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Draft Sharks - Wed, 05/08/2013 - 08:42
We've heard a lot of early hype surrounding Jaguars rookie QB-turned-RB Denard Robinson. He's electric in the open field and joining a backfield that only has Justin Forsett behind Maurice Jones-Drew. But Robinson remains a long shot to make a fantasy impact in 2013. GM David Caldwell says the plan is to get him "10 to 15 snaps" per game as either a RB or slot receiver. That might equate to a handful of touches. And even that seems optimistic. We'll keep an eye on Robinson's transition this summer, but he's unlikely to be worth a selection in redraft leagues. And he's just a lottery ticket in dynasty formats.
Draft Sharks - Wed, 05/08/2013 - 03:52
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has undergone so many operations on his troublesome forearm that the whole process has become muddled. Insider Karen Guregian clarifies that Gronk will definitely undergo a 4th surgery to replace the plate that’s holding the broken bone in place. That procedure is expected to happen soon. On top of that, there’s still a chance Gronk will need a 5th operation if doctors discover that the infection in the forearm hasn’t cleared. It’s that 5th surgery that would put his status for Week 1 in serious jeopardy. If the infection clears on its own, Gronk should be back on the field at some point in August. We’ll continue to stay on top of the situation throughout the summer.
Draft Sharks - Wed, 05/08/2013 - 02:20
Titans RB Chris Johnson has noticed a change in offensive philosophy this offseason. "Last year ... we basically were trying to turn into like a passing team," CJ said. "Coming in this year [we know] it’s going to be a run-first offense.” Tennessee finished just 26th in rush attempts last season (vs. 19th in passes). They tied for 8th with a 4.5 yards-per-carry average, though. Their offseason moves have made it clear that they want to pound the rock more in 2013. They added RB Shonn Greene and G Andy Levitre in free agency, and then grabbed 1st-round G Chance Warmack and 4th-round C Brian Schwenke in the draft. It's gone from a subpar O-line to one with the potential to be dominant. Throw in a shaky QB in Jake Locker, and it's clear the Titans want to feature the ground game this year. Johnson is a good bet to top the 17.3 carries per game he saw in 2012.
Draft Sharks - Wed, 05/08/2013 - 02:06
Most RBs would consider 1,424 rushing yards and a league-leading 17 TDs a career year. Texans RB Arian Foster was disappointed with those 2012 numbers. "I just want to bounce back. I didn’t feel like I had the best season last year," Foster said. "I think this has probably (been) one of my most intense training offseasons I’ve had since I’ve been in the NFL. (I’ve) just refocused and rededicated myself to another level, and hopefully it shows." Foster's work ethic has never been questioned. He also remains the feature back on a run-heavy offense. The concern heading into 2013 is that he's compiled 1,061 carries over the past 3 years. It seemed to catch up with him this past season, with Foster averaging a career-low 4.1 yards per carry. The workload and history of production keep Foster in RB1 range this year, but he'll come with more risk than usual.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 05/07/2013 - 14:46
Former Lions WR Titus Young was arrested twice within a 15-hour span earlier this week. The Oakland Press reports that police in southern California initially picked up Young on DUI charges early Sunday morning. Shortly after his release, Young was caught allegedly hopping the fence at the tow yard to try to steal back his black mustang. (Plan seems flawless.) Young's family was reportedly worried about his mental state earlier this year after he quickly got released by both Detroit and St. Louis. It's clear that Young has some issues to work through before he can hope to try a football comeback.
Fantasy Football Today - Tue, 05/07/2013 - 11:50
Patriots receiver reinjures right foot
According to NFL sources, Patriots receiver Julian Edelman is in a walking boot after reinjuring his right foot. It was a break in his right foot that led to the 26-year-old being placed on injured reserve in December. Edelman will miss the on-field organized team activities New England is holding in the coming weeks; one source said there is an outside chance he will be able to participate in minicamp June 11-13, but it would be on a limited basis. (Boston Globe)
FF Today's Take: Setbacks are never a good sign and even though the Patriots overhauling their receiving corps, Edelman won't have a chance to improve his fantasy stock if he can't stay on the field. Hopefully, we will be able to participate fully in training camp at end of July.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 05/07/2013 - 08:59
Patriots WR Julian Edelman reportedly suffered a setback with the foot he broke back in December. According to insider Shalise Manza Young, Edelman is in a walking boot and isn't a lock to be ready for June minicamp. The 5'10, 200-pounder has always had trouble staying healthy, missing 16 games across 4 seasons as a Patriot. That, plus the presence of Danny Amendola, leaves Edelman as a long shot for fantasy value in 2013.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 05/07/2013 - 07:28
Jets owner Woody Johnson says QB Mark Sanchez will remain on the roster into training camp. The plan is to have Sanchez, Geno Smith and David Garrard duke it out in camp and preseason action. Theoretically, the best player will win the starting job, although Sanchez's salary and Smith's draft status give them a significant edge over Garrard. We still wouldn't be surprised if Sanchez is cut prior to Week 1. This remains a situation to stay far, far away from in fantasy drafts.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 05/07/2013 - 07:12
Browns HC Rob Chudzinski believes TE Jordan Cameron is a good fit in the offense. “This is an offense that has featured tight ends and tight ends have always been a big part of it,” Chud said. “He has the skill set that fits.” Cameron has intriguing physical ability as a 6'4, 245-pound former basketball player. And he's in an offense led by a couple of guys with a history of getting big-time production from the TE position (Chudzinski with Kellen Winslow, Antonio Gates and Greg Olsen; and OC Norv Turner with Jay Novacek, Vernon Davis and Gates). Cameron is short on production -- just 16 career college catches and 26 in the NFL -- but 2013 could be a breakout year. He'll be worth targeting as a sleeper in the later rounds of your fantasy football draft.
Fantasy Football Today - Tue, 05/07/2013 - 06:15
Jordan Cameron has opportunity under new coaching staff
Perhaps more than any returning player, the basketball player-turned-tight end (Jordan Cameron) stands to benefit from the change in coaches and offensive systems. Head coach Rob Chudzinski, a former college tight end and Browns tight ends coach, and coordinator Norv Turner, intend to develop Cameron into the next tight end to make plays, not just catches. (Cleveland.com)
FF Today's Take: With Ben Watson lost in free agency, Cameron's opportunity is now. Kellen Winslow, Antonio Gates and Greg Olsen have all seen success under Chudzinski. "This is an offense that has featured tight ends and tight ends have always been a big part of it," Chudzinski said of Cameron. "He has the skill set that fits." He'll be a sleeper pick this summer with TE1 upside.
Fantasy Football Today - Tue, 05/07/2013 - 05:00
Will retire as a Panther
Former New Orleans Saints kicker John Kasay will sign a one-day contract with the Carolina Panthers on Tuesday and retire as a Panther, the Panthers announced Tuesday morning. The 22-year veteran kicker was an original member of the Panthers when Carolina joined the league in 1995. (The Times-Picayune)
FF Today's Take: Kasay joins former Chargers kicker Nate Kaeding as a recent retiree. Kasay played 15 seasons in Carolina and made 81.9 percent of his kicks during his career.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 05/07/2013 - 03:45
Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas believes there’s “no guarantee” rookie Terrence Williams sticks as the #3 WR. Dallas snagged the Baylor product in the 3rd round last month. But he’ll need to wrangle the job away from Dwayne Harris. Williams is the superior talent, and comes off a senior season that witnessed him lead all of Division I-A in receiving yards (1,832). Expect him to win the job. A natural outside WR, he’d likely fill in for Miles Austin if his injury issues persist.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 05/07/2013 - 03:43
With Anquan Boldin in another time zone, the Ravens are counting on more production from Jacoby Jones. He owns career highs of 51 receptions, 562 yards and 6 scores. But he's never been short on playmaking ability. "We're very excited about Jacoby and the progress he made throughout last season," Assistant GM Eric DeCosta said. "[And] we think we've got some very good young players that can step up and contribute.” He mentioned Deonte Thompson, Tandon Doss and David Reed as hopeful contributors – 3 guys who combine for just 17 career receptions. DeCosta also admitted there are “definitely some (WRs) out there” in free agency and that he’ll “consider all options.” With little proven talent behind Jones and Torrey Smith, a veteran signing makes sense. That might have to wait until more players hit the market following June 1st cuts. As things stand now, Jones, entering just his 2nd season in Baltimore, makes for an intriguing WR4. Smith’s electricity provides WR1 upside.
Draft Sharks - Tue, 05/07/2013 - 02:16
Lions rookie Theo Riddick spent time at both WR and RB during his 4-year Notre Dame career. The Lions believe that will give him a better shot to make an NFL impact. “When I saw Theo I thought he was a guy that offered a couple of different things," RBs coach Curtis Modkins said. "He’s played receiver, he’s played running back, so he’s been exposed to the run game, the pass game and he knows how to run routes. I’m real excited about the versatility that Theo brings us and I think he’s going to help.” Riddick racked up 120 catches with a 10.5-yard average for the Fighting Irish. He emerged as a primary ball-carrier this past year, going for 917 yards on 190 carries. Detroit lists him as a RB, but it's a crowded depth chart there with Reggie Bush, Mikel Leshoure and Joique Bell. We wonder if Riddick will see time at WR too, where the Lions are much thinner.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 05/06/2013 - 15:18
Here we go again. According to insider Mike Jones, the Redskins think they "got a steal" when they nabbed RB Chris Thompson in the 5th round of the draft. HC Mike Shanahan believes the Florida State product would have been a 1st or 2nd-round pick if he hadn't torn his ACL this past October. Thompson is expected to be ready for the start of training camp. We'll see if he pushes for playing time. The 5'7, 192-pounder is considered a solid receiver and blocker. Even if he doesn't turn into another out-of-nowhere Shanahan RB, he could emerge as a pass-catching option.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 05/06/2013 - 14:57
The Falcons believe 4th-round rookie TE Levine Toilolo can be a weapon inside the red zone. “Obviously, his efficiency in the redzone is well documented,” HC Mike Smith. “To throw the ball to a guy in the red zone, you want to make sure he’s going to catch the ball. I think that kind of says what kind of hands he has.” 10 of Toilolo's 50 career catches at Stanford went for scores. At 6'8, he's the tallest TE in the NFL. Toilolo is considered a block-first TE, though. And with Tony Gonzalez still hanging around, he won't be a fantasy option in 2013. Dynasty leagues with an open roster spot can stash him as we wait to see if he can develop into Gonzo's heir apparent.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 05/06/2013 - 14:48
Houston S Ed Reed will sit for a couple of months after surgery to repair a "small" labral tear in his hip. Texans owner Bob McNair reportedly said they expect Reed back by the middle of training camp at the latest. It's never good for a player to miss time with his new team, but Reed is a savvy veteran. And he's sure to participate in the classroom and hang around important practices. He'll be ready mentally. The injury, of course, should remind you that he's about to turn 35 and relatively fragile at this point. On the plus side, 2nd-round pick D.J. Swearinger figures to get extra time with the starters. The big hitter brings significant future upside for your IDP fantasy football league.
Draft Sharks - Mon, 05/06/2013 - 02:59
Physical ability isn't a problem for Jets WR Stephen Hill. He goes 6'4, 215 pounds and blazed a 4.36 40-yard dash at last year's Combine. Jets WRs coach Sanjay Lal says Hill is "polished in technique," too. But Lal admits that the Georgia Tech product is "raw instinctively." A lot of that has to do with coming from a triple-option college offense that only asked Hill to run a few routes. But we also have to wonder if instincts are something that can be learned. Hill admits he was uncomfortable all last year. "You're just out there running," he said. "That's what it felt like. I was out there running, but I didn't understand the whole football concept." We'll see if he's able to gain a better understanding in 2013. New York's shaky QB situation won't help his cause. Hill remains more of a dynasty stash than a redraft option.