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Join SI.com's James Quintong in a discussion of some of the latest news in football, baseball and other sports and how it relates to fantasy teams and leagues.
8/24/2007 03:08:00 PM

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Donald Driver
Donald Driver left Thursday's game early with a sprained foot.
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Now we're getting somewhere with preseason games and other practice news actually affecting draft boards. Let's update some situations where your draft lists might be shaken up:

-- Donald Driver getting carted off the field is definitely not a good sign. Driver sprained his foot in Thursday's game against the Jaguars, although it was originally thought to be an ankle injury. His status, especially for Week 1, is up in the air, so No. 2 wideout Greg Jennings and rookie James Jones (the early favorite for the No. 3 job) move up the charts a little bit.

-- Lance Moore isn't the only under-the-radar Saints receiver to impress this preseason. Veteran David Patten, a bust in Washington, had a touchdown on Thursday. He is one of many players, along with Moore and Terrence Copper, to be in the running for New Orleans' No. 3 wideout slot. There's a lot of depth here, and that doesn't even include first-round pick Robert Meachem, who has yet to find a good spot with the team. While Marques Colston is the No. 1 guy, Devery Henderson can still be challenged for the No. 2 job, and a lot of these other guys could have a good game or two in their future this season. There's a lot of potential late-round sleepers in this bunch.

-- Warrick Dunn's fantasy value is on the rise again after returning from a back injury. While second-year back Jerious Norwood is battling a stomach ailment this week, it's likely given the veteran Dunn the edge again in the Falcons running back race. Dunn will start Monday night's preseason game and play into the third quarter. Head coach Bobby Petrino told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he might get Dunn more looks as a receiver out of the backfield, which would enhance his value even more. The youngster Norwood still has plenty of upside and is hoping to play his way ahead of Dunn, but for now, he may have to be content with a slight increase in carries instead being the primary back.

-- Brodie Croyle looked to be the Chiefs' opening day starter, but after going 5-for-17 for just 45 yards and an interception against the Saints on Thursday, it's a big question mark. Damon Huard didn't play with a leg injury, but that might've helped him instead of hurt him. Either way, you probably don't want any Chiefs quarterback, and the value of veterans like Tony Gonzalez and Eddie Kennison may be down a bit.
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