Training Camp Notes – Thursday July 31st
July 31, 2014 | adam cook
Injuries….injuries…injuries. They are bound to occur for each NFL franchise, but it seems some teams get hit harder than others year in and year out. There really is no explanation for this as a lot of injuries are freak non-contact varieties. My Cowboys have already lost their best defensive player for the 2014 season (Sean Lee) and just lost 2nd round rookie defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence (8-12 weeks). Lawrence didn’t have a lot of street cred yet, but he was on his way to starting. Only veterans Jeremy Mincey and George Selvie stood in his way. The Cowboys defense will be pretty bad, but luckily enough for them, so will the rest of the NFC East. Let’s dive into Wednesday’s top training camp story lines.
Marqise Lee is looking good
Marqise Lee was highly regarded as a 1st round pick going into the 2013 season, but he had a lackluster senior season at USC. Well early in camp it is looking like the Jaguars may have gotten a steal as Lee is making “plays of the day” in camp. Lee is looking like a strong dynasty option alongside fellow rookie Blake Bortles. He is also firmly on the redraft radar in 10 and 12 team leagues as he is now the de facto No.1 WR in Jacksonville while Cecil Shorts is out injured. Lee belongs in the late 1st round of your rookie drafts and is a solid No. 5 in redraft leagues.
Darren McFadden>Maurice Jones-Drew
McFadden has the younger legs and has the higher ceiling out of these two backs, so it is not a surprise that McFadden is the leader out of the gate. Heck, Jones-Drew was even contemplating retirement last year. I could easily see a 60-40 split in the favor of McFadden early on and none of these backs is worth more than a 6th round pick. The Raiders aren’t the most dynamic offense, but if McFadden wins the starting nod I believe he will become a Top 30 fantasy running back.
Eric Ebron is struggling
As most rookie tight ends fail to make impacts as rookies, Ebron is looking like he may fit right in. At this point, Ebron is strictly an upside TE2 in 14 team leagues or higher but he is still an elite dynasty option for those looking for the next Jimmy Graham. Ebron is reportedly dropping a lot of passes in training camp and not yet fulfilling his Top 10 draft status. I am not touching Ebron in redraft leagues, but jumping all over him if he falls to the end of the 1st round in dynasty rookie drafts.
Arian Foster is back at it on the practice field
Arian Foster returned to practice today after a minor hamstring injury. I LOVE Foster’s current ADP in the mid-late 2nd round of fantasy drafts. The Texans are going to heavily rely on him this year as quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is more of a game manager. I see Foster flirting with a Top 5 RB finish this year, especially in PPR settings. I often find myself going with one of the elite WR’s in round one and taking Foster in round two. 1,600 total yards and 10 touchdowns are well within reach.
Cody Latimer is a great dynasty stash
The Broncos receiving corps is very talented right now with Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, and Emmanuel Sanders manning the blue and orange. One player who is standing out however is 2nd round rookie Cody Latimer. On the Denver Broncos official website, writers are already anointing Cody Latimer a first-team talent. Latimer may not be a buzzy redraft pick this year, but he needs to be on every watch list should anything happen to injury prone Wes Welker or Emmanuel Sanders. Latimer is a great dynasty stash and should be drafted in the Top 12 picks of rookie drafts. Wes Welker is a free agent at the end of the year and Sanders is a middling talent. Latimer is in line for a huge 2015 NFL campaign!