Fantasy Football News and Notes for Aug. 27

Michael WhooleySenior Writer IAugust 27, 2009

SAN DIEGO - AUGUST 15:  Philip Rivers # 17 of the San Diego Chargers throws the ball in the first quarter while playing against the Seattle Seahawks during the preseason game on August 15, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Jacob de Golish/Getty Images)

With fantasy football teams being drafted daily, fantasy owners are either watching the third week of preseason games to scout players we might want to draft or we are holding our breath, praying that we do not lose any players we have already drafted to injury before the regular season even starts.

Whether you are scouting players to draft or keeping an eye on ones that you have drafted, the Bruno Boys are always here to keep you up-to-date on the latest news around the NFL. As you take a break from the always updating 2009 Bruno Boys Fantasy Football Cheat Sheets Webazine, please enjoy this week’s edition of Fantasy Football Impact: NFL News and Notes, where we will touch on Philip Rivers’ contract extension, injuries to several fantasy starters and a few rookies making headlines.


Rivers gets contract extension from San Diego

Philip Rivers and Eli Manning will forever be linked. The two were part of a huge draft-day trade in 2004 when the San Diego Chargers drafted Manning with the No. 1 overall pick and then traded him to the New York Giants for Rivers, who was taken with the No. 4 overall pick.

They are once again linked, as Rivers recently signed a six-year contract extension very similar to the six-year extension Manning signed with the Giants earlier this month. Rivers' contract is worth a total of $93 million, which is slightly less then the $97 million Manning got. Rivers’ deal has $38 million guaranteed, though, while Manning’s only had $35 million guaranteed.

This is an excellent move for the Chargers, as they keep their elite-level quarterback happy. From a fantasy standpoint, this is a good thing as well. Rivers can now concentrate on improving upon his career-best numbers from 2008, when he passed for 4,009 yards with a league-high 34 touchdowns and only 11 interceptions.

Rivers is the No. 4 ranked quarterback by the Bruno Boys, and he is a high-end QB1 option in all fantasy football formats.


Roethlisberger returns to practice after injuring foot

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger returned to practice Tuesday after a foot injury forced him to miss the team’s second preseason game against the Washington Redskins. His foot was stepped on by an offensive lineman trying to block the defending defensive player of the year James Harrison during the team’s last practice session of training camp.

During Tuesday’s practice Roethlisberger took part in individual drills most of the day before taking snaps under center during the final series of practice. He is expected to play in the Steelers’ third preseason game against the Buffalo Bills Saturday night, and it appears that Roethlisberger will be ready to start the regular season. He is ranked No. 14 in the current Bruno Boys Quarterback Rankings and fantasy owners should continue to draft him as a high-end QB2.


Panthers’ Williams misses practice Wednesday with sore knee

Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams missed practice on Wednesday with a sore knee. Panthers head coach John Fox would not say which knee was sore or when the pain started, but the injury does not appear to be serious. Williams rode a stationary bike during practice and was seen joking with teammates.

Keep an eye on this situation, but it appears safe to continue to draft Williams in the first round of all upcoming drafts. He had a breakout year in 2008, when he had 273 carries for 1,515 yards and 20 total touchdowns (18 rushing), and he is currently the No. 7-ranked running back by the Bruno Boys. Unless this injury ends up being worse than initially reported, Williams should make a solid RB1 in fantasy football.


Boldin suffers hamstring injury, misses practice

The Arizona Republic has reported that Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin strained a hamstring during practice on Tuesday. Boldin missed Wednesday’s team practice, but he has not been ruled out of the Cardinals’ third preseason game Friday. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt called it a tweak, but he did say the team would be cautious with the injury, Boldin did miss a playoff game last season with a pulled hamstring.

It sounds as if Boldin won’t play on Friday, but there doesn’t appear to be any concern about his status for the beginning of the season. Continue to draft Boldin as a low-end WR1 in upcoming drafts, he has plenty to play for this season, as he is still seeking a new contract from the Cardinals. He is the No. 10-ranked wide receiver in the Bruno Boys Cheat Sheets.


Owens to miss third straight preseason game with toe injury

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Terrell Owens will miss the team’s third straight preseason game after suffering a toe injury during the starting offense’s only series during the Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 9. Owens has been working on footwork and cutting during individual drills during team practices.

Owens seems to be progressing well and it appears that the Bills are being cautious with their prized free agent signing. He is not expected to miss any regular season action at this point and he should continue to be drafted as a high-end WR2 in all formats. Owens is currently ranked No. 12 on the Bruno Boys Wide Receiver Rankings.


Rookie Sanchez named starter in New York

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan officially announced that rookie Mark Sanchez will be the team’s starting quarterback this season.

“I feel the best move for our franchise is to go with Mark Sanchez at quarterback,” Ryan told the Associated Press. He also added that this was solely his decision.

Sanchez was the No. 5 overall pick in this past April’s NFL draft and while struggling at times during the preseason, he has shown enough talent, poise, and leadership to beat out Kellen Clemens for the starting job. Sanchez is the 31st-ranked quarterback by the Bruno Boys and isn’t worth anything more than a late-round flier as a low-end QB2 or QB3 in upcoming drafts. He is a talented quarterback definitely worth keeping on eye on for this season and the future.


Crabtree still unsigned, Coffee excels in preseason

While rookie wide receiver Michael Crabtree continues his hold out, another 49er rookie has impressed coaches, fans, and fantasy football owners alike. Crabtree was expected to be one of the top rookies in the NFL this season as well as a potential fantasy football standout, but he continues to hold out, and his rookie season is already in jeopardy.

While Crabtree is wasting precious time sitting out, rookie running back Glenn Coffee has been very impressive in the 49ers’ first two preseason games. Coffee followed up his 14-carry, 67-yard performance against the Denver Broncos in Week One of the preseason with a 16-carry, 129-yard performance against the Oakland Raiders in Week Two.

While Crabtree’s fantasy football value for the 2009 season is plummeting, Coffee’s name is starting to heat up in fantasy football conversation. Don’t get carried away with Coffee’s preseason performance, though. Frank Gore is the 49ers starting running back and he is one of the league’s best, but Coffee has shown enough to earn himself a fantasy football roster spot as a RB4 or RB5. He is also a recommended handcuff for Gore owners.

Crabtree, on the other hand, is just about out of fantasy value this year; his rookie season is in serious jeopardy, and he is only worth a late-round flier in leagues with deep rosters.