I am not terribly worried about Hakeem Nicks' foot injury, as 12 weeks is the high end of the prognosis. He should be simply working on his conditioning at that point.
While he may be slow to go the first few weeks of the year, Nicks remains a target for me in drafts. You probably can land him a cheaper now, assuming you are willing to take on the risk. Some owners simply will not be, regardless of the price.
His availability should make a world of difference for Victor Cruz, though. He caught six balls for 91 yards in his lone 2011 game without Nicks opposite him, but that was against a miserable New England secondary. Better teams would lock him down.
Owners must weigh the risk versus reward in this situation. Nicks is a second-rounder in most drafts, but he occasionally falls into the third. How early are you willing to take on that kind of risk? A broken foot could be problematic all year if it doesn't set right, but his doctors reportedly told Tom Coughlin that the placement of the fracture was conducive to a successful recovery.
Personally, I'm willing to gamble on him if Nicks is staring me down in the fourth round. This year's receiving crop is rather shaky once you get past the marquee names. Draft a deeper wide receiving corps than you typically would and mix in a little more stability. If you like to play it close to the vest, pass on Nicks.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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