The Fake Football Training Camp Report- Thursday August 28
August 28, 2014 | adam cook
The regular season is only a week away and rosters are being cut to 53 on Saturday. Almost all the starters on NFL teams will not play in their respective last preseason games to prevent injury. Many fantasy football teams have already been drafted, but many teams are still to host their drafts over Labor Day weekend. I don’t expect player rankings to change all that much before this weekend, but keep an eye out for roster cuts on Saturday night. Let’s get started with the last Thursday training camp report of 2014.
Josh Gordon done for the year
The biggest news to come out was the season long suspension of Josh Gordon. Owners around the country were using late round picks just in case Josh Gordon won his appeal but that isn’t the case. The ultimate winner of the Gordon suspension is Mr. Tweaked Hamstring Miles Austin himself. Austin now becomes the de facto No. 1 wide receiver and the 2nd option in the passing game behind Jordan Cameron. I would rank Miles as a WR.5 with the potential to reach 800 yards and 6 touchdowns.
Dez Bryant getting a new contract soon?
Dez Bryant and the Dallas Cowboys are working on contract negotiations as we speak. Dez Bryant is still working on his rookie contract and is looking for fair market value. He is a top 5 wide receiver in this league and deserves to be paid like one. Dez Bryant ranks right up there with Calvin Johnson and Demariyus Thomas as far as fantasy value goes. Target Dez in the late 1st round and enjoy his double digit touchdown production.
Marshawn Lynch is a value in the 2nd round
People seem to either think Lynch is still holding out or are buying the reports that he will lose carries to his young backups. He may lose a few touches, but I expect the Seahawks to ride Lynch into the ground this year. They are a run first team and may lose him in 2015 so they may as well give him a lot of carries. Seahawks.com seems to like Lynch in fantasy this year and there aren’t many safer bets at the running back position for 1,000 yards and 10+ touchdowns.
Nate Washington frustrating fantasy owners
Everyone seems to be falling in love with Justin Hunter, but the reality is that Nate Washington is still expected to b e the starter opposite Kendall Wright. Washington’s continued playing time will cap Hunter’s value in 2014 in the early going. Nate might even be a sleeper WR himself this season. Justin Hunter admitted to learning a lot from the veteran receiver. Although Hunter is the hot new thing, it would not surprise me for Washington to post more receiving yards than him in 2014.
Starks or Harris to handcuff for Lacy?
Eddie Lacy is a bona fide top 5 RB in fantasy football this year and guys of his caliber tend to be handcuffed, especially in the dynamic Packers offense. The leader in the club house is James Starks, but DuJuan Harris seems to be closing the gap. James Starks has proven to be a quality workhorse in his career, but Harris may provide more upside. Lacy won’t give up much work during the regular season, but if you choose to handcuff him then I would go with Starks. However, make sure Harris is on all of your watch lists and be ready to pick him up if an injury occurs.
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