Marcas Grant | Tags: Three and out, Aaron Hernandez, Ben Roethlisberger, Denver Broncos, Heath Miller, Knowshon Moreno, Mike Wallace, Montee Ball, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Rob Gronkowski, Ronnie Hillman, Shane Vereen
Vereen could have bigger role: Now that the New England Patriots have a need to rebuild their offense, there’s a chance the team could turn to running back Shane Vereen to fill in the void left with the absence of Aaron Hernandez and the possible absence of Rob Gronkowski. Last season, Vereen saw just 14 pass targets; but if Gronkowski isn’t available for Week 1, that number would be third-most among returning Patriots from 2012. How exactly the young rusher would be used is still uncertain, but the idea that he could see more work in 2013 makes him worth keeping an eye on for fantasy owners.
Roethlisberger says knee ‘feels great’: Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is telling just about anyone who will listen that his surgically-repaired knee is “better than ever”. From his lips to the fantasy gods’ ears. Big Ben has played 16 games in a season just once in his first nine years in the league, so anything that could keep him on the field all year would be welcomed. Then again, there’s the issue of losing his top target from last season (Mike Wallace) and possibly not having his favorite red zone target from last season (Heath Miller) at the start of the season. Roethlisberger might be one of the toughest QBs around, but he’s still a No. 2 option in most fantasy leagues.
Moreno could be third-down option: All signs point to Montee Ball seeing a lot of work for the Denver Broncos, with occasional moments of Ronnie Hillman sprinkled in. But according to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, Knowshon Moreno could show up as a third-down back this season. Running back rotations are hard enough to deal with for fantasy enthusiasts. Trying to figure out which of three backs is going to do the dirty work could cause migraines. At this rate, it could be a re-do of the New Orleans Saints running back situation … and that ain’t good.
– Follow Marcas on Twitter @MarcasG