Leshoure, Riddick to see more work?: As if things weren’t going to be confusing enough in the Lions backfield with Reggie Bush and Joique Bell already expected to split carries. It could get worse if Detroit is serious about adding more players to the mix. Mikel Leshoure recently told MLive that he expects to “be involved a little more than last year” while Bush surmises that second-year back Theo Riddick will be “used a lot in the passing game this year and the running game.” That’s a lot of mouths to feed — especially in a pass-happy offense that will feature Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. This is the type of hype that June brings, but there could be some reason to be concerned. With the Lions looking to run a Saints-style offense, it could come with a determination to spread the ball around to as many targets as possible. For fantasy owners, more isn’t necessarily better.
Pitta excited about new offense: During his years with the Houston Texans, Gary Kubiak placed some measure of importance on getting the ball to his tight ends. Now that Kubiak is the offensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens, Dennis Pitta likes what that means for his prospects. Fully healthy after hip surgery last season, Pitta says he’s looking for a “breakout year” in 2014. Definitely all the pieces are there for it to happen, now it’s just a matter of Pitta putting it together on the field. We like his chances.
Fitzpatrick set for big things?: Few, if any, will confuse Ryan Fitzpatrick for a fantasy superstar. But the journeyman quarterback figures to begin the season atop the Houston Texans’ depth chart. Judging by the early response from head coach Bill O’Brien, the veteran signal-caller could be in position to post some of his best totals ever. Of course, that’s not setting the bar particularly high for a player who has never thrown for 4,000 yards or tossed 25 touchdowns in a season. The biggest key for Fitzpatrick will be cutting down his interception totals. That might not be easy if a disgruntled Andre Johnson continues to skip workouts and fails to build a rapport with his new quarterback.
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