With the start of the 2010 NFL season just around the corner, we’ve put together a list of players that have seen their fantasy stock fall during the preseason.
The good news is, Brett Favre is back, the bad news is, Rice had hip surgery and is expected miss about half of the regular season. The Vikings have placed him on the reserve physically unable to perform (PUP) list, which would make him eligible to return for Week 7. While a Week 7 return is far from certain, he’s still worth drafting in most leagues and if he can get back to 100 percent he could be a steal with a late-round pick.
We had high hopes for Schilens, who is entering his third year in the NFL, which is usually a breakout season for receivers. Unfortunately, Schilens had knee surgery and is expected to miss three to six weeks. While the Raiders are optimistic that he’ll be ready for Week 1, he’s nothing more than a late-round sleeper pick with injury concerns.
Leinart lost the Cardinals starting QB job to Derek Anderson and has recently been released. The Cardinals tried to trade Leinart, but apparently received little interest. It may be worth monitoring where Leinart ends up, but at this point he has zero fantasy value and is not worth drafting in any league.
Fitzgerald is recovering from a knee injury he suffered in the first preseason game, but is on track to be ready for Week 1. We actually like the fact that Derek Anderson will be throwing him the ball instead of Matt Leinart, but he’s still a downgrade from Kurt Warner. Fitzgerald will still be a quality No. 1 fantasy WR and worth an early-round pick, but there are definitely a couple of lingering questions entering the season.
Hardesty was placed on injured reserve with a torn left ACL, ending his season. We liked Hardesty heading into the season and he showed some promise as a power back to compliment Jerome Harrison. Hardesty should be ignored on draft day and/or dropped in seasonal leagues.
Britt had a great rookie year and we think he is the most talented wide receiver on the Titans, but his attitude could get in the way of him starting. If he gets his act together Britt could still have some value this year, but he has slipped in most drafts. We don’t think he is a bad gamble really late in the draft, but we wouldn’t use any kind of decent draft pick on him.
When playing Jackson is a top ten wide receiver, but there is no guarantee he plays this year. If he doesn’t sign with a team fast he will be suspended for the first 6 games of the season. If your draft is going well then we don’t mind taking a gamble on Jackson, but just be ready to stash him on your bench for a while.
A couple months ago we thought Charles could be a late first round pick, but things have definitely changed. There have been reports coming out of Kansas City that Thomas Jones has looked good, and we think there is a good chance he will steal a good amount of the carries. Jones was the 3rd leading rusher last year, and we think he might still have some left in the tank. Charles does still have a huge upside, but he is a high risk draft pick in our opinion.
Forsett was a big sleeper coming into the season, but it is far from a guarantee that he gets a majority of the carries. Leon Washington has looked good this preseason, and we think he might be the guy to own. Forsett might still end up starting but with Jones and Washington out there he will certainly be in some sort of timeshare.
Jacobs is coming off of a terrible year, and we are not expecting a bounce back. Bradshaw looked better last year, and he has looked better so far this preseason. All signs are pointing towards Jacobs having a much more limited roll this year, but don’t be surprised if he still gets a few goal lines. At this point Jacobs should be bumped way down your draft boards.
Bush was the heavy favorite to get the bulk of the carries for the Raiders improved offense. Bush broke his thumb and could miss up to a month, this opens the door for McFadden to get a few starts. Bush is still worth a later round pick, but if McFadden plays well then Bush might not have a starting job waiting for him.
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