Jermichael Finley hopes to be cleared for 2014

Finley optimistic he’ll play again: After suffering a frightening spinal injury during the 2013 season, Jermichael Finley remains optimistic about being cleared to play football again in 2014. It’s an optimism shared by Finley’s agent and the doctor who performed his surgery. While the tight end’s exact recovery time is unknown (it’s being placed in the range of 4-8 weeks), it does appear that it’s almost a certainty he will be cleared by doctors. What’s uncertain is where he could possibly play next season. Even before the injury, the Packers were reportedly apprehensive about picking up the tight end’s $3 million roster bonus. Now the veteran also has to deal with being evaluated on a team-by-team basis due to the injury. Finley topped out as a top five fantasy tight end in 2011, but fantasy owners will likely want to take a long look before drafting him.

Boldin likely to remain in SF: When the 49ers traded for Anquan Boldin before the 2013 season, they didn’t expect the veteran wide receiver to play such a large role in the offense. However after injuries to Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis, Boldin was San Francisco’s top target and finished the year as a top 15 fantasy wideout. Now the two sides are reportedly very interested in maintaining their partnership into 2014. That’s good news for Niners fans, but maybe not so much for fantasy owners. With Crabtree and Davis expecting to be healthy for a full season and talk that the team could draft another receiver, Boldin is likely to see his targets diminish. For years now, he’s been the epitome of a receiver who is valuable on the field but not nearly as much in fantasy. He could return to that in 2014.

Heyward-Bey likely out in Indy: 2013 was supposed to be Darrius Heyward-Bey’s opportunity to break out. Instead he dropped the ball, figuratively and literally. The speedy receiver never proved to be the playmaker the Colts hoped they were signing last season and the two sides are expected to part ways this offseason. In five seasons, Heyward-Bey has underwhelmed with unreliable hands and inconsistent production. It’s likely that some team will take a chance on him, but the market — and his offensive role — will likely be quite diminished. The same will apply to his fantasy value.

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