Former LSU standout Derrius Guice is now planted on injured reserve with a torn ACL and the Redskins are back in the market for a running back. Headlining the list of visitors who will reportedly make a trip to Washington in the near future is 2012 NFL MVP Adrian Peterson, two-time first-team All-Pro Jamaal Charles, and the Giants’ reigning rushing leader, Orleans Darkwa.
One of the most hyped fantasy prospects of the summer, McKinnon caused many people to hold their breath when he went down in practice Sunday — and probably no one more so than 49ers coaches who already are without Matt Breida’s services for a few weeks due to a separated shoulder. Thankfully, early reports revealed that McKinnon is only dealing with a calf strain and San Francisco is taking a week-by-week approach with him. With Breida also sidelined, though, we’re now going to get a good long look at Raheem Mostert, Joe Williams and Jeremy McNichols. Given the two-back system head coach Kyle Shanahan is expected to deploy, one of these guys could attain fantasy relevance if either McKinnon or Breida miss time during the regular season. In other news, here’s what’s happening elsewhere around the league:
Earlier this week I took over one of the twelve teams that would be participating in Tuesday’s Ottoneu Expert’s League auction. This is a keeper league, and the squad I inherited was disappointingly thin on running backs and receivers, considering the only player on my roster that wasn’t a quarterback or tight end was the recovering Chris Thompson. Compare me to the guy who entered the night with David Johnson, DeAndre Hopkins, Alvin Kamara, Tyreek Hill, Juju Smith-Schuster, Jimmy Graham, Alex Collins and Marlon Mack… I didn’t feel great going into to this. But the bright side to my situation was that I easily had the most cap space of all teams bidding, and there was still a decent pool of receivers up for grabs.
Sunday was a relatively uneventful day of peace in the injury-filled days of preseason football until news broke that the Browns shipped Corey Coleman to Buffalo for a late-round pick. Let’s add him to the laughable list of Cleveland’s failed draft picks since 2012 that haven’t lasted more than three years with the organization: Trent Richardson (one year), Brandon Weeden (two), Barkevious Mingo (three), Justin Gilbert (two), Johnny Manziel (two), Danny Shelton (three), Cam Erving (two)…
Simultaneously resetting the quarterback market once again, Stafford’s five-year extension is supposed to surpass the five-year, $125 million extension Derek Carr signed back in June. Stafford’s payday is more than justified in my eyes due to his impressive track record of orchestrating efficient offenses and the statistics that support that claim, such as his ascension to second all-time with 278.0 passing yards per game. Not to mention, Stafford is durable, as he’s started every game since 2011. He might not remain the highest paid player in NFL history for long though, as the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and Kirk Cousins could all command higher wages in the near future.
It wasn’t a good night for Giants receivers during Monday’s exhibition in Cleveland, as both Odell Beckham (ankle) and Brandon Marshall (shoulder) exited with injuries. While it initially doesn’t sound as if either is dealing with any sort of long-term problem, nothing is for certain, so we’ll need to monitor their statuses throughout the week to determine whether they’ll suit up for the all-important third preseason game Saturday against the Jets. If they ultimately don’t play, Sterling Shepard will likely be the apple of Eli Manning’s eye and could make for an intriguing DFS play against a suspect Jets secondary. Rookie tight end Evan Engram could see a lot of work, too.