Kenny Britt has second surgery: Britt, who had reconstructive knee surgery last year after tearing his right ACL, required what is being called a “minor” arthroscopic procedure on the same knee this week. Titans GM Ruston Webster talked about Britt’s recovery, saying the operation is “commonplace” among athletes who have ACL injuries. He also suggested that the talented wideout might not be ready for the start of training camp, but he thinks Britt will be back in time for the regular-season opener. Missing camp shouldn’t be considered a huge obstacle from a fantasy perspective, however. Britt missed all of camp last season with a hamstring injury and still posted huge numbers in three games before going down with the knee ailment. Barring any setbacks, I like Britt as a No. 2 fantasy wideout with upside in the middle rounds.
Hester to start for Bears?: Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune said he would be “stunned” if Alshon Jeffery started ahead of Devin Hester in Week 1. However, that doesn’t mean the rookie won’t pass Hester on the Bears’ depth chart at some point early in the season. Remember, Hester is expected to return both kicks and punts this season, so playing in a large amount of offensive snaps is unlikely. Considering he’s never been a consistent or reliable fantasy option as a wideout, owners should hope to see Hester in a returners role, which is his best role as a playmaker, to improve the value of the Bears DST. Jeffery is still worth a late-round pick.
Turner excited about Meachem: During a recent interview with ESPN 1100 in Las Vegas, Chargers coach Norv Turner talked about the addition of Robert Meachem to his pass attack in 2012. “He adds a real speed dimension to our offense,” he said. “He’s got a different type of speed because there’s some quickness involved.” Meachem is in a great place to have a career season, as he’ll be the No. 1 wideout in San Diego with a star quarterback in Philip Rivers under center. The one concern I have, though, is that Meachem failed to make a major impact as part of a dynamic offense in New Orleans with superstar quarterback Drew Brees throwing him the football. Still, I’d target him as a No. 3 fantasy wideout in 2012 fantasy drafts.