- Saints quarterback Drew Brees recently said he’d like to play in to his 40’s. That’s great news for Brees owners considering that’s almost five years away.
- Big news for Robert Woods dynasty owners where he’ll man the slot in place of Stevie Johnson. With the addition of Sammy Watkins and Mike Williams, it should free Woods up.
- There continues to be doubt about David Wilson’s return to the Giants. Wilson is still ranked fairly high at 34 in our dynasty rankings but his status is truly questionable.
- E.J. Manuel is expected to get at least another year to prove he can be a franchise quarterback. Manuel dynasty owners should breathe a sigh of relief for 2014. He could also be considered a buy-low candidate.
- Speaking of Manuel, the Bills traded a 6th round pick for receiver Mike Williams. Williams is a good talent and could even push Stevie Johnson out of Buffalo. It remains to be seen what else Buffalo adds in the draft but Williams is expected to start if he can stay out of trouble.
- The 49ers are expected to pass more next season which would be great news for quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The picture should be more clear after the draft in May.
- New Ravens tight end Owen Daniels could be a decent contributor in dynasty leagues in 2014. Admittedly, the combination of Daniels and Pitta could be beneficial to both but Daniels should only be a contributor for 2014.
What’s happening around the league and how does it affect your dynasty team?
- Santonio Holmes is starting training camp on the PUP list. If he can be medically cleared of his foot injury before training camp is over, he can start the season. If not, he won’t be eligible to play until Week 7. As if there weren’t enough reasons to avoid our 66th ranked receiver, here you go. The whole Jets, with the possible exception of Chris Ivory, is one to avoid in dynasty.
- Ahmad Bradshaw is also starting camp on the PUP list albeit with better prospects than Holmes. Signed as a temporary solution at running back for the high-octane Colts offense, Bradshaw should be ok to start the season. At just 27, it’s possible to get a couple of years out of Bradshaw in dynasty leagues which is why he sits at 36 in our combined ranks. But it is Ahmad Bradshaw we’re talking about, who’s only played all 16 games once in his five-year career so his injuries are worth monitoring.
- Dez Bryant is doing Dez Bryant things at Cowboys camp. With a pass-happy offense, a good quarterback, and no doubt about who the man is, it’s possible Bryant is underrated at #4 in dynasty ranks.
- Mike Williams signed a six-year extension to his rookie contract. While never passing 1,000 yards, Williams does get in the end zone with seasons of 9 and 11 TD’s. He has an excellent supporting cast around him with the only uncertainty being at quarterback. But whether Josh Freeman plays well enough to stick around or the Mike Glennon show begins, Williams should be able to produce. He’s currently at #41 in dynasty ranks.
- Lastly, Trent Richardson dynasty owners should gear up for 300 carries this year. Just 22, Richardson is the youngest running back in the top 10 in our running back ranks which means you could have a dynasty stud for a decade. But conventional wisdom would conclude that many carries at that young an age could be a concern down the road. 13 players have carried it 300 times in their age-21 or 22 season (Edgerrin James did it twice). Of the 13, I count no less than seven backs that are Hall of Fame worth including Marshall Faulk, Jerome Bettis, Walter Payton, Curtis Martin, Edge, and the all-time leading rusher Emmitt Smith. So it can be done.
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