Ball to be lead RB: The Denver Broncos appear ready to let Knowshon Moreno test free agency. As such, Montee Ball is expected to take over as the team’s lead running back heading into the 2014 season. Denver began giving Ball more work near the end of last season and he performed admirably. The Wisconsin product averaged better than nine fantasy points per game over the final six weeks of 2013, compared to the 3.1-point average he posted in all previous games. The situation is primed for Ball to be a sleeper candidate in 2014. However, he’ll need to improve his pass protection skills in order to become a three-down back. After all, as long as Peyton Manning is around, this is still a passing offense. Ball’s early projection has him as a RB2 in most leagues.
Jones future uncertain: The Packers have spent some time talking about their receiving corps for 2014. So far, those conversations haven’t really included James Jones. However, the receiver told Around the League that he’d like to return to Green Bay. There aren’t many wideouts who wouldn’t want to work with Aaron Rodgers. But if that’s not possible, Jones says he’d consider places like Indianapolis or San Diego. Jones is the type of consistent receiver that any offense would be happy to have, but it could be hard for him to find a team that could help his draft value any more than the Packers.
Jets seeking wideouts: One team Jones didn’t mention was the New York Jets. But it’s no secret that Gang Green is in the market for pass-catchers. Some names have been connected to the Jets already, including Emmanuel Sanders, Hakeem Nicks and Golden Tate. Of the three, Nicks is the only one proven to be able to carry the load as a No. 1 receiver — though his past two seasons haven’t reinforced that idea. The other two are nice complements whose value could rise or fall depending on what the Jets do with the rest of their offense. The fantasy future of any Jets offensive players could remain cloudy for awhile.
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