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The preseason is essentially over because any bona fide NFL starter won’t play in the meaningless 4th week. It’s too risky. With teams cutting down to 80 guys today and then down to 53 by Saturday, a lot of desperate football players will be flying around the field in the final exhibition. It’s too dangerous out there.
I feel so sorry for those who’ve already drafted and picked Arian Foster, many of whom did it Saturday evening, probably a mere hour or two before Foster pulled his hamstring. He walked off with his head down while clutching his leg… and then tossed his helmet on the sideline. Foster’s hurt, folks. Derrick Ward roars onto the fantasy speedway with Ben Tate cruising right behind him. It is what it is, and trust me, we’re in for a lot more injuries as we go along.
I’m going to post my Final Preseason Rankings and analyze a boatload of players that I’ve moved up or down. However, before I jump in let’s discuss the #1 Preseason Story: Tim Hightower’s rapid climb up the cheatsheets. The Mike Shanahan Kool-Aid has never poured so hard, as Hightower ripped and slashed through the exhibition season. His 39-yard TD against the Ravens was the big blast that truly launched the hype. Jamey Eisenberg of CBS ranks him #25 now, which is RB2 territory in 12-team leagues. Take a swig of Shanahan Punch, Jamey! J.P. Pelosi of Bleacher Report could barely contain himself last Friday when he wrote: “As the Ravens backpedaled, arms pinned and feet splayed, Hightower jigged and sliced left. There was nothing that could be done once he entered daylight. He chugged across and around a stretched defense all the way to the far corner.” Drink up, J.P.!
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