose fantasy values went up or down in Week 1 of the NFL preseason:
For someone who already has let a lot of people down by earning a season-opening suspension, Jackson sure hasn’t done anything to make new fans.
The Charger star is holding out of camp, compounding the fact that he’s already looking at losing about 20 percent of his production simply because of the suspension.
The Chargers are good enough to move ahead without him. And while it’s unlikely he’ll eventually miss more than just the three games, he’s setting himself up to enduring a slow start once he gets the green light.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my No. 1 receiver waiting until the second half of the season to help me. There’s no way you can draft him into that role this season.
Wes Welker’s miraculous recovery from his knee injury has dropped Edelman off many draft lists, but that appears to have been premature.
No, there’s nothing wrong with Welker. It appears, at the very least, his numbers will be 80 percent of what they’ve been in the past – and there’s nothing wrong with that.
So why is that good news for Edelman? Frankly, it isn’t.
But Edelman has been so impressive, the club must now figure out a way to plug him into the hole created by Torry Holt’s season-ending knee injury.
Imagine Welker on one side, Edelman on the other and Randy Moss keeping at least a couple of defenders preoccupied deep down the middle. That’s pretty scary.
And also potentially productive for Edelman, who certainly warrants a sleeper-type selection deep in drafts.
Every year, at least a couple of rookie wideouts come out of seemingly nowhere to be fantasy factors. It says here LaFell already has identified himself as potentially one of these guys this season.
The speedster from LSU was drafted to compete for a position across from Steve Smith on a Carolina team that loves to run the ball. That wasn’t a very encouraging fantasy job description.
But Smith already has gotten hurt, the Panthers still don’t have much of a pass-catching option at tight end and it’s quite possible Carolina will find itself passing more than it would like this season. That leaves the door open for a second receiving option, and LaFell quickly has grabbed that bull by its horns.
For a fifth receiver, he sure has a ton of potential.
This is supposed to be Thomas’ breakout season. But it sure isn’t starting out looking that way.
The Redskins opened the season with Thomas buried about as deep on Mike Shanahan’s bench as is humanly possible. The climb is going to be much harder than most expected.
It’s not like Shanahan doesn’t have other options. And while Thomas might eventually play his way back into good graces, it now appears unlikely he’ll reach fantasy-worthy status.
As a fifth wide receiver, OK, draft him. But by then chances are someone else probably will have already taken him – and that’ll be a mistake.
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