Mendy still mending: Rashard Mendenhall is likely to start the 2012 season on the PUP list, according to GM Kevin Colbert. “My guess is they’ll open the season on PUP,” he told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review when discussing both Mendenall and NT Casey Hampton. Being placed on the physically unable to perform list means they won’t be available until after Week 6. Isaac Redman now becomes the back to select in fantasy drafts, but his value should remain as a No. 3 running back at best. As for Mendenhall, it will be tough for him to earn his job back if Redman is effective. As a result, this could be the beginning of the end for his 2012 value. The Steelers have also made the transition to a passing offense, so the days of top fantasy backs in Pittsburgh could be over.
Mohammed Massaquoi maturing: Browns President Mike Holmgren told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Massaquoi is “ready to have a breakout year.” The fourth-year receiver has gradually taken a step back with each season, but it seems as if he is ready to turn things around. However, Massaquoi will be working with rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden and will have to fight off Greg Little for targets. There’s also Trent Richardson, who will be the primary weapon in a young offense. Massaquoi is safest selected for depth purposes in fantasy drafts. He may improve on the field, but that doesn’t mean he will be a good addition to your fantasy squad.
Rookie Jenkins struggles: 49ers first-round pick A.J. Jenkins reportedly had a tough time during OTAs and was unable to stay on his feet. The Press-Democrat even went so far as to label Jenkins the “biggest letdown” of the recent workouts. He was already not going to be on many fantasy radars due to the presence of Randy Moss, Michael Crabree and Mario Manningham. Unless a rash of injury strikes the team, Jenkins should be an afterthought in most fantasy re-drafts.
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