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The Lowdown: Cards Love John Brown, Arian Foster & Gronk


John Brown:

The John Brown hype in Arizona continues to grow. The Arizona G.M. LOVES John Brown.

“I haven’t seen a rookie come in and do what he’s done — and it’s early still — since Anquan Boldin,” Keim said. “This guy came through the first day, and being from Pittsburgh State, has uncanny instincts, unbelievable understanding of route concepts, leverage, being in the right spot at the right time.”

Of course, there sometimes are numerous players who get hyped up during training camp and preseason, but never amount to anything. However, I don’t think this is the case for Brown.

Matthew Freedman marked Brown all the way back to June as one of the rookies to acquire this year. A month prior to that, because of a comment made by Freedman,  Davis Mattek decided to delve into the small wide receiver. Fantasy Douche also explored the possibility that John Brown could reach 800 yards as a rookie.

 Rob Gronkowski:

Per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, apparently the guarantee of Gronk being ready for week 1 is 50/50.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Gronkowski’s anticipated Week One availability sits at 50-50, with perhaps a shade above the even-money proposition.  It’s not a surprise; given the many surgeries and complications Gronkowski has endured in the past two years, there’s no reason to be reckless with his health.

Gronk currently still holds an ADP of 3.03 according to Fantasy Football Calculator. His recent injury history appears not to be much of an issue for most people. I tend to be a more conservative drafter, so I may avoid Gronk entirely. If you’re looking for a secondary option at TE with somebody who matches Gronk, physically, Davis Mattek might have the perfect candidate for you.

Arian Foster & Andre Johnson:

Arian Foster and Andre Johnson both returned to practice today. On August 12th  Bill O’Brien stated-

“If they were ready to go, we’d put them out there,” O’Brien said. “It wouldn’t be for 100 reps. They’d basically ease them back into practice, but that’s a day-to-day thing. If they said and the trainers said that they felt like they were ready to go, then we’d ease them back into the practices against Atlanta.”

Foster was marked in our RotoViz Roundtable as an overvalued player that we won’t touch in 2014. I’m also reluctant to select Foster this year, especially at his current ADP. You can read more here, about how Foster could be kryptonite for your fantasy team. If you’re searching for a long shot RB with Arian Foster upside, Fantasy Douche may have found him for you.

 Tony Romo:

After off-season back surgery, Romo is set to make an appearance in Saturday’s preseason game against the Ravens.

“I think you have to play in the preseason,” Romo said.  “Obviously, some people can’t, but I do know from my perspective, this game is not just something where you can show up and think that you can do it.  I think it’s been proven far too many times that if you take too long of a break or don’t get reps under you that you will be exposed in certain areas.  I’m a firm believer that you have to play football to get better at football.  Football’s a way of life.  It’s not just [a] sometimes thing.  It’s an all-the-time thing if you’re going to be a great player, and I think if you have the opportunity to play, you’ve got to play.”

Fantasy Douche believes that Romo’s health creates a risk for Dez and DeMarco Murray. However, I make a case for why you shouldn’t be afraid to draft him this year. Obviously, we’ll want to monitor how he produces in the preseason and if his back going to be a concern. If all systems are a go for Romo, then sign me up.

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