2012 Fantasy Football Offseason Stock - Week of Aug. 6
Isaiah Pead, RB, Rams
A popular late-round running back sleeper this summer is Rams' rookie Isaiah Pead. Many believe Steven Jackson is bound to get hurt, which will open the door for Pead. However, that may not be the case because Pead has reportedly struggled in the pass-blocking drills. Jeff Fisher may be hesitant to use him much for this reason, even if Jackson goes down.
Trent Richardson, RB, Browns
Trent Richardson will fly to Florida on Thursday to have Dr. James Andrews perform a scope on his knee. Richardson is expected to be ready for Week 1, but his absence in practice and on the field during the preseason will make it difficult for head coach Pat Shurmur to trust him on passing downs in the first half of the season.
Terrell Owens, WR, Seahawks
Terrell Owens is done. He should not be drafted by anyone. But he gets an up arrow because he's actually back in the league again - for now.
Sidney Rice, WR, Seahawks
Surprise, surprise. Many are now speculating that Sidney Rice won't be ready for the regular season because of shoulder surgery. That would also explain why the Seahawks were so desperate to sign Terrell Owens.
Miles Austin-Jones, WR, Cowboys
Miles Austin-Jones strained his hamstring Saturday. Cowboy personnel dismissed this as a big deal, but considering Austin-Jones missed lots of time last year with this same injury, it should make you think twice about drafting him.
Vick Ballard, RB, Colts
Vick Ballard is listed ahead of Delone Carter on Indianapolis' initial depth chart. This new Colts' front office handpicked Ballard to be their guy. Carter, who was unimpressive last year, is listed as the No. 4 running back. Remember that Carter was part of the old regime. He may not make the final roster.
Robert Meachem, WR, Chargers
Reports out of Chargers' camp indicate that Robert Meachem has not been clicking with Philip Rivers. We'll see how this plays out in the preseason, but this should not be a shock to anyone. Meachem flopped in New Orleans and he'll likely continue to disappoint on his new team.
Steve Smith, WR, Rams
Someone has to catch passes from Sam Bradford. Brian Quick seems to be the consensus choice, but he's playing behind fellow rookie Chris Givens. Meanwhile, numerous reports have Steve Smith emerging as the lead target. Steve Smith? It seems crazy, but I can buy into it. He had no chance of producing last season because he was coming off a nasty knee injury. He's now two years removed from it though, so he could be back to his old self.
I have no problems with your mock draft for the Raiders. I'm sure you're aware of the need at MLB, but doubling up on defensive tackles would make as much sense given the lack of pass rush outside of Mack.
@jsemmens I've been to the Big Board in the past, but it's still an inefficient way of going about a mock. Not to mention, reports and the people writing them change, no? I come to Walt's site because I used to like his insight on every player. Now, it's simply team needs and a very limited amount of actual analysis. You definitely need SOME amount of explanation behind a pick with regards to team need, but you need much more of the player evaluation angle. Any dummy can write why a particular team "needs" a specific position; it takes a pretty good eye to understand what player needs to fill it. Again, just my 2 cents.
Here's my mock based on team need, prospect value and prevailing opinion as well as some ideas of my own. Please let me know about the team(s) that you follow more closely, and any picks that you agree or disagree with. Please comment, and feel free to rate.