Top 5 Training Camp Stories to Follow
1). Mike Wallace’s contract situation
With Mike Wallace’s holdout set to continue thoughout all of training camp and possibly some of preseason, you have to wonder what affect it will have on his play. It could make Emmanuel Sanders a bit of a sleeper pick as the Steelers practice without him.
2). Will Dez Bryant and Marshawn Lynch be suspended?
WIth both having another run-in with the law, the overall sentiment is not whether or not they will get suspended, but for how long. Until owners know the length of the suspension, it may be better to hedge their bets and go in another direction.
3). Will Peyton Manning be the Peyton Manning of old?
Depending on what the Broncos’ offense does this year could make or break the entire fantasy football season. With many players rising up the draft charts such as Demayrius Thomas, Eric Decker, and Jacob Tamme, these picks could easily turn into steals or busts right away.
4). Will Chris Johnson regain his speed?
Johnson apparently has shown up to camp stronger and has apparently gained back some of the quickness that was lacking last season. That being said, last year he may have produced one of the uglier 1,000 yards rushing seasons of any back in a long time.
5). Will it be Year 2 of the Tight Ends?
It’s still strange to see tight ends being some of the best fantasy point producers in fantasy football. It becomes apparent with the pre-draft rankings that many pundits have taken notice of this and have moved several into the second and third rounds. High risk for players coming off one productive season.
Three Backup RB to keep an Eye On
1). Mikel Leshoure DET
With Jahvid Best not being able to stay on the field, Mikel Leshoure has a good opportunity of stepping in and filling a role in Detroit. Add in Detroit’s prolific passing attack and he should see plenty of lanes to run in.
2). Peyton Hillis KC
I think Hillis was just put in a bad situation last season with too high of expectations and little to no support around him. With Jamaal Charles coming back from injuries, which should limit his carries, and Hillis’ smash style of running, it should make him a perfect red zone back to finish off many of the Chiefs’ drive with touchdowns.
3). Rashard Jennings JAC
Maurice Jones-Drew has carried the ball a lot, getting over 300 carries this last season. It seems like anytime a running back hits that 300 carry mark, you either see a major injury or a huge drop off. Someone’s got to get those carries if MJD gets injured and right now Jennings looks to be the guy to grab them.