Catching heat in Miami: After getting 86’ed from the New England Patriots last week, 85 is hoping to land in Miami. Per CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, the Dolphins will have wide receiver Chad Ochocinco work out for them this week. In a matter of days, the charismatic receiver has gone from looking like his career was over, to possible comeback story. If Ochocinco can return to his pre-Patriot production, the move would make sense for both parties. The Dolphins are in desperate need of a big-play presence now that Brandon Marshall is gone, and Ochocinco is in desperate need of a chance to resurrect his career. Though fantasy owners will have to take a wait-and-see approach, the receiver does warrant late-round flier consideration since he will be walking into a situation which could have him as the top option at the position.
Stoked to be here: Another wide receiver trying to make his own comeback is soon to be 36 year old Brandon Stokley. The Denver Post’s Lindsay Jones reports the receiver has been working out in the slot position with the starters during voluntary workouts. Stokley knows Peyton Manning well from his time with the Indianapolis Colts, playing together during the 2003 through 2006 seasons. Given the Broncos’ willingness to allow Manning plenty of say in personnel decisions, a reuniting looks to be in store. Coach John Fox chimed in as well, stating “It’s the Brandon Stokley I’ve seen on tape. He’s healthy, and he’s got a good skill set to play in this league, and he’s proven that a lot of different places.” The big question is if Stokley can stay healthy enough to be productive. Stokley could be a productive addition to your fantasy team, drafted in the later rounds for depth purposes.
Royal treatment: San Diego Chargers wide receiver Eddie Royal could be in store for plenty of touches according to coach Norv Turner. Speaking to SI’s Jim Trotter, Turner expressed his high expectations of Royal. “A year ago our tailbacks combined to catch over 100 balls,” Turner said. “As much as we push the ball up the field, I’d like to think that Eddie Royal will get a lot of those catches (by running backs) because he becomes an option underneath. We haven’t had that guy, and Eddie’s really been impressive as the guy who runs the option routes, runs the seams, runs the post.” Royal has yet to return to his rookie season, which saw him make 91 receptions for 980 yards and five touchdowns. If he does get a bulk of those 100 touches Turner talks about, Royal will hold value in PPR fantasy leagues.
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