Let's get this season started!

Only three nights left till the moment you’ve been waiting about 7 months for…opening day of the 2007-08 NFL season. What a game it should be too, with enormous fantasy implications as the New Orleans Saints visit Indianapolis to battle the reigning Superbowl champ Colts. Just some of the names you’ll be watching: Peyton Manning, Reggie Bush, Joseph Addai, Marques Colston, Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne (need I say any more?). With almost everyone’s fantasy drafts over at this point, here’s a couple recent updates to players that may be on your roster:

Calvin Johnson (WR-DET): It’s being reported that Johnson will not start the season as a starting wide receiver for the Detroit Lions. Coach Rod Marinelli says that he wants to make sure Johnson has “earned it” and doesn’t want to simply hand over the starting role. Most likely a formality, Johnson should see plenty of playing time when the Lions play Oakland this Sunday and it’s only a matter of time before he officially supplants Mike Furrey as the starting receiver opposite Roy Williams.

Travis Henry (RB-DEN): While Henry seems to be pretty busy these days filing child support papers, the good news is that it appears his knee injury is much better and he plans to start this weekend. Apparently Henry is the father of nine children (crazy), to nine different women (even crazier), and owes child support in seven of the cases. Due to his inability to pay all of these in a timely manner, there was some concern that he might be punished by the league as well as the law, but that appears not to be the case. So, in short, his injury is healed and he won’t be suspended for not paying child support.

Reche Caldwell (WR-NE): In a decision that wasn’t all that surprising, the New England Patriots have cut ties with last years leading receiver Reche Caldwell. Due to the mass influx of wide receivers in the off-season (Randy Moss, Donte Stallworth, Wes Welker, Kelley Washington), Caldwell’s name simply wasn’t in the cards. I’m sure he’ll find another team to play for in the near future, but don’t expect fantasy-worthy numbers from him this season.

Charlie Frye (QB-CLE): Apparently the quarterback controversy in Cleveland can be put to rest (for now), as coach Romeo Crennel announced that Charlie Frye will start the season opener for the team. Hopefully this has very little to do with your fantasy roster for week 1. Once Cleveland loses a couple games, I expect the Brady Quinn chants to be loud enough that management is forced to make the move and start the rookie, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated as that situation evolves.

Kevin Jones (RB-DET): In a surprising move, the Detroit Lions decided not to put Kevin Jones on the PUP list to begin the season. This means that they will not have to wait until after week 6 to start Jones if they want to. While this might make Kevin Jones owners sleep a little bit better than they otherwise might have, in all reality the odds of Jones being an effective fantasy player before week 7 is minimal. He will most likely sit out a few weeks anyways and then the assumption is that he’ll be worked into the lineup slowly to make sure his foot injury is back to 100% so they don’t lose him for the year.

Simeon Rice (DE-DEN): In IDP leagues, and for owners with the Denver team defense, you should be aware that Simeon Rice has signed a one year deal with the Denver Broncos. Rice ranks 13th all-time in sacks and should provide a good pass-rush to a defense that lacked that dimension a year ago. While you probably have better options in an IDP league, Rice should help the Denver DEF, boosting a defense that already seemed poised for a pretty big season.