Teddy Bridgewater could start in 2014

Bridgewater could start Week 1: Teddy Bridgewater was the third quarterback taken in the draft, but he could be the first one to start for his new team in 2014. According to Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, the former Louisville star “will play when we feel like he’s ready.” When the team re-signed Matt Cassel, it was obvious that he would be a seat-warmer to whomever would be the team’s signal-caller of the future. Both Cassel and Bridgewater are on equal footing since both will be learning new offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s offense from scratch. Add this to the growing list of position battles to watch this summer.

Greene underwent knee surgery: When the Titans made Bishop Sankey the first running back drafted late in the second round, it was assumed he’d be part of a platoon with Shonn Greene. But now comes news that Greene underwent knee surgery that is expected to keep him out of organized team activities this summer. That could vault Sankey to the top of the depth chart for the start of the season. The former University of Washington star has the ability to be a Giovani Bernard-type back and should be one of the first rookies off the board in most fantasy leagues.

Bryant could start for Steelers: The Steelers believe they have found the replacement for Plaxico Burress in Martavis Bryant. The 6-foot-4 wideout from Clemson fell to Pittsburgh in the fourth round and is already drawing excitement from quarterback Ben RoethlisbergerAntonio Brown is locked in as the top receiver while Markus Wheaton is expected to have the inside track to the team’s No. 2 job with Lance Moore lining up in the slot. That means Bryant’s role could be limited to a red zone target. The Steelers might be high on the rookie’s prospects, but fantasy owners should remain a little more measured.

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Stevie Johnson traded to Niners

Niners trade for Johnson: The Joker is headed home to the Bay Area. After the Bills traded up to select Sammy Watkins, it opened the door for Stevie Johnson to be traded to San Francisco. The move fills the No. 3 receiver spot the 49ers had longed to have occupied and makes an interesting group of targets alongside Michael CrabtreeAnquan Boldin and Vernon Davis. That should do a lot to make Colin Kaepernick a solid top 10 quarterback and could have him knocking on the door of the top five.

Smith stands behind Glennon: Not long ago, the prevailing thought was that the Buccaneers were aiming to trade Mike Glennon in an effort to grab extra draft picks. Not so, says coach Lovie Smith. The Bucs’ new leader says instead that “Glennon is our quarterback of the future here.” While it’s a big reversal, it makes sense. Even though Tampa spent money to bring in Josh McCown, building the franchise around a soon-to-be 35-year-old journeyman isn’t a solution. Especially when Glennon acquitted himself fairly well during the 2013 season. After Tampa added receiver Mike Evans with the seventh pick in the draft, there is more reason to hand the keys to Glennon long term.

Ebron a ‘special offensive weapon’: Heading into the draft, Eric Ebron was the consensus best prospect at tight end — something that was validated by Ebron being selected 10th overall by the Detroit Lions. And it seems the Lions have big plans for him, especially after general manager Martin Mayhew compared Ebron to Jimmy Graham and called the rookie “a very special offensive weapon.” While the connection might be a little inflated at this point, Ebron will work with offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, who also worked with Graham in New Orleans. In an offense that will throw the ball a ton, there could be chances for Ebron to make a splash right away.

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Brian Hoyer on track to be Browns starter

Browns unlikely to start rookie QB: So much pre-draft speculation has centered on whether the Browns would select a quarterback — namely Johnny Manziel. While Cleveland could take a signal-caller with one of its two first-round picks, that person faces an uphill battle to win the starting job. According to coach Mike Pettine, it will be hard for any rookie to come in and beat out Brian Hoyer for the gig. That’s a relief for Hoyer who played well, but played in just three games before tearing an ACL. We’ll believe that the job is settled when Hoyer is actually starting in Week 1, but from a fantasy draft standpoint, it gives enthusiasts a starting point to work with in their rankings.

Johnson on the move?: The Buffalo Bills sit in the ninth slot in tonight’s first round and the team is reportedly very interested in taking a receiver, possibly Odell Beckham, Jr. If the Bills indeed grab the LSU wideout, their next move could be to trade away Stevie Johnson. It’s almost certain that someone on the receiving corps would have to go. With Robert WoodsMike Williams and Marquise Goodwin also in the fold, there aren’t enough slots to give everyone an adequate amount of playing time. If Johnson were shipped out, where he lands would have a big impact on his value for 2014. Keep an eye on what happens for Buffalo tonight.

Amendola avoids surgery: For Danny Amendola, last season was like the two that preceded it — filled with injury issues. The star-crossed receiver missed four games and was hobbled in a number of others with a variety of ailments. But the offseason has brought some good news; Amendola was able to skip surgery on his troublesome groin opting instead for rehab. It’s a positive for a player who has missed 24 games over the past three seasons. However it will do little to allay the fears of fantasy owners who have struggled with Amendola’s injury issues in the past.

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Ravens in search of a rookie running back?

Baltimore seeking RB options: While the status of Ray Rice is still up in the air, the Baltimore Ravens could be making contingency plans. Coach John Harbaugh says the team is seriously considering adding a running back in the draft, while NFL Media’s Albert Breer previously reported that the team could potentially start a rookie in the backfield. That news is ominous not only for Rice, but also for Bernard Pierce, who was formerly thought of as the heir to the gig. A few things have to happen in the draft and training camp before any of this becomes a reality, but it should add to the storylines to watch later this summer.

Lions looking to draft Watkins?: According to Sammy Watkins, the Lions have serious interest in moving up to draft the former Clemson star. He would be one more weapon to an already loaded passing game to go along with Calvin JohnsonGolden Tate and Reggie Bush out of the backfield. In most cases, it would be fair to wonder if there were enough targets to go around. But when you have a quarterback like Matthew Stafford, who has averaged 675 passing attempts over the past three seasons, that concern is significantly lessened.

QBs on the move?: As we get closer to the start of the draft, the trade rumors will continue to swirl. At the moment, quarterbacks seem to make up much of the grist for the mill. The Rams have denied interest in trading Sam Bradford, despite suspicions to the contrary. The same goes for the Vikings and Christian Ponder. Meanwhile, stories of the Buccaneers parting ways with Mike Glennon persist. It’s a head-scratching turn of events for a QB draft class that has been criticized as being heavy on flawed players. Then again, considering some of the quarterbacks potentially involved in the scuttlebutt, it could be that many teams are on the hunt for backup options.

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Report: Ravens interested in Eric Ebron

Baltimore seeks athletic tight end: With the draft just a couple of days away, the rumor mill will continue to pick up speed. The latest is that the Baltimore Ravens are locking in on North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron. Considered the best tight end in this draft class, Ebron could make a dynamic double team with Dennis Pitta in Gary Kubiak’s new offense. It would also mean that the recently signed Owen Daniels could be fighting for a job during training camp. However, this is all contingent upon Ebron still being available when the Ravens select at No. 17 — which is no sure thing. It could take some finagling — or an extreme amount of good fortune — for this pairing to come to fruition.

Manning ‘not 100 percent’: During an appearance on the “Late Show with David Letterman”Peyton Manning confessed that he’s “not 100 percent compared to what I was before my surgery,” referring to the procedure on his neck that forced him to miss the entire 2011 season. It shouldn’t surprise anyone. After all, Manning recently turned 38 and is entering his 17th season in the league. Any decline is to be expected, but especially after such a serious procedure. Not that anyone has been able to tell. In the two seasons since, the future Hall of Famer has thrown a combined 92 touchdown passes — including an NFL-record 55 last year. There shouldn’t be any concerns about making Manning one of the top three quarterbacks off the board.

Lattimore admits he’s not fully back: When the 49ers drafted Marcus Lattimore in 2013, it was with the hope that a year of rest and rehabilitation could get him back to the explosive ability he showed in college. While the Niners still have hope for Lattimore in 2014, the running back admitted that he’s not fully back — either physically or mentally. After a pair of major knee injuries during his time at South Carolina, it’s understandable if Lattimore is slow in his return. However, he is in a good place to learn and will have a chance to prove himself during training camp and the preseason. Look for Lattimore to have upside as a deep sleeper.

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Eli Manning starts light throwing

Manning rehab in progress: Thanks to Peyton Manning, we now know how Eli Manning’s rehab from ankle surgery is progressing. The Broncos quarterback reported that his younger brother has begun a light throwing program and looks to be on track for training camp. The Giants have said they will take a cautious approach with Manning and that the quarterback won’t participate in any offseason workouts. For Manning, health could be the foundation to a bounce-back season. After leading the world in interceptions in recent seasons, the veteran signal-caller has become a fantasy risk — even more so if he’s not 100 percent entering the season.

Vikings to draft RB?: There will come a time when Adrian Peterson is no longer a dominant force. That day might not come soon, but the Minnesota Vikings are reportedly planning ahead. The team is seriously considering a replacement for Toby Gerhart who signed with the Jaguars as a free agent. New offensive coordinator Norv Turner likes to use two running backs and wants to take some of the workload off Peterson. Not to worry, don’t expect A.D.’s load to lessen so much that he won’t be still be a top five back. But for the first time (maybe ever), Peterson could have a legitimate handcuff.

Allen: NFL ‘will be a running game again’: Hall of Fame running back Marcus Allen is doing his best to keep the faith for running backs. He recently told NFL Media’s Elliot Harrison that he expects the position to have a resurgence in the near future. It’s an optimistic sentiment considering the momentum of the league’s offenses, but it’s one that fantasy owners can wholeheartedly get behind. As the number of true featured backs dwindles, finding quality at the front end of fantasy drafts is becoming more crucial and harder to do. Anything that could bring a return to past days — or at least add more depth to the position, would be welcomed.

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Forget projections, Manziel has fantasy sleeper appeal

Outlook on Johnny Manziel seems split: A recent column in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel took a poll of 20 NFL personnel executives, 12 of which predicted Manziel would be a “miss” at the NFL level. Fantasy owners should pay this no mind, however, as wins and losses on the gridiron don’t mean much in the world of statistics and value. If it did, would anyone ever draft Toby Gerhart or Maurice Jones-Drew? In fantasy, all we care about are the stats … and Manziel has the sort of skill set that offers a lot of potential. I’d like to see him land with the Cleveland Browns, but all he needs is a chance to start as a rookie to become a huge sleeper in fantasy football.

Eric Ebron moving up draft boards: UNC’s Ebron is far and away the best tight end prospect in the 2014 class. In fact, NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock sees him as one of the 10 most talented players coming out of the collegiate ranks. Bleacher Report also suggests that the Jets, Dolphins, Cardinals and Packers are all candidates to trade up for a shot to draft him. Clearly, Ebron’s talent is top shelf … but fantasy owners shouldn’t go all in on him regardless of where he lands. Consider this little nugget: A total of 79 tight ends have been drafted since 2009. Of those 79, four have finished in the top 20 as rookies. Four. So while I wouldn’t mind taking a late-round flier on him as a TE2, taking Ebron as a TE1 in his rookie season is not advised.

Browns add a pair of quarterbacks: The Cleveland Browns added some depth to their quarterback position on Thursday, signing Vince Young and Tyler Thigpen to compete with Brian Hoyer for depth-chart position during training camp. Of course, it’s widely presumed that the team will add a rookie signal-caller in the draft (Manziel makes sense), so neither Young nor Thigpen figure to make much of an impact. Both are mobile quarterbacks, though, and would fit in with what offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan brings to the team.

Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on and NFL Network and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. Have a burning question on anything fantasy related? Tweet it to @Michael_Fabiano or send a question via Facebook!


Montee Ball won’t be handed starting RB job

Ball to fight for starting gig?: All offseason the story has been around Montee Ball being the bell-cow in the Denver Broncos backfield, but Ball recently told Jeff Legwold of “I know for a fact they’re not going to hand (the starting job) to me.” Ball also admits that his mentality heading into training camp is that the job is his, which is great. Really, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. Teams always promote competition at every position in camp, which Ball was inevitably going to face. But just in case he comes out on the wrong end of that competition — or doesn’t win it as handily as he should — it’s worth grabbing C.J. Anderson late as either a handcuff to Ball, or a potential deep sleeper if the Wisconsin product starts losing touches during the season.

Rice to be ready for season opener: With wide receiver Sidney Rice back to Seattle on a team-friendly contract, the Seahawks fully expect the seven-year veteran to be ready for action when the Green Bay Packers come to town for a rematch of the classic “Fail Mary” game. Rice had been recovering from an ACL injury suffered last season, but was medically cleared for football activities in April. Regardless of his health, Rice is still a low-end wide receiver option in fantasy land, best suited as a WR3 or WR4 role come draft time.

Peterson practicing again: Surprising no one, Adrian Peterson  has already begun practicing with the Minnesota Vikings, only three months removed from groin surgery. It’s good to see Peterson’s Wolverine-like healing powers haven’t diminished quite yet. It’s also encouraging for fantasy owners to see this perennial superstar getting back to normal. Peterson remains one of the top targets in fantasy drafts this fall, and should be taken at the top of the first round as he has been pretty much every year since he entered the league.

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Washington offense to use less read-option

Gruden to use ‘sprinkles’ of read-option: During Robert Griffin III’s first two seasons in the NFL, the read-option has been a big part of the Washington arsenal. But new head coach Jay Gruden says that will change in 2014. The read-option won’t completely disappear, but the team plans to use “sprinkles here and there.” A large chunk of RGIII’s fantasy value was based on running the football. While it won’t be taken away, it could be lessened to instances where Griffin freelances. Here’s to hoping the addition of DeSean Jackson to the passing game can make up for it.

Smith to see more reps over Vick: One of the more interesting position battles to watch this offseason will be the quarterback competition for the New York Jets. In the early going, it looks like Geno Smith might have the edge over Michael Vick. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg says Smith will likely see “a few more reps” in offseason workouts. When Vick landed in New York, many thought he’d be anointed the starter. However, Smith started to figure things out by the end of the season. Over the final four weeks, the rookie averaged more than 20 fantasy points per game and ranked fifth among players at his position. Jets fans (and LeSean McCoy) might not like the idea, but Smith starting in Week 1 could be a step in the right direction.

Romo has ‘same zip’: Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo had back surgery late in the 2013 season that caused him to miss the team’s final game. But his recovery seems to be going well, if you believe Jason Witten. Dallas’ veteran tight end says Romo “is throwing good.” That’s encouraging for a quarterback who could be asked to throw it a lot more this season. Now that Scott Linehan is in the fold as offensive coordinator, Dallas’ aerial attack could become a lot more prevalent. Romo should remain a quality low-end QB1 option who can be drafted in the middle rounds.

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Rob Gronkowski unsure of Week 1 status

Gronk still rehabbing knee injury: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was asked Tuesday if he would be ready for the team’s 2014 season opener. His answer was less than definitive. “Oh man, that’s too far away. I’m just improving every day right now,” said Gronk. That answer might leave fantasy owners with a distinctive case of “here we go again.” In 2013, Gronkowski played just seven games after missing the first chunk of the season rehabbing from multiple surgeries. When he was on the field, he was as effective as ever. It seems unlikely that 2014 will see a re-do of last season’s frustration, but you can certainly believe that plenty of people will be keeping an eye on Gronkowski’s attempt to get back for Week 1.

Eagles ready to replace Jackson: Now that DeSean Jackson is out of the mix in Philadelphia, the Eagles have to find a way to replace his production. General manager Howie Roseman thinks that can be done by using a combination of players, specifically naming Darren SprolesJeremy MaclinRiley Cooper and Zach Ertz. In some respects, it’s common sense. Those four players are going to the the core of Philly’s offensive attack this season. But it’s worth questioning whether combined, they can fill in for the 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns Jackson gave the team last season. The upside is that if there’s any offense that can make up that gap, it’s one orchestrated by Chip Kelly.

Mathews happy to have Brown: It was a curious decision when the Chargers signed Donald Brown in free agency after quality seasons by Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead. However Mathews is looking at it as a positive. He believes having Brown in the rotation could help keep him healthy and fresh over the course of the season. Last year was the first time in Mathews’ career that he played a full 16 games, although injuries last in the season slowed him down. Having the talented back on the field is definitely a plus, but having one more mouth to feed in San Diego’s backfield is reason for concern among fantasy owners.

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Eli Manning hopes to be ready for training camp

Manning out of walking boot: Giants quarterback Eli Manning is recovering from recent ankle surgery and was good enough to help kick off a recent charity walk. However, he won’t be healthy enough to participate in New York’s organized team activities. Instead, Manning is looking long term and expecting to be ready for training camp. The biggest concern is for a quarterback who has struggled in recent seasons and is now working with a new offensive coordinator. Even for a veteran like Manning, there will be a learning curve. That combined with his track record over the past couple of years should make fantasy owners wary about what could come in the early part of the 2014 season.

Gerhart ready to be ‘dominant’: Now out of the shadow of Adrian Peterson and on his own in Jacksonville, Toby Gerhart has high expectations for himself in 2014. The former Vikings backup says he can “come in and be a dominant guy” now that he has the chance to be the Jaguars workhorse. While this will be Gerhart’s fifth NFL season, it’s worth noting that he has averaged just 69 carries per season. In many ways, Gerhart’s situation mirrors former fantasy star Michael Turner’s. Turner sat behind LaDainian Tomlinson for four seasons in San Diego, averaging 57 rushing attempts per season. In his fifth year, he became the lead running back for the Falcons and exploded. It’s another reason to be encouraged about Gerhart’s prospects this season.

Finley to have X-ray: The next step in Jermichael Finley’s comeback effort is to have x-rays done on his surgically repaired neck. The hope is to have Finley cleared some time in the next few months, but he will continue to undergo regular examinations as part of his rehabilitation. There are a number of teams that have expressed interest in the talented tight end, but you can be certain that those teams will keep a close eye on Finley’s progress. Fantasy owners should do the same. The tight end position is lacking any real depth, Finley’s return could provide a boost for enthusiasts looking for later round help.

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Ahmad Bradshaw trying to get stronger

Bradshaw in recovery: After playing just three games last season due to a neck injury, Ahmad Bradshaw is working his way back and says he’s ‘getting stronger.’ His return would be a boost for a running game that might not be sold on Trent Richardson as its lead back. While T-Rich will have every chance to win the bulk of the carries, he will be in a timeshare regardless. The question will be how much confidence the Colts have in Bradshaw’s recovery. Whoever wins the No. 2 job is going to be worthy of a handcuff.

Robinson moving to RB: Last season, fantasy owners were confounded when the Jaguars labeled Denard Robinson as an “offensive weapon”. In the end, it didn’t matter since Robinson accounted for just 66 yards of total offense. This year, the former Michigan star will have a more conventional title — running back. That move could spawn an interesting battle to see who takes snaps behind Toby Gerhart. Last season, Jordan Todman held the No. 2 job and performed well in his one major opportunity, rushing for 109 yards on 25 carries in the Week 15 loss to the Bills. Add this to the list of position battles worth watching this offseason.

Locker rounding into shape: Titans quarterback Jake Locker is slowly working his way back into shape after suffering a Lisfranc injury that ended his season. However, he won’t be ready for any of next week’s team activities. It’s not a good look for the talented, but oft-injured quarterback. This will be a make-or-break year for the former No. 8 overall draft pick. With a new coaching staff taking over in Tennessee, Locker will likely have one chance to prove he’s still the future in Nashville.

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Cecil Shorts motivated to succeed in 2014

Shorts seeking big season: Two years ago, Cecil Shorts burst onto the scene with a string of big performances in the second half of the season. Last year, in the wake of Justin Blackmon’s suspensions, Shorts began to see more attention from defenders and his numbers suffered. This season, the fourth-year wideout knows that this is his opportunity to score a big payday as his contract expires … and that has him motivated to do big things. The trick will be turning that motivation into production. The good news is that the Jaguars have some coaching stability for the first time in awhile. Hopefully that allows Shorts to get comfortable with his role in the offense. It still might not be enough to move him out of the range of a WR4 in many leagues.

Johnson feeling heat in Buffalo?: Speaking of players with added motivation, the Bills could be looking for something extra from Stevie Johnson. The talented, but mercurial receiver still has three years left on his contract, but the team has begun stockpiling receivers — notably Robert Woods, Mike Williams and Marquise Goodwin. Last season was a forgettable one for “The Joker”, who had just 597 receiving yards, ending a string of three straight 1,000-yard seasons. Part of the reason was a litany of injuries, which Johnson hopes to avoid this year through more dedication to offseason conditioning. At his very best, Johnson was a low-end WR1. Heading into 2014, he’ll be hard pressed to be better than a third option.

Allen feeling good: One of the players that bears watching this offseason is Dwayne Allen. The Colts tight end missed all of 2013 after hip surgery. Now he’s been cleared to fully participate in offseason workout and tells reporters that he feels good. That’s good news for the Colts and fantasy owners. Allen’s star was on the rise heading into last season and if he can return to form, he’s almost certain to surpass Coby Fleener on the depth chart. Allen has a chance to be a major fantasy factor in 2014.

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Maurice Jones-Drew says his foot ‘feels phenomenal’

MJD ready for 2014: It feels like we’ve gone some time without seeing Maurice Jones-Drew being a major factor on the field. In reality, it was just 2011 when he led the league in rushing. Since then, MJD has suffered through a broken foot and a lackluster campaign in his return. Now, he’s ready to make everyone forget about the bumps of the past two seasons. Jones-Drew told the San Francisco Chronicle that his foot “feels phenomenal” and he’s ready to compete for the Raiders starting running back job. It should be an interesting contest between Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden — one that should push both backs to be their best. Still, the prospect of a timeshare looms in Oakland and with the injury histories of both players, it’s probably best to wait a few rounds before making a move on one or the other in your draft.

Wilson ahead of schedule: Giants running back David Wilson is getting antsy to get back to work. The third-year runner appeared at the team’s offseason workouts and told reporters that he’s ahead of schedule in his return from spinal fusion surgery. While Wilson is itching to get back on the field full-time, the team remains cautious in its approach. It’s an understandable response considering the seriousness of the procedure. While it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Wilson take snaps this season along with Rashad Jennings and Peyton Hillis, it seems unlikely that he will have a heavy workload this season.

Manuel needs ‘to get better’: Bills quarterback EJ Manuel appears healthy again after knee surgery in January. Now the young quarterback says he needs to improve in his second season. He acknowledges that part of that improvement is staying healthy for a full 16 games. When he was on the field, he played reasonably well, averaging better than 16 fantasy points per game. With a season under his belt, it’s not unreasonable to expect a progression from Manuel — especially with Mike Williams added to the fold. Consider Manuel a low-end QB2 with sleeper upside for 2014.

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Terrelle Pryor traded to the Seahawks

Pryor to compete for QB2 job: Count the Seattle Seahawks as the winner of the Terrelle Pryor sweepstakes. The Seahawks gave up a seventh-round pick to acquire the quarterback from the Oakland Raiders. Already, the biggest question surrounding Pryor has apparently been answered — the team plans to keep him at the quarterback position. That means he’ll compete with Tarvaris Jackson for the No. 2 quarterback job. Last season, Pryor showed at times that he could be a productive player, even if his numbers at the end of the season were underwhelming. The former Ohio State star won’t play unless Russell Wilson goes down with an injury, but Pryor’s ability as a dual-threat quarterback could make him an interesting waiver wire option.

Bowe working with help: Entering his eighth season in the NFL, Dwayne Bowe has decided to change some things. He’s now reportedly working with a nutritionist and personal trainer for the first time in his career. With the veteran turning 30 early in the 2014 season, it certainly couldn’t hurt to find new ways to get — and stay — in shape. Whether it translates to more production on the field, and in fantasy, remains to be seen. Bowe hasn’t come close to matching his career-best 2010 season when he was the second-highest fantasy scorer at his position and in an offense built around Jamaal Charles, it doesn’t seem likely to happen this season. The news about Bowe’s training habits certainly qualifies as “upside”, but not enough to make him anything more than a third or fourth option.

Manuel at Bills workouts: Second-year quarterback EJ Manuel took part in the Bills voluntary workout Tuesday. It’s encouraging news for a player who missed parts of last season with various injuries and underwent knee surgery in January. The key for Manuel this season will be to stay healthy. When he was on the field, there was a lot to be encouraged about. As a rookie, the former Florida State standout scored 15-plus fantasy points in six of the 10 games he played. Now with Mike Williams on the roster to go along with Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods, Manuel shouldn’t lack for pass-catchers.

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