Adam Rank | Tags: Three and out, Bobby Meachem, Bruce Campbell, Cam Newton, Darren McFadden, DeAngelo Williams, Eddie Royal, Jon Stewart, Mike Goodson, Mike Tolbert, Norv Turner, Philip Rivers, Taiwan Jones
Happy Monday, everybody. Here’s a quick look at some of the top fantasy news of the day. Well, not quick like a Daniel Bryan championship match at WrestleMania, but quick nonetheless.
Raiders get Goodson: The Raiders sent disappointing Bruce Campbell (not that Bruce Campbell) to the Panthers in exchange for Mike Goodson, a guy Gil Brandt tipped us off to years ago. Goodson never really had a chance in Carolina, as he competed with DeAngelo Williams and Jon Stewart for playing time, but he should get some chances behind oft-injured Darren McFadden in Oakland. Goodson will compete with Taiwan Jones for the backup role, and the winner of the matchup will have sleeper appeal and serve as McFadden’s handcuff.
Tolbert will be a fullback: The Panthers are adamant Mike Tolbert is going to be a fullback, according to the Charlotte Observer. We figured Tolbert wasn’t going to have much value as a running back. The biggest question to face the Panthers will be which running back gets the goal-line carries, if any of them, given Cam Newton‘s inclination to call his own number. My guess is Newton starts to spread the ball around a little more this season and his rushing touchdowns take a hit (down to about six to eight). Williams and Stewart might also call a “code red” if they keep getting snubbed, too.
Royal turned down offers for San Diego: Many expected Eddie Royal to sign with the Redskins, essentially going back home for the Virginia native. But a visit with Norv Turner and Philip Rivers led him to the Chargers. And that’s a sharper fantasy move, too. In fact, I like both Bobby Meachem and Royal more than most fantasy experts. My point on Royal has been, when teams in your own division sign you as a free agent, that’s a good sign. Nobody has watched as much tape on Royal as his AFC West counterparts, so if the Chargers had a lot of faith in him, you should, too. Name-wise, it seems like the Chargers downgraded from Vincent Jackson, but look for Meachem and Royal to produce.
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