- New Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson plans on using running back Giovani Bernard more in the slot this season. This is just another reason why Bernard dynasty owners shouldn’t worry about rookie Jeremy Hill.
- New Jets running back Chris Johnson will probably be held out of OTA’s but should be ready to go for the beginning of 2014. Johnson’s dynasty stock has been rapidly declining since his 2,000 yard season and isn’t expected to get better in New York. He’s now in a timeshare with Chris Ivory with a ceiling of a RB3.
- Good news for Aaron Dobson, Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman dynasty owners as the Patriots are expected to move away from ’12’ alignments on offense and use more receivers. This is great news, especially for the younger Dobson.
- Titans running back Chris Johnson will have surgery to have a meniscus tear repaired. Johnson tore it early in the season and played hobbled. Hopefully he can return to 100% in 2014 and bounce back. Whether that’s in Tennessee is another question. He’s low on dynasty radars.
- (Former) Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez swears this is it for him. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to take him with your last pick in dynasty drafts, juuuuuust in case.
- Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola could be cut this off-season, clearing the way for Julian Edelman to stick around. In PPR leagues, Edelman borders on WR1 status but only in New England. Stay tuned.
- The Browns will pay a roster bonus to Brian Hoyer in March, making it more likely he’s on the team to start the season. Hoyer could be in-line for a surprise season if he’s given the chance to start, whether the Browns pick a quarterback early or not.
- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady didn’t show any signs of slowing down without tight end Rob Gronkowski, going 34 of 55 for 364 yards, two touchdowns and a pick. Brady is still a QB1 in dynasty leagues despite the seemingly lack of talent around him. He can make it work.
- Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill had another good game going 25 of 37 for 312 yards and three touchdowns with zero turnovers. Tannehill has strung together three good games in a row to coincide with the Dolphins three game winning steak. Tannehill is slowly, but surely, progressing and should be an intriguing dynasty quarterback next year.
- Patriots receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola picked up the slack in place of Rob Gronkowski. Edelman had 139 yards on 13 catches while leading the team with 19 targets. Amendola finally busted out with 10 catches for 131 yards. Amendola is the only one of the two to be under contract next year so he’ll be the better dynasty prospect of the two.
- Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace had his fourth 100-yard game of the year with six catches for 105 yards on nine targets. Hopefully it’s a sign of things to come but until Wallace can string together more games like this, he shouldn’t be trusted.
- The Patriots running game appears to include Shane Vereen running the ball in addition to catching passes. With Stevan Ridley benched, the Patriots will need to fill the void in the running game. Vereen rushed 10 times for 38 yards along with five catches for 37 yards and a touchdown. For all intents and purposes, Vereen is the running back to own in New England.
- On the other side of the field, Texans running back Ben Tate ran for 102 yards for 22 yards and three touchdowns. There was no time share with backup Dennis Johnson and it put Tate back on track to be the starter somewhere else in 2014.
- Patriots slot receiver Julian Edelman tied for the team lead with 12 targets for nine catches and 101 yards. You have to wonder if New England would want to bring Edelman back next year or roll with Danny Amendola. Edelman has been the preferred receiver the last couple weeks and is on pace for 90+ catches and 900+ yards.
- Texans receiver Andre Johnson went off, again, for eight catches and 121 yards on nine targets. Johnson is quarterback- and team-proof so no matter where he plays next year, he’s still a strong WR in dynasty circles.
- Seattle receiver Percy Harvin will start practicing this week. It’s a great sign of Harvin’s progress but also means this week might be the last week you have a legitimate shot to trade for him.
- RGIII plans on running more. In the short-term, this could be a boon for Griffin’s fantasy value but you have to wonder how sustainable it is, especially in dynasty circles.
- Patriots receiver Danny Amendola has officially been diagnosed as concussed. You have to wonder how Amendola keeps getting hurt. His value is also all over the place in dynasty leagues – some probably think there’s still something there and would still want a decent return. While others might be ready to rid themselves of this walking injury report. His status in fantasy, in general, is a true toss-up.
- Arizona running back Ryan Williams has been a healthy scratch in each game this season. It’s safe to drop him in all formats, even deeper leagues.
- Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo is officially done for the season. But any astute dynasty player knows this would be a perfect time to pick him off someone else’s team, especially if they’re in it to win it this year.
Hump day update:
- The Rams re-signed linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar yesterday and is expected to start immediately. Dunbar had a decent year last year with 114 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and four passes defended. At 28, Dunbar isn’t a bad option as a LB3 or LB4.
- Houston still plans to give running back Ben Tate 12-15 carries this Sunday, keeping hope alive that he’ll still share some of the running duties. Tate’s appeal is more in what he’ll do next year for dynasty owners as he’s expected to land a starting job somewhere.
- Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon is set to return to the field after a four game suspension. With all signs pointing to Jacksonville taking a quarterback in next year’s draft, Blackmon’s stock is probably at its lowest point now that it ever will be again. See what it takes to get him in your dynasty leagues and pray Jacksonville does the right thing.
- Patriots receiver Danny Amendola is set to return from injury which means Julian Edelman’s role as a target machine will probably decrease. A free agent after this year, Edelman has probably peaked in dynasty fantasy value (unless Amendola gets hurt again which is entirely possible).
Have a good Wednesday everyone!
- Tampa Bay has named Mike Glennon quarterback going forward. Josh Freeman is officially done. If you’re quarterback starved, here’s an in-season option.
- 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith is headed to rehab and will be out for the foreseeable future. Hopefully, Smith can rebound and return to football very soon.
- Lions receiver Ryan Broyles will be getting more attention in the wake of Nate Burleson’s injury. He’ll still man the slot in the pass-happy Lions offense and still quite young. He’s on the dynasty radar.
- Speaking of Detroit, they’ve asked about Cleveland receiver Josh Gordon in a trade. Gordon in the Lions offense would be dynamite. His stock skyrocketed thanks to his big day Sunday but keep an eye on him if the price drops.
- Patriots receiver Danny Amendola is progressing well. Now would be the time to buy-low from someone tired of Amendola’s injury shenanigans. He is a dynamic player when healthy but that seems to be a 50/50 proposition.
Here’s what already happened so take note!
- Eric Berry could lead the Chiefs in interceptions AND sacks (!). Berry may be undervalued at #6 in dynasty ranks.
- Danny Amendola has become dependable (sound familiar?). Amendola appears to be vastly underrated at #32 and could be a WR1 in PPR leagues.
- DeAndre Hopkins keeps getting better. It wouldn’t be a stretch to make him the first receiver off the dynasty fantasy boards.
- Sean Weatherspoon dislocated his finger but is expected to be fine. Injuries to the fingers aren’t nearly as big a problem for linebackers. Weatherspoon is a still a go to be a LB2 in dynasty leagues for many years to come.
- With the injury to Jeremy Maclin and the absence of Riley Cooper, somebody had to step up in Philly. It appears that person might be Russell Shepard. He’s turned in good practices and made the #2 spot his to lose.
- Julius Thomas has been playing with the first team as the ‘receiving’ tight end in Denver. While this year it may be tough to get looks after Wes Welker, Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas. Julius is #39 in current dynasty ranks but could improve upon that this year.
- Ryan Williams injury in Arizona is making his roster spot dicey. As we looked at the rookie runners, Arizona has two potential replacements for Rashard Mendenhall’s backup.
- Rookie running back Chris Thompson continues to recover from a knee injury. Thompson is an intriguing pick but ideally as a taxi squad player on a team with Alfred Morris.
- Tyler Wilson is now 4th on the Raiders depth chart (that includes Terrell Pryor and now Matt McGloin). It’s time to move on from any thoughts of Wilson being a dynasty asset.
And remember, if you’re able to read this, it’s the best day ever.
It’s the last day of the month. Let’s see what we got:
- Danny Amendola has been a bright spot in Patriots camp so far. They predict he should be able to do what Wes Welker did and catch 100 balls. In PPR dynasty leagues, Amendola is high on the list.
- Jason Witten is catching balls in the red zone during camp. Hopefully Witten can capitalize on that as he’s never had more than 9 touchdowns in a season. Witten is still solidly at #4 in dynasty rankings.
- The running back picture in Denver is still not clear. Until there is some clarity, don’t treat any back, Montee Ball especially, as a stud.
- Pierre Garcon is making the catches at camp. With RG3 as his quarterback, Garcon may be underrated with his current 26th dynasty ranking.
- Brock Osweiler improved greatly from last years camp to this years. As the primary backup to 37-year old Peyton Manning, Osweiler is a fantastic taxi squad prospect whether you have Manning or not.
- Jonathan Franklin didn’t get off to a great start in pass blocking drills. If he can’t get in the game on passing downs, it’s going to be hard to get in at all.
- Coming off our report yesterday, Jon Baldwin continues to not impress.
Next month will be drafting time. Giddy up.