Three and out: Colston’s knee a concern

Colston still missing practice: Marques Colston, who is coming off microfracture knee surgery, has missed four straight practices in an effort to rest the knee. Saints coach Sean Payton said he expects Colston to return soon, but didn’t mention a concrete date. The veteran has had numerous knee operations during his career, and the microfracture variety can be one of the more difficult to overcome. Colston, who finished 18th in fantasy points among wide receivers on NFL.com last season, is clearly a risk-reward No. 2 fantasy option on draft day. Questions about his problematic knee also make Robert Meachem worth a look as a potential deep sleeper. It also makes Jimmy Graham a better sleeper, if in fact Colston’s knee becomes an issue during the season.

Bush won’t see featured role: If you think Reggie Bush has a chance to be the top runner in Miami, well, it’s time to think again. According to the Palm Beach Post, OC Brian Daboll has lined him up in the backfield, in the slot and a wideout. However, the Post also reports Bush “isn’t likely to get more than 10-12 [touches] a game as a running back.” That’s not a surprise, especially when you consider Bush has missed 16 games over the last three years due to injuries. What’s more, he’s also averaged a mere 6.6 carries per game in that time. The back to land in South Beach is rookie Daniel Thomas, who is a potential workhorse who could see 225-250 touches — including goal-line work. I’d go after him in the middle rounds as a No. 2 fantasy back with upside.

Daniels getting rave reviews: If you’re looking for a potential draft bargain at the tight end position, look no further than Owen Daniels. A talented pass catcher, he was one of the most targeted players at his position during the final three weeks of 2010. A big reason for the increase in looks was that he finally started to overcome the effects of reconstructive knee surgery. In an interview with the Houston Chronicle, Texans coach Gary Kubiak is even comparing Daniels to Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe. That’s not to suggest that Daniels will end up in Canton, but it does show that he is viewed as a player who can make a positive impact. Remember, he was the top-scoring tight end in fantasy football in 2009 before suffering the aforementioned knee injury. Daniels, who went in the seventh round in a recent industry experts league, could be a terrific value for owners.

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