Michael Fabiano — the man who invented fantasy football, according to Jim Nantz — is still on vacation. So allow me to look at some of the top fantasy storylines on a Monday.
NFL Network’s “The Top 100” didn’t factor in fantasy football: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers ranked No. 11 on NFL Network’s countdown of the top 100 players of 2011. Some argue that Rodgers is the best player in the NFL. Bucky Brooks says that he is a bit overrated. One thing is for sure, Rodgers has been the top QB in fantasy football the past two years and should be the first quarterback to come off the board in 2011 drafts.
Ben Roethlisberger might need surgery: The Steelers’ quarterback told reporters that his foot is nearly healed but surgery could still be an option. But, don’t panic. Roethlisberger is a gamer, so he will be ready to go in 2011. It’s players like Roethlisberger who make it easy to wait to draft a quarterback later in drafts, while other big names fly off the board. Don’t let this news discourage you.
Terrell Owens out until November: The enigmatic receiver reportedly had surgery in the past couple of months that could put him on the shelf well into the 2011 season. Owens, 37, is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent which means that he will likely be working with a new quarterback on top of trying to recover from surgery. Needless to say, Owens holds little fantasy value at the moment. But he might be a guy to stash on your bench midway through the season if he falls into the right situation.