Roundup: Shanahan impressed with Portis

Forgive an overstatement of the obvious, but training camp is not fun for players or fantasy football enthusiasts. And you just have to look at the recent injury news to see why.

(And this is why one of the top commandments of fantasy football should be, ‘Thou shall not draft your fantasy football team in August.’)

Here are other notes that I have come across this morning and what it should mean to your fantasy team.

  • Redskins coach Mike Shanahan is very impressed with Clinton Portis, according to Rich Campbell on Twitter. Oh yeah, then why did Shanahan trade him those many moons ago? But news like this should always be filed in the ‘take with a grain of salt’ category. Because this is what coaches do. But, before we bury Portis too much, let’s remember this. Portis will only be 29 when the season starts and he never has hit the dreaded 370-mark in any season. If you want to shake down a middle-round selection who could bounce back, Portis should be considered.
    Though sharing carries with Larry Johnson and Willie Parker will not help.
  • RB Fred Jackson is getting most of the work at the No. 1 running back, according to the Bills’ official site. None of this is going to matter when C.J. Spiller is signed. Spiller could make a huge impact as a rookie, though that potential continues to decrease as the team and player continue to haggle like they are purchasing a used car. Get it done, people.
  • Dolphins WR Davone Bess is the No. 1 slot guy according to the Sun Sentinel. Bess should see his targets increase because teams will focus on Brandon Marshall, and we could see Eddie Royal-like production from Bess. Well, the good Eddie Royal from two years ago.
  • The New York Daily News reports that Ahmad Bradshaw looks as fast and shifty as ever. Brandon Jacobs is always the sexy pick in drafts, but Bradshaw will have more fantasy value this year. Imagining another huge year from Eli Manning seems like a stretch, kind of like anticipating a sequel of MacGruber.
  • File this under, ‘This did not take long’ but Kellen Winslow has missed his third consecutive practice. But yet, somebody will still reach for him when that inevitable run on tight ends starts. Don’t be that guy.
  • Cowboys WR Roy Williams told the Dallas Morning News that it is starting to come together between him and QB Tony Romo. That’s nice. We would hate for Williams to jinx Romo like he did to Dez Bryant after the rookie refused to to carry the veteran’s pads during practice. Seriously Tony, throw Roy the ball.

Adam Rank

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