Alex Gelhar | Tags: 49ers, Andre Williams, Carlos Hyde, Cleveland Browns, David Wilson, Fantasy football, frank gore, Giants, Josh Gordon, Marcus Lattimore, New York Giants, Peyton Hillis, Rashad Jennings, San Francisco 49ers, Tom Coughlin
Lattimore to begin season on NFI list: After back-to-back devastating knee injuries in 2011 and 2012, Marcus Lattimore’s road to the NFL has been a long, arduous journey. And it appears as if he has hit another speed bump. Lattimore will begin the season on the NFL’s non-football injury list. The move could be a sign that the 49ers aren’t as optimistic about Lattimore’s recovery just yet, and it gives more insight into why they drafted Carlos Hyde in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. While some had Lattimore pegged as a late-round flier in case the ageless Frank Gore did succumb to an injury, that notion has gone out the window now. Hyde is the one to handcuff with Gore or take a chance on, not Lattimore. At least until the 49ers show as much faith in Lattimore’s knee as he does.
Wilson’s recovery on track: All signs are pointing toward David Wilson making a full recovery from his season-ending neck surgery. New York Giants co-owner John Mara said at a YMCA donation ceremony on Thursday that the team plans for Wilson to be ready to go. That’s great news for Wilson, but only further muddles the backfield situation for fantasy owners. Rashad Jennings figures to be the lead back for the G-Men, but behind him is a mixed bag including Wilson, Peyton Hillis, Michael Cox, and rookie Andre Williams. Given Wilson’s game-breaking ability, he could slide in for a healthy role as the change-of-pace back, but only if he stays out of Tom Coughlin’s doghouse. Track Wilson’s recovery and role during training camp, but be wary about investing too much in the talented but frustrating rusher come draft day. He might be best served as a waiver-wire addition until some results are shown in actual production on the field.
Gordon’s agent to work with Browns to help troubled WR: Super-agent Drew Rosenhaus appears to have the best interests of his client Josh Gordon at heart. Or at least where his commision is concerned. Rosenhaus told the Cleveland Plain Dealer he and the Browns will “work together and do the best job we can for (Gordon) collectively.” While this is encouraging to hear, it doesn’t change the fact that Gordon will be lucky if he sees an NFL field in 2014 due to a recent positive drug test and arrest on suspicion of a DWI. While Gordon was selected late in our latest experts mock draft, at this point it’s tough to imagine wasting a roster spot on the immensely talented but troubled wide receiver when that could go to someone with high upside who is more likely to see the field. Draft Gordon at your own risk in 2014, although by the time most fantasy drafts roll around we’ll likely know the details of Gordon’s inevitable suspension.
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