August 18th Training Camp Fantasy Notes
August 18, 2015 | Ian Goldsmith
That large, collective gasp you heard yesterday? Yup, it was Andre Ellington owners reacting to the news that the Arizona Cardinals have signed Chris Johnson, a.k.a. CJ??K, to a one year deal. Johnson had quite the tumultuous offseason. After a 2014 season in which he failed to crack 1,000 yards for the first time in his career, the Jets failed to pick up his option in February; a month later he was shot in the shoulder. While he may be losing some effectiveness, Johnson will provide stability behind the younger Ellington; in his career, CJ has played all but one game. He may not be the sexiest handcuff come draft day, but Ellington owners in larger leagues (especially ones with 14+ teams) should keep him in mind in the later rounds.
The Buffalo Bills’ rookie RB Karlos Williams apparently woke up in a lot of pain and was hospitalized. This is certainly a setback for the former Florida State player, who has been vying for the number two RB position behind LeSean McCoy. In other Buffalo news, backup LB Ty Powell has torn his ACL, ending his season.
The Chiefs’ offensive line is all of a sudden starting to fall apart. After starting tackle Jeff Allen left Kansas City’s first preseason game with an MCL sprain on Saturday, Monday’s practice saw Eric Fisher wobble off the practice field Monday with an ankle sprain. While the extent of Fisher’s injury is not yet known, this news obviously needs to be on the radars of Jamaal Charles owners. According to Fantasy Pros, the NFL’s all-time leader in yards per carry (minimum 1000 attempts) is the consensus 3rd RB out of 47 experts polled.
Robert Griffin III made waves yesterday when he said that he felt that he was the best QB in the league. Griffin, the 29th QB taken off the board in early drafts, certainly is overflowing with confidence, but can he back up those wild claims? I’m actually a big fan of RGIII this season and feel that he is the type of high risk/high reward player that can win players leagues – especially 2QB leagues. If Washington doesn’t ask him to do too much and, more importantly, can keep him on his feet – which should be more doable with the offseason bolstering of their O-Line – then he may have a chance at a bit of a renaissance. He’s obviously not going to duplicate his incendiary rookie season, but his rushing potential gives him mid-tier QB2 upside and, perhaps, a little more.
Is the NFC East going to be fun to watch or what? On Monday, Victor Cruz was cleared and is now practicing at full speed. He will likely be playing in the Giants’ next preseason game against the Jaguars on Saturday. Putting fantasy aside for a minute, how fun will it be to watch Cruz and Odell Beckham Jr. destroying opposing secondaries? I’m not a fan of the Giants, but I can’t wait to see the incredible catches and salsa dancing that will be taking place on Sundays in New Jersey.