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Fantasy Football 2012: Trent Richardson to Have Knee Scoped


To follow up on Mike's first Twitter News post, here are some updates to some of the camp news items he featured in his article last night.

Good news for Raiders fans and future fantasy owners, as Goodson regained feeling in his extremities fairly quickly after his helmet to helmet collision with Phillip Wheeler in practice on Tuesday. Goodson is the favorite to back up Darren McFadden, and is a must draft for those who grab McFadden this season.

Mike wrote about Trent Richardson in his article yesterday, and here is more from Tony Grossi from ESPN Cleveland:

Richardson’s status for the preseason opener Friday in Detroit is now in doubt. He missed Tuesday’s practice with a sore left knee. It’s the same knee on which Richardson had arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus after the Alabama season. It prevented him from running at the NFL combine in February.

I wonder how this will impact TRich in early fantasy drafts, especially if he misses Friday's preseason game. He is sure to drop in mock drafts as a result of this news, but we will be on top of this story as the week progresses.

UPDATE: More Twitter News after the jump with some camp updates from Wednesday afternoon, including updated news on Trent Richardson:

I grabbed Laurent Robinson off the waiver wire last season, and he was very productive in the Dallas offense. Now in Jacksonville, I wouldn't expect Robinson to repeat his excellent 2011 season which saw him score 11 touchdowns. But a #1 wide receiver is a #1 wide receiver and he should see an increase in targets this season, yet the touchdown total should drop a bit.

RB James Starks really needs to show up in the games. His practices aren't as good as they could be, and he seems to have regressed as a receiver. In front of the JUGS machine, Starks dropped two early in practice. Starks got a ton of snaps in practice Tuesday because Alex Green was resting his knee, and he showed some good moves. But it came without pads on. On Thursday, he needs to establish himself as the starter. - Tom Silverstein, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Starks is currently the Packers #1 running back on their depth charts but Alex Green is a name to remember, especially in this explosive offense.

It's not usually a good idea to have a knee-jerk reaction to people raving about a young star, but Julio is just that good. Julio said he was a "5 or 6" on a 10-point scale last year. I'm not sure how he'll go later than pick number 25 in even a PPR draft at this point. If you have any doubts about Julio, go ahead and read this.

This is pretty much the news we've come to expect with All Day. He's going in the second round of any mock. There are still about 10 other running backs that should go off the board before rolling the dice on one of the NFL's most talented players.

Uh oh. The NFL is reviewing a drug test for Haden and he could be facing a four-game suspension. This would be a devastating blow to the Browns as a team and its ramifications can spread to other areas. If the Browns can't stop anyone, then that means their defense will be on the field longer. If their defense is on the field longer, then that means their offense is on the sidelines longer. If their.. OK. You get the picture. Although I wouldn't be overly concerned about drafting Trent Richardson at the very end of the first round. Greg Little could be more alluring with the Browns possibly needing to pass a little bit more, too. Again, don't overreact to this news. As far as IDP goes, this might make teams more likely to pass on them, so guys like T.J. Ward could become more useful for tackles. Ward is a strong DB2 on my IDP board right now.

OK. Now you can overreact to this news. Dr. James Andrews is arguably the most feared three-word combination in fantasy football. There's still no reason to totally panic and let him slip past 30 in your draft, but I'd bump Richardson out of the first round. He'd still be my RB12 overall. An elite receiver joined with a first-round back seems like the smart play (assuming the top 11 backs are gone).

One play has a lot of implications. First and foremost, Kolb is back at practice and it looks like the rib contusion he suffered on Sunday is minor. Secondly, Ryan Williams! Williams can gain some momentum to become an RB3 with a good preseason. The Beanie-Williams bout is one of the better battles of training camp.

Yuck. T-Rich's ADP probably just tripled with this "guess" from a very credible reporter. At this point, Doug Martin looks like the best rookie to draft. Keep an eye on this story. Obviously.

To follow up with the tweet above, here is Chris Mortenson from ESPN:

If true, TRich's ADP increases big time, as Mike indicates above. Reports that he wil miss all of the Brown's preseason games, so draft accordingly. Montario Hardesty's draft value just increased a bit.

This could become a WRBC situation. Owens was usually the split end in his prime and moving over to flanker suggests that he'll be more of a vertical threat for their offense. Rice would likely take a hit and this is becoming one of the most interesting developments. We still can't rule out that Rice could move across the formation to become the split end either; that spot is currently held by Golden Tate. We wouldn't really suggest targeting any Seattle receiver before the double-digit rounds in 12-team leagues.

Welp. The opener is still one month away and it's possible he won't miss any time. That said, there's still no way you can invest a top-40 pick on a rookie that doesn't get any preseason action. Montario Hardesty is worth drafting in almost every league now, too.

We'll have more for you as the day goes on.