Mile High hopes: Per Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post, the Broncos are hoping the duo of Jacob Tamme and Joel Dreessen can mimic the success of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandezin New England. Tamme is the projected favorite to rack up big numbers in 2012 due to his relationship with Peyton Manning during their time with the Colts. During the 2010 season when Manning was at the helm, Tamme played in the final ten games, “and caught 67 passes (on 93 targets) for 631 yards with four touchdowns.” As was the case in the NFL fantasy experts league draft, Tamme can be had in the later rounds. For a player who “could be in line for an 80 catch season,” the Kentucky product provides good value for fantasy owners who miss out on the elite tight ends in the early rounds.
Wake up call: Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back LeGarrette Blount reportedly amassed $15,000 dollars in fines in 2010 due to excessive tardiness during his rookie year. According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Blount was forced to hire a car service to ensure his timely arrival to the facilities, which was just three miles from his home. While the news explains why the Oregon product has had his share of struggles, coach Greg Schiano has given all the players a clean slate. Blount has impressed during offseason workouts thus far, so don’t expect his history to impact his role under Schiano. Rookie Doug Martin is the favorite to win the starting role due to his versatility and explosiveness, but if Blount continues his strong performances, this could become more of a timeshare situation. Despite this possibility, there is a wide gap between the backs in fantasy drafts. Martin is projected as a borderline No. 2 or 3 RB, while Blount is seen more as a reserve pick.
Back to basics: The Miami Dolphins wide receiver formerly known as Chad Ochocinco has returned to his roots and officially changed his name back to Chad Johnson. If Johnson can return to his roots on the field as well, fantasy owners could find a player with decent value in the later rounds. The former Bengals star is challenged only by Brian Hartline and Davone Bess for the No. 1 WR role, but quarterback uncertainty and a run-first offense limits his ceiling. Still, the potential to nab the Dolphins primary receiving threat so late in drafts warrants the risk in selecting Johnson.
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