NFL fantasy football: Victor Cruz becoming ‘a concern’

Cruz yet to sign offer sheet: Now that we’re past free agency and the draft, the New York Giants expected that wide receiver Victor Cruz would sign the offer sheet he was presented. So far, that hasn’t happened and the Big Blue brass are starting to get concerned. It was never expected that the situation would be resolved quickly, but the longer it drags on, the greater the chance of a holdout. For fantasy owners, it’s a tad too soon to really worry about it, but it could be worth keeping an eye on someone like Louis Murphy … just in case.

Bess excited about being a Brown: After five seasons with the Miami Dolphins, Davone Bess will be making his new home in Cleveland with the Browns. It’s an interesting pairing — a fairly productive slot receiver joining an offense that has plans to stretch the field a little more in 2013. Bess won’t ever be an enormous fantasy producer, but he could have some value as a No. 3 or flex option, especially in PPR leagues.

Jones drafted as Big Ben insurance?: Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch has a suspicion that Landry Jones was drafted as the long-term replacement for Ben Roethlisberger. While it’s certainly possible, it seems more likely that Jones is in Pittsburgh to give the Steelers more options in the (very likely) event that Roethlisberger gets hurt. Big Ben hasn’t played a full 16 games since 2008, and that doesn’t take into account the number of games in which he plays noticeably hurt. If past is prologue, Roethlisberger will spend some time on the shelf in 2013 — which means Jones could see meaningful snaps.

— Marcas Grant
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