Daniels to see bigger role?: In recent weeks, Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels hasn’t been as involved as many fantasy owners would have liked, catching three passes for 27 yards in each of his last two games. Coach Gary Kubiak is hoping that changes for the team’s playoff opener against the Cincinnati Bengals. If you’re playing the Playoff Challenge, Daniels is an intriguing option in a year when tight ends have been mostly disappointing. But with Daniels’ recent struggles and the possibility that Houston’s stay in the postseason could be a short one, it might be worth tempering your expectations — or looking elsewhere.
Jones-Drew regrets delaying surgery: 2012 was a wash for Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew. After a lengthy holdout, the running back suffered a foot injury that forced him to miss the final 10 games of the season. Now that the season is over, MJD wishes he had a do-over on waiting to have surgery. In just six games, Jones-Drew rushed for a career-low 414 yards yet still ended the year as Jacksonville’s leading rusher — saying a lot about a punchless offense. With a full offseason of rest and rehabilitation, there is reason to be confident that Pocket Hercules can return to his previous form. And coming off such a poor season, he could be a steal in third round.
Cardinals not giving up on Kolb: To say that the Cardinals quarterback situation was a mess this season would be a disservice to disorganization. But the team isn’t going to scrap everything and start over. Team president Michael Bidwill says he’s “not ready to give up on Kevin Kolb just yet.” The quarterback has struggled to stay healthy and even when he’s been in the lineup has been just mediocre. In six appearances (five starts) this season, Kolb threw for 1,169 yards with eight touchdowns and three interceptions. For fantasy owners, there’s little reason to think his value is going to rise, but it will be interesting to see what effect it could have on the draft value of Larry Fitzgerald.
– Marcas Grant
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