Fantasy owners search for Jones-Drew handcuff

Updated: September 4, 2009, 3:31 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
The big news Friday morning, other than Michael Vick scoring a touchdown against the Jets, being ruled eligible to play in Week 3 and quietly plotting the decline of one Donovan McNabb is what happened to Maurice Jones-Drew on Thursday night. Yes, I am as confused as you are as to why one of fantasy football's top players -- second pick, or third pick … we do agree he's top five in standard leagues, and arguably No. 1 in PPR, right? -- was even allowed on the field in the final preseason game. But he was. And of course he took a hit to the shin or lower leg area on the very first series of said meaningless contest, exchanged not-so-nice words with the perpetrators, slammed his helmet to the ground in anger and limped away for X-rays, which fortunately didn't deliver bad news.

Everyone has their favorite sleepers, and it seems to me in most cases that those sleepers are backup running backs who have yet to prove themselves at the NFL level. Of course, since these fine fellows have never actually proven that they can't play at the highest level, fantasy owners tend to presume they can. Until they can't.

Ultimately, fantasy football owners are looking to catch lightning in a bottle with their late-round picks. I agree with this approach. Take a few chances and see if the next Steve Slaton or even Le'Ron McClain is born. It seems to me a lot of people liked the Jaguars' Rashad Jennings as a sleeper before Thursday, and they'll really like him now.