Here’s our fantasy takes on the NFL news of the day…
There’s risk in drafting Dez Bryant: Ask anyone who knows anything about the NFL, and they’ll tell you that Bryant has all the physical tools to become one of the league’s elite wide receivers. Whether he has what it takes between the ears, well, that’s a different issue. Bryant has had multiple off-field incidents, and former Cowboys great Daryl Johnston thinks early comparisons to his former teammate, Michael Irvin, are premature. Moose points out that while Irvin also had his share of problems off the gridiron, he “was the hardest worker on that team.” If Bryant can grasp that same sort of work ethic and avoid the off-field nonsense, the sky’s the limit for his statistical potential and fantasy value. But until we start to see more positive news pertaining to him, it’s hard to draft Bryant as more than a No. 2 wideout. He currently ranks No. 17 at his position on NFL.com.
Here’s Carson Palmer … in Seattle?: Last week, NFL Network Insider Michael Lombardi talked about the potential reunion of Matt Leinart and coach Pete Carroll in the Great Northwest. I understand the USC connection, but Carroll should set his sights a little higher and go after Palmer. Sure, Bengals owner Mike Brown seems steadfast in his decision not to deal him. But maybe cooler heads will prevail once the lockout ends. Though Palmer might be past his prime, he can still be a statistically-productive quarterback. His presence under center would also increase the fantasy value of every prominent member of the Seahawks offense. That’s not going to happen with Leinart, who as Lombardi puts it, “became the king of the check down in Arizona.”
Ronnie Brown might stay in Miami: When the Dolphins drafted Daniel Thomas last month, fantasy owners saw some major potential for the rookie to see a featured role in coach Tony Sparano‘s offense. Of course, the possible return of Brown would put a ceiling on Thomas’ first-year potential. Brown told the Miami Herald that he’s open to returning to the team in 2011. That scenario could put Thomas in a committee and behind Mark Ingram as the top rookie RB in fantasy land. Personally, I’d like to see the Dolphins go after someone like Darren Sproles to complement Thomas rather than retain Brown, who would be more of a threat to his carries.