Jackson, Spiller to share time: The one thing we don’t need in fantasy football is more backfields-by-committee. Guess what? Bills coach Chan Gailey told the team’s official website that the combination of Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller “is a great situation we have at running back” and that he’s hopeful to have “a two-headed monster which will be pretty strong.” That might be good for the Bills, but it makes for a mess in fantasy land. In a league where featured running backs are few and far between, losing an effect fantasy player like Jackson to a committee approach only hurts the value of the position. As it stands, both backs will come off the board in the middle rounds in standard fantasy drafts.
Falcons add new OC Dirk Koetter: With former OC Mike Mularkey now the head man in Jacksonville, the Falcons filled the vacant role with former Jaguars OC Koetter. Since his system is so similar to Mularkey’s, there’s no real need to alter the fantasy value of Matt Ryan, Roddy White, Julio Jones or Tony Gonzalez. The same can’t be said for veteran runner Michael Turner, who turns 30 next month and could start losing more time on the field — especially on passing downs. Koetter will no doubt use more screens (like he did with Maurice Jones-Drew), and Turner isn’t the runner to fill that role. It’s further evidence that the Burner has bust written all over him in 2012.
Schottenheimer to become Rams OC: According to NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi, former Jets OC Brian Schottenheimer is set to become the new OC in St. Louis, pending a contract. While he was all but forced out of New York, Schottenheimer’s offense still made Mark Sanchez a top-10 fantasy quarterback in 2011. Much of that had to do with Sanchez’s six rushing touchdowns, but he also recorded career highs in passing yards and touchdown passes. That could bode well for Sam Bradford, who will enter his third different offensive system in three seasons. If the Rams add some legitimate weapons in the offseason (Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon comes to mind), Bradford could enter next season as a fantasy sleeper.