- In the ongoing Justin Blackmon saga, it appears he could be back with the Jaguars as soon as this year. However, only keep Blackmon if you have a deep bench and/or taxi squads.
- The talk is growing around Charles Sims in Tampa. Now there’s talk he could get some early work as well to spell Doug Martin. Sims is clearly in the second-tier or rookie running backs.
- Take this with a grain of salt but there’s also talk of Christine Michael getting work earlier than expected in 2014. His value may be a tad lower than it was entering last year but it won’t be for long.
- Recent estimates have Peyton Manning playing three more years, which is music to dynasty owners ears. Until he shows otherwise, Manning should be treated as a top quarterback in dynasty leagues.
- In the wake of Daryl Washington’s impending suspension, it looks like Larry Foote will take over his role in the Cardinals defense. Foote may be a decent buy for 2014 but not beyond.
- LaGarrette Blount figures to get 6-8 carries a game in Pittsburgh. This will have little-to-no effect on Le’Veon Bell’s status.
- Marqise Lee looks to have a better shot at starting early, practicing in the ‘Z’ position. It was Justin Blackmon’s old spot and has produced nicely when there’s talent manning the position. Lee looks to have a ceiling of a late first-rounder in rookie dynasty drafts.
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- With Josh Gordon dropping out of the top five, it makes room for Demaryius Thomas. The others include Calvin, A.J., Dez, and Julio.
- Top rookies include Sammy Watkins at 12; Mike Evans at 16; Brandin Cooks at 27; Jordan Matthews at 32; Odell Beckham at 34.
- Justin Blackmon drops from 22 to 31 (and probably further thanks to recent activity); Rueben Randle from 29 to 37 thanks to the drafting of ODB; Markus Wheaton from 40 to 51 thanks to the drafting of rookie Martavius Bryant; Dwayne Bowe from 39 to 53.
- Some more fallout from the NFL Draft is the drafting of LSU running back Jeremy Hill by Cincinnati. Not only does it spell the end for BenJarvus Green-Ellis but severely cuts in to any dreams people had for Gio Bernard being a three-down back. Lower your expectations.
- It’s now confirmed that Justin Blackmon won’t be back in Jacksonville for 2014. Blackmon dynasty owners should cut bait unless they have an extremely large roster with a taxi squad.
- Browns receiver Nate Burleson broke his arm and will be out until training camp. It’s another blow for the Browns after potentially losing Josh Gordon for the year.
- Lions running back Joique Bell is nursing a knee injury but there are no indications it’s significant. He remains on track to split carries with Reggie Bush and could possibly be the long-term solution.
- Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon shouldn’t be counted on for 2014. Blackmon was a highly rated receiver in dynasty drafts just two years ago but his behavior keeps getting in the way. Still might be a decent buy-low candidate if you have a taxi squad.
- Texans receiver Andre Johnson didn’t show up to the first day of mini-camp but they are just voluntary. There’s been no indication of injury or a contract dispute so you can still count on Johnson as a WR2 in dynasty circles.
- Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon has been suspended for the rest of the season. A disappointing turn of events for Blackmon but not suprising. It’s a shame as Blackmon has proved he can be one of the best in the NFL. He’s too risky for me in dynasty leagues to keep on the roster.
- With the injury to Colts receiver Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton’s stock is soaring. Hilton will be taking Wayne’s position in the slot and should be the Colts WR1 for the rest of the year. Consider this his audition for dynasty leaguers to determine how good he can be.
- Bucs running back Doug Martin will eventually have surgery for his torn labrum. Martin is in the midst of a disappointing sophomore season but might be a good buy-low candidate in dynasty leagues.
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- Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon had another big day with 14 catches and 190 yards. Just imagine the possibilities if the Jaguars upgrade at quarterback.
- Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno had 15 carries compared to four for Ronnie Hillman and three for Montee Ball. Both Ball and Hillman could probably be had in your leagues for cheap just to see if one of them wins the job next year.
- Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny had good effort with seven tackles, a pass defended and an interception that happened to be returned for a touchdown. On the year, Pos has 54 tackles to go with seven passes defended, three tackles for a loss and two interceptions. He’s still one of the premier middle linebackers in IDP dynasty.
- Peyton Manning is still Peyton Manning.
- Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon came back in a big way after serving a four game suspension with five catches and 136 yards. He’ll be safe to use going forward while, hopefully, the Jags can upgrade at the quarterback position so he can be even better.
- Rams rookie running back Zac Stacy ran for 78 yards on 14 carries before leaving the game early. His 5.6 YPC was in-line with other running backs against the Jags this season so there’s hope that Stacy can produce at league minimum. The Rams next game against Houston will determine that.
- On the other side of the field, Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew had 70 yards on 17 carries to go with three targets. Should he be traded this year, his value would improve but for 2013 only. Beyond this year is a question mark so be cautious.
- The Rams passing game is still sorting itself out with the most targets going to Chris Givens with seven while no receiver had more than four catches. Until somebody steps up, it’s a passing game to avoid, including Tavon Austin.
- On the defensive side of the ball, both Rams defensive ends had productive days. Chris Long had a sack and two tackles for a loss while Robert Quinn had a tackle for a loss to go along with two quarterback hits. Either one is a fine option as a dynasty defensive lineman.
- Across the field, Jaguars safety John Cyprien had 13 tackles and is now on pace for over 100 tackles for the year. The rookie could be good for a long time.
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).
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- Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman are still splitting carries with the first team in Denver. I still don’t buy the Montee Ball hype – he’s in a RBBC and his coach is notorious for using multiple backs.
- Mark Ingram is looking good in New Orleans. He’s done nothing in his career to unseat Pierre Thomas but maybe this is the year.
- Another breakout candidate is Michael Floyd from Arizona. He is officially the #2 receiver in the desert. With an upgrade at quarterback, the chances will be there.
- Mychal Kendricks is poised to be a big part of the defense in Philadelphia this season. The second-year linebacker should be going at the quarterback more which is good for sacks. Kendricks is currently 18th in dynasty linebacker ranks.
- A.J. Jenkins (finally) had a good day in camp for San Francisco. There isn’t much competition at receiver in San Francisco so the door is open.
- Justin Blackmon is still hurt and probably won’t play on Friday for Jacksonville. So much talent, so little production.
- Bryce Brown may fumble the #2 spot behind LeSean McCoy in Philadelphia. He dropped three passes today and the knock is his hesitancy to run between the tackles.
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