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1. It's been a busy week for me. After returning from vacation overseas (where I learned they have fantasy cricket leagues!), it was time for me to catch up on the news I missed and participate in a pair of drafts. A few things stood out for me after completing the second one last night. First of all, a few players who I loved a month ago are slipping big-time in drafts. The first guy is Terrell Owens. Ever since T.O. signed with the Cowboys, I've been saying he's going to have a monster fantasy season. I easily had him ranked among the top wide receivers. Then there was the hamstring. And the run-ins with Bill Parcells. And the bike riding. So when it got to be my turn to pick Sunday night, and T.O. was on the board, I had a decision to make. I already had Edgerrin James and LaMont Jordan and knew I was going WR. It came down to T.O. or Anquan Boldin, and I went with Boldin, a pick I would have deemed as absurd a month ago. Owens is just too much of a question mark for me. Meanwhile, Boldin has posted over 100 catches in two of the last three seasons. He played two fewer games than Larry Fitzgerald last year and had only seven fewer yards and three fewer TDs. I am confident in my decision and wouldn't be shocked if Boldin threatened for the league lead in catches this season.

The other guy who is slipping is Clinton Portis. A month ago, when I published RB rankings for the blog, I listed Portis at No. 4, ahead of Tiki Barber. One shoulder injury and a T.J. Duckett acquisition later, and I found myself taking Cadillac Williams ahead of Portis in one draft. He's a guy I don't plan on rolling the dice on this season. There are probably 10 RBs I would take ahead of him.

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2. In case you missed it, Carson Palmer made his return to the Bengals lineup Monday night, and the results were impressive. He threw for three touchdowns, scrambled, got hit and most importantly, got back up. I had Palmer ranked No. 3 even before the performance and saw enough to move him ahead of Tom Brady. He threw 32 TDs last year and is now reaching his prime. Expect him to go high in drafts after Monday's performance.

3. I labeled Domanick Davis as a potential RB bust a few weeks ago, but even I was surprised today to hear the Houston Chronicle report that Davis could be cut (Gary Kubiak later refuted that claim on the team's website). The Texans running back has not been able to practice since the first week of preseason because of a bruised left knee and remains a huge risk. For fantasy owners, that means rookie Wali Lundy might not be a bad gamble in later rounds. He will likely take over the starting job if Davis is cut or injured.

4. Meanwhile, roster cuts have meant a farewell of sorts to a couple of former fantasy studs. Priest Holmes and Curtis Martin have been placed on the physically unable to perform lists (Can we incorporate this list into real life? For instance, if I don't feel like coming into work one day, can I say I'm physically unable to perform? Doesn't this sound cooler than sick days?). Martin's best fantasy season came two years ago when he ran for 1,697 yards and 12 touchdowns. Holmes was a fantasy monster from 2001-2003, posting over 2,000 all-purpose yards in each of those seasons and totaling 61 TDs over that span.

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