Reason to believe in E.J. Manuel for 2014?

Sling it! Bills coach Doug Marrone recently said the Bills plan to expand Buffalo’s passing attack in 2014. Only eight teams attempted fewer passes than the Bills last year, but no team had more rushing attempts. The results were pretty poor — the team only reached the 30-point mark in two of their 16 regular season games in 2013 and were held at 24 or under the rest of the time. “We would like to be able to take more shots, throw it more on first down and become more productive from the standpoint of scoring,” said Marrone. Hmm. Does E.J. Manuel’s fantasy value get an uptick?

 

Not his year: Coach Pete Carroll said the Seahawks won’t know Percy Harvin’s status for the NFC Championship gzame until Wednesday or Thursday. After missing the huge majority of the regular season, Harvin is in the concussion protocol after getting blasted by Saints safety Rafael Bush. It just seems like Harvin is destined not to be an effective player this year. If you were thinking Playoff Challenge sleeper … well, I can’t blame you. Your next step is to think again and look elswhere.

 

Outdated fad: Bengals OC Hue Jackson hinted he may try to persuade the team to chase after Darren McFadden in free agency. The Bengals have already expressed some desire to run the ball more effectively in 2014, but there are two huge obstacles standing in the way — Giovani Bernard seems poised to make the leap to fantasy freak, and McFadden doesn’t seem capable of pouring himself a glass of water without picking up some kind of major injury. Even if McFadden does land in Cincy, it’s not going to help his fantasy value. I’ll pass.

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