NFL.com Staff | Tags: Three and out, Chris Johnson, Indianapolis Colts, Jake Locker, Jim Irsay, Kenny Britt, Mark Sanchez, Matt Hasselbeck, Mike Munchak, New York Jets, Peyton Manning, Santonio Holmes, Tennessee Titans
Manning’s return uncertain: The Colts learned the true value of Peyton Manning last season. Now come the questions of when he could return and whether or not it will be in a Colts uniform. Owner Jim Irsay is taking a very cautious approach. Of course, Indy could select Manning’s replacement with the top pick in the draft. Wherever the future Hall of Famer ends up, he won’t be the sure-fire first round fantasy pick. But, in the right situation, he could still be an extremely valuable fantasy piece.
Sanchez to start next season: Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum says QB Mark Sanchez will be the starter next season. The third-year quarterback was a weekly fantasy enigma, alternating between good performances and bad. The pieces around Sanchez could easily change, especially in the wake of accusations that Santonio Holmes quit on the team. It’s hard to imagine Sanchez becoming a top-tier fantasy QB overnight, but he could be a solid No. 2 QB with the right pieces around him.
Hasselbeck, Locker to compete for starting job: The biggest offseason question asked of Titans coach Mike Munchak is who will be the starting QB next season. The short answer: The job is open. Matt Hasselbeck started all 16 games this season, but rookie Jake Locker saw relief appearances in five of those games. It could be one of the more intriguing position battles of training camp. If WR Kenny Britt comes back healthy and RB Chris Johnson can rebound from a disappointing season, Locker could have some fantasy sleeper appeal in 2012.
– Marcas Grant