Several teams interested in Manning: The big story of the week centers around Eli Manning and his emergence as an elite NFL quarterback. But in fantasy land, his brother Peyton Manning is still a major topic of conversation. Will he return in 2012, and if he does, which uniform will he be wearing? Some reports are suggesting that if the Colts and Manning part ways, the Cardinals and Dolphins will be among the teams to pursue him. When I saw the Cards mentioned, the first thing I thought of was Kurt Warner and the fantasy success he had late in his career with that franchise. Second, I thought of how sick it would be to have Manning throwing to Larry Fitzgerald. In fact, I would argue that Manning has never had a receiver as talented as Fitzgerald in his offense (sorry, Marvin Harrison). So if Manning’s departure out of Indy is indeed imminent, fantasy fans everywhere should be hoping he lands in the desert.
Is Matt Flynn headed to South Beach?: In the event that the Dolphins don’t land Manning, it seems obvious that Flynn will be on their radar after the team hired former Packers OC Joe Philbin to be their head coach. Flynn, slated to become a free agent, would turn into a solid sleeper if he were to be re-united with his old coach. With an intimate knowledge of the offense, I would argue that Miami would be the best landing spot for Flynn from a fantasy perspective. In the event that he ends up with another team (like the Redskins) and needs to learn an entirely new offense, Flynn would have a better chance at being the next Rob Johnson.
Rams hire OC Brian Schottenheimer: New coach Jeff Fisher will turn the offense over to Schottenheimer, who was hired by the Rams last week. 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 (Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon comes to mind), Bradford could be a sleeper in 2012.