Burner not so hot? Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the Falcons “might be a little more passing than normal, than what Falcons fans are used to.” The statement follows reports of OC Dirk Koetter’s plan on running a no-huddle offense and getting Julio Jones more involved in the pass game. The news makes another 300-plus carry season for Turner unlikely this year, but he has never scored fewer than 10 touchdowns in a season during his time with the Falcons. Even in 2009, when he only had 178 carries, Turner rushed for 871 yards with 10 touchdowns. He remains a viable No. 2 fantasy back and should be selected in the early-to-middle rounds.
Jones-ing for more: The Oakland Tribune reports Raiders running back Mike Goodson, and not Taiwan Jones, has received the bulk of first-team carries in Darren McFadden’s absence during this week’s OTAs. Though it is still early and much can change, Goodson becomes the handcuff to McFadden when he is selected in your fantasy draft. When McFadden is on the field, he is among the best fantasy backs in the game. The problem is, he has yet to get through a full season healthy and missed nine games last year with a Lisfranc injury. Having Goodson as a security blanket is a must.
Sanu sailing: Cincinnati Bengals rookie wide receiver Mohamed Sanu is earning high marks from OC Jay Gruden and is believed to have the No. 2 wideout role locked in. Gruden heaped praise on the receiver, stating, “He just has a natural instinct to be a big, friendly target; he knows what he has to do to get open.” While this is good news for Sanu on the field, it relegates his value in fantasy football to being no more than a No. 3 or 4 wide receiver in PPR leagues.
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