Here are our fantasy takes on the NFL news of the day …
MJD not concerned about knee: Maurice Jones-Drew is one of the top running backs in fantasy football (and an avid fantasy owner), but there’s at least some concern about his surgically-repaired knee heading into the 2011 season. In fact, MJD recently told the Florida Times-Union that the Jaguars “are kind of scared of my knee” and “anxious to throw Rashad [Jennings] in.” Of course, Jones-Drew has no doubt that he’ll be back at 100 percent in plenty of time for the start of the regular season, telling the Times-Union that he “can still carry the load” and will “go through double days in camp to prove it.” When I interviewed Jones-Drew last month, he assured me that his knee was fine — he even told me that he would draft himself No. 1 overall in his personal leagues if allowed the chance. While I don’t share the same sentiment, I do think MJD is still worth a late first-round choice on draft day. However, I’ll also be targeting Jennings as insurance in the middle to late rounds if I do land “Pocket Hercules.”
Will Brett Favre return … again?: If I have to endure another “Favre Watch,” I might get a little queasy. But according to NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt, the old gunslinger might have one more comeback left in him because of his interest in mentoring the top pick in the 2011 draft, Cam Newton. Brandt even suggested Seattle as a potential landing spot for the 41 year old, due to the presence of offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who coached Favre with the Packers and Vikings. While I’ll never say never, especially when it comes to Favre, I just don’t see him making another return after what was a disappointing and forgettable 2010 campaign. But if he did decide to come back, I wouldn’t expect Favre to be worth more than a late-round pick in fantasy land.
Austin Collie confident for 2011: If Collie was on your fantasy team at the start of last season, you remember him putting up surprisingly solid numbers before he suffered one of multiple concussions that cost him five games. Those injuries have made him a risk-reward selection in 2011 drafts, but Collie is confident that those issues won’t be a problem. In an interview with Grant Napear of CBS Sacramento, the third-year wideout said that he doesn’t “like to dwell on [the concussions] too much just because it can affect your play going across the middle and catching another ball.” If Collie can get past the mental part of being on the field and taking hits, he could turn into a great bargain After all, he does have Peyton Manning throwing him the football.