Jets show lukewarm commitment to Smith: By now, you’ve surely heard that Geno Smith will be starting under center for the Jets against the Buccaneers in Week 1. Rex Ryan said the team isn’t committed to Smith beyond the opener. Well, that’s certainly reassuring. Whether the reason behind this decision is because Mark Sanchez’s shoulder is still healing really isn’t relevant. What is relevant is you shouldn’t have either Smith or Sanchez anywhere near your fantasy roster. The Jets offense is a mess from top to bottom, and it’s not easy to envision where their point production will come from. Maybe Smith’s game will evolve and develop after he gains some real in-game experience, but for now, he belongs on your league’s waiver wire.
Pitta not done for 2013?: On Wednesday, the Ravens officially placed TE Dennis Pitta on the injured reserve-designated for return list, after he underwent surgery to repair a dislocated hip during the summer. They wouldn’t have done so unless they believed a legitimate chance exists that Pitta could return later in the year. The Ravens sure could use him, but the earliest this could possibly happen would be sometime after Week 8. Joe Flacco hasn’t really found a go-to receiver yet in preseason. It might be too late by the time Pitta returns, but this is certainly a situation worth monitoring as Week 9 approaches. Pitta was slated to begin the year as one of the top tight end options in the league.
Manuel era begins in Buffalo: The Bills have declared EJ Manuel is fully healthy and ready to start Week 1. With that in mind, there was really no upside to plugging in Jeff Tuel for a week. Manuel is an interesting fantasy prospect since quarterbacks with his mobility have the potential to amass fantasy points on every snap. The more interesting storyline to follow will be how well Manuel syncs up with his receivers, who have posted mostly disappointing stat lines in recent seasons thanks to shaky quarterback play. Will Manuel show the kind of poise necessary to help stabilize the offense and prevent defenses from cheating to stop C.J. Spiller? If he does, the Bills could surprisingly become one of the more difficult offenses to slow down.