The NFL season is only a day away with the New York Giants starting their title defense at home against the Washington Redskins. It's sure to be another entertaining season of football for fans and fantasy players alike rooting for their favorite teams and players.
There have been a few players that have caught my attention during the preseason, and if you're lacking depth in one area or another, these guys should be good additions.
• Tim Hightower, running back, Arizona Cardinals - With Edgerrin James aging and losing his value as a reliable running back, he's going to need help. Look for Hightower to come in and take some carries away from James this season. From what I've read, it looks like he'll be getting a lot of goal line touches, which means plenty of chances for touchdowns.
• Kevin Walter, wide receiver, Houston Texans - He was targeted for passes more than 100 times last season, which means he is a trusted receiver in the Texans offense. He had 65 receptions last year for 800 yards and four touchdowns. With a healthy Matt Schaub, he could catch 80 passes this year and be one of the top 15 wideouts in the league.
• Eddie Royal, wide receiver, Denver Broncos - He is getting a lot of hype because of the great performance he put on during the preseason, but he is only expected to be a kick and punt return man. That is sad because he could be an excellent wide receiver. If your league counts return yardage, then make some room for Royal.
• David Garrard, quarterback, Jacksonville Jaguars - Garrard was one of the surprises last season, throwing 18 touchdowns and only three interceptions. He put up decent fantasy numbers that could have been better if he had thrown for more than his 2,500 yards. I have taken him in two drafts thus far and have been offered trades for him in each league. Hmm, I wonder if those people are thinking the same thing I am? I look for him to throw for more than 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns this season and a lean interception rate just like last year. If you can get your hands on him via trade, then by all means do it before he starts having monster games.
That's all for this week folks. Next week, look for the top fantasy performers from Week 1 and some waiver wire pickups to help your team in Week 2.
Craig resident and Fantasy Fix columnist Chris Gingrich can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.