NFL fantasy football: Fitzpatrick release opens QB job

Jackson penciled in as starter: The surprising release of Ryan Fitzpatrick means there is a job opening at the quarterback position in Buffalo. At the moment, Tarvaris Jackson is the leading candidate to take over as the Bills’ No. 1 signal-caller. Of course, we’re just one day of the free agent signing period and there are still plenty of options available to compete for the job. Plus, there’s always the chance that Buffalo believes its QB of the future can be found in the draft. The bottomline is that the job is far from secure — although there’s not a ton of value immediately to be found.

Bears want to keep Bennett busy: It’s been awhile since the Chicago Bears have had a truly productive tight end. Now they hope newly-signed Martellus Bennett can be that player. The former Giant started last season as a big part of Big Blue’s attack, but his impact waned as the year went on. Chicago tight ends coach Andy Bischoff says the team plans to line the tight end up in multiple spots this season, meaning Bennett could create matchup problems. For the time being, he’s still a low-end No. 1 fantasy option.

Jaguars targeting Geno Smith?: Maybe the Jacksonville Jaguars coaching staff really is fed up with Blaine Gabbert. There is speculation that the team could target West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith with the No. 2 pick in April’s draft. That would certainly put in crimp in any ideas the Buffalo Bills might have about a QB. But it could also create an interesting camp competition between the rookie and the third-year signal-caller.

— Marcas Grant
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