Steven Jackson on the block? During an appearance on the B.S. Report with Bill Simmons, NFL Network insider Michael Lombardi said Steven Jackson wants a new contract with the St. Louis Rams. Whether or not the team is prepared to work with him — Jackson will be 29 in July — remains to be seen. In fact, there appears to be at least a slight chance that the Rams could draft Alabama’s Trent Richardson and look to deal Jackson this weekend. If the team did draft Richardson and couldn’t trade Jackson, it would be a disaster in fantasy land — think Jackson as a rookie in 2004 while Marshall Faulk was still in the backfield mix. Personally, I’d like to see Richardson land with the Cleveland Browns — but don’t be surprised if he’s off the board.
Concerns about Michael Floyd: The Notre Dame product is considered one of the two best wideouts in the 2012 draft class, but Lombardi left Floyd out of his recent top-20 mock draft because NFL teams have expressed some worries about his character. However, Lombardi does suggest that the Arizona Cardinals could take him if he’s still on the board at No. 13. That would be quite a coincidence, since Floyd is most notably compared to Larry Fitzgerald. Other teams that could have interest in Floyd include the Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 7), Buffalo Bills (No. 10), Jets (No. 16), the Cincinnati Bengals (No. 17 and 21) and the Chicago Bears (No. 19). Floyd’s fantasy appeal in 2012 depends greatly on where he lands and the quarterback that will be throwing him the football, but for now I see him being worth a late-round look in seasonal formats.
Tim Tebow on special teams? Love him or hate him, Tebow is going to make a fantasy impact next season. Unfortunately, the impact will be felt in the devaluation of some of the players around him (Mark Sanchez, Shonn Greene) rather than Tebow scoring fantasy points himself — at least so long as he’s not the Jets’ No. 1 quarterback at some point. Regardless, there’s a new report that the Jets plan to use Tebow on special teams as a punt protector in addition to being used in the “Wildcat” formation and as a runner in short-yardage and goal-line sets. So maybe he will see somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 snaps per game. The problem is that not all of them will put him in a place to find fantasy success. In fact, I don’t even see Tebow as a draftable option in most standard formats while Sanchez is ahead of him on the depth chart.