Chomping at the bit: After being hampered by health issues in 2011, Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin is ready to breakout this year. As NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah points out, the receiver has “looked outstanding in offseason workouts,” and expects him to have a “huge year.” Maclin has admitted he is in a better place this season, telling Philly.com “When you have happy players, guys definitely want to go out there and play and give it (their) all…I wish the season started tomorrow; that’s how ready I am.” Fantasy owners with short memories will avoid the Missouri product after a disappointing 2011, but Maclin has the potential to return to his 2010 numbers this season, one in which he scored 10 touchdowns and racked up 964 yards. His current status as a No. 3 receiver makes him one of the better values in fantasy drafts.
Bad timing?: Running backs entering a contract year are usually hot commodities in fantasy land, but Jets running back Shonn Greene could be the exception this season. A recent NFL.com poll reflected voters believe Tim Tebow and Santonio Holmes will each score more total touchdowns than the fourth-year back. The Jets have installed a “ground and pound” offensive scheme, but instead of a running-back-by-committee approach, Tebow is expected to see his fair share of touches that could have gone Greene’s way. Regardless of how things shake out, the Iowa product is still the primary option at running back and will have plenty of opportunities. Greene should be considered a borderline No. 2 or 3 running back in fantasy drafts. His value could fluctuate depending on the successes or failures of Tebow’s involvement in the offense.
In good hands: The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports running back James Starks says he’s “faster than he’s ever been.” Packers coach Mike McCarthy seems to be in agreement, stating the back “looks great.” Starks now finds himself atop the depth chart and the job is his to lose. The problem is he plays in an offense with one of the elite quarterbacks in the game. Injury history and a system reliant on the pass will keep Starks from becoming a true fantasy threat, making him safest selected as a No. 4 running back in drafts.
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