Rejuvenated Randy: Matt Maiocco of CSN has reported that 49ers wide receivers Randy Moss and Michael Crabtree are currently atop the depth chart. Moss has received nothing but praise from coaches and teammates since joining the team. His revival also seems to be encouraging Crabtree to up his game as well. After spending the last three seasons as the No. 1 with no competition, the young receiver will now have to earn his targets. He, too, has been praised during this minicamp, his first without any lingering injury issues. At first glance, one would think both players’ fantasy values would get a boost, but Crabtree racked up a career-high 874 yards last year largely due to his 72 receptions. Moss will likely eat into those totals, and adds another red-zone target for QB Alex Smith. Both players will still be good value picks, but neither should be considered more than a No. 4 WR in fantasy drafts.
“Bell Cow” Brown?: Colts coach Chuck Pagano believes RB Donald Brown “is an every-down back.” Speaking with the Indianapolis Star, Pagano raved about the former first-round pick, adding that “He is doing a tremendous job and he is having a fantastic offseason. He understands, especially on third down as far as protections go and all of those things. Nothing is going to be more important than protections.” Brown averaged 4.8 yards per attempt on only 134 carries. Presuming he does carry a heavier load, Brown makes one of the better choices when it comes to No. 3 fantasy backs.
Turner tumbling: Few running backs are seeing their fantasy value fall more than Michael Turner. Rumblings of a backfield-by-committee approach have been compounded by reports Turner is overweight this year. The back spoke with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, denying the allegations by stating he was the “same as I’ve always been, nothing’s different.” Three of Turner’s last four seasons have seen him total 300-plus carries. The team has been impressed with Jacquizz Rodgers and will add Jason Snelling to the mix. The days of Turner as a first-round fantasy back seem to be over; he should now be considered a low-end No. 2 RB selection in drafts.
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