Falcons: Steven Jackson “Extremely Excited” for Week 1
Steven Jackson has missed all of the preseason thus far due to a hamstring injury, but when asked on Tuesday about his status for Sunday’s showdown against the Saints, Jackson said that he felt very confident and was roaring to go.
Hamstring injuries are tricky, and for as old of a guy as Jackson is, they are a little concerning. Any type of injury, but especially anything involving an aging running back’s legs or back are concerning. Those are the muscles and parts of the body that make everything else work. If either are not performing at 100%, it just increases the risk of other parts breaking down.
As far as Week 1 goes, I’m not comfortable starting Jackson in any but the deepest of leagues (think 14 to 16-team leagues). He’ll likely be on a snap count due to missing so many preseason games, and it looks like the game should be a shootout. Look for Jacquizz Rodgers and rookie Davonte Freeman to see the field often and take snaps away from Jackson.
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Patriots: Rob Gronkowski Says He’ll Play, Coach Belichick Says Not So Fast
In what is probably the most unsurprising development of the preseason, Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick told the media that his star tight end, who made a statement earlier in the week that he was ready for Week 1, may not be ready after all.
Gronkowski is less than eight months removed from a season ending knee injury, which is actually a pretty remarkable recovery time. He’s looked good in preseason though, and has shown no lingering affects from either his knee or his forearm, which he hurt in 2012. It seems that so far, the injuries that he’s sustained over the past years hasn’t slowed him down one bit.
As far as fantasy goes, if the Patriots are comfortable playing Gronk, then you should also be comfortable starting him in your lineups. Even if he does have a snap count, he’ll be on the field when the Tom Brady and Co. are in the red zone. Gronk has a total of 15 touchdowns in the last 18 games that he’s played in, and I’m comfortable rolling him out as my starting tight end.
Houston: Arian Foster Feels “Wonderful,” Expects to Play Week 1
Foster has sat out the entire preseason for the second straight year, but says that he is itching to get back on the field. He probably could have played the final two games of the preseason, but decided to hold back in hopes of being fresh for the regular season.
Foster has always been one of the more honest players in the league when he talks to the media, so it’s nice to hear how great he feels. It seems like just yesterday that he was contemplating retirement, but it seems like he’s changed his tune. A nagging hamstring injury kept him off of the field for most of 2013.
Foster gets a juicy Week 1 matchup against the Washington Redskins, who allowed 20 total rushing touchdowns to running backs in 2013, and was one of just four teams that allowed opposing running backs to achieve 20+ fantasy points per game. It seems like Foster is set up for a monster Week 1, and should be started in all leagues.
Wes Welker seemed to be progressing nicely from his concussion, but then got slapped with a four game for testing positive for amphetamines. The four weeks off may actually help Welker recover fully from the concussion, but I’m not very hopeful…Larry Fitzgerald sat out Tuesday’s unofficial practice due to a tender knee, but will be all systems go Week 1 against the Chargers…Christine Michael is still recovering from a tight hamstring, and may miss at Seattle’s 2014 opener against the Packers…
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