We hit the AFC South’s standing in ESPN’s initial fantasy football rankings, including Texans running back Arian Foster as No.1, in this post.
A lot of other great stuff to get you thinking about your draft strategy is also out, and I wanted to share some division-specific tidbits.
In staff sleepers and busts, the AFC South is mentioned more in sleepers than in busts.
And all-important injury analysis from Stephania Bell…
Schaub: “Lisfranc injuries are more common among running backs, but they often face bigger challenges in their recovery given their positional demands. As Schaub noted, one of the strengths of his game is "playing within the pocket." In other words, for him to return to top form will not be as taxing on his surgically repaired foot as it would if he had a running quarterback style of play. Presuming no setbacks, Schaub should be ready to go when the season starts.” Her quarterbacks file is here.
Johnson: “The concern about Johnson's durability at this point is warranted. He is, after all, now 30 years old, and the type of (hamstring) injury that forced him to miss such extensive time last season hints at the toll of the physical wear and tear accumulated after nine seasons in the league. In 2010, Johnson also missed time due to a high ankle sprain. The thing about Johnson is that when he is on the field, he is clearly the Texans' top receiving threat and still delivers fantasy value. Johnson understands the concern over his health given his recent history, but he seems intent on proving he can still deliver at an elite level. As he told reporters recently, he wants to get back to being "that 1,500-yard Andre." Fantasy owners would certainly welcome that, but admittedly the prospect seems a bit riskier this year than in years past.”
Britt: “And as is always the case with (ACL/MCL reconstructions), it remains to be seen how his knee responds once he introduces football activities. In other words, there is no guarantee at this stage as to when Britt will take the field or how much playing time he will see out of the gate. It's worth pointing out that Britt, who played only three games in 2011 before going down with the knee injury, was held to 12 games in 2010 because of a significant hamstring injury. He also had issues with his hamstring during the 2011 preseason. With that history as a backdrop, it becomes even more critical that Britt returns to a high level of conditioning before taking the field in a game situation.” (Her receiver file is here.)
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