Gary Dickman’s special guest on today’s “Rivals Fantasy Football Show” was Jeff Erickson, Senior Editor at RotoWire.com and host of “RotoWire Fantasy Sports Today.”
Erickson says updates on Todd Gurley have gotten “incrementally better.” He’s been practicing well. There is talk that his workload will be reduced a bit. One concern is that his injury (arthritis in the knee) isn’t something that simply heals. It’s going to be more of a pain management issue for Gurley. Erickson says he would wait until the second round to draft him.
With the season-ending injury to Lamar Miller, Houston’s Duke Johnson has seen his stock rise dramatically in fantasy drafts. Erickson cautions that Johnson is a goal line back, but should get plenty (between 150-200) touches this season.
Melvin Gordon’s holdout with the L.A. Chargers is more dire than Ezekiel Elliott’s with the Dallas Cowboys. At least Elliott’s camp is negotiating with the Cowboys. Erickson says Gordon could wait as long as Week 8 or 9 to rejoin the team. He’s a risky high draft pick. Better to take him as low as the seventh round.
Erickson says he is “not touching” Antonio Brown. He is worried about about AB’s lack of practice time with the Raiders, and is unsure what kind of volume he’ll get with the Silver & Black. The Pittsburgh Steelers throw the ball a lot more than the Raiders. Erickson would prefer taking Keenan Allen..
Doesn’t put stock in preseason, but Darrius Guice looks good and rising.
Erickson pointed out that running backs usually make the biggest impact as rookies. He points to Miles Sanders of Philadelphia and David Montgomery of Chicago as possible standouts. Also, Washington’s Derrius Guice (injured all of 2018) has looked look in practice.
Next week’s prize giveaway will be an autographed photo of Green Bay’s Davante Adams.
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