Fantasy owners need to monitor RBs James, Jones

Edgerrin James is drawing interest from several teams around the league. (Jamie Squire / Getty Images)

Edgerrin James is on the free-agent radar of the Saints. (Jamie Squire / Getty Images)

Edgerrin James might not be the same impact running back he was earlier in his career, but reports indicate he’s still drawing from several teams around the league.

The most notable of those teams is the New Orleans Saints. senior writer Steve Wyche blogged today that James is on the radar of Saints GM Mickey Loomis, but adding to the backfield isn’t a priority.

If the Saints do decide to add Edge, don’t expect it to put a huge dent in the value of Pierre Thomas. One of the top fantasy sleepers of 2008, Thomas should remain the favorite to start and share most of the workload with Reggie Bush.

In fact, James would be worth little more than a late-round flier at best in black and gold.

The second situation that fantasy leaguers need to watch is the one in New York, where rumors are swirling that Thomas Jones could be on the trade block.

The vetern back is coming off a career season with better than 1,300 rushing yards and 15 total touchdowns, and now he’s looking for a new contract. Jones has been a no-show for organized team activities and could be a candidate to hold out of training camp.

As a result, the Jets could decide to trade the 30-year old runner before the start of the season.

That sort of scenario would accelerate the value of Shonn Greene, who is already one of the better sleepers in fantasy football. If Jones were traded, Greene would be the favorite to start and share the workload with Leon Washington.

In what will be a run-based offense under new coach Rex Ryan, Greene could turn into a viable No. 2 fantasy back. He’d also be right there with Denver’s Knowshon Moreno as the most valuable rookie in most seasonal formats.

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