The (Fantasy) Doctor is In; The Prescription To Save Your Season
The NFL preseason has seen several casualties due to injury. The real life implications are bad enough, but what if you're one of those guys who drafted one of the players whose already out for the season? Not to worry at all. Just because Jordy Nelson's season has ended doesn't mean yours has to be too. The Fantasy Doctor is in to prescribe some replacements that will help ease the pain going into your year.
The New Nelson
WR Jordy Nelson went down in the Packers' second preseason game last Sunday, tearing his ACL. No Nelson doesn't mean the Packers' offense will not be delivering a cheese-flavored wave of fantasy points this season. The Packers' have a talented bunch of young receivers, and Nelson's injury simply means they're moving on up in the depth chart. If anything, the stock of Randall Cobb is much higher. Cobb was already going pretty high on draft boards, but Nelson's injury could make him a dark horse first round pick. Cobb tallied 1,297 yards and 12 touchdowns last season and with Aaron Rodgers at QB and Cobb's promotion, those numbers could potentially grow even bigger. Swipe this former Kentucky Wildcat early if you can.
Cobb may attract double coverage, so who will Rodgers turn to when Cobb is inevitable double covered? One guy you can possibly grab late is Davante Adams. Adams had a stellar college career at Fresno State and had a solid rookie year last season. A marquee game against New England served as a sneak peak to Adams's true potential, as he picked up 6 receptions for 121 yards and a score against the defending champs. Adams also broke out during Green Bay's divisional playoff win over Dallas with 7 receptions for 117 yards. If you can't get anyone on draft day, keep an eye on rookie Ty Montgomery who can serve the Packers as a receiver as well as a return man.
The big factor behind taking a Green Bay receiver is Rodgers. Remember, a good quarterback can a good fantasy receiver into a great one.
The Cowboys' defense received a major blow this week in training camp, when Orlando Scandrick went down with an ACL and MCL tear that will keep him out of the 2015 season. Scandrick was quietly one of the league's better corners and recently won himself a solid contract extension. If you happened to draft Dallas's defense (really, they should not be your primary defense), keep in mind Dallas lost LB Sean Lee last season and still managed passable numbers.
However, if Scandrick's absence is enough for you to break up with the Boys entirely, I prescribe a nice dose of another NFC East defense, that of the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles scored a staggering 11 touchdowns via defense and special teams last year. Granted, that number will likely decline in 2015, but Philadelphia added some nice talent to an already fearsome unit. DE Fletcher Cox and LB Mychal Kendricks (recipient of a massive extension recently) return and Kiko Alonso and Byron Maxwell will join them from Buffalo and Seattle respectively. The Eagles' QB and WR situations are less than ideal, so if you're looking for a unit that can quietly tally up your points on Sunday, the defense is a great way to go.
Not Everything's Bigger...
The Texans' quarterback situation is a Texas-sized nightmare, and the receivers aren't much better. You may be tempted to go after one of their running backs, but again, you're better of staying clear. Arian Foster is injured, so that will probably leave running duties to Alfred Blue. Blue showed flashes of potential last season, including a 156 yard game against Cleveland, but other than that, nothing really stood out from the LSU product. In the final five weeks of the season, Blue did not have a carry that went for 10 yards. He also did not get into the end zone consistently enough, tallying just two touchdowns. If you're going to draft anybody from the Texans, make sure it's someone from that league-best defense.
If you did draft Foster and are now looking for a replacement, you may want to look into teams with rookie quarterbacks. Many teams try to ease in their new signal-callers with veteran help behind them, so don't hesitate to see what teams like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans have to offer, as they'll be starting Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota respectively. Bishop Sankey has show flashes of potential with the Titans, while the Bucs will return veterans like Doug Martin and Bobby Rainey you may want to look into in later rounds.
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