NFL Week 3 Buzzer Beater from the Man Cave

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The Sporting Guy dishes out last minute performance and injury advice heading into Week 3 across the National Football League. There are several injury concerns surrounding several key players including Vernon Davis, Ray Rice and Reggie Bush.

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NFL Week 3 Buzzer Beater from the Man Cave

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The Sporting Guy dishes out last minute performance and injury advice heading into Week 3 across the National Football League. There are several injury concerns surrounding several key players including Vernon Davis, Ray Rice and Reggie Bush.

NFL Week 2 Buzzer Beater from the Man Cave

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The Sporting Guy dishes out last minute performance and injury fantasy concerns heading into Week 2 across the National Football League. There are injury questions surrounding several key players including Roddy White and Larry Fitzgerald.

Draft Zone – 25th Ranked Wide Receiver – Redskins Pierre Garcon

Pierre Garcon of the Washington Redskins is currently the 25th ranked wide receiver. With an overall Average Draft Position (ADP) of 65, Garcon is likely to be taken somewhere in the fifth round of 12-team draft formats. While the mid-early rounds are made for owners to get value at receiver, Garcon may be a risk to take that high.

Garcon battled a nagging toe injury last season and only played in 10 games. He had shoulder surgery in the offseason to repair a torn labrum, and that kept him from participating in workouts. He was medically cleared to play last week and he is reportedly wearing inserts in his shoes when running and cutting.

The Redskins were 9-1 with Garcon was on the field. Last season he brought in 44 catches for 633 yards and four touchdowns. But foot injuries can be painful for receivers and there’s no question that Garcon was playing in pain.

The other side of the coin is that Garcon played every game in 2011 for the Indianapolis Colts, but judging by his recent history, he looks like a huge injury risk in 2013.

Robert Griffin III Cleared to Practice

Maybe he is Superman - RG3's fantasy stock is soaring now!

Maybe he is Superman – RG3’s fantasy stock is soaring now!

Robert Griffin III got a clean bill of health from orthopedic specialists to resume practicing with the Redskins.

Griffin Tweeted the news Monday afternoon that doctors cleared him to practice and that the coach would ease him in.

Griffin says his goal is to be ready by the season opener. Multiple reports out of Washington state that the Redskins quarterback is “adamant” about practicing as much as possible. RG3 is determined to follow the recovery time table set last year by Vikings superstar Adrian Peterson.

A-P spent the first 16 days of last year’s training camp on the active/PUP list proving to coaches he was ready for full contact drills. Peterson did not play a single down during the preseason as the Minnesota Vikings needed him fully healthy for the start the regular season.

The Washington Redskins have no need for RG3 to go all out in preseason let alone in training camp. Dr. James Andrews has been amazed by RG3’s recovery and stated back in March that RG3 was “superhuman”.

Expect RG3’s fantasy average draft position to blow up during the next few weeks. Once projected to go somewhere in the sixth round, the sky is now the limit as RG3 Mania takes hold again around the country.

Drafting Griffin III that early is a high-risk, high reward option. Even if he’s healthy to start the season, he plays a high-risk game that always leaves him one hit away from the next nagging or devastating injury. But the points he scores week in and week out will make him an attractive option across the board.

Drafting Redskins Wide Receiver Pierre Garcon is Risky Business

Garcon had more than 633 receiving yards in just ten games

Garcon had 633 receiving yards and 4 touchdown in just ten games

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One of the most surprising teams in the league last season was the Washington Redskins and their unlikely run into the playoffs. While Robert Griffin III was the team’s shining star, it was also very apparent that the Redskins were a much better team with RG3’s main receiving weapon, Pierre Garcon, on the field.

Although Garcon only played 10 games last season due torn ligaments in his foot, the Redskins were 9-1 in those games. Garcon wrapped up his season with totals of 44 receptions, 633 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 10.3 fantasy points per game over the Redskins last six contests.

While Garcon’s ceiling this year appears to be very high, his foot injury is still a serious concern for fantasy owners. He will be wearing a specially designed shoe to support the torn ligament in his right foot.

Even after 6 weeks of rest last season, Garcon’s ligament did not even come close to healing. Surgery was an option for the hobbled receiver, but since a complete fix wasn’t guaranteed, he opted to rest the foot during the offseason and is still unsure about his availability for Week 1.

If Garcon can stay healthy and play a full season with Griffin III, many experts believe Garcon can become one of the game’s top outside receivers. Projected over the course of a 16 game schedule, Garcon’s stats last year might have produced totals of 70rec/1013yds/6TD, which would’ve placed Garcon in the top 20 scoring leaders among NFL wide receivers.

As the season approaches, fantasy owners are showing signs of caution with Garcon. Garcon is being drafted as the 26th wide receiver, ranking him as a top end No. 3 WR. However, Garcon’s huge upside should make him a steal at this position. While injury risk is a concern, Garcon should continue to blow past secondaries this season and leap into the top 15 among fantasy wide receivers.

More Health Concerns for Redskins WR Pierre Garcon

Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan says wide receiver Pierre Garçon’s recovery has been “unbelievable.” Garçon revealed to the media that he had labrum surgery after the loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the playoffs last season, but neglected to mention which shoulder was repaired.

Garcon is expected to be a full participant by the time training camp comes around. No statements have currently been made assessing Garçon’s lingering foot injury. Though his foot injury from a year ago kept him sidelined sporadically throughout last season.

Garcon is one of Robert Griffin III’s favorite wide receivers being targeted 67 times in the ten games during last season. Garcon was hobbled much of last year managing only 633 receiving yards, 44 receptions and 4 touchdowns.

When healthy, Garcon is a multi-faceted target that causes major problems for defenders due to his size, speed and agility. Washington has invested $42.5 million in a five-year contract, backing his talent and setting high expectations for him to produce in the near future.

Redskins Receiver Pierre Garcon Not Up to Speed for 2013

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When they were both on the field, there’s no question that Pierre Garcon was Robert Griffin III’s favorite target, but Garcon says his foot is far from 100 percent and may still not be right by the time the regular season rolls around.

Garcon missed six games last season while he was doing his best rehab the injured foot.

Even with his obvious discomfort last season, Garcon caught 44 balls for 633 yards and four touchdowns.

Garcon will be 27 by the time the regular kicks off and potential fantasy owners will have to play a wait and see game before committing to Garcon.

He’s definitely worth a roster spot if he can play like he did last year, but the injured foot makes him a high-risk play in any fantasy format.

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Steelers, Packers Mulling Over Running Back Ahmad Bradshaw

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Considering the complete absence of running back talent in the free agent market, it’s surprising that no team has pulled the trigger on former Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw yet.

The problem at this point is that Bradshaw is still not 100 percent because of a series of foot surgeries. That means that Bradshaw has to convince an interested team that he will be ready for action some time during training camp.

The Steelers talked to former Cardinals running back Beanie Wells last week, but he appears to be more banged up than Bradshaw and left Pittsburgh without a deal.

The Steelers are in dire straights at the running back position now after losing Rashard Mendenhall to the Cardinals. Bradshaw would be a great addition to the Steelers if he can heal quickly enough.

The Green Bay Packers basically played all of last season without a viable running back and made a play for former Rams running back Steven Jackson. Jackson wound up in Atlanta and the Packers had to go back to the drawing board.

Both teams could definitely use Bradshaw, but only if he’s healthy enough to play. Bradshaw is a lock to be signed by some team out there, but the best he can hope for at this point is a one-year deal with incentives for the future.

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Steelers, Packers Mulling Over Running Back Ahmad Bradshaw

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Considering the complete absence of running back talent in the free agent market, it’s surprising that no team has pulled the trigger on former Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw yet.

The problem at this point is that Bradshaw is still not 100 percent because of a series of foot surgeries. That means that Bradshaw has to convince an interested team that he will be ready for action some time during training camp.

The Steelers talked to former Cardinals running back Beanie Wells last week, but he appears to be more banged up than Bradshaw and left Pittsburgh without a deal.

The Steelers are in dire straights at the running back position now after losing Rashard Mendenhall to the Cardinals. Bradshaw would be a great addition to the Steelers if he can heal quickly enough.

The Green Bay Packers basically played all of last season without a viable running back and made a play for former Rams running back Steven Jackson. Jackson wound up in Atlanta and the Packers had to go back to the drawing board.

Both teams could definitely use Bradshaw, but only if he’s healthy enough to play. Bradshaw is a lock to be signed by some team out there, but the best he can hope for at this point is a one-year deal with incentives for the future.

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