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Going Pro: So, Johnny Manziel will be playing on Sundays this coming autumn. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, but there will be a lot of mystery surrounding his fantasy status. Not many rookie QBs step into the league and start throwing for big yardage and touchdowns from day one. RGIII and Andrew Luck were two of the most hyped quarterbacks to come out in some time. The former was either feast or famine while the latter was steadily mediocre. A lot of Johnny Football’s fantasy value will obviously have to do with where he lands, and to further complicate things, he may even go to a team that doesn’t currently have a head coach in place. Still, there has never been anyone quite like him in my opinion. The best way I can describe it is to imagine Wes Welker playing QB. Stay tuned. This one is going to be fun.
Stay a while: The Chiefs are reportedly looking to extend Alex Smith’s contract this offseason since he’s set to begin the final year of his deal. He certainly helped the Chiefs to a dramatic nine-win turnaround from a year ago, and the Chiefs offense can’t be blamed in the wild card round loss whent hey hung more than 40 points on Indianapolis. Smith seems like he’s found a happy home in K.C. though, setting new career-highs in passing yards (3,313) and passing touchdowns (23) in 2013. If the two sides can strike a deal, it should help stabilize K.C.’s offense for the next few seasons while keeping them consistently productive.
Best foot forward: Ryan Mathews had a huge role in San Diego’s win at Denver a few weeks ago, but an ankle injury has kept him out of practice Wednesday. Missing mid-week practices isn’t cause for a great deal of concern, but it’s fair to assume those of you who are planning to select Mathews for your Playoff Challenge rosters would likely want him at 100 percent. Mathews claimed he’ll be good to go this week, so take it for what it’s worth and keep an eye on the situation.