MJD stays on pace for Week 1: Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is staying on track to be ready for the team’s regular season opener. The next step comes Saturday when the veteran rusher makes his 2013 preseason debut. After a disappointing 2012, fantasy owners have taken a cautious view of the former rushing champion, drafting him on average in the third round. Right now, MJD is one of fantasy football’s bigger risk-reward options and probably shouldn’t be anything more than a No. 2 option in most leagues.
Patriots cut Jenkins: On its own, the New England Patriots cutting veteran receiver Michael Jenkins doesn’t make much of a fantasy splash. As fuel for the Kenbrell Thompkins-as-sleeper train, it’s somewhat notable. For a team trying to replace the majority of its pass-catching corps, the apparent decision to lean on younger players is worth paying attention to. Of that group, Thompkins is the guy who has most stood out. Don’t go crazy and reach for the undrafted rookie, but as a potential No. 3 or 4 wideout option, he could be a valuable addition.
Fleener back in practice: Indianapolis Colts tight end Coby Fleener is back to work after being held out due to the NFL’s concussion protocols. Last season, Fleener was on the short end of the target stick as compared to fellow tight end Dwayne Allen. But with Pep Hamilton taking over as Indy’s offensive coordinator, former Stanford standout should be able to play in an offense that is a little more familiar. Don’t forget Fleener when you’re looking over later round tight end options in your draft.
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