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Weekend Recap: Losing Value

Monday, August 01, 2011

Bang it here for the 2011 Rotoworld Football Draft Guide.

1. 49ers WR Michael Crabtree

Crabtree has been ruled out for the preseason after aggravating the same foot injury that he had surgically repaired as a rookie in 2009. There is some speculation Crabtree may open the season on the PUP list, costing him the first six games. The 49ers have confirmed their concern by making bids on free agent Malcom Floyd and Chad Ochocinco, before his trade to New England.

2. Vikings RB Adrian Peterson

Minnesota had one of the NFL's poorest run blocking lines in 2010, so it's perplexing that the lone veteran lineman they've added is 31-year-old journeyman Scott Kooistra. They'll also field one of the league's slowest wideout corps with Michael Jenkins bookending Bernard Berrian, whom the Vikes have apparently decided to keep. Berrian and Jenkins combined for a dreadful 10.97 yards-per-reception average and two touchdowns last season on 69 catches. Percy Harvin is an explosive inside target, but Peterson can expect 8-9 in the box on every snap as defenses single cover Jenkins and Berrian outside with ease.

3. Chargers RB Ryan Mathews

Already the favorite for goal-line carries, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that Mike Tolbert is also likely to be the Chargers' primary passing-down back. Mathews is left as the primary ball carrier out of scoring position, and didn't help his cause by reporting to camp out of shape. His conditioning and speed should return before the season, but Mathews doesn't offer as much upside as meets the eye. Tolbert's maintenance of a significant role caps Mathews' ceiling.

4. Free agent WR Steve Smith

The Giants hope to re-sign Smith, but GM Jerry Reese has confirmed he won't be ready for Week 1 after December microfracture surgery. Giants players are under the impression that Smith will miss "at least" the first month, making him a PUP candidate. Mario Manningham and Hakeem Nicks are the Giants' receivers to target in fantasy drafts this season. Don't bother with Smith.

5. Packers WR Jordy Nelson

Nelson looked primed for an every-down wideout role before the Packers re-signed James Jones to a three-year contract. Jones, Nelson, and Driver will resume their rotation, rendering each other inconsistent scorers. Greg Jennings also continues to be over-drafted in fantasy leagues.

6. Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray

Murray was incredibly injury prone at Oklahoma. He's now on the shelf in Dallas, reportedly set to miss multiple weeks with a hamstring strain. We already had doubts about Murray holding up as an NFL player. Early indications aren't promising, and he needed this time after missing all OTAs.

7. Free agent WR Mark Clayton

Coach Steve Spagnuolo conceded that Clayton "isn't ready yet" after rupturing his right patella tendon in Week 5 of last season. The Rams may have already moved on, signing free agent Mike Sims-Walker last Friday night. Clayton should be scratched off your sleepers list for now.

8. Jets RB LaDainian Tomlinson

LT was forced to take a huge salary cut, slicing his 2011 pay from $2.625 million to $1.1 million. It's an indication that the Jets aren't at all bullish on keeping Tomlinson, particularly after drafting promising early-down rookie Bilal Powell. Tomlinson's role will be dramatically reduced this season, operating behind Shonn Greene and perhaps only sharing snaps with young third-down back Joe McKnight.

9. Bengals RB Bernard Scott

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis semi-promised to get Scott more involved this season, but he's got no shot at a feature back role after the team re-signed Cedric Benson. Passing-down specialist Brian Leonard also returns, leaving Scott with 5-8 carries per game tops barring a Benson injury.

10. Colts RB Delone Carter

Peyton Manning lobbied the Colts to re-sign Joseph Addai, and the $90 million man got his wish Saturday. Carter possesses more fantasy upside in the Indy backfield, but his lack of passing-game value and Manning's adoration of Addai won't make Carter's path to playing time easy.

Evan Silva is a senior football editor for Rotoworld.com. He can be found on Twitter .
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