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8/21/2007 02:56:00 PM
LJ’s back; other unsettled positions
Is Larry Johnson an injury risk thanks to last year's record workload and recent holdout?
Larry Johnson's holdout is over, so you can't use that as an excuse to drop him on your draft charts. However, last year's workload and a potential to break down (partly because of said holdout) is a reason to be suspicious of him at that No. 3 pick. And if you're wondering about backups, Michael Bennett still appears the Chiefs' choice instead of Priest Holmes, who has yet to be cleared to practice. So much for the sleeper potential there.
With LJ's status seemingly cleared up, let's look at other position situations that have seem some movement since the start of the preseason.
Atlanta QB: Now that it's clear Michael Vick won't be playing this year (and maybe not ever), and that Joey Harrington will have to carry the load. With backup D.J. Shockley out for the year with a knee injury, veteran Chris Redman is the backup now, but don't be surprised to see a trade for another quarterback.
Tennessee RB: Chris Brown leads the Titans in rushing in the preseason so far and now might be the starter ahead of LenDale White and Chris Henry. This situation could change again as the preseason continues, but for now Brown may have the slight nod over White in your drafts.
Cleveland QB: Brady Quinn played well against the Lions' third-stringers this weekend, but he's still third on the depth chart behind Charlie Frye and Derek Anderson. However, he is working his way up to be a No. 3 fantasy QB and a definite high pick in keeper drafts.
Denver RB: Lots of fantasy owners got a scare when Travis Henry hurt his knee this weekend, but he looks ready to go for the season opener. However, Mike Bell is out of action with a hip injury, which means some extra looks for Cecil Sapp, who'll get some attention late in some drafts.
New Orleans WR: Last year, Marques Colston came out of nowhere to put up big numbers for the Saints. This year, Lance Moore is trying to follow in his footsteps. The 5-foot-9 Moore leads the Saints with 13 catches for 131 yards in the preseason and is pushing the wide array of wideouts for a spot opposite Colston.
Minnesota RB: Adrian Peterson has remained healthy this preseason and looked solid against the Jets on Friday, going for 70 yards and a TD. He's still going to split time with Chester Taylor, but Peterson is at least showing he can be a goal-line back.
Minnesota WR: This situation is also a mess, although it appears Bobby Wade and Troy Williamson will begin the season as starters, with rookie Sidney Rice seeing time as the No. 3 wideout. However, the Vikings may also bring in Robert Ferguson to get significant playing time.
Chicago QB: Rex Grossman is in no danger of losing his starting job, but three fumbles against the Colts on Monday night should have Bears fans nervous again.
Oakland QB: JaMarcus Russell still isn't signed and his chances of being a fantasy contributor of any sort this year is fizzling away. Daunte Culpepper has been impressive so far and is making it a decent competition with Josh McCown to start the opener.
Oakland RB: LaMont Jordan is looking like a nice player to have at least in September with Dominic Rhodes suspended for the first four games. He had 67 yards on eight carries in his first preseason game this weekend, and a change in coaches should revitalize his game after last year's injury-plagued campaign.
Kansas City QB: Brodie Croyle seems to have done enough in the preseason to secure the Chiefs starting job over Damon Huard (who's dealing with a calf injury), although he's not highly recommended except in the deepest of leagues.
Green Bay RB: Rookie Brandon Jackson is playing his way to becoming the Packers' top ball carrier, especially with Vernand Morency still sidelined this preseason.
Green Bay WR: James Jones has 10 catches in the preseason and looks to earn more playing time in the Packers offense. He may not supplant Greg Jennings as the No. 2 guy, but he could be a late-round flier as the No. 3 receiver since Brett Favre will be throwing a lot this year.
New York Jets RB: Thomas Jones' calf injury will keep him out the rest of the preseason, giving Leon Washington more chances to show his stuff. Jones, though, looks to be ready for the opener, so don't downgrade him because of this injury.
Houston WR: Kevin Walter still appears to be the No. 2 guy opposite Andre Johnson, but rookie Jacoby Jones has impressed, leading the team with 79 receiving yards in the preseason. Something to note for the back end of your draft if you're fishing for sleepers.
Hey Man! What ever you say but LJ is the guy in KC, he is in the prime form and only 27yrs old. He got the huge contract and with 2nd rated QB he will be a king in KC. I liked your theory in Bronco nation, Travis Henry will go bananas gaining yards. Being a Husker fan I hope Brandon Jackson will havea stellar rookie season in GB.