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Quick Hits: Bengals WR Down, Aaron Dobson, Devonta Freeman

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Marvin Jones

You’ve probably heard by now that Marvin Jones has broken his foot. I know among some of the RotoViz writers and fantasy players competing in the popular MFL10s, Jones was heavily targeted. Maybe poor timing by Jones as this article by Davis Mattek about Jones was published shortly before word spread he had broken his foot, but it is still worth a read. I had even pegged Jones as one of my Late Round WRs to Target and Shawn Siegele pegged Jones as breakout WR who won’t break out.

If Jones isn’t back until around Week 5, I think this is going to make him un-draftable in the majority, if not all, leagues. However, he could be a cheap buy if you’re in a start-up dynasty league or you’re competing in a league with deep benches.

Steven Jackson and Devonta Freeman

Steven Jackson has recently returned back to practice after suffering a hamstring injury. Meanwhile his potential handcuff Devonta Freeman left practice yesterday, but it isn’t believed to be serious. The coaching staff thinks Freeman is on the right track, so far.

“He had a great college career but teams try to test rookie running backs. They’ve got those big outside linebackers. There’s a lot of protections, there’s a lot of calls. There’s a learning curve. He’s on the right track.”

James Todd thinks RotoViz is way too long on Devonta Freeman, which you can read about here. Shawn Siegele thinks Devonta Freeman is potential red flag.

Toby Gerhart

Gerhart had been out of practice for the past two weeks down in Jacksonville with a hip flexor injury. Davis Mattek believed that Gerhart is your Zero RB Savior, but I think his ADP has climbed too high for that to be the case anymore. I think this situation is worth monitoring. As of now, Storm Johnson is second on the depth chart ahead of Jordan Todman. Matthew Freedman touched on him in May and Rich Hribar also looked into the seventh-round pick. I thought it was also worth noting that Todman got the chance to start a game last season and he finished with 109 yards on 25 carries and also catching four balls for 44 yards. Gerhart’s situation could be worth monitoring.

Drew Brees

I imagine this is just the Saints protecting their investment. There’s no reason to rush their star quarterback back out there. I imagine we’d all play it safe too if our QB depth chart looked like theirs.

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Jonathan Stewart

“Yeah as a day, I think it was a good first step,” he said. “There are definitely things I want to improve on and get my legs back under me, going through contact. But it was a good first step.”

We’re all probably tired of hearing about Stewart injury reports because it seems like that’s the case every single year. I only mention this because it might be worth monitoring for the sake of DeAngelo Williams. Fantasy Douche mentioned him as one of your seven backs to target in your draft. I pointed out Williams as a late round RB to target and the Kerrane brothers debated about how Williams is(n’t) a bargain.

 Aaron Dobson

Aaron Dobson is finally back at practice for the first time this year. Shawn Siegele selected Dobson as a breakout candidate in 2014. Justin Winn dives into the puzzle that Aaron Dobson seems to be and James Todd also looks at some second-year wide receiver projections. If I am drafting sooner rather than later, I’m OK drafting Dobson at his discounted price on the chance he’s healthy for the beginning of the season.

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