Fantasy football owners who drafted Jerome Harrison are probably pretty happy as they head into the season (in a fantasy perspective) that he will have a larger bulk of the carries than expected this season due to the injury to Montario Hardesty.
Hardesty's injury means that players in non-continuation leagues will drop him immediately and hope that Peyton Hillis is still a free agent.
While I don't think Hillis will have the type of season Hardesty might have had, he's a compelling player to have on your bench for the first few weeks of the season. If he doesn't produce many fantasy points over the first three weeks, then he's probably not worth keeping. But if he ends up being a pretty big threat near the goal line, in addition to a guy who gets you 30-50 receiving yards for certain games, then he'll be a great asset later on in the season. There might even be games where Harrison gets off to a slow start, Hillis comes in and powers through the defense, and Mangini decides to stick with the hot hand.
Nonetheless, the point remains that Harrison's stock has risen, making him pretty much a must-start for the first two weeks of the regular season.
Open Thread for Week 1
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