Wednesday, 05 August 2015 00:00

Episode 78: News

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The Helpers welcome Adam Inman of and break down the giant chunk of training camp news into a digestible format. They talk about what recent events are important and which ones aren't in addition to how it will affect the way you should draft in 2015.

Running back Arian Foster

Disclaimer: Shortly after the podcast, Pierre Thomas declined an offer to sign with the Houston Texans.

Most recent news is Arian Foster suffering a groin injury that may require surgery. Ian Rapoport reported that it's almost certain Foster starts the year on short-term injured reserve. A serious injury that's led to the Texans circling the wagons, the team brought in Pierre Thomas, Joe McKnight and possibly Benjarvus Green-Ellis for tryouts. This is our first big breaking story of the 2015 season. Foster was being drafted as high as No. 6 overall in both standard and PPR leagues. The current backfield consists of Chris Polk, Alfred Blue, Joanthan Grimes and Kenny Hillard. Is there anybody on that list that could step up and fill the void of Foster if he does miss time? Where do you think Foster's ADP drops to in light of this news? Eric Moody was saying that this will affect the value of DeAndre Hopkins, do you see that?

Wide receiver Duron Carter

Son of former great Chris Carter, Duron has been making noise in Colts training camp. NFL Network's Albert Breer tweeted out a tweet quoting offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton 'Every day he makes a play that makes you say 'Wow'."

Opinion: Anytime you mention an Indy receiver with a potential for snaps, you have to salivate given the guy throwing him the ball. Andrew Luck arguably the top fantasy QB in 2015 and Carter's good impression might lead to more snaps. Should we care about this news?

Tight end Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Inquirer and The Philadelphia Daily News reports that tight end Zach Ertz is still working with the second-team offense due to his inability to block. Brent Celek remains the top tight end.

Opinion: Ertz has had flashes of greatness going back to his 15 reception game against Washington, which was in fact a meaningful game. Problem is the Eagles lost to a clearly inferior team and Ertz's great numbers ended up being an afterthought. Ertz has massive potential as a receiver, but Kelly is a run-oriented coach and likes tight ends that can block. Until Ertz earns the trust of Kelly, Celek will continue to take away valuable snaps. Though he's not an explosive receiver, Celek has reliable hands and can make plays in the passing game when needed.



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George Banko

George Banko started talking about fantasy football shortly after graduating college. He started as an intern at before working as a staff writer for Fantasy Knuckleheads. He currently contributes to the Fantasy Hot Read podcast, which is available on itunes. He also educated himself on player evaluation and is a graduate of The Scouting Academy in 2015, which is an online course run by former NFL Scout Dan Hatman. He started Fantasy Football Helpers as a blog in 2011 and converted it to a full-scale website in 2014. Read more.

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