Fantasy Football Cut-N-Go: The Jerk, Starring Brandon Marshall
The NFL hath donned fantasy football-loving geeks with a slew of new information to ponder as we head into the regular season. The big news comes from this preseason's ongoing whine-storm, Brandon Marshall, as he finally broke the last straw with new head coach Josh McDaniels. After seemingly endless disruptive behavior from Marshall, McDaniels finally snapped and suspended Marshall through Sept. 5th.
He might play come the regular season, but you would think there is a high chance this suspension could extend or Marshall could still end up elsewhere this season. One thing is certain: downgrade this jerk in your wide receiver rankings.
There's plenty more going on elsewhere in the league, so let's take a look-see around the horn.
• While the Dallas Cowboys thought they would be happy to be rid of one of the league's other big-mouthed brats, Terrell Owens, Dallas' key replacement Roy Williams suffered a shoulder injury. The Dallas Morning News reports that X-rays came back negative. The Cowboys have listed Williams as day-to-day with a "shoulder contusion," but it looks like he'll be ready for the regular season.
• The big news from Lincoln Financial Field as reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer was that Eagles head coach Andy Reid utilized Michael Vick in six plays in Thursday night's preseason game, during five of which he lined up at quarterback in the Wildcat formation and once at receiver in the slot. With all the negative publicity the Eagles have had to fight through to justify picking up Vick, you can rest assured they will get him in the game. Hence, teams will need to start preparing accordingly to adapt to these less-than-conventional looks. From a fantasy perspective, the more relevant issue is that this makes Donovan McNabb look less appealing.
• One notable player to watch on Saturday will be Detroit Lions' first-rounder Brandon Pettigrew. MLive reports that Pettigrew will see his first preseason action on Saturday, which may or may not lead to a starting job in Week 1. The Lions clearly have high hopes for Pettigrew given the fact that they jumped on him over far more pressing needs, so look for the Lions to give him every opportunity to contribute this year. As for the starting quarterback come Week 1, it's still up in the air according to coach Jim Schwartz, but Daunte Culpepper will get the start in the final preseason game, so odds are leaning in his favor.
• The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Rashard Mendenhall will start on Saturday against the Buffalo Bills. With fast Willie Parker out this week with a hamstring injury, the Steelers seek to get a good look at what Mendenhall can do. Parker does not appear to be seriously hurt, so do not expect a radical jump in value from Mendenhall, but this is certainly an opportunity for him to solidify a bigger role in the offense.
• The Las Vegas Review Journal takes a look at rookie running back value and brings up a less well-known name in James Davis for Cleveland. Davis cranked off an 81-yard touchdown run and 116 yards on the ground against the Lions (so take from it what you will) and appears to be making a bit of a run at the starting spot, working a good amount with the first team. This guy looks to be a decent deep sleeper pick if he manages to stay under the radar.