With Marcus Wheaton (shoulder) having been ruled out for the Steelers’ Monday night contest against Washington, Chris Adamski of Triblive.com is reporting that Darrius Heyward-Bey is expected to operate as the No. 3 receiver. This certainly gives Heyward-Bey added value, as his ability to stretch the field could result in him seeing a couple deep passes—of the course the bigger question is whether or not he’ll hang on to the football, a problem that’s plagued him throughout his career. That said, he’s now a low-salary dart throw option in DFS. In addition, it appears that Sammie Coates’ poor training camp could result in him being little more than a backup option to spell the three receivers ahead of him.
Those who spent a premium draft pick on Kelvin Benjamin won’t be happy to hear that head coach Ron Rivera said his receiver may play fewer snaps than he did as a rookie in 2014. If any team is equipped to go with a wide receiver by committee, it just might be the Panthers, who have plenty of interchangeable parts at the position. This certainly isn’t a huge problem for Benjamin’s value, but those who have him similarly ranked with another player in upcoming drafts should consider making this news a tiebreaker.
Based on the preseason, it should be no surprise that Virgil Green has been named the Broncos’ No. 1 tight end to open the season. Even though the team projects to be very run-heavy, head coach Gary Kubiak has a long history of getting production from his tight ends, making Green an upside draft pick as a TE2. He’s currently being selected in about 25 percent of drafts, but when he does get chosen, his ADP is 175.
We start today’s entry with terrible news out of Minnesota, as Teddy Bridgewater suffered a torn ACL along with a dislocated knee at practice Tuesday. The team will have a big drop off at quarterback as they’ll now turn to veteran backup Shaun Hill, though they certainly could look to acquire another quarterback. However, if Hill’s under center for the Vikings, it’s reasonable to downgrade each of the team’s receiving options in fantasy drafts.
After taking a vicious hit in Thursday’s preseason game, Tony Romo suffered a pair of broken bones in his back and is likely to miss anywhere from 6-to-10 weeks. Before the injury, his ADP was at 129, though that should plummet immediately. Fantasy owners should consider avoiding him unless they have enough bench space to handle such an extended absence.
With a pair of dominant performances in the books this preseason, Dez Bryant won’t be on the field for the Cowboys third preseason game after suffering a concussion during Monday’s practice. It’s never wise to speculate about a player returning from a head injury, but the superstar has almost three weeks to recover in order to be on the field in Week 1. Unless additional negative news arises in the near future, he’s a great value at his current ADP of 12.
Matt Jones left Friday’s preseason game against the Jets with a slight separation on his left AC joint, and the shoulder injury will cause him to miss some time, though head coach Jay Gruden is hopeful that he’ll have his lead running back on the field soon. As long as there aren’t any complications, is reasonable to expect that he’ll be ready for Week 1, which gives him 21 days to recover. His current ADP is 66, and with Jones expected to have a sizable work load for Washington, he remains a solid target for fantasy teams that loaded up on wide receivers early in drafts.