Michael Fabiano | Tags: A.J. Green, Andy Dalton, Brandon Marshall, Carson Palmer, Chad Henne, Chad Ochocinco, DeAngelo Williams, Jerome Simpson, John Elway, John Fox, Jonathan Stewart, Knowshon Moreno, Marvin Lewis, Mike Brown
Here’s our fantasy takes on the NFL news of the day …
Carson Palmer’s status in limbo: Bengals owner Mike Brown reiterated Monday what he’s been saying the entire offseason — he’s not trading Palmer. With the quarterback threatening to retire if the team doesn’t move him, it’s looking more and more like Andy Dalton will be the starting quarterback for coach Marvin Lewis. That’s not an attractive fantasy scenario for several players, including Chad Ochocinco, Jerome Simpson and A.J. Green. Dalton is going to need time to get acclimated to the pro game, so I highly doubt that any of his wideouts will reach the 1,000-yard mark in 2011. One player whose touches could increase, though, is Cedric Benson. If the team re-signs him, I see Benson being a major workhorse for new offensive coordinator Jay Gruden. A rookie quarterback’s best friend is a successful running game, and Benson would be leaned on to fill that role.
DeAngelo Williams to Denver?: With player movement stagnant due to the lockout, there’s a ton of speculation as to where players might end up once transactions are allowed. One of the more prominent rumors from a fantasy perspective is Williams joining the Broncos and re-uniting with coach John Fox. In fact, the Denver Post suggests that the team “figures to make a run” at Williams because Knowshon Moreno “hasn’t shown in the NFL that he can create big plays in the running game.” Of course, that’s a complete contrast to Broncos VP of Football Operations John Elway recently saying that he was hoping for a “breakout year” out of Moreno. Regardless, the addition of Williams in the Mile High City would put a gargantuan dent into Moreno’s fantasy appeal. On the flip side, it would make Jonathan Stewart a major breakout fantasy player himself. Stay tuned.
Chad Henne confident in 2011: The Miami Dolphins didn’t take a quarterback in the NFL draft, so Henne remains the favorite to top the depth chart … for now. Henne, who struggled both on the field and in fantasy circles last year, likes the system installed by new coordinator Brian Daboll that will feature a more aggressive passing game. Henne does have the pieces in place to succeed, including a top-notch wideout in Brandon Marshall and a schedule that’s one of the most favorable among quarterbacks based on 2010 fantasy points. Still, I’m not sold on Henne — and I’m not sure the Dolphins are either. In fact, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if the team traded for someone like Kyle Orton or signed a veteran like Donovan McNabb. Either of those two signal-callers would be better fantasy options than Henne — and their presence would help Marshall’ s stock.