Three and out: Brees nearing return?

Summer Brees: Mired in an offseason full of challenges, some good news might be on the horizon for the Saints. Appearing on “The Mike and Mike” show on ESPN, QB Drew Brees stated he is “still very confident that we’ll get a long-term deal done, and hopefully that will happen sooner than later.” The team lost backup quarterback Chase Daniel to a thumb injury during offseason workouts, leaving recently signed Luke McCown as the only QB with experience as New Orleans heads into training camp. Missing time won’t be much of an issue for Brees. What’s more worrisome is Devery Henderson’s ability to fill the role vacated by Robert Meachem. Regardless, Brees will still have plenty of weapons at his disposal and is one of the elite QBs in fantasy land.

Early return: Giants WR Hakeem Nicks broke a bone in his foot last month, but has shed his walking boot and believes he will be ready for training camp. Speaking to WFNZ radio in Charlotte, Nicks said he will “definitely (be) making training camp. I started running about two weeks (ago), but the coaches don’t really want me to force the issue right now.” Though coaches will ease him back into things, Nicks should be at 100 percent once the season starts. Any fears about the foot should have been quelled by this news, keeping his status as a top fantasy WR intact. Still, it might be wise to keep tabs on who settles in as the third WR on the depth chart and select him as insurance in the later-rounds of fantasy drafts.

Winner by default: Let the merry-go-round begin in Washington. Even with Roy Helu and Evan Royster on the roster, Pro Football Weekly has reported that Tim Hightower is the favorite to start at running back. Despite the fact he is coming off ACL surgery, Hightower being the favorite speaks more to Helu and Royster’s ineffectiveness than his expected production. Selecting any running back from a Mike Shanahan-coached team in fantasy drafts has always been like rolling the dice. Hightower might be the favorite now, but Shanahan prefers to go with the whoever is the “hot hand.” Both Helu and Hightower are fantasy-worthy, but only as No. 3 or 4 RBs on draft day.

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