Ocho Cinco to have surgery

Our Adam Schefter is reporting that Chad Johnson will undergo ankle surgery on Wednesday. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told reporters last week that his client has bone chips in the ankle. Johnson is expected to return in time for training camp, but this is a situation that fantasy footballers need to watch over the next several weeks.

Chad Johnson, WR
Cincinnati Bengals

2007 statistics
Rec: 93
Yards: 1,400
TDs: 8

Johnson hasn’t been the most consistent player at his position over the past two seasons, but he’s still averaged 90 receptions, 1,404 yards and scored a combined 15 touchdowns in that time. Those numbers make him a No. 1 fantasy wideout across the board.

Johnson also plans to honor his current contract, according to Rosenhaus, so all of his offseason talk of a holdout seems to have been little more than blown smoke. Barring setbacks, this surgical procedure shouldn’t have too much of a negative affect on his draft value.

With so much pomp and circumstance around Ocho Cinco, however, I’m keeping him out of the top five fantasy players at his position. Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Reggie Wayne, Braylon Edwards and Andre Johnson should all be taken ahead of him. In fact, you can make an argument that T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Larry Fitzgerald, Steve Smith and Marques Colston even warrant consideration in drafts before Johnson and all of his personal baggage.

In other wide receiver news, Anquan Boldin isn’t sure if he’ll attend Arizona’s training camp due to contractual issues. Most of these holdout threats aren’t followed through into the regular season (much like Shaun Alexander, Hines Ward and Lance Briggs in recent season), so I don’t think Boldin’s value is affected.

In fact, I’d be more worried about how the presence of Matt Leinart in a prominent role alters the value of Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald. At this point, I still see Boldin as a high-end No. 2 fantasy wideout in all formats.

A wideout whose future is a lot more clouded is Terry Glenn, who had reportedly asked for his release from the Dallas Cowboys. Glenn is upset with the team after it asked him to sign an injury waiver due to concerns over his problematic knee. The veteran hasn’t been able to practice with the team, but Glenn and his own personal doctor in Columbus, Ohio believes the health of his knee is not an issue.

If Glenn doesn’t sign the waiver, the Cowboys could be forced to release him. If Glenn is cut, the team would be in bad shape at the wide receiver position. Terrell Owens is of course a lock to start with Patrick Crayton second on the depth chart. Sam Hurd would be the favorite to open the season as the No. 3 wide receiver, while Miles Austin, Isaiah Stanbeck and Danny Amendola would battle for depth-chart position.

Even if Glenn were to remain with Dallas, his knee problems have already drained much of his fantasy value.

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