- Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is set for groin surgery today. It’ll be the third straight off-season Peterson has gone under the knife but, as we’ve seen the last two years, it doesn’t seem to faze him. He’ll be ready for camp.
- Expect the Giants to have a more up-tempo offense with new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo. This points the arrow up for Eli, and anyone else in the Giants offense, in 2014 and beyond.
- Expect more out of Zach Ertz in 2014 and beyond as he’ll have full camps and pre-seasons to get in a groove.
- The Packers will give Brandon Bostick a look at tight end this off-season. His game is similar to incumbent Jermichael Finley’s with his athleticism and speed. Any tight end in that offense is worth a look. Bostick is young and if he has any ability to hold on to the ball, he’ll be an upgrade on Finley. Get him now if you can.
- The Ravens will not re-sign tight end Ed Dickson who has been a major disappointment in dynasty circles. He entered the 2012 season as the starter only to see Dennis Pitta emerge. Then had a golden opportunity to bounce back after Pitta’s injury before the 2013 season only to see Baltimore sign re-tread Dallas Clark. Dickson’s days of contributing to your fantasy team are over.
- The same will be said for Santonio Holmes of the Jets. Holmes has been an even bigger disappointment than Dickson where he was often injured and had his four lowest yardage seasons while in New York. Fun fact: not one of his seasons in New York was better than any of his four in Pittsburgh. Avoid in your dynasty leagues.
- Raiders rookie running back Latavius Murray is next in line to play running back in 2014. If he’s available in your dynasty leagues, pick him up now before someone else does (as someone did in my league…bastards).
- Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul might require another surgery in the off-season. JPP was J.J. Watt before J.J. Watt was J.J. Watt but the injuries, and surgeries that accompany them, are starting to pile up.
- Jets receiver Santonio Holmes says he’s willing to take a pay cut to stay in New York. It won’t happen. He won’t be back in New York and he shouldn’t be back on your dynasty team.
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.
And finally, if you’re able to read this, or anything else on the internet, it’s the best day ever.