Blackmon takes the wrong route: Even before training camp officially starts, Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon has raised concerns. His DUI charge could lead to league punishment and missed games. Blackmon is already a risk for fantasy owners with Laurent Robinson and Marcedes Lewis likely to see a bulk of the looks. Blackmon will have to right the ship and build chemistry with quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who is looking to have a better sophomore season. Although Blackmon has the talent to produce in his rookie season, the quarterback situation and early off-the-field issues make him better suited as a mid-round selection during your fantasy draft.
Mathews big appetite: According to SI’s Peter King, San Diego Chargers coach Norv Turner has compared running back Ryan Mathews to Ricky Williams and intends to “feed” Mathews “as much as any back in the league.” With Mike Tolbert now playing for the Carolina Panthers, Mathews is getting his chance to be one of the few backs not in a timeshare situation. Mathews will be one of the most sought after running backs in fantasy drafts this year. Although his “injury prone” label is over-hyped, Mathews has yet to play a full season and is in store for more touches than years past. Be sure to handcuff Curtis Brinkley if Mathews is your selection.
White sharing the load: Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter plans on getting wide receiver Julio Jones more involved this season. By getting Jones more involved, Roddy White might see fewer total catches. Regardless of his workload, White remains one of the elite fantasy wide receivers. The emergence of Jones could actually help White get more quality looks instead of having the ball forced his way. The news only adds to Julio Jones’ rising fantasy value. Jones will be taken in the early rounds and could have the Falcons boasting one of the best wide receiver tandems in the league.