With Aaron Hernandez trading in his Pats jersey for an orange jump suit and the Gronk continuing to break dance following arm and back surgeries – the top flight depth at the TE position has taken a hit this offseason. If you miss out on Jimmy Graham – we suggest owners target other positions and wait to nab a TE in rounds 7-8 as there are many options that should surprise with a change of scenery.
The 49ers Michael Crabtree will miss most if not all of the upcoming season (can Anquan Boldin survive as a #1 ?). A few WRs will be returning from injury riddled 2012 campaigns as Percy Harvin, Miles Austin, Desean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, and Hakeem Nicks will be risky selections heading into the season but each has the potential to post rock solid WR2 value if they reach their potential and can avoid the trainers table. Justin Blackmon (4 games) and Josh Gordon (2 games) will see their fantasy stock take a hit based on suspensions but they make for solid value plays later in your draft.
Ahmad Bradshaw suffered a knee sprain during the Giants drubbing of the Saints. Luckily for the Giants they draft as well or better than any team in the NFL and they were prepared. David Wilson stepped and broke records with his rushing and special teams performance. It’s looking very likely that Bradshaw will be at best limited and at worst sidelined for the Week 15 matchup with a generous Atlanta run defense.
Andre Brown suffered a broken leg against the Packers on Sunday night and is lost for the season. The 25 year old former 4th round pick from NC State ranked 3rd in the league in TDs (8) but his loss could enhance Ahmad Bradshaw’s value as he’ll likely be relied on much more in the red zone. The loss of Brown could also open the door for rookie David Wilson to gain fantasy relevance.
Not a lot is known at this point but Bradshaw went missing in week 10 and now we know it was because of neck issue. He will reportedly go through a series of tests to determine the issue and get a diagnosis. We’ll keep you posted but it’s another injury in a history of issues for Bradshaw.
Hakeem Nicks has been a disappointment to say the least. One of the tough choices many fantasy football owners had to make in the 2012 draft was Victor Cruz or Hakeem Nicks. No one thought that one option would be so clearly superior to the other. The good news for Nicks owners is that the knee swelling that has been keeping him out of practice is gone. The Giants expect Nicks to play on Sunday.
Nicks owners were given a glimmer of hope today when the start WR practiced and Giants HC Tom Coughlin said he was hopeful that Nicks could play vs. the 49ers. Ramses Barden (concussion) also returned to practice and like Nicks is status remains unclear. The matchup this week is a tough one.