Alex Gelhar | Tags: Adam Gase, Cleveland Browns, Darren McFadden, Denver Broncos, Derek Carr, Emmanuel Sanders, Eric Decker, Fantasy, Josh Gordon, Matt Schaub, Maurice Jones-Drew, Montee Ball, Oakland Raiders, Peyton Manning
Adam Gase believes the Broncos can improve: Even though he’s one of the youngest offensive coordinators in the NFL, Adam Gase of the Denver Broncos isn’t lacking for confidence after his offense broke records in 2013. Gase told ESPN.com that he believes the offense “can do things better” in the coming season. While it’s great that Gase believes in his offense, hyperbole like this in July isn’t worth buying into — especially from a fantasy perspective. The loss of Eric Decker will be a big one for the offense, as Emmanuel Sanders won’t be able to do the same things Decker did to create space in the defensive backfield. Montee Ball should be an upgrade at running back, but overall a slight decline in numbers for this offense should be expected (five skill position players scored double-digit touchdowns last season). That being said, those decreased numbers will still be pretty darn good for fantasy enthusiasts, and Peyton Manning, Ball, and the rest of the Broncos offensive weapons will be highly-coveted commodities come draft day.
Oakland Raiders running to daylight: In an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio, Oakland Raiders offensive tackle Donald Penn revealed that the team’s offensive game plan in 2014 is to “run the ball, run the ball, then run it again.” This isn’t a surprise, considering the team will either be trotting out a potentially broken Matt Schaub or the untested rookie Derek Carr as their handoff machine come September. However, this news does raise the awareness around the backfield tandem of Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden, which would strike fear into the hearts of defenses were it 2010 and not 2014. Jones-Drew was effective at times last year, but was limited by nagging injuries and the Jaguars in general, while Run DMConce again spent most of his time running to the trainer’s table instead of the end zone. No matter how many times the Raiders run the ball, this figures to be a straight time share between two running backs past their fantasy prime. They should both be rostered, but as nothing more than a third or fourth option.
Josh Gordon runs into trouble … again: The story of ultra-talented wide receiver Josh Gordon has taken another sad turn. Gordon was arrested this past weekend under suspicion of driving while intoxicated. It’d be another black mark on a long list of strikes for Gordon, whose NFL career could be in jeopardy. Gordon was able to score the second-most fantasy points at his position last season despite missing the first two games while serving a league-imposed suspension. At this point, even though we don’t know what’s in store for Gordon in 2014, there’s too much risk involved to waste even a late-round flier on the Cleveland Browns top pass-catcher. Use that pick on a talented, high-upside player instead of Gordon, and wait and see what happens next. Hopefully there’s a happy ending just around the corner.
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