Michael Fabiano | Tags: Aaron Rodgers, Braylon Edwards, Christian Ponder, Donovan McNabb, Jermichael Finley, Josh McDaniels, Marques Colston, Philip Rivers, Sam Bradford, Santonio Holmes, Sidney Rice, Vincent Jackson
Here’s our fantasy takes on the NFL news of the day…
Vincent Jackson belongs in San Diego: Our NFL.com experts recently discussed the best potential free-agent wideouts once the lockout is lifted, a list that included Jackson, Sidney Rice, Santonio Holmes and Mark Clayton. From a selfish fantasy perspective, I don’t want any of them going anywhere. Jackson already has an elite quarterback in Philip Rivers. I like Rice with the Vikings, but only if the team signs Donovan McNabb. If Christian Ponder is the starter, Rice’s value is going to plummet. Holmes was a nice option last year, and he will get even more opportunities if Braylon Edwards leaves as a free agent. As for Clayton, I’d like to see him return to the Rams. He gained a nice rapport with Sam Bradford last year, and the addition of new OC Josh McDaniels would make him a nice sleeper candidate.
Another surgery for Marques Colston: Colston, who had arthroscopic knee surgery late last year, underwent a microfracture procedure on his right knee this offseason. He also had a similar operation on his left knee prior to the 2009 campaign. While Colston recorded the fourth 1,000-yard season of his five-year career in 2010, he ranked just 18th in fantasy points among wide receivers — his lowest full-season finish since 2006. Considering his recent history with knee issues, there is now cause for concern. In an offense loaded with good receivers, Colston sometimes has inconsistent production. I think he’s hit his statistical ceiling and will struggle to produce like a No. 1 fantasy wideout again.
Jermichael Finley “feels brand new”: A breakout candidate heading into last season, Finley was on pace to finish with career bests in receptions and yardage before a knee injury cost him the final 11 games. Finley provided an update this week, tweeting that the surgically repaired knee “feels brand new.” A talented playmaker with limitless upside, he has a chance to make a huge impact in an explosive offense led by an elite quarterback in Aaron Rodgers. There is some cause for some concern with his knee issues, but his tweet is at least reason for some optimism. Based on his statistical potential, Finley is an obvious No. 1 fantasy option at tight end.