NFL fantasy football: Tony Gonzalez ’50/50′ to return

Gonzalez more open to return: Near the end of last season, Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez said he was “95 percent” certain that he would retire. That number might be coming down. According to general manager Thomas Dimitroff, he believes the future Hall of Famer is “50/50” to play another season. 2012 was Gonzalez’s best season since joining the Falcons in 2009. He racked up 930 yards with eight touchdowns while playing for a team that finished its campaign one game shy of the Super Bowl. It’s that last point that could have Gonzalez coming back for more. If he does, he’ll once again assume his place among the top tier of tight ends — both in fantasy and reality.

Broncos seeking a big back: The Denver Broncos could be one of the teams in the market for a running back this offseason. The combination of Willis McGahee’s age (he’ll turn 32 next season), Knowshon Moreno’s injury history and an apparent lack of faith in Ronnie Hillman have led many to surmise that the Broncos will look for a big running back that could carry a significant workload. Until we have a better handle on who that back is and what his role will be, it’s nearly impossible to make a concrete fantasy judgment. But it is pretty safe to say that any timeshare is going to diminish the value of the men involved in it.

Dixon signs with Eagles: The Philadelphia Eagles signed quarterback Dennis Dixon Thursday, once again pairing him with Chip Kelly who coached him in college at Oregon. Dixon would appear to be next season’s back up to Michael Vick, which would leave Nick Foles as the odd man out. Yet it looks like Philadelphia isn’t eager to part company with Foles just yet and plans to stage a three-way competition for the starting job. All signs point to Vick having the inside track to being the Eagles starter in Week 1 and remains a risk-reward option. At the same time, he’s also the Philly QB with the most fantasy value. So plan accordingly.

— Marcas Grant
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