Commentary

Player Tracker: Peterson up, Glenn down

Updated: August 22, 2007, 5:04 PM ET
By Matthew Berry | ESPN.com

Rising

Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings: Before everyone gets all excited about his preseason performance over the weekend, a few words of caution. One, it was against the Jets. Preseason or not, the Jets were one of the worst teams against the run last season. Second, they are still going to split carries between him and Chester Taylor. All that said, he looked good and he is currently going behind Taylor in drafts. If you can get Peterson in the seventh or eighth round, where he is going on average in ESPN.com leagues, go for it. But certainly, his value is rising.

LaMont Jordan, RB, Raiders: He's a starting running back in the NFL, and that has value. A starting running back that has a current draft position of 76th. And a running back that looked 100 percent healthy while racking up 86 yards on nine touches with a score in his most recent preseason game.

Larry Johnson, RB, Chiefs: Hey, he's in camp and is going to play this season, which wasn't totally certain two days ago. I still have him at No. 4 (after Joseph Addai), but most folks are taking him third, and I have no problem with that.

Falling

Ronnie Brown, RB, Dolphins: Do I think Jesse Chatman is the starting running back for the Dolphins this season? No. But the fact that there is even a question about it lowers Brown's value. Chatman did play for Cam Cameron in San Diego for three years. And Cameron has yet to fully endorse Brown as his starter.

Chris Henry and LenDale White, RB, Titans: The Nashville City Paper says it looks like Chris Brown is going to be named the starter, and while I don't think he stays healthy, he's got the gig for now and it raises his value above the other two guys. I've seen the Titans running backs going all over the board, and Brown is often the third one picked.

Terry Glenn, WR, Cowboys: Now he's going to miss the entire preseason. Still recovering from offseason knee surgery, he's an injury risk even if he was 100 percent healthy, which he is not. Bump him down your sheets and take a flier late on Patrick Crayton, who could be very good if he ever got consistent playing time.

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