Michael Fabiano | Tags: Three and out, Andy Dalton, Carson Palmer, Cincinnati Bengals, DeAngelo Williams, Denver Broncos, Jermaine Gresham, John Fox, Jonathan Stewart, Jordan Palmer, Kenny Britt, Mike McCoy, Tennessee Titans
Here’s our fantasy takes on the NFL news of the day …
Broncos will run more in 2011: With new coach John Fox at the helm, it has been a forgone conclusion that the Broncos will scrap the pass-happy attack of Josh McDaniels. Well, OC Mike McCoy has confirmed what everyone was thinking by telling the team’s official website that Fox “is determined to run the football.” While that should be considered great news for the fantasy value of RB Knowshon Moreno, it also means that the team could be in the market to add another back — and one option could be DeAngelo Williams. Fox is familiar with Williams, a five-year veteran who could be a free agent depending on the details of the new CBA. If that scenario comes to fruition, the value of both players would suffer. On the flip side, though, the departure of Williams would make RB Jonathan Stewart a fantasy beast in Carolina. Stay tuned.
Kenny Britt’s stock tumbles: Earlier this week, I posted a blog about the rising fantasy value of Britt. Well, it’s time to scratch that. Britt is in trouble with the law again, this time for resisting arrest, one day after he appeared in court for a previous arrest on traffic charge. Britt, who has been arrested several times since joining the Titans, is getting dangerously close to possible NFL discipline once the lockout is over. That situation is one for fantasy owners to monitor, as Britt is a tremendous breakout candidate in his third season. But if he continues to make decisions that put his playing time in jeopardy, Britt’s draft-day stock will continue to fall.
Carson Palmer a “former” teammate: If you’re hoping that Palmer returns to the Bengals, well, don’t hold your breath. The latest sign was his brother, Jordan, referring to Carson as “a former teammate” and saying he’s “going a different route.” The Bengals offense could have a lot of new players — and fantasy options — next season. At this point, it looks like rookie Andy Dalton will be under center in Week 1. While he certainly has long-term potential, his presence isn’t going to be a positive for Chad Ochocinco (if he’s still there), A.J. Green or Jerome Simpson. However, it might help TE Jermaine Gresham, who could see a ton of targets as Dalton’s safety net. I’d also expect to see a lot of RB Cedric Benson, assuming he is retained for 2011.