It has been just like a daily police blotter lately when looking for NFL news. I don't know if the players are getting their last partying done before training camps, if it is just out of boredom, or just plain stupidity that the arrest rate has been so high this off-season. Whenever I turn on the news or the computer to get updates I can't help but hear the theme song from the TV show "Cops". When will these guys ever learn?? They should all know by now that they can't use the "But officer, don't you know who I am??" line anymore. I am not even talking about the New Orleans Saints and the "Bounty Hunting Program" that they ran, that has already been dealt with. It has been ever so much more troubling lately because many of the players that have been arrested are key performers in fantasy football. I will update you on the big names and the consequences of their actions.
Adrian Peterson , Minnesota
Adrian Peterson was arrested in Houston for resisting arrest after pushing an off-duty officer in a nightclub after partying. His original trial date has been pushed back until August 8th. There is wide speculation that the worst that Peterson will get is a fine from the incident. This is essentially a non-issue for fantasy owners as Adrian is well respected around the league for his work ethic and he has not had a hint of trouble yet in his career. The by far bigger issue for fantasy owners has to be his recovery from ACL/MCL injuries suffered late last season. Watch his progress reports and monitor his situation closely. If the rumors are true, he could play in week one and is worthy of a high pick if at complete health.
Mikel LeShoure, Detroit
Mikel is coming off on Achilles tear in his rookie season and has been arrested for marijuana possession. This incident came in his rookie year and he had an incident as a sophomore at Illinois, this is a scary situation. He will start the season with a 2 game suspension. He will have to be watched closely by Detroit and guided so that he does not have any further instances. Detroit is on the rise and could really use LeShoure's talents in the running game. Jahvid Best has a bad concussion history and let's just say that Kevin Smith's injury history has not been the best. The Lions could really use a stable/sturdy running back to help keep Detroit as one of the best offenses in the NFL.
Justin Blackmon , Jacksonville
This is a textbook example of how not to start your NFL career. Blackmon was arrested with a DUI shortly after being the 1st wide receiver drafted in the NFL draft. Considering that Justin also had a DUI while at Oklahoma State, this cannot be a sign of good things to come. Because this is his first case that the NFL can go by, not much will happen to him at this point. The eye-test in me however sees that this will happen again, it is just a matter of time. Are you willing to lose some games from him due to suspension??
Dez Bryant , Dallas
We have all been waiting for Dez Bryant to "break out" during his brief NFL career. He has shown flashes of brilliant play and also shown "dud" material. Add to that his injury history and you have question marks. Now you can add "domestic violence" onto his resume because Bryant was charged with that after striking his mother with a baseball cap. The NFL does not look at domestic violence lightly and may very well suspend Bryant to start the season. Dez had always flirted with trouble at Oklahoma State and with the Cowboys; and there will always be concern surrounding him. Is his talent worth the high price of drafting him?? When will he make another mistake and how much will it cost him?? and you??
Kenny Britt , Tenneesee
There are few players in the NFL who raise up more red flags than Kenny Britt. When he is healthy, he is scary good. But as we all know, that is not very often. He had 3 surgeries this off-season alone on his knees. Now add up his latest arrest (another DUI), and you can begin to understand the story. Did you know that Britt was arrested 3 times during the 2011 off-season alone?? He also has 9 police incidents in all since 2009. WAY too much trouble in his blood. Clearly he needs to slide down on your draft board and Nate Washington, Kendall Wright, Jared Cook, and Chris Johnson should move up. The Titans may lean on the run game even more early in the season with a suspension looming for Britt, possibly a large one. C.J. should be a 1st or 2nd round pick now. Britt slides way down this list to mid 30s for wide receivers.
Marshawn Lynch , Seattle
There have been few running backs that have impressed as much as Marshawn Lynch since the 2010 playoffs. He was gaining back respect throughout the league and faith back from fantasy owners. That has changed some since his arrest for a DUI. Lynch is also no stranger to legal issues as he had his driver's license revoked in 2008 and had a 3 game suspension in 2009 for a weapons charge. While the charges are not related, they do bring into question the overall character of Lynch and commissioner Roger Goodell will look at the overall picture before any discipline will be taken. Lynch's history suggests a problem and a suspension is in order, the length of time is anybody's guess, 2-3 games seems right. Slide Marshawn down a little on draft boards, but monitor the final results from Goodell and adjust accordingly.
Elvis Dumervil and D.J. Williams, Denver
The Denver Broncos defense made great strides last season and was ranked about 15 by fantasy experts for this year. D.J. Williams is suspended for 6 games for two failed drug tests and Elvis Dumervil was arrested for assault, his 2nd arrest. Both are starters on a defense that already had Von Miller and Champ Bailey and showed promise in IDP leagues. Slide both down, as Dumervil will also probably serve a suspension, and slide the Bronco defense down as a whole.