Here’s our fantasy takes on the NFL news of the day …
Chad Ochocinco’s next destination: If you read the tea leaves, it looks likely that Ochocinco will be wearing a new uniform in 2011. NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora suggested four potential landing spots, including the Raiders, Seahawks, Redskins and Bears. Wherever he ends up, fantasy owners shouldn’t expect Ochocinco to suddenly re-emerge into an elite wideout. The 33 year old has made more news on soccer fields, in boxing rings and riding bulls than he has on the gridiron over the last few seasons. He struggles to get open against elite cornerbacks and can no longer beat double teams — just watch some of the film from 2010. I’d also love to see Jerome Simpson have a chance to reach his NFL potential, and that could happen in if Ochocinco is out of the mix. Wherever he lands, No. 85 isn’t going to make a significant impact on the field or for your fantasy team.
DeAngelo Williams could be a free agent: One of the major questions associated with the lockout is how a new collective bargaining agreement would affect fifth-year veterans and their ability to declare for unrestricted free agency. Williams is the biggest name among these veterans, as his departure from Carolina would open the door for Jonathan Stewart to become a major breakout candidate. But where would Williams land? The first option would be Denver, where he would be re-united with his former coach, John Fox. Of course, that would all but decimate the value of Knowshon Moreno. I have a better suggestion — if the Colts part ways with Joseph Addai, Williams would be a great fit. I also wouldn’t mind seeing him in Washington, where he’d instantly become the top back for coach Mike Shanahan. Maybe these suggestions are just “fantasy,” but they’d certainly work well for owners.
Beanie Wells works with teammates: When the Cardinals selected Virginia Tech’s Ryan Williams in April’s draft, it put a major dent into the fantasy value of Wells. In fact, reports suggested the decision to take Williams was a clear indication that the team had lost faith in the Ohio State product. Regardless, Wells remains in the mix for the starting job and has already started to work out with some of his teammates, according to the Arizona Republic. Considering the time he missed with a bum knee last season, the fact that Wells is participating in the workouts is good news. Who knows, maybe the selection of Williams will serve as motivation for him to stay on the field and make am impact. Regardless, the Cardinals backfield is a situation to watch once the lockout ends.