Well, the long wait is over and NFL training camps are officially underway. And that means fantasy football season also begins in earnest as daily camp reports plus preseason observations are crucial factors in finalizing your draft boards. But another factor to consider while setting up those boards is health.
Hello again everybody, and welcome back to SportsKrunch.com with DKrom, I’m your host David Kromelow.
Tonight, we will discuss numerous fantasy-relevant players returning from injury and whether or not it should impact their overall value.
It’s a pleasure to welcome back to the show one of the few people that can help us out in this department, Dr. Jene Bramel of footballguys.com. Jene is one of THE best football injury experts in the country, and his expertise is sought by notable figures such as Adam Schefter and Stephania Bell.
Jene’s Twitter handle: @JeneBramel
1. What is your overall interpretation on Ballard’s comments and when is it time to hit the panic button on Andrew Luck should that time come?
2. A QB that many in the fantasy community are bullish on this season is Marcus Mariota. Given Mariota’s injury history and the fact it took him until last week to fully recover from his latest malady, how much should we temper our expectations for him? When is the earliest you would consider drafting Mariota?
3. Although Rob Gronkowski, still considered the top TE in fantasy, is coming off the third back surgery of his career. How big of a drop-off in performance can we expect to see from Gronk in 2017? Would you still draft him as the first TE off the board?
4. Is Keenan Allen worth the risk that early or do the last two years make you hesitant to take such a chance on him?
5. How much concern do you have at this moment that Mike Williams’ career could be significantly shortened given his recent medicals? How much (if at all) would you lower his value in dynasty leagues?
6. John Ross had three knee injuries in college (two meniscus tears, one ACL tear). What is his appropriate value in dynasty formats at the moment? Do you think he currently has any value at all in re-draft leagues?
7. Given the relative inexperience and recent health issues of some of Brees’ OL, does that make you more hesitant to draft Brees? How far would you drop Michael Thomas, Mark Ingram, AP, etc. due to these OL injuries?
And that’s all for today here on Sports Krunch with DKrom. But we plan to be back at the end of the week with a look at fantasy wide receivers and tight ends with Jene’s FBG colleague Jeff Haseley, so stay tuned!!! Also, be sure to check out the episode archive as well as an up-to-date blog of mine at SportsKrunch.com!!! For Jene Bramel, our producer Chris Brodhead, man in the box, I’m David Kromelow saying so long, of course, and stay awesome!!!