Nfl Picks Of The Week
Just when you thought it was safe to spend a day getting ready for the college football picks this weekend, the need for free NFL picks rears its head yet again. This time, it’s the fantasy footballers among us in need of a little guidance after at tumultuous week in the league.
Of all the news that came down on this week, none was bigger for fantasy-tics than Ryan Grant’s season ending ankle injury. For the past three years, Grant has been a fantasy mainstay. As one of the few NFL running backs not having to share significant and playing in a high-powered offense, he had become a late-first round or early-second round pick in just about every league. If he’s still available on the waiver wire – a slim chance at this late hour – Brandon Jackson is your man. While he won’t give you the same value that you likely would have gotten from Grant, Jackson can be a quality 2nd or 3rd fantasy back.
In the event that you missed out on Grant, two different backs may have just gained fantasy value with just one move. The New England Patriots shipped Laurence Maroney to the Denver Broncos for a pair of draft picks. The move means Maroney can probably expect a few more carries in the Mile High, although he will still be solidly behind Knowshon Moreno. It also gives veteran Fred Taylor a slightly tighter grasp on the top job at Foxboro. That status comes with a big asterisk – the Patriots’ depth and running back by committee approach that made Maroney expendable also make Taylor not as solid a pick as he could be. Nfl Picks Of The Week
Running backs weren’t the only ones impacting your free NFL picks. Detroit Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford reportedly suffered a joint sprain in his throwing shoulder. The initial diagnosis says he will miss the next four to eight weeks. However there is concern that after a visit to Dr. James Andrews, Stafford could end up being out a lot longer. Let’s be honest, you’re not picking up Shaun Hill. However, depending on how deep your league is more attractive pickups like Kyle Orton or Jason Campbell could still be available. Temper your enthusiasm on Campbell, but if you’re going to play him, this is the week with Oakland lining up against the Rams.
Finally it appears that Kevin Kolb’s concussion (say that five times fast!) will likely keep him out of the lineup, although the Eagles have yet to make an official determination. Nonetheless, it significantly boosts Michael Vick’s value for the week. Long-term, it would still appear to be Kolb’s job to lose – although the Philly fans were ready to fire him in the second quarter of last week’s loss to Green Bay. Vick sparkled for the Eagles last week and it would appear that as long as Kolb can’t play, Vick’s a good option. Nfl Picks Of The Week
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