Marcas Grant | Tags: Three and out, Doug Baldwin, frank gore, Jermaine Kearse, LaMichael James, Marcus Lattimore, Matt McGloin, Matt Schaub, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Sidney Rice, Terrelle Pryor
Niners looking to move James: When the 49ers selected LaMichael James in the second round of the 2012 draft, it was hoped that he’d be a speedy addition to the backfield and eventually be the successor to Frank Gore. Instead, James has struggled to earn snaps and has fallen behind Kendall Hunter on the depth chart. Now, with Marcus Lattimore ready to grab a bigger role in the offense, the Niners could trade James. A move to a new location wouldn’t likely do much for the value of the speedy former Oregon star, but it reinforces the idea that Lattimore is a sleeper who could have increasing importance both for the 49ers and fantasy owners in seasons to come.
Raiders trying to deal Pryor: After a short experiment with Terrelle Pryor as their starting quarterback, the Raiders are reportedly ready to move on from the athletic signal-caller. After Oakland signed Matt Schaub, it was a clear signal that Pryor wasn’t going to start for them anytime soon. But this latest news suggests that the former Ohio State star has fallen behind Matt McGloin on the depth chart. It’s not likely that any of the Raiders’ QBs were going to find fantasy homes, but at least we can focus in on the names worth keeping an eye on in the event of a midseason waiver wire run.
Rice returns to Seahawks: Sidney Rice is staying put. The veteran receiver is returning to the Seattle Seahawks where he has spent the past three seasons. At this point in his career, Rice isn’t likely to make a fantasy splash. In fact, he’ll likely find himself well down Seattle’s pecking order — behind Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse — while still playing in an offense that is slanted heavily toward running the football. All of this before we get to the problems Rice has had staying healthy in his career. It would be nice to see him finally have some sustained success to match all of his talent, but it’s not a risk worth reaching for.
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