Houston eyeing QB at No. 1?: The chorus of voices suggesting that the Houston Texans will take quarterback Blake Bortles as the top overall pick is growing. If true, it could make Bortles an interesting fantasy prospect for next season. The Central Florida star is undoubtedly imperfect, but the Texans offer an intriguing fit. Bortles will be surrounded by a healthy Arian Foster to go along with a talented receiving duo in Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins. Bortles best value will be in the later rounds of dynasty league drafts, but regardless, he’ll be worth looking over for anyone hoping to take a flyer on a young fantasy QB2 option.
Amendola’s name in trade talks: A year ago, it looked like Danny Amendola was the man who would replace Wes Welker with the Patriots. Twelve months later, Amendola could be on his way out of New England. Reports suggest the team could be looking to trade the oft-injured receiver in the wake of his disappointing 2013 season. Instead, it was Julian Edelman who became Tom Brady’s go-to target and is the top offseason pass-catching priority for the Pats. Amendola’s NFL future is currently cloudy, but his fantasy fortunes are fairly clear — his talent is obvious, but his injury history will make it hard for owners to trust him as anything more than a No. 3 receiving option.
Rivera tabbed to start: All signs point toward Mychal Rivera being the Raiders starting tight end in 2014. As far as fantasy tight ends go, the rookie wasn’t much of a factor in 2013. He posted a total of 64.70 points — tied for 23rd at the position. However, Rivera became a bigger part of the offense in the latter half of the season. There will be changes coming in the Oakland attack so it will be worth watching how Rivera fits in. Nonetheless his athleticism should earn him some deep sleeper status heading into fantasy drafts.
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