Last year the NFL and fantasy football turmoil was league-wide as the labor dispute was front and center. This year, there is still some turmoil, and it happens to come from some of the biggest names in the sport. How concerned should you be?
Let’s start off with one of the biggest names in the sport. Of course we are talking about Drew Brees and his contact situation. We are getting to the boiling point with his contract situation. Brees has declared publicly that he will not attend training camp without a new deal.
While this may cause panic for Saints fans and fantasy owners, the threat of sitting out the season is minimal. Your anxiety level should be at a two, with one being low and two being high.
Next is the other star in the news, Adrian Peterson. His knee caused the initial concern, but he has passed every test so far with flying colors. He is way ahead of schedule in his recovery.
The other concern is how heavy of a workload are the Vikings planning on giving him, considering their injury and having Toby Gerhart as a capable backup.
Finally, the trifecta was achieved following his arrest. While I don’t see him missing any playing time, the timing wasn’t great. At the end of the day I think he’ll have another spectacular season, but I’d put his anxiety level at a three.
Meanwhile Ray Rice is also in the midst of a contact struggle. Like Brees I don’t expect Rice to miss any game action, but if he misses any training camp I would worry. That seems to really affect running backs.
To me Rice is an exception though and I’m not worried. I’ll put his anxiety level at one.
Finally, there is Percy Harvin, who shocked the football world by demanding a trade. He was unhappy with his contract and his role in the offense. He is expected to report to training camp on time.
The only reason I put his anxiety level at a two is the migraine history and his under-utilization by the Vikings' brass.
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