Mar
07

Saints prepared to cut ties to familiar faces?

Saints open to trades: With salary cap issues staring them in the face, the New Orleans Saints are reportedly open to moving players, including Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles. Trading either of those rushers could help ease the congestion in the backfield, though it’s no sure thing that Mark Ingram is the man to truly pick up the slack. Ingram’s numbers have been fairly mediocre in his first three seasons while platooning in New Orleans’ running back rotation. Having one fewer mouth to feed in the Saints’ pass-happy offense could be a good thing, but for whichever running backs remain in the Crescent City, it’s best to take a cautious approach come draft time.

Smith’s future in Carolina unsure: There could be a breakup coming between the Carolina Panthers and Steve Smith. Or maybe not. The veteran receiver met with team management recently and was mum on the details of the conversation. Smith’s future is cloudy, but his past is plain to see — his fantasy production has dropped dramatically over the past three seasons. Whether he stays in Carolina or moves to a new locale, Smith is no longer a No. 1 fantasy receiver. As for the Panthers, how they address their WR situation will be interesting and will undoubtedly have an effect on how Cam Newton is viewed heading into the season.

Jaguars tender Todman: The Jacksonville Jaguars moved to shore up their backfield by tendering an offer to Jordan Todman. It’s a move that could further hasten Maurice Jones-Drew’s departure from the club. Last season was Todman’s first opportunity to see any real work as a running back. Still there were only two occasions on which he collected more than 10 touches — one of which was a 25-carry, 109-yard effort in Week 15. 2014 could be Todman’s chance to take over as Jacksonville’s lead back, but he shouldn’t be considered anything more than a RB3 with sleeper potential.

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Mar
06

Texans interested in adding Matt Cassel

Houston seeks veteran QB: In perhaps another sign that the Houston Texans will eschew taking a quarterback with the first pick in the 2014 draft, NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport notes the team’s interest in veteran Matt Cassel. The soon-to-be free agent was one of three QBs to start for the Vikings last season. However, he does have a prior connection to Texans head coach Bill O’Brien which should make it easier for him to pick up the offense. Since hitting his high-water mark with the Chiefs in 2010, Cassel has seen his production decline. In the past three seasons he has more interceptions (30) than touchdowns (27) — not the type of stat that will excite fantasy owners. If Cassel lands in Houston, it’s not likely to provide a significant boost for Arian FosterAndre Johnson or DeAndre Hopkins.

Eagles to split slot WR snaps: In the wake of Jason Avant’s release from the Philadelphia Eagles, the Inquirer writes that the veteran’s snaps in the slot could be split between Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper. From a fantasy perspective, it will be key to determine which of those two pass-catchers will see the most action. Keep in mind that they’ll also share targets with DeSean Jackson as well as tight ends Brent Celek and Zach Ertz all while LeSean McCoy will continue to be the focal point of the offense.

Lions seeking WR: It might make Lions fans cringe, but the team is reportedly in the  market for another wide receiver. Apart from Calvin Johnson, the team’s recent track record of drafting receivers hasn’t been good. However, there’s only so long that Megatron can carry the passing game by himself. There are plenty of quality options both in the draft and free agency. And while adding another quality pass-catcher would likely decrease Johnson’s productivity, he’s still good enough to be one of the top five fantasy wideouts around.

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Mar
05

Montee Ball could get his shot with Broncos

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 SandersHakeem 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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Mar
04

Victor Cruz excited about role in new offense

Cruz feeling healthy: Trying to shake off a forgettable 2013 season, Victor Cruz told the Daily News that his surgically-repaired knee is fully healthy and he’ll be ready to go for 2014. The next issue will be what role Cruz will play in new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s scheme. The speedy slot receiver compared himself to Packers wideout Randall Cobb, who occasionally took handoffs out of the backfield. It’s uncertain if Cruz will have the same responsibilities this year, but he’ll definitely be a big part of the offense. Chances are good that Hakeem Nicks won’t return to Big Blue and injuries have opened up questions in New York’s backfield. Cruz is the team’s most consistent returning playmaker and figures to see plenty of opportunity this season.

Boldin re-signs with Niners: As expected, Anquan Boldin is remaining with the San Francisco 49ers after agreeing to a two-year contract Monday. Last season the veteran led the team in targets and receptions, though that number was helped by injuries to Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis. With all three players expected to be healthy going into the 2014 season, Boldin’s contribution to the 49ers offense (and fantasy owners) could decrease. He remains the prime example of an on-field playmaker whose fantasy value doesn’t exactly match up. He’ll slot as a WR3 in most leagues.

Texans looking to re-sign Graham: The Houston Texans are hoping to corral tight end Garrett Graham before the free agent period opens on March 11. Entering his fifth season Graham hasn’t been nearly as productive as his predecessor Owen Daniels, but he was the team’s third-leading receiver in 2013. It remains to be seen exactly how Graham would be used in Bill O’Brien’s offense, but the fact that the Texans are making his re-signing a priority is a positive sign. Nonetheless, he’ll likely sit in the lower half of the TE1 rankings come draft time.

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Mar
03

Texans set on drafting Blake Bortles?

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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Feb
28

Graham, Pitta, Maclin all staying put

Graham given franchise tag: It won’t come as a surprise to anyone, but Jimmy Graham isn’t going anywhere. The star tight end was given the franchise tag by the Saints, meaning he’s guaranteed to be in New Orleans for the 2014 season. Saying Graham was the top player at his position last season doesn’t do him justice. Based on his point totals, the dynamic pass-catcher would have been the fourth-highest scoring wide receiver and the sixth-best running back. As long as he’s upright and catching passes from Drew Brees, Graham will be a late-first round or early-second round pick in nearly all fantasy re-drafts.

Maclin signs one-year deal: Wideout Jeremy Maclin will once again be plying his trade as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. The veteran agreed to a one-year pact with the team and will try to rebound after missing all of 2013 with an ACL injury. Maclin joins a productive, but crowded offensive unit. He’ll battle for targets with DeSean Jackson and Riley Cooper. All the while, LeSean McCoy is likely to remain the centerpiece of Chip Kelly’s high-powered offense. Maclin is likely to slot as a WR3 in most fantasy leagues next season.

Pitta, Ravens agree to deal: Graham wasn’t the only tight end to make the news Friday. Dennis Pitta and the Baltimore Ravens agreed to a new five-year contract. The tight end missed most of the 2013 campaign due to injury, but was an immediate impact player upon his return. Now in new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak’s scheme, Pitta figures to see plenty of opportunity. He’ll be one of the first tight ends off the board in most drafts.

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Feb
27

Potential logjam in the Eagles WR corps?

Eagles sign Cooper, talking with Maclin: The Philadelphia Eagles are putting their offensive ducks in a row. The team signed Riley Cooper to a new five-year contract and is in talks with Jeremy Maclin on a new deal. Add that to new deals for offensive linemen Jason Kelce and Jason Peters and Philly’s offense appears ready to fly high once again. One problem: Someone’s going to be the odd man out. Last season, Cooper was the No. 2 receiving target, behind DeSean Jackson. Meanwhile in 2012, it was Maclin who led the team in targets and receptions. From an efficiency standpoint, both Maclin and Cooper are about equal, hauling in about 56 percent of the passes thrown their direction. The difference could be that Cooper was able to build a rapport with quarterback Nick Foles last season while Maclin was on the shelf. Oh, and there’s the little issue of LeSean McCoy still being the focal point of the offense. If Maclin does return to Philadelphia, it’s likely to downgrade both him and Cooper to WR3 status.

Decker, Colts a good fit: It could be difficult for the Denver Broncos to find room in their plans for Eric Decker. In which case, the veteran receiver could land elsewhere — possibly Indianapolis. Both the Colts and Decker reportedly have interest in a pairing, which would add another weapon to Andrew Luck’s arsenal. Decker has averaged 86 catches over the past two seasons with Peyton Manning and could fare just as well with the heir apparent to the league’s quarterbacking throne. On paper, Reggie Wayne would appear to be the Colts No. 1 target after his return from a knee injury. But Decker has the skills to usurp T.Y. Hilton as the second option in the passing game and could be the new No. 1 when the 35-year-old Wayne moves along. The initial thought was that leaving Denver could put a crimp in Decker’s draft value. But if his next stop is Indianapolis, that hit wouldn’t be as drastic as first believed.

Blount back to N.E.?: There appears to be mutual interest between LeGarrette Blount and the Patriots in an encore in 2014. The bruising back became a much larger part of the New England offense as the season went along. He became the leading ballcarrier, averaging 17 rushing attempts per game over the final three weeks of the regular season before having a huge postseason performance against the Colts. Of course, this will give the Patriots more chance to be, well … the Patriots. Blount would likely continue to rotate through the backfield with Stevan Ridley and third-down specialist Shane Vereen. That’s good for the New England offense. Not so much for fantasy owners.

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Feb
26

Jamaal Charles to see lighter workload

Reid wants less Charles in 2014: Coming off the most productive season in his career, Jamaal Charles is likely to see a reduction in touches next season. Chiefs head coach Andy Reid says he would like to see Knile Davis have a bigger role in the offense in 2014. Davis had a grand total of 81 touches in 2013 and suffered a broken leg in the playoff loss to the Colts. However, the young runner is expected to be ready to go for the start of the season and will spell a player who has averaged more than 324 touches over the past two seasons. That doesn’t mean Charles won’t be a top five fantasy rusher again in 2014, but it does make Davis a little stronger handcuff option for owners seeking late-round draft help.

Ravens to get new playbook: The makeover of the Baltimore Ravens offense under Gary Kubiak has begun. The new offensive coordinator says he’s nearly ready to give the playbook to quarterback Joe Flacco in advance of organized team activities. It’s an offense that will emphasize zone blocking and be heavy on the run game. That could do a lot for the draft value of Bernard Pierce, especially if Ray Rice’s off-field issues turn into a larger problem. It could also mean fewer targets for Torrey Smith and a decreased value for the already-fantasy-mediocre Flacco.

More work for Dez?: Lost in the soup of multiple offensive coordinators and play-callers in Dallas is what it will mean for Dez Bryant. The star wideout was often ignored for long stretches last season. It’s something that owner Jerry Jones says won’t happen with Scott Linehan in charge this year. Jones used Calvin Johnson as the example of what Bryant could be in 2014. Fantasy owners will settle for the Cowboys star remaining as the top 10 fantasy option he’s been for the past two seasons.

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Feb
25

Michael Vick could provide interesting fit for Jets

Jets have interest in Vick?: Thanks to the emergence of Nick Foles, it appears that Michael Vick’s services are no longer needed in Philadelphia. As such, the veteran QB will need to find a new dance partner and it appears the New York Jets could have a hankering to fill the position. A move to New York could provide immediate competition for Geno Smith, something the rookie never faced last season. It would create some jockeying among a pair of players, neither of whom are guaranteed a starting gig next season. Of course, unless Gang Green does something to upgrade its moribund receiving corps, it won’t matter a whole lot from a fantasy perspective.

Raiders impressed by Manziel: The list of suitors for Johnny Manziel might have grown by one. The Oakland Raiders were reportedly quite attentive to the quarterback’s Combine workout. While Rich Gannon might not like the fit, Manziel is an intriguing prospect in Oakland. He possesses the same type of skills as current Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor, with a little more polish. However with the Raiders still in need of filling holes in their offense, Manziel could be more of a dynasty league selection in 2014 if he indeed lands in the Bay Area.

Cousins wants to start: All signs point to Kirk Cousins being stuck in quarterback limbo. Washington’s backup reiterated recently that while he’s happy with the team and the city, he’d like to go somewhere that he can be a starter. That seemed a lot more likely several weeks ago when the talk was that the franchise was exploring possible trade options for Cousins. Lately, however, there has been no indication that Washington is interested in parting with its backup signal-caller. So for now, you can scratch Cousins from your draft plans and keep him in mind as a waiver wire option in the event any issues arise with Robert Griffin III.

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Feb
24

Vikings in the market for a quarterback

Vikings seeking QB: It appears that Christian Ponder is no longer in the Minnesota Vikings long-term plans. Head coach Mike Zimmer told “NFL AM” that the team is “looking so hard” to find a quarterback. The other two QBs who took snaps last season (Matt CasselJosh Freeman) are both free agents. The free agent market isn’t expected to boast any franchise signal-callers this spring, so Minnesota is more likely to find a target in the draft. The question becomes: do they try to trade up to get one of the top prospects at the position, trade down or reach for a player at the No. 8 spot? It all remains to be seen.

Romo to “have more power”: The remodeling of the Dallas Cowboys offense continues. After bringing in Scott Linehan to be the team’s passing game coordinator, owner Jerry Jones says more power in the offense will go to quarterback Tony Romo. On the surface, it feels like there are too many cooks in the Cowboy kitchen, with Bill Callahan still holding the offensive coordinator job and Jason Garrett having held the play-calling reins last season. However, Jones says Linehan will have final say over the offense and Garrett will focus less on the offensive side of the ball. As long as Romo can continue to connect with Dez Bryant and Jason Witten, fantasy owners shouldn’t be overly worried.

Chris Johnson status unchanged: It seems likely that Chris Johnson won’t be with the Tennessee Titans next season. And after Johnson’s agent met with team officials over the weekend, that remains unchanged. The veteran runner is due $8 million next season and says he’s unwilling to take a pay cut. It’s a price tag that the Titans are certainly unwilling to swallow — especially after a lackluster 2013 season. Johnson might be forced to take a lower salary whether he wants to or not. He’ll be an interesting player to watch during free agency.

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Feb
21

49ers to use three-headed rushing attack in 2014?

Niners to go RB-by-committee?: Those ever-dreaded fantasy words could become part of the San Francisco 49ers offensive lexicon — running back-by-committee. That’s the impression Niners general manager Trent Baalke gave while speaking at the Combine this week. The team had hoped to use more backs to spell Frank Gore in 2013, but the veteran still ended up playing 75 percent of the team’s offensive snaps. This season, Baalke expects the 49ers to use a three-headed attack in the backfield. Gore will certainly be part of that group, but the question is who will emerge from the triumvirate of Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James and Marcus Lattimore. The latter was the NFL equivalent of a redshirt last season while continuing his rehab from a knee injury suffered in his final collegiate season. The biggest upshot of this is that Gore’s draft value will drop more than any of the other backs.

McCarthy envisions more from Lacy: This news will be music to fantasy owners’ ears: Packers head coach Mike McCarthy wants Eddie Lacy to be an every-down back in 2014. That can only help a rusher who split time with James Starks last season, yet still managed to post better than 1,400 scrimmage yards with 11 total touchdowns. Those totals helped him land as the sixth-best fantasy rusher in 2013. Getting Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb back healthy for the start of the season won’t hurt, either.

Bernard won’t see rise in touches: Just in case you were banking on a bigger workload for Gio Bernard in 2014, you might want to hold on. Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis says he doesn’t anticipate his young, dual-threat back seeing more touches than he did in 2013. The rookie finished just outside of the top 15 among fantasy backs while splitting time with BenJarvus Green-Ellis. It’s expected that the Bengals will pursue Darren McFadden in free agency, which could make for a dynamic pairing with Bernard in Hue Jackson’s offense. But if Lewis’ statement comes to pass, Bernard won’t rise above the level of a mid-range RB2 in most leagues and a little higher in PPR leagues.

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Feb
20

Raiders, Darren McFadden meeting to talk contract

McFadden set to hit free agency: Most observers don’t expect Darren McFadden to be back in a Raiders uniform next season. That doesn’t mean the Raiders aren’t trying. The team and McFadden’s agent will reportedly meet this weekend to discuss a potential new deal. Still it seems unlikely that the veteran back will return to Oakland next season after failing to reach 700 rushing yards in two of his past three seasons. The obvious landing spot would seem to be the Cincinnati Bengals and a reunion with former Raiders head coach Hue Jackson. That’s probably the best case scenario for the perennially injured back to revive his fantasy value.

Wilson ahead of schedule: The reports on David Wilson’s rehab from spinal fusion surgery continue to be positive. The latest update is that Wilson is progressing well and expects to be ready for training camp. When healthy, the young Giants rusher is a dynamic talent — both on the field and in fantasy. However, it would make sense for the Giants to take things slowly with Wilson’s recovery and it is likely that he will remain on plenty of draft boards until the middle rounds.

Davis suspended indefinitely: Tight end Fred Davis has been suspended indefinitely without pay for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. This is the second time Davis has been flagged under the policy. Combine that with Davis’ recent injury history and the emergence of Jordan Reed and it’s hard to imagine a scenario in which the former USC standout remains in Washington.

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Feb
19

Christine Michael’s chances could increase in 2014

Seahawks have hopes for Michael: Last season, Christine Michael wasn’t much of a factor for the Seattle Seahawks. That’s not a big surprise on a team that featured Marshawn Lynch so heavily. However, the Seahawks believe the second-year runner could be a bigger part of the offense in 2014. Michael is expected to compete with Robert Turbin for the backup spot. Even still, it might not lead to a lot of production next season. Turbin was Seattle’s third-leading rusher with just 264 yards on the ground. This could be a situation to watch in dynasty leagues. Whichever of those two backs wins the job could be the starter-in-waiting when Lynch hits free agency after the 2015 season.

Jets looking to draft WRs?: During his pre-Combine conference call, NFL Network’s Mike Mayock surmised that the New York Jets will be in the market for a wide receiver in this year’s draft. It’s not a shocking considering Jets receivers combined to catch just seven touchdown passes in 2013 (Josh Gordon caught that many during a seven-game stretch this season). Some of the names that surfaced included USC’s Marqise Lee, Texas A&M’s Mike Evans and Florida State’s Kelvin Benjamin. The Jets are also likely to pursue some pass-catchers in free agency, but nearly anything will be an upgrade over what was on the field last season. That should be good news for Geno Smith in drafts next season.

Romo should be ready for OTAs: Things look good for Tony Romo to be ready for offseason organized team activities, according to Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones. The QB had back surgery late in the season and was forced to miss Dallas’ regular season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles. As long as Romo is ready to go in time for the 2014 season, there’s no reason to believe he won’t be a low-end QB1 next season.

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Feb
18

Jeff Fisher says Sam Bradford’s ‘our quarterback’

Rams sticking with Bradford: Like most teams sitting at the top of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Rams were considered among those that potentially had some interest in one of the top quarterback prospects like Johnny Manziel or Blake Bortles. You can scrap any thought of that happening now that head coach Jeff Fisher says the team is sticking with Sam Bradford as its starting QB. A combination of injury and instability at the offensive coordinator position have conspired to prevent Bradford from reaching his potential. Last season an ACL injury limited the Rams signal-caller to just seven games. Theres are weapons around Bradford, however. Chris Givens, Tavon Austin and Zac Stacy all were productive for stretches of the 2013 season and St. Louis could add another pass-catcher in the first round. The potential is there for Bradford to succeed (how many times have we said that before?), but it’s best to take a cautious approach this season until there’s a better idea of how he will respond after a major knee injury.

Decker to weigh options: Eric Decker said shortly after the Super Bowl that he’d like to remain with the Denver Broncos if possible. However, the free agent-to-be recently clarified that request with the oft-used desire of doing what’s best for his family. It’s understandable for a player who has improved in each of his four seasons in the NFL. It could also be a sign that Decker doesn’t expect Denver’s offer to be up to par. The Broncos have some tough choice to make that include Decker and running back Knowshon Moreno. At first glance, it would seem that Decker’s best fantasy value would come if he remained in Denver. However, it’s best to see where he might land before offering any further judgment.

Pitta likely to be franchised: The original thought that Baltimore tight end Dennis Pitta could be given the franchise tag is picking up steam with reports that the two sides are “far apart” in their contract negotiations. Pitta’s long-term future is certainly up for debate. But in the short-term (and in the eyes of fantasy owners), keeping the veteran in Baltimore isn’t all bad — especially with Gary Kubiak and his tight end-friendly offense coming to town.

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Feb
13

Jermichael Finley hopes to be cleared for 2014

Finley optimistic he’ll play again: After suffering a frightening spinal injury during the 2013 season, Jermichael Finley remains optimistic about being cleared to play football again in 2014. It’s an optimism shared by Finley’s agent and the doctor who performed his surgery. While the tight end’s exact recovery time is unknown (it’s being placed in the range of 4-8 weeks), it does appear that it’s almost a certainty he will be cleared by doctors. What’s uncertain is where he could possibly play next season. Even before the injury, the Packers were reportedly apprehensive about picking up the tight end’s $3 million roster bonus. Now the veteran also has to deal with being evaluated on a team-by-team basis due to the injury. Finley topped out as a top five fantasy tight end in 2011, but fantasy owners will likely want to take a long look before drafting him.

Boldin likely to remain in SF: When the 49ers traded for Anquan Boldin before the 2013 season, they didn’t expect the veteran wide receiver to play such a large role in the offense. However after injuries to Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis, Boldin was San Francisco’s top target and finished the year as a top 15 fantasy wideout. Now the two sides are reportedly very interested in maintaining their partnership into 2014. That’s good news for Niners fans, but maybe not so much for fantasy owners. With Crabtree and Davis expecting to be healthy for a full season and talk that the team could draft another receiver, Boldin is likely to see his targets diminish. For years now, he’s been the epitome of a receiver who is valuable on the field but not nearly as much in fantasy. He could return to that in 2014.

Heyward-Bey likely out in Indy: 2013 was supposed to be Darrius Heyward-Bey’s opportunity to break out. Instead he dropped the ball, figuratively and literally. The speedy receiver never proved to be the playmaker the Colts hoped they were signing last season and the two sides are expected to part ways this offseason. In five seasons, Heyward-Bey has underwhelmed with unreliable hands and inconsistent production. It’s likely that some team will take a chance on him, but the market — and his offensive role — will likely be quite diminished. The same will apply to his fantasy value.

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