NFL fantasy football: Titans to simplify offense for Jake Locker

Titans plan to change offense: After showing some promise in his rookie season, the Tennessee Titans were hoping Jake Locker could take a big step forward in 2012. Instead, the second-year quarterback had profound struggles, throwing 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions all while missing five games with an injury. Some of the blame has been placed at the feet of an offensive scheme that relied heavily on option routes — something that veteran Matt Hasselbeck had little trouble with, but something that plagued Locker. Over the final few weeks of the season, the team simplified the offense and while the QB’s numbers didn’t necessarily show improvement, Locker appeared more comfortable in the offense. Look for that simplification to continue into next season, although fantasy owners shouldn’t go overboard. Locker is still a late-round pick as a matchup-based quarterback option.

Garcon hopes to avoid surgery: Washington Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon is weighing his options to recover from the foot injury that hampered him for much of the season. At the moment, the wideout is hoping to avoid surgery to repair the torn ligament that he sustained in the regular season opener, saying “if I can limp around for seven more years, I’ll probably limp around for seven more years and be all right.” Most players (and most people, for that matter) would prefer to avoid surgery when and where possible, but if you’re an NFL wide receiver whose game is predicated on speed and explosiveness, the idea that you’d want to “limp around” doesn’t seem like a good one. Garcon has the chance to be a quality No. 2 (depending, in part, on who his quarterback is next season).
 
Bryant to have finger surgery: As a surprise to no one, Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant will undergo surgery on his fractured finger. Bryant finished the season playing through the injury and posting some of his best games of the season. There’s very little concern that the play maker won’t be ready to go when training camp rolls around next season. And after the way Bryant finished 2012, he’s moved into the upper echelon of fantasy football wide receivers.
 
– Marcas Grant
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