Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
Our draft days are upon us, I have completed three and have three more remaining, but news events cause rankings to change even as we are preparing for the next draft.
In today's news there are a few of stories worth noting for fantasy owners.
1) On Thursday, Houston Texans' head coach Gary Kubiak stated that running back Chris Brown would be the team's goal line back. This could be the most important news since we saw Tom Brady throw the ball after falling hard on his shoulder. "Our goal is to use him basically as a short-yardage runner, a red zone runner and Steve's backup," said Kubiak.
The change in roles could drastically drop Steve Slaton's value, a borderline first-round selection, into the second round and can't be good for those owners who have already drafted him in the top-10 without this information.
2) Top-five running back Maurice Jones-Drew bruised his right shin in Thursday night's preseason game and will get an MRI on Friday. It doesn't appear to be serious, but check back to verify the diagnosis. Isn't this why coaches keep their starters out of the final preseason game?
3) It appears as if Washington Redskins wideout Malcolm Kelly has beaten out both Antwaan Randle El (RapidDraft ADP 206.7) and Devin Thomas (ADP 218.9) for the No.2 spot in the Redskins offense. Sure, it's not a prize position like being No.2 in New England or Arizona, but you have to move Kelly up and the other two guys down in your rankings. None of them will be picked before the 15th round, but backups who start still have their value.
4) St. Louis Rams No.1 wide receiver Donnie Avery (ADP 83.7) has returned from his fractured foot quicker than anticipated. He played in two series and will likely be ready to play in Week 1. I'm still not a big Avery fan given all the problems I expect from the Rams offense, but he could be a No.3 receiver for owners.
5) Rookie running back James Davis had another solid outing and could be a last-round "sleeper" pick if Jamal Lewis (ADP 62.9) struggles out of the gate and Jerome Harrison continues to have injury problems.
6) Greg Camarillo (55 receptions for 613 yards and two TDs) had solid numbers in 2008 before getting hurt, but has struggled to get his starting spot back. He's fighting both Davone Bess and Brian Hartline for the position opposite Ted Ginn Jr. Camarillo's RapidDraft ADP of 136.8 is too high given this information.