Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings – Rudolph, who many project to have a breakout season in 2014, looked very impressive in the team’s pre-season game against the Cardinals, catching 4 passes for 89 yards. It’s worth noting that the Cardinals were the worst team in the league vs. the tight end last year, but it’s a good sign of things to come for Rudolph. If your league mates fall asleep on him he’s a great value.
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints – After suffering an oblique injury in early August, Brees returned to Saints practice on Sunday. Oblique injuries can linger for a while, especially for people who throw for a living. The Saints were just playing it safe with their best asset, he should be fine to draft early in all formats.
Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens – Rice left the Ravens second pre-season game with a shoulder injury. X-rays were negative and showed that he only suffered a shoulder bruise. Two game suspension aside, Rice shouldn’t miss any significant time and should continue to be drafted as a mid level RB2.
Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills – Watkins left the team’s second pre-season game with a rib injury, but the team later told the media that it’s not serious. Watkins should be fine for the team’s third pre-season game.
Hakeem Nicks, Indianapolis Colts – Hakeem Nicks torched his former team in the Colts’ second pre-season game catching five passes for 53 yards. Oh so THAT’S what Nicks can do when he actually tries? – Sorry, the bitter Giants fan in me grabbed the keyboard. The Colts have an impressive group of receivers this season but I’m concerned that they’ll cannibalize each other’s production. If Nicks can return to top form it’s certainly great news for Andrew Luck.
Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals – The Bengals rookie back left the team’s pre-season game against the Jets with a shoulder injury. Hill later tweeted that his shoulder was fine, and the team didn’t seem too concerned with the injury but it’s worth watching over the next couple weeks. Hill should be the Bengals’ goal line back at a minimum and has upside to be much more than that with a big workload.
Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders – The Raiders rookie signal caller left the team’s pre-season game with what was thought to be a rib injury, but it was later revealed to have been a concussion. With only Matt Schaub to beat for the job Carr has a good shot at some playing time this season, but any injury setbacks certainly won’t help his chances of getting on the field.
Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles – The Eagles rookie receiver had an impressive second week of the pre-season catching all nine of his targets for 104 yards against the Patriots. Matthews has been impressive in camp and although I generally don’t like rookie receivers in re-draft leagues, Matthews has a chance to put up impressive numbers in the high powered Eagles offense.
Sam Baker, Atlanta Falcons – For the second straight year the Falcons left tackle is done for the year with a torn patellar tendon. The Falcons have a replacement ready with rookie Jake Matthews moving to the left side, but this is a big blow to the Falcons run game.