Don’t forget about DeAngelo Williams: He might be 30 and considered to be past his prime, but Williams’ value is still on the rise heading into training camp. That’s due to the fact that no one seems to know when Jonathan Stewart will be back on the gridiron. Coming off procedures on both ankles during the offseason, it seems like anyone’s guess as to when the Oregon product will be back at 100 percent — or if he’ll be able to sustain a full workload upon his return to the field. That makes Williams a potential bargain based on his current ADP of Round 15 on NFL.com. While I wouldn’t move him into the top 30 at the position overall, Williams is now no worse than a No. 4 fantasy runner — at least until we find out more about Stewart’s status.
Back in a New York state of mind: To say that the Jets are hurting at wide receiver is an understatement. There’s no projected return date for Santonio Holmes (PUP – foot), and the team isn’t exactly loaded behind him on the depth chart. As a result, it’s no surprise that the Men in Green will reach out to an old friend, Braylon Edwards. While I am projecting him as a starter heading into Week 1, I wouldn’t touch the former Michigan standout — or any of the Jets receivers — with a 10-foot pole. In fact, the lone player on this roster I’m excited about from a fantasy standpoint is Chris Ivory. So unless you’re in a much deeper league, I would keep Edwards (and Holmes for that matter) on the waiver wire heading into the 2013 campaign.
Footballs are flying at Chiefs camp: A new coach, a new quarterback and a new offense have things looking up for the fantasy value of the Chiefs’ top players. And while Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe are the headliners, Alex Smith could become an interesting option. According to reports, the Chiefs didn’t attempt a single running play in team drills during the first two days of training camp. That makes sense, as Smith hasn’t been in a pass-laden offense at the pro level. He threw fewer passes than any 16-game starter as a member of the San Francisco 49ers in 2011, and his pace declined further last season before injuries cost him the top spot on the depth chart to Colin Kaepernick. No, I’m not suggesting that Smith is a lock to become a fantasy starter, but he’s going to be a viable matchup-based option in most 2013 leagues.
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