RG3 optimistic about recovery: It was a big weekend for Robert Griffin III, who was named the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year over the weekend. But for Washington Redskins fans the bigger news might be RG3′s proclamation that he has every belief that he’ll be ready for the start of the 2013 regular season. Griffin had reconstructive ACL and LCL surgery on Jan. 9 and both he and his father say the quarterback is farther along in his rehab than he was after a similar procedure on the same knee in 2009. While ‘Skins fans and fantasy owners alike hope Griffin can make a full recovery and look like the explosive QB we saw for most of 2012, expect a healthy dose of skepticism to knock him down a round or two in many 2013 drafts.
Nicks a priority over Cruz: The New York Giants have one of the NFL’s best receiving tandems in Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz, but if you ask team management which one they couldn’t live without, it appears the answer is Nicks. Cruz is a restricted free agent and while the G-Men would like to keep him in Gotham, they aren’t willing to overpay for him. Meanwhile, Nicks has one year left on his contract, but New York sees him as more of a long-term No. 1 receiver option. This season, Cruz far outpaced Nicks in receptions, yards and touchdowns — though injuries to Nicks had quite a bit to do with that. It seems likely that both will be back with Big Blue next season, which would be the best for their respective fantasy values since they tend to complement each other so well.
Wallace likely out in Pittsburgh: After a disappointing season, plenty of changes are expected with the Pittsburgh Steelers roster. Among them could be the departure of wide receiver Mike Wallace. The wideout engaged in a lengthy holdout before the season, then went on to produce some of the worst numbers since his rookie season. The rumor mill has already started to churn and the Miami Dolphins have been speculated as an interesting landing spot for the speedy receiver. It’s hard to imagine that Wallace is ready to be a consistent No. 1 receiving option — especially with an inexperienced quarterback like Ryan Tannehill. Considering the frustration that was 2012, it’s hard to envision Wallace as anything more than a No. 2 fantasy wideout next season. Don’t look for him to come off the board until the middle rounds.
– Marcas Grant
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