Here’s some fantasy takes on the NFL news of the day…
Browns coach touts trade as “great”: During a recent event at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon Club in Canton, Ohio, Browns coach Pat Shurmur called the team’s draft-day deal with the Falcons that turned its No. 6 overall selection into five picks, including Atlanta’s No. 1 in 2012, “historic.” The move that could have an impact in fantasy football this season is the one used to pick North Carolina wide receiver Greg Little. With no real No. 1 wideout on the roster, Little, who has been compared to Tampa Bay’s Mike Williams, could see a prominent role in the offense during his rookie campaign. He’s a big receiver with great ball skills. He can make the tough catch in traffic, and he isn’t afraid to fight tacklers to gain extra yardage after the catch. Though Little isn’t likely to produce on the same level as Williams, just the fact that he could be in a position to lead the Browns in targets makes him a nice late-round sleeper in seasonal formats. He’s my No. 5-rated rookie on NFL.com.
Matt Hasselbeck heading to Tennessee?: There’s a lot of speculation going on about where potential free agents might land once we get back to football. NFL Network insider Michael Lombardi voiced his opinion on the potential future landing spots of several players in a recent column, including Hasselbeck. Citing the Titans’ need for a veteran quarterback to come in and start while rookie Jake Locker learns the pro game, Lombardi thinks Hasselbeck is a perfect fit. The move would be welcomed from a fantasy perspective as well, as Hasselbeck’s presence under center would help keep opposing defenses honest against superstar Chris Johnson. It would also be a nice addition for Kenny Britt, who could be a major breakout candidate entering his third NFL season. As for Hasselbeck’s value, he’d be worth a late-round pick in larger leagues.
Chad Ochocinco becoming a bull rider: First it was soccer. Now Ochocinco is going to try his hand at bull riding — he’s reportedly accepted a challenge from Professional Bull Riders chief operating officer Sean Gleason to ride a bull at the LucasOil Invitational this weekend. So while we know where Ochocinco will be spending some of his “time off,” we still don’t know where he’ll be calling home for the 2011 NFL campaign. There has been irreparable damage done to his relationship with Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, and the addition of rookie A.J. Green might have sealed his fate in the Queen City. Regardless, the one-time fantasy star should no longer be considered a prominent option on draft day. He’s failed to record 1,000-plus yards in two of the last three seasons, and has become better known for his reality shows and off-field adventures than for his success on the gridiron. Unless he lands in a situation where a star quarterback is throwing him the football — maybe New England and Tom Brady — I wouldn’t touch Ochocinco as more than a No. 4 fantasy wideout. No bull.