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Andre Johnson, Hurt again

Over the past half decade Houston Texans Wide Receiver, Andre Johnson, has been considered the top Fantasy Wide Receiver in football.   His stats and ability were truly second to none.  However over the past 2 seasons Johnsons productivity has fallen and he has spent the second half of the season including the fantasy post season.  This year Andre starts the season off with yet another hamstring injury.

This season, Johnson will be lucky to be in the top 5 of Wide Receivers in terms of production.  Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Wes Welker and Roddy White should easily surpass his production.   There is no denying that Andre Johnson is still a top tier talent, but the question is the risk.  I feel more comfortable taking Larry Fitzgerald who rarely misses time over Andre falling to pieces one more time.

Titan O.J. Murdock found Dead

Tennesse Titans Wide Receiver, O.J. Murdock, was found in his car this morning, suffering from an apparent Self-Inflected gun shot wound.

Murdock was found in front of Middleton High School, where he graduated in 2005, and was quickly rushed to Tampa General Hospital in critical condition. Exact details about the injury have not been released, however the injuries are consistant with a self inflicted gun shot.

Murdock is just the latest in a slew of gun related injuries, highlighted by former San Diego Charger great Junior Seau and former Chicago Bears corner back Dave Duerson. The NFL has stated it is looking into relationships between brain injury and suicide in former football players. The O.J. Murdock incident does not appear to be concussion related at this time.

Minnesota Vikings

Even A.P. is not All Day this year.   Christian Ponder looks to be the starting Quarterback.  The number one receiver is Percy HarvinAdrian Peterson is hampered by ACL/MCL surgery this offseason and may start the season on PUP list.  The defense is led by a beast in Justin Allen, but there is not much behind him to help out. 

The Vikings are in a rebuilding mode, and this one will take some time.  They lack the front office and scouting to make themselves drastically better from the draft.  Although the addition of Matt Kalil, who signed on Thursday, is a start, the process by which the Vikings went through to sign him screams of ineptitude by management (still using offset clauses in contracts, nearly no other NFL club still uses this as a negotiating tactic).  Coupled with the inability to lure free agents to a dilapidated stadium, leaves the Vikings clinging to life in possibly the toughest division in the NFL, the NFC North.

St. Louis Rams

Sam Bradford, it’s all on you my friend.  The Rams were able to add a ton of young talent thanks to the generous gifts from the Washington Redskins.  However, even with drafting the heralded young receiver Brian Quick, they may not have enough this year to make a real fantasy impact.

Peyton Performs

By all accounts, Denver Broncos new quarterback, Peyton Manning, performed like the Peyton of old in his first official practice with the team.  By all accounts the 36 year old QB looked better than expected during the Broncos first full team practice of the season on Thursday.

Bears trade with Tampa Bay

The Chicago Bears traded for Defensive Tackle Brian Price from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Chicago will send back an undisclosed draft pick, probably 5th rounder.

Price who was drafted in 2010 with the 35th overall pick, is a 6 foot 1, 303 pound DT with a nice first step and above average strength. Price started 14 out of the 15 games he played with TB last year.

Indianapolis Colts Pre Season Breakdown

Peyton Manning is gone, as are several other key contributors to the successful Colts teams of the past, Dallas Clark, Pierre Garcon, Joseph Addai, Bob Sanders… all gone.  Who is there?  Perhaps the surest fire bet to be a superstar quarterback in the NFL since Peyton Manning himself came out, Andrew Luck.

Luck will have his hands full trying to bring a dysfunctional offense out of the doldrums and back to the NFL glory that the city and team have known for the past decade.   The Colts defense is still lacking any dominate secondary help to allow the front four time to make a play.  Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney as the only real threats on the D-line and no notable players in the secondary, from a fantasy standpoint there is not much happening in Indy.

Tampa Bay Fails

Tampa Bay had the opportunity to get a lot more than a 4th round pick from Jacksonville.  Tampa was jumping up to take Justin Blackmon to keep him away from St. Louis at 6.  Tampa should have gotten a 3rd and 4th from the Jags.

On the Clock

The Indianapolis Colts made the obvious choice and added Peyton Manning’s successor, Andrew Luck.  The Colts wasted no time getting the pick in within 7 minutes of the start of the Draft.

The Washington Redskins look to do the same thing next by adding Robert Griffin IIICleveland will then jump quickly to get Trent Richardson after their trade with Minnesota.

Pick 4 is where the drama begins.  Does Minnesota trade down again, do they take Claiborne… we shall see.

Minnesota Moves Down

The Cleveland Browns, obviously desperate to add a dominating physical Running Back, moved up one spot by trading with the Minnesota Vikings.  The move appears to be Cleveland’s shot at keeping Trent Richardson away from Tampa Bay.  Tampa was thought to be the most likely team to move into the 3 spot, but the Browns beat them to the punch.

Cleveland gave up their pick in the 1st round, 4th overall, along with their fourth pick (118), fifth (139), and seventh (211) round picks to slide up the one spot they needed to guarantee that Trent Richardson would be a Brown.

Richardson will be the first player off the board to have a solid fantasy value in 2012.  Not since Adrian Peterson came out was there a running back who could step into the league and produce.  The biggest advantage Richardson will have is he is coming into a run heavy system and looks to be able to carry the load.