Three and out: Fitzgerald’s stock rising?

Time for our fantasy takes on the NFL news of the day …

Cards looking at Kolb: With the NFL lockout apparently close to an end, rumors about player movement are picking up. One of the biggest involves a deal that would send QB Kevin Kolb to the Cardinals in exchange for CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, according to a report XTRA 910 Phoenix. The move would clearly make Kolb more draftable in fantasy land, albeit as a No. 2 quarterback and potential matchup-based starter. But the big winner in the deal would be Larry Fitzgerald. The stud wideout posted nice reception and yardage totals last season despite playing with less-than-desirable quarterbacks, but had just six touchdowns. With a young, talented signal-caller like Kolb, Fitzgerald would once again be a top-five wideout in drafts.

Stewart wants Williams back: During a recent interview with the Charlotte Observer, Jonathan Stewart stated his desire to have DeAngelo Williams back with the Panthers. Of course, fantasy owners would disagree with that opinion. Stewart would be worth as much as a second-round selection if he landed the top spot on the depth chart under new coach Ron Rivera. But if Williams remains with the team and a committee situation continued, Stewart’s value would take a hit. Clearly, this is one of the numerous situations that owners must monitor in the weeks to come.

Rice unlikely to re-sign with Vikes?: During his appearance on “NFL Total Access,” Sports Illustrated’s Peter King said he’d be “surprised” if the Vikings re-signed Sidney Rice. One of the better wideouts on the free-agent market, Rice is likely to gain interest from a number of teams. And with the prospect of rookie Christian Ponder opening the season as the Vikings’ No. 1 quarterback, shedding the purple and yellow could be a positive move from a fantasy perspective. If Rice lands with the Bears, for example, he would almost certainly become the top option for Jay Cutler. That’s clearly a more attractive scenario than being on the receiving end of Ponder’s passes during what would be a transition year for the Vikings. Stay tuned.

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