My season long NFL Fantasy Football Draft is this Saturday on Sept. 2. Many of you are having your FF season long drafts this Saturday as well.
I thought it a good idea to list out the significant injuries for each team that could affect the draft. Check out Part II. I already published Part I.
Minnesota Vikings – QB Teddy Bridgewater is still out indefinitely. So is RB Bishop Sankey. So is WR Michael Floyd. Okay. Floyd's suspended until Week 5. No worries. QB Sam Bradford, RB Dalvin Cook, and WR Stefon Diggs are the 3 Vikings fantasy players are looking to draft anyhow.
New England Patriots – WR Julian Edelman is out for the season. Most fantasy football fans are all over WR Brandin Cooks. I don't know. My gut tells me that WR Malcolm Mitchell, and WR Chris Hogan, might be the way to go. Cooks' going to be drafted much earlier than either Mitchell or Hogan.
New Orleans Saints – Tackle Terron Armstead is out indefinitely. Armstead is the Saints' best tackle. I wrote an entire blog earlier this week about how the Saints' offensive line could affect QB Drew Brees, RBs Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram, and WR Michael Thomas.
New York Giants – WR Odell Beckham Jr. is day-to-day. He's still a Top 5 WR, but be careful here. You could blow an early pick on Odell and the ankle issue could end up being one of those nagging things that lasts the entire season.
If Odell does have one of those nagging injuries, ala Julio Jones last season, expect a huge dip in his numbers. His numbers should slightly dip anyhow with the addition of WR Brandon Marshall, who still has a couple of playing years left.
New York Jets – WR Quincy Enunwa, maybe the only player worth drafting on the Jets' squad, is out for the season. QB Bryce Petty, who projected to be their starter, is day to day. Forget about drafting RB Matt Forte. Is he hurt? No. But, Forte's best days are well behind him.
Pittsburgh Steelers – WR JuJu Smith-Schuster is listed as day-to-day. Smith-Schuster's got mad skills. Still, with Martavis Bryant returning, JuJu's upside is limited this season. One thing to keep in mind is that WR Antonio Brown, who projects to be a Top 5 pick in every FF season long draft, could see a dip in his stats for the first time in years.
I also want to point out that Le'Veon Bell should sign his franchise tag tender tomorrow. Who knows what shape Bell's going to be in. Due to his history of injury, you're taking a huge chance if you draft Le'Veon in Round 1.
Seattle Seahawks – RB Thomas Rawls is listed as day to day. If you draft starter Eddie Lacey, consider picking up Rawls. Or, roll the dice and pick up C.J. Prosise. Seattle did cut RB Christine Michael after starting him in a few regular season games last year. Who knows what Pete's going to do?
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – RB Doug Martin won't return until Week 4. RB Jacquizz Rodgers could grab the starting spot in Week 1 and never look back. I think Rodgers might pull a Devonta Freeman, who excelled when Tevin Coleman got hurt. I might draft Rodgers as early as Round 2 if I'm feeling lucky.
Washington Redskins – I know that QB Kirk Cousins isn't hurt. Still, it's tough for me to draft Cousins this season. The addition of WR Terrelle Pryor should help Kirk. That's not the problem. The problem is that O-coordinator Sean McVay became the head coach for the L.A. Rams. McVay is as important to Cousins' development as anyone was in Washington's organization.
Second, Cousins is playing on the 1-year franchise tag. Will that affect how he plays? Is he going to push harder than he should? We shall see.