Fantasy news and views
The kickoff to the fantasy football season is two days away. What are the latest roster shakeups and how will, or should, they affect your lineup? Let's take a look.
Views: The pessimistic fantasy analyst would lament Johnson's age (he'll be 29 on Oct. 1), his wear-and-tear through the years (he had 340-plus carries annually from 2004-06) and his non-conforming running style (he's a patient power back, where the Lions' zone-blocking schemes favor 'one-cut-and-go' rushers). On the other hand, Johnson has fewer total carries (1,441) than Curtis
The verdict: Johnson (projection: 900 total yards, 7 TDs) is a viable handcuff for Smith (typically drafted at 58th overall) and can safely be targeted somewhere in the 70s.
Views: There is no doubt Brady's smarting from a bothersome ankle (perhaps this is karma for the Patriots listing him as "Probable: Shoulder" all these years on the NFL Injury List). But there is no justification for downgrading his '08 fantasy value, based on a likely-minor injury. (For those with short-term memory loss, he racked up an NFL-record 50 TD passes last year ... Fifty!)
The verdict: Given that Brady hasn't thrown a live-action pass since Super Bowl XLII (he skipped the entire preseason), fantasy owners should expect a modest Week 1 performance at home against the Chiefs (225 yards, 2 TDs). But by Week 2, once the proverbial rust comes off, the days of 300 yards and/or 3-4 TDs should return.
Views: In the last 25 years, I am struggling to recall any rookie QB who threw for 250-plus yards and two touchdowns in his first-ever pro game -- let alone first NFL start. (Heck, even
The verdict: Unprepared rookie QB plus bad team on the road (Ravens) plus good opposing secondary (Bengals) plus rookie QB history equals Flacco tallies 180 yards passing, 1 TD, 2 INTs in Week 1.
Views: Counting his one-game suspension (this week vs. the Raiders) and assuming he goes the whole year injury-free, Marshall still believes he'll reel in 9.3 catches per game. Incidentally, 140 catches would rank him second all time, just three behind
The verdict: It's easy to laugh off Marshall's goals as pure bravado. But Marshall
Views: Not to minimize the arrest, in terms of its societal impact, but this matter shouldn't affect Taylor's fantasy value in any way (besides, most fantasy drafts are already over). If anything, Taylor owners (who don't have the
The verdict: From what I hear, Taylor has designs on playing two more years and cracking the top-7 list of all-time rushers. So, doing the math, Taylor (currently at