Happy schedule release day, everybody. When I was a young man, my father had a schedule release day tradition where he would let me skip school and we’d ride down to K-Mart, where I would get two balloons — one blue, one yellow for the Los Angeles Rams — and then we’d come home to sit in the living room, listening to the radio waiting for the schedule to be released. Ah, those were good times.
All right, time for some fantasy news.
Austin says he’ll be physically ready: Cowboys WR Miles Austin admitted he wasn’t physically ready for last season, which is somewhat understandable given the lockout. Not that I’m forgiving him for completely wrecking my fantasy season, but it’s still understandable. I like Austin this year, as he should be able to take back some of the production he lost to Laurent Robinson last season. Austin is my early No. 22 receiver this year, but I’m likely to move him up the board as long as he doesn’t have any setbacks with the hamstring.
Dolphins get new WR: The Dolphins have agreed on a one-year deal with WR Legedu Naanee for the upcoming season. Why don’t you just hand the Dolphins the Super Bowl title right now? Just kidding. Seriously, if this is supposed to be the Dolphins’ answer to losing Brandon Marshall, I’m even more down on the fantasy prospects of this team. I was hopeful he would produce in Carolina, but he ended up losing his spot to Brandon LaFell at the end of the season. I don’t see a lot of hope here.
Broncos add another WR: The Broncos agreed to terms with Brandon Stokley on a one-year deal so Peyton Manning has some more of his buddies around. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. There’s not a lot of direct fantasy value here. But hopefully Stokley will serve as a mentor and on-field coach for Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas. The latter, in particular, will need to really improve on his route-running to have the kind of fantasy impact many of you are expecting for next season.
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