Shipley will be a full year removed from a ACL tear that ruined his sophomore NFL season in September but unlike some of the players who have managed to come back more quickly than expected, such as Wes Welker, the Bengals may take it slow with Shipley. Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com seems to think that the team is leaning toward putting Shipley on the shelf for the first six games of the year because of the depth they believe they have at the position.
ProFootballFocus projects 50 receptions for 573 yards and 2 TDs or Shipley. See their WR projections HERE.
The guys at FFToday, who always do a very good job, have Mohamed Sanu ranked ahead of Jorday Shipley heading into 2012. For Sanu they project 43/549/4 and for Shipley 38/455/3. Here are their projections.
FANTASY FOOTBALL SPIN
Jordan Shipley had a very promising rookie season before going down with an injury after just 2 games in his second year. If he does start the season on the PUP list then he’s obviously not worth drafting, but wise fantasy owners will consider picking him up before he comes off the PUP if it’s clear that the Bengals need him. Either Mohamed Sanu or Shipley will make our sleeper list entering the season, a lot of that will depend on the Bengals decision with Shipley. Considering Jerome Simpson is gone and Sanu is a rookie we think the Bengals confidence in their wide receiver depth is a bit too optimistic.
Sanu will see his fantasy stock spike if it is announced that Shipley has been placed on the PUP list and it should benefit Jermaine Gresham as well.