Rising star: Dallas Cowboys wide receivers Kevin Ogletree and Dwayne Harris continue to battle for the No. 3 spot on the depth chart, each making a solid case throughout the preseason thus far. Though Harris has three touchdowns and has totaled 26 more yards, Ogletree is considered the current favorite to win the job. With Dez Bryant’s legal case still in limbo and Miles Austin suffering from hamstring issues once again, whoever ultimately gets the nod could reap the benefits. When Austin was sidelined in 2011 from Weeks 10-13, Laurent Robinson stepped into the role and totaled five touchdowns to go along with 258 receiving yards. Heading into the 2012 regular season, Bryant, Austin and Jason Witten are all dealing with injury issues, so it’s very possible Ogletree could make an immediate impact. With an ADP of 150.82in fantasy football drafts, the Virginia product is well worth a selection in the later-rounds, especially when you consider Robinson finished 15th among all fantasy wideouts in 2011.
Double trouble: The New England Patriots locked up tight end Aaron Hernandez to a 5-year deal on Monday, assuring their rivals of continued headaches when facing the tandem of Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski. The Florida product finished third among all fantasy football tight ends in 2011 and is projected to once again claim that spot this season. With Rob Gronkowski commanding an ADP of 14.35, Hernandez provides an alternative to owners unwilling to pay that steep of a price. By opting for Hernandez in the middle-rounds, owners can still get a top-tier tight end and focus on other positions early.
Ready for action: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick told Jeff Skversky of WPVI-TV he had “no doubt” he would be ready for action Week 1 of the regular season. The veteran could be one of the better values in fantasy drafts, given his current ADP of 37.15 which positions him as a fourth round selection. He’s only season removed from leading all fantasy quarterbacks with 310.32 total points, and will be facing the 17th ranked strength of schedule in 2012. Though he is considered an injury risk, he also poses the potential for big rewards. Owners who miss out on the ‘Fab Five’ should consider Vick a viable option, but be sure to back him up in case the injury bug does strike again.
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