Time for our fantasy takes on the NFL news of the day …
DeAngelo Williams to Denver? If you’re a dynasty league owner of RB Knowshon Moreno, keep close tabs on what the Broncos do once the lockout ends. In a recent interview with the Denver Post, coach John Fox said that the team needs to “run the ball more and better, and (another) running back is our No. 1 priority (in free agency).” That’s not a ringing endorsement for Moreno, who was the featured runner last season and could fall into a lesser role in 2011. In fact, there’s been a lot of speculation that Fox will make a run at Williams. If that scenario comes to fruition, I could see Williams atop the depth chart with Moreno seeing more of a third-down role. Regardless of which back the team adds, it seems imminent that Moreno’s value is going to take a hit in the near future — just how significant remains to be seen.
Dez Bryant appears healthy: If you made a list of the most talented young wideouts in the league, Bryant’s name would be on it. The sky seems to be the limit for Bryant, and it looks like the health of his ankle is no longer an issue. According to the Dallas Morning News, Bryant wasn’t limited during a recent celebrity basketball game. In fact, he “threw down dunks during pregame warm-ups” and played “the majority of the 40-minute game.” That’s certainly good news, and Bryant will be highly touted in fantasy drafts entering his second season. Though I would still take his veteran teammate Miles Austin ahead of him, Bryant will be worth a middle-round look as a No. 2 fantasy wideout with upside.
‘Skins to stick with Beck: NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora reported the Redskins will make a big push to add players once free agency begin, but a quarterback isn’t part of those plans. In fact, team sources said that coach Mike Shanahan is “dedicated to John Beck being his starter.” Yes, that’s the same Beck who has started four NFL games in four seasons. It’s also the same Beck who hasn’t played a single regular-season snap since December … of 2007. I’m not sure what Shanahan sees in Beck (maybe another Brian Griese or Jake Plummer?), but fantasy owners can’t like the prospect of such a questionable quarterback leading the Redskins offense. Even if the ‘Skins do land prominent offensive free agents like Santonio Holmes or Braylon Edwards, Beck’s presence is virtually certain to deflate their draft-day value.