It’s possible Shonn Greene dynasty owners could be in for a rude awakening if Greene is cut this off-season. He’s still recovering from a knee injury and the Titans have plenty of other, albeit average, options. But why keep spinning your tires on a washed up veteran? A Greene cut would also catapult Bishop Sankey’s dynasty value to at least the third overall pick, if not higher.
Geno Smith is heading in to training camp as the starting quarterback for the Jets. How long that will last remains to be seen with Mike Vick right behind him and Rex Ryan’s job on the line. Neither one are ideal dynasty buys – Smith because of his lack of talent and Vick because of his age.
49ers running back Marcus Lattimore says he’s ready to go. Lattimore sat out all of 2014 with a knee injury he sustained in college but should challenge both Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter for carries.
While Mason Foster’s hold on the middle linebacker position in Tampa’s new defense initially looked shaky, it appears he’ll get first crack at the position. Foster came on strong in IDP leagues last year and should replicate that success. He’ll be an ideal LB3 heading in to 2014.
The Jets signed quarterback Mike Vick to compete with second-year quarterback Geno Smith. The Jets have made some moves in the passing game during free agency and Vick could still provide some value. Geno’s dynasty stock does take a dip.
Confirming what was widely expected, the Lions intend to use running back Joique Bell more this season, as opposed to Reggie Bush. Bell is, arguably, the better runner while Bush offers more in the passing game. Both of their dynasty values will be limited unless the other gets injured and shouldn’t be projected as anything more than RB3.
The Texans signed quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. This indicates two things: 1) the Texans are likely taking a quarterback with the first overall pick (as opposed to signing a better, win-now option like Mike Vick) and 2) Fitzpatrick should see some playing time early on in the season. If you end up with the Texans quarterback of the future, be sure to snap Fitzpatrick in your dynasty leagues. It also means the end of the Matt Schaub-era in Houston.
In other backup quarterback news, Jason Campbell signed with the Bengals to back up Andy Dalton. There were calls at the end of last season for the Bengals to do something about Dalton and signing Campbell won’t change that. Campbell is one of the better back ups in the league and is surrounded by talent in Cincinnati. It’s a serious question if Dalton is their long-term plan at quarterback or not.
The Panthers recently signed Jerricho Cotchery to be their top receiving option. You have to assume the Panthers have a plan at receiver after missing on every option before Cotchery while cutting veteran Steve Smith. Luckily, there are a ton of receivers in this years draft.
Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles might be getting the ball more if that’s possible. While this is great news for 2013, keep an eye on Charles in the near future to make sure the tread doesn’t completely wear off those tires.
Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez stated he’s not asking for a trade. However, I’m sure Gonzalez didn’t envision the Falcons getting off to a 1-4 start which would lead one to believe he might give it another go. I’d be buying low on Gonzalez right now. Even if it’s for the last half of a season, he’s a top five tight end option and more so with Julio Jones out for the year.
The Texans will start Case Keenum at quarterback Sunday. If Keenum can show anything against the Chiefs, don’t be surprised if Matt Schaub is permanently benched. Schaub has little to no value in dynasty circles anymore.
Eagles quarterback Mike Vick is out again, giving Nick Foles another audition. It’s very possible Foles could be the starter going forward with another good showing. He threw for three touchdowns last week in a win over Tampa.