Monday, August 4, 2008

The Injury Bugaboo - Part II

Considering any of these players????

Deuce McAllister
Work on the knees is never good, especially when you are the workhorse that Deuce is before he got injured. Not touching you this year Deuce. Reggie Bush for PPR leagues in the first 4 rounds and then in the late rounds look for Pierre Thomas and Aaron Stecker for the between the tackles runner.

Jake Delhomme
A QB coming off of major elbow surgery is something you never want to hear. But that is the situation Carolina is in and any Fantasy Football owner who wants to roll the dice on him. Was having a good season with Lil' Stevie "Sucker Punch" Smith before he got injured. Somewhere in Rounds 6-8 sounds about right for him. Strictly your backup QB.

Joseph Addai
Something about this guy bothers me. He seems a little too dinged up for a top5 running back. I have the feeling he is going to miss significant time this year. In the Hall of Fame game this past weekend they had to take him out. Tony Dungy left him out "as a precaution". Get Dominic Rhodes, Kenton Keith or Mike Hart, whoever locks up the number 2 role.

Fred Taylor
"Fragile Fred" as he has been called, was excellent value last year going late in drafts because everyone loved Maurice Jones Drew. Maybe you picked him up in the 6-8 rounds and he rewarded you with over 1200 yards. Nice. Try to get them together for an awesome tandem. MJD is going early in Rounds 2-4, Taylor going a little further than that.

Brandon Jacobs
Big, bulldozing back who people said would get injured when he took over from Tiki Barber. Sure enough he only played in 11 games but cleared 1000 yards (barely, 1009 to be exact.) The Giants will be Running Back By Committe (RBBC) for sure with Ahmad Bradshaw and Derrick Ward to try to keep everyone fresh. If Ahmad can stay out of jail I would pick him up as a handcuff. Watch camp to see if Ward can take advantage of Bradshaw being in the big house for 30 days.

Andre Johnson
Top5 Wide Receiver. Too bad he can't stay on the field. He played in 9 games last year and scored 8 touchdowns. WOW! Supposedly he's had injury problems this summer already. He will go in the 2nd or 3rd round but be sure to look at Andre Davis or Kevin Walter.