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Quick Hits: Jeremy Maclin, RBC In Dallas, Giovani Bernard


Jeremy Maclin

Maclin left practice, apparently tweaking his left hamstring. He was also seen icing the same knee that he tore his ACL in last year.

“Less positive is the fact that Maclin pulled himself out of practice early on Wednesday. He said after the session was over that it was a left hamstring tweak that caused him to sit out the remainder of practice, but that he still hopes to play in Friday’s preseason game. McLane also reports that Maclin was icing his right knee, the same one with the torn ACL, although that appears to be a precautionary measure.”

If Maclin has trouble staying on the field year, this would bode well for RotoViz darling, Jordan Matthews. Jon Moore does a great job comparing him against Sammy Watkins. We also have some pretty convincing compareables regarding Matthews, while Shawn Siegele tries to build a case against him. For me, if I am drafting an Philly wide receiver, it’s going to be Matthews (I’m still trying to figure out how Riley Cooper received that extension . . . yawn). If you’re drafting a WR around Maclin’s ADP, Michael Floyd is hovering around the same range, along with Julian Edelman and Torrey Smith.

DeMarco Murray

Cause for concern? I don’t think so. Murray has had trouble staying healthy in the past years. He hasn’t made it through a full season yet, but he has played at least 10 games each season. Jake Rickrode has three Reasons Murray is 2014’s Matt Forte. If you draft Murray and you’re worry about him making it through a full season, look into drafting his probable number two, Lance Dunbar. I marked him as one of my Late Round RBs to target in your drafts and Dan Schneier believes he is supremely undervalued.

Giovani Bernard:

If Bernard is going to get a “good share” of goal-line work, Bernard’s value could increase substantially. Although, if he’s getting some more goal-line work, that means it is being taken away from someone else. Perhaps RotoViz favorite, Jeremy Hill? I still think Hill would be considered a Late Round RB to target and Shawn Siegele’s case for Hill being the number one rookie in 2014 still holds truth. This shouldn’t be a huge cause for concern for fantasy players looking to target Hill.

Brandon Bostick

Is the tight end position becoming more clear in Green Bay?

“Bostick might be the Packers’ closest approximation to Finley …,” wrote ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky. “While the Packers are high on rookie third-round pick Richard Rodgers and also re-signed last year’s fill-in starter Andrew Quarless, Bostick might be a ready-made replacement for some of the dynamic plays Finley made.”

If you don’t recall, Finley had neck surgery that was similar to Peyton Manning’s, but there hasn’t been much talk of him returning.

Fantasy Douche wrote an article a few weeks ago about Bostick potentially being the TE to own for the Packers. Jon Moore marked Bostick as a speculative add for dynasty leagues and Justin Winn digs into his measurebles, along with four other TEs. Why this could be something to watch, I think there are better late round options you could target in your drafts. Before you run out to add or draft Bostick though, just note that right now the depth chart lists Andrew Quarless as the starter. So Bostick still needs to get a break before he can become fantasy relevant.

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