Lots of changes following our most recent rankings and projections movement. The projections have been updated; here are the highlights from the rankings:
Carson Palmer and Derek Anderson flip flop. Palmer's receiving corps gets better with Chris Henry coming aboard while Derek Anderson's sour play this preseason knocks him down a step. Both are still No. 1 Fantasy QBs, but they obviously have more questions surrounding them than you'd like with your starting passer.
Donovan McNabb, Marc Bulger, Matt Hasselbeck take a dip; Eli Manning benefits. The Eagles lost WR Kevin Curtis, which will undoubtedly hurt McNabb's early-season stats. Marc Bulger's early departure against the Chargers is construed as what's to come for him thanks to a subpar offensive line. Matt Hasselbeck's back is in worse shape than his receiving corps. All this while Eli Manning has played moderately well without Plaxico Burress this offseason, and his receiving crew is awfully deep.
Jon Kitna, Matt Schaub inch up. Based on the strength of their preseason play (especially Kitna's).
Backups on the rise. Just making an adjustment on Maurice Morris, Derrick Ward and Fred Jackson. All three are expected to see some sort of playing time in Fantasy circles this season and should be drafted.
Bengals on the move. Chad Johnson slid past Wes Welker and could slide further depending on the severity of his shoulder injury. We thought nothing of it until they added Chris Henry. Now there's talk he might miss some time. Henry debuts at 58th among WRs, by the way.
One Lion jumps another. Calvin Johnson is flying up draft boards, so we took another look at him and his teammate, Roy Williams. Citing Kitna's tendency to chuck it at Johnson every time he's in single coverage, he's got a shot to put up better numbers than Williams, who should still do well as he's in a contract year. Johnson is 15th, Williams is 16th, and I think even Williams -- a Fantasy buff like you and me -- wouldn't argue for long about that one. Jon Kitna's looking really nice right about now.
Kevin Curtis stumbles, fumbles and crashes. A sports hernia surgery, which is scheduled for Thursday, by the way, is serious stuff, especially for a receiver who relies on speed. Our guess is that he will miss the first three weeks of the season. If that happens, then he'll be away from Fantasy owners for four of the first seven weeks of the season. Not a lot of value left there, especially considering his inconsistent production. DeSean Jackson should get the first chance to step up and be a factor in Philly's passing game. It looks like he's got a solid knowledge of the offense already. Reggie Brown is still saddled low. Anyone else wondering why McNabb's stock is tumbling?
Bears WRs down, Eddie Royal up. Royal is catching on strong with the Broncos and should start the season with the first-team offense. Meanwhile, Kyle Orton's arm isn't so good for Marty Booker and Devin Hester. The deep game is better with Grossman, believe it or not.
Ben Utecht down. Chris Henry will take some catches off of his plate.
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