Fantasy News and Reaction (07/26/12)

Peyton Manning– The Broncos are restricting how many throws PM can make during camp. Probably just a precaution, but I’m still skeptical about what we are going to see from him this year. I’m trying to move him in dynasty leagues. #CUTTHATMEAT

Maurice Jones-Drew is digging in his heals. MJD is going to play this year and you aren’t going to convince me otherwise. He has no leverage whatsoever and the Jags can start fining him 30k per day. He might get a small concession or two out of Kahn, but he isn’t going to miss any real games. Watch out for the sharks in your league. They’ll be trying to use this story as a way to get MJD on the cheap. Don’t let them.

Adrian Peterson, MIN RB- If anyone can come back from a devastating knee injury like the one AP suffered last year, It’s Little Purple Jesus. ESPN 1500 is reporting that the Vikes plan to stick him on the active/PUP list, but that doesn’t mean he’ll miss games. Toby Gerhart will do an excellent job filling in for him if he does.

Robert Turbin, SEA RB- Turbin is a BEAST. The ‘Hulk’ is already impressing SEA RB coach Sherman Smith with his power. Marshawn Lynch may avoid suspension from his latest arrest, but I think Turbin is going to end up on the field regardless. He’s a powerful runner with surprising speed. If he can work out a niche on short yardage, he’ll be able to let his game speak for itself and eventually find a bigger role. The Hulk is a stronger version of Lynch and he actually has a good head on his shoulders. He’s extremely motivated and unlike Lynch, the type of guy you want to succeed. His older sister died of Multiple Sclerosis when he was little and he has been helping to care for his other sister who has Cerebral Palsy since the third grade. He also has a brother who was shot and killed this February. If given an opportunity, you can bet that he’ll seize it and never look back.

Mikel Leshoure, DET RB- One of the top RB’s from last year’s draft class is still working his way back from season ending Achilles surgery. Coach Schwartz wasn’t very assuring when asked about his RB, “he has a surgically-repaired Achilles. Are you ever 100 percent? I don’t know.” Not exactly a ringing endorsement. Leshoure will NOT begin the season on the active/PUP list, so he should have every opportunity to take over the starting running back job. I’ll take my chances with Leshoure before Jahvid Best.

Jahvid Best, DET RB- Poor JB. The kid just can’t stay on the field. He is a fantastic PPR asset when healthy, but there just isn’t a high likelihood that he’ll ever be healthy for a long stretch. Best has been concussed numerous times and took this monster hit when he was at CAL. Best is meeting with doctors again to see if he can get cleared for camp. It’s been a LONG time since his last concussion. If he isn’t cleared, that could spell major trouble. If you’re a gambler and can get him for a future 2nd or 3rd rounder (depending on league size), he might be worth the risk. I’m staying away.

Ryan Broyles, DET WR- Old Schwartzy is optimistic about Broyles playing this year. That’s good news. Hopefully he can stay on the field for a while when he comes back. Broyles has a history of injuries from his days at Oklahoma, but he could be a great WR3 in PPR leagues if he comes back 100%.

Josh Gordon, CLE WR- 2nd round supplemental pick admitted to failing a drug test last year at Utah and lying about it. Gordon is a hot name on waiver wires and he’s probably already been picked up in your league. If your waiver wire resets on a weekly basis, he’s worth an add. If you use a season long waiver order that sends you to the end of the line after using your spot, I’d wait for someone better. He hasn’t played in a couple years and CLE WR’s aren’t exactly fantasy point machines.

Martellus Bennett, NYG TE- Bennett “made weight.”  *CLAP CLAP CLAP*

Joseph Addai, NE RB- Apparently Joseph quit his condition test for the Pats. Ya… that’s not a good sign. DROP.

-TDG

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