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JUMbotron: Pre-Season Huddle, Vol. 3
John U. Miller
August 8, 2011

Again, my apologies but the thoughts swirl around so violently… This post-lockout frenzy requires JUMbotron to spit ‘em out without chewing, just to keep up.  Today I will ramble a little but the good news is I have updated rankings ready.  Big fun!  Let’s begin.

Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders
Darren McFadden was a fantasy beast in 2010, ranking #2 in fantasy points per game played.

I actually like the idea of Darren McFadden breaking that orbital bone in his face and missing a couple weeks.  It’s a relatively minor injury (boxers have it 20 times in their career) but it sounds scary enough to kill the fantasy hype.  I like McFadden staying out of camp contact for a while, remaining fresh, taking practice handoffs by himself.  And with Michael Bush starting the first two preseason games you’ll see McFadden sliding out of the late 1st round (where he was in July), even into the late 2nd round in some WR-heavy leagues.  We fantasy geeks, we’re such a “out of sight, out of mind” bunch.

McFadden is #7 on my RB PPR board (#8 on The Huddle’s big board) and will remain there as long as his legs are healthy.  Last I checked McFadden was #12 at ESPN and #10 at Yahoo.  Remember, this man was the No. 2 fantasy RB in points per game last year.  He’s a balls-out beast

Lee Suggs = Justin Fargas = Chris Brown = Kevin Jones = Ryan Torain.  It’s not gonna work out.  Torain just broke his left hand… in… (my best Allen Iverson voice)… p-r-a-c-t-i-c-e.  Torain has suffered a broken foot, torn ACL, broken elbow, sprained PCL, grade 2 hamstring tear, and bruised ribs all in just the last 5 years.  He’s not even on my draft board.  It’s easier for me to get rid of the clutter if I’m not going to draft them no matter what anyway.  Same with Knowshon Moreno because he’s heading down Torain Street.  More on the Redskins RBs below…

A juicy little Peyton Hillis/Montario Hardesty tidbit from Scott Petrak of the Chronicle-Telegram: “Running back Montario Hardesty didn’t practice [Friday], spending his time on a side field with a trainer. He ran sprints but didn’t look quite right. [Pat] Shurmur insists Hardesty’s just following the team’s plan to bring him along slowly following knee surgery last year.”  Hogwash, Pat.  Montario’s done.  Going back to his Tennessee Volunteeer days he’s had three knee surgeries, a torn ankle ligament, and a broken foot.  Hardesty is not on my draft board either.

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