Articles by James Seltzer

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Training Camp Notes: Arian Foster Heals Faster Than You

Not a lot of news today; calm before the storm and all that, but let’s discuss what we can. Alright, let’s jump in:

Bill O’Brien confirmed Monday that Arian Foster is ahead of schedule in his return from a groin injury sustained Aug. 3. O’Brien told reporters to expect Foster back “sooner rather than later.” This is clearly a boon to the  29-year-old’s fantasy value, but be sure not to overrate him based on this news. He will certainly miss at least a few games, but it’s clearly worth nudging Foster up the draft board now that we know he could be back on the field in the first quarter of the season.

Training Camp Notes: New Look Bills Say Goodbye To Fred Jackson

In a shocking turn of events, the Bills released (face of the franchise?) Fred Jackson. The nine-year veteran has spent his entire career in Buffalo, where he’s provided remarkably consistent production both as a runner and as a receiver out of the backfield. This move came as a surprise to many, considering Jackson’s long tenure with the Bills, not to mention the team’s dearth of running back depth due to a rash of injuries to their RB core during the preseason. I guess Jackson’s whole “being a pro and gutting it out for nine years for the same crappy team” thing doesn’t play as well in Rex Ryan’s world as, for instance, a guy who attempt to throw an Eyes Wide Shut party or a physical freaks who’s best known for breaking the jaw of his own team’s starting quarterback. I kid, I kid. From a fantasy perspective, this move could be a boon for one of Bryce Brown, Anthony Dixon and Karlos Williams, as those three are jockeying for the second position on the depth chart now. It’s also a good sign for Shady’s owners, as his biggest threat for touches was jettisoned out of town. Jackson’s fantasy value obviously takes a hit, but if he signs with a new team soon, he may be able to contribute again this season. We can only hope the 34-year-old ends up somewhere like New England, where he has a chance to play for something meaningful after toiling away for losing Buffalo teams for the better part of a decade.

Training Camp Notes: Be A Gurley Man

Todd Gurley has been cleared medically to participate in team practice drills, which is a nice step for the Rams’ first-round pick as he continues his return from a torn ACL suffered last year. Gurley won’t play in any preseason games, but is ahead of schedule compared to where a lot of people thought he would be at this point in his recovery. Once healthy and on the field, Gurley has the potential to be an absolute fantasy beast; he may be the most talented running back to enter the league since Adrien Peterson. I think Gurley is a great buy-low candidate in drafts, especially as news like this about his recovery continues to roll in.

Training Camp Notes: CJ2K Is Back…Do We Care?

Chris Johnson, the artist formerly known as CJ2K, has finally landed with a team desperate enough to sign him. The former fantasy star has agreed to a one-year deal with the Cardinals and figures to slide in right behind Andre Ellington on the depth chart. Arizona’s RB depth has been a weakness in camp, as rookie David Johnson can’t seem to get on the field and the tandem of Kerwynn Williams and Stepfan Taylor has proven to be sub-par at best. And with Ellington’s injury history there is a good chance Johnson is going to get some burn behind what should be an improved Cardinals’ offensive line. The only real issue with Johnson is that he’s not very good anymore and is a far cry from the stud who ran for 2,006 yards over five years ago. The soon to be 30-year-old is certainly worth a flier in deeper leagues, but the chance of him having real fantasy relevance this season is slim. Lastly, I would be remiss for not giving CJ2K credit for coming back from an off-season gun shot wound to make it back on the field; you don’t see that everyday.

Training Camp Notes: Ice Up Son…Ice Up One Last Time

Steve Smith Sr. announced Monday that this season, his 15th, will be his last. The diminutive Smith Sr. always played much bigger than his size and will leave behind a legacy as a tough-nosed player who, while maybe a little too fiery at times, competed his tail off and got the most out of his talent that he could have. From a fantasy perspective, Smith Sr. had a resurgent 2014 season with 1,065 yards and six touchdowns as he quickly became Joe Flacco’s favorite target. And despite this being his swan song, there is still reason to believe Smith Sr. can have fantasy value again in 2015 as he is the only established wide receiver on Baltimore’s roster. Due to his age and the fact that he slowed down over the second half of last season, Smith Sr. may actually present a decent value on draft day and could be a solid third receiver for your fantasy team.

Training Camp Notes: DeSean Jackson Cannot Be Stopped

DeSean Jackson cannot be guarded. At least, that’s how the outspoken Washington receiver feels. Jackson was quoted at camp as saying: “I don’t think no one can guard me. It’s how I feel about myself. I don’t feel no one can stop me. You can get Darrelle Revis, Richard Sherman, whoever you want to get.” DJax has never lacked confidence, so this kind of proclamation is no surprise from the 28-year-old burner. However, he would probably be wise to tone it down a little, as Washington has enough to worry about on the field without their top receiver mouthing off. Furthermore, while Jackson’s speed is certainly game-changing, he is far from the top receiver in the league, so the odds are good that despite what he believes, DeSean may just be guardable. In a related note, Jackson is currently sidelined with a dislocated left finger, but the injury does not appear to be anything serious.