Eagles sign LeSean McCoy: One of the top running backs in fantasy football, McCoy will remain a member of the Philadelphia Eagles into the foreseeable future after signing a five-year contract extension. The deal locks him up through the 2017 season. A perfect fit for the offense of coach Andy Reid, McCoy is destined to be a top-five pick in all 2012 re-drafts. Because he’s just 23, McCoy is also one of the more attractive options in all dynasty leagues.
Antonio Gates is “back”: Chargers coach Norv Turner told the U-T San Diego that Gates, once the top tight end in fantasy football, looks “great” and is “back to where we want him to be.” The veteran has been dogged by foot problems in recent years, resulting in missing nine games since 2010. While Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham have clearly passed him in terms of draft value, a healthy Gates will be worth a fifth- or sixth-round selection in 2012 drafts.
Justin Blackmon impressive: The Florida Times-Union reports that Blackmon has already made an impression on his teammates during the first two days of organized team activities. Linebacker Paul Posluszny described the rookie, saying he “looks [like] an absolute stud.” The big question for Blackmon isn’t talent, it’s how quickly he can adapt to a faster pro game. Owners also have to wonder if quarterback Blaine Gabbert can improve after a rocky rookie year. Overall, Blackmon should be considered a potential No. 3 or 4 fantasy wideout in 2012.