Fantasy News and Reaction (07/24/12)

First off, I’d like to thank the fine folks at Fantasy Rundown for mentioning me on their site. I imagine everyone reading this knows about the fantastic resource they provide, but I just wanted to say, “Thank you.” Hopefully this site can become another tool in everyone’s fantasy arsenal. I know that fantasy owners don’t like to share their sources, but if you like what you see here, please spread the word! You can also follow me on Twitter (@TheDynastyGuy).

Alright, now on to the news of the day…

To my dismay, Tim Tebow isn’t going away anytime soon. The Jets are now considering using Timmy as a kick returner. The NY Daily News reported that assistant special teams coach Ben Kotwica said that Tebow has, ‘Some value there on kickoff returns. It’s something that we’ve talked about. I don’t think there’s any option with Tim that we’ve taken off the table.” Ugh. I know what option I’m taking off the table: any New York Jet holding a spot on my fantasy roster, especially Mark Sanchez. The Sanchize was the tenth ranked QB last year in standard scoring leagues, making him a QB1 (that my friends, is a one-off). He only threw three picks on the season (not happening again) and was able to convert 6 rushing TD’s (coincidentally, the same number that Tebow had last year). With Tebow possibly taking the QB snaps when the Jets find a way to wander into the endzone, you have to believe that Sanchez and Tebow cancel each other out.  This is all very confusing to me, as the Jets were actually GOOD in the redzone last year (they just never found it on a consistent basis).  

This also means that Shonne Green’s value has taken a huge hit (not that there was much there to begin with). Yesterday’s signing of Jeff Otah was a good move to bolster the O-Line and in year 1 BT (Before Tebow), that would have given Green owners hope that he could validate his value by finding paydirt on a consistent basis. With Timmy T in town, that isn’t likely to happen. I’d advise Green owners to ‘hold’ him. He’ll have a good game or two and you’ll be able to capitalize. When that good game comes, make sure you don’t drink the kool-aid. He’s the same guy who averaged 4.2 yards per carry as the lead back last year. He’s not their future RB. Ok, I’m tired of talking about the Jets.

Isaiah Pead has been a popular name in rookie drafts of late and is being hailed as the heir apparent to Steven Jackson. There have also been murmurs of him developing a time share of sorts in STL. SJax doesn’t agree. Per Jackson (via PFT Live), he is anticipating 25-30 touches per game and only wants Pead to see the field when he needs a breather. If the Rams are knocked out of legitimate playoff contention later in the year, I could see them putting Jackson in the garage and taking Pead for a spin. Otherwise, look for a timeshare to emerge next season.

Mike Shanahan hates you. Shanny doesn’t give two shits about your fantasy team and will make your life a living hell if you decide to roster one of his backs. Apparently Tim Hightower is the ‘starter’ if healthy. That doesn’t mean anything. The Redskins’ leading rusher is probably on their practice squad right now. Stay away. You don’t win the Shiva with Hightower, Helu or Royster as starters.

Justin Blackmon pled guilty to DUI charges stemming from his arrest in Oklahoma.  If I were drafted by the Jags and realized that Gabbert was my starting QB, I’d start drinking too. I’m still high on Blackmon and he has lost a lot of value since the draft. I’d suggest picking him up. I know, I know… Gabbert is horrible. That’s ok. Gabbert isn’t the QB of the future in Jacksonville. Their next QB is still in college. Buy now while the value is low and anticipate returns in 2014.

Dez Bryant’s mother said that she doesn’t plan to press charges against her son. Good choice. Don’t want to throw away your meal ticket. If anyone in your league is worried about Dez, take this time to unburden them. I’m sending offers to all Bryant owners. The same can’t be said for Kenny Britt. His stock has crashed and at this point, you just have to keep him. Be a good captain. If Britt is your boat, walk into the wheelhouse and take a seat. Buy the ticket. Take the ride.

Marshawn Lynch owners, I’ll just leave you with this

For those of you interested in the deeper end of the player pool, there have been a few developments ahead of camp.

AJ Jenkins says he’s in better shape. Sure you are. Jenkins is a hold, wait for next season.

Montario Hardesty is on the roster bubble in CLE. Is that really news?

Dwight Jones ‘might’ report back to camp. You should have dropped him already. If you didn’t, you probably aren’t reading this.

Mike Sims-Walker has a workout for the Jags today. FANTASY GOLD!

Ryan Broyles is going to start the year on the non-football injury list. I’m picking up Broyles wherever I can (in addition to Titus Young), particularly in PPR leagues. Someone is going to see the benefits of Calvin Johnson getting double and triple teamed.

Mohamed Sanu should win starting WR spot according to the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Joe Reedy. Buy now in PPR.

Louis Murphy was traded to the Panthers. Yawn. I don’t plan on owning any Panther’s WR this year, unless his name is Steve Smith. Kealoha Pilares is a name to remember though. If he can ever get playing time, I think his talent will shine through. Last year, he was 7th among KR in average and returned one for 101 against the lions. He did have a catch during the preseason which he promptly turned into a TD by torching all of the NYG players in the vicinity. He partially tore his PCL (no surgery) during Hawaii’s bowl game and it smashed his draft stock and he missed the combine last year. Pilares actually went to the Hawaii Pro Day just 3 months after the injury and just barely missed the school record in the vertical jump (he hit 40.5”). He also ran a 4.37-4.42 (depending on whose watch you looked at) in the 40. His 10 yard time tied the top time set at the combine (Torrey Smith). Again, 3 months after partially tearing his PCL. He also repped 225 19 times… he was originally a RB, he’s got a big frame for 5’10″/5’11”

He played RB during his fresh/soph seasons at Hawaii and averaged 5.5 YPC and scored 8 TD’s on 124 attempts. He was also the Hawaii State Triple Jump Champion in high school and the state Offensive POY during his senior season with 1,900 yards rushing and 23 TD’s (info from fantasyfootballmetrics, summarized for your consumption).

In other words, the guy is a beast. Keep an eye on him and if injuries hit the CAR WR corps, you’ll know who to pick up.

OH… and the Broncos signed Ronnie Hillman. It looks like the cat is out of the bag on Hillman. He’s a potential breakout player if I’ve ever seen one. If you want to get caught up, head over to ThePigskinGuy for an extra helping of Hillman love.

-TDG

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