With all the talk being focused on the NFL combine, and the approaching opening day of MLB, it’s really easy to forget about offseason moves in the NFL that could have effects in the 2010 fantasy season.
That’s why I gathered some for you, you know, in case you need to take some notes.
So far, things have been interesting in the NFL. Crazy trade talks between St. Louis and Tampa Bay that threw a wrench into everyone’s expectations, all the hoopla surrounding the collapse of the NFL’s collective bargaining, and Mike Shanahan’s apparent bout with lunacy after he announced he was going to actually stick with Clinton Portis.
No this is not dream land, there is no Santa Clause, and yes things are going buck wild in football world, and it’s not even April yet.
But luckily for all of us, there is a constant, albeit sometimes unnoticed, torrent of information out there for us to keep up on as we try to navigate through bizarro-world.
LaDainian Tomlinson —EVICTED: Ok, obviously this isn’t anything new to most, unless you traded your own dwelling for a small cave half way around the world, but in regard to fantasy it is something to keep fresh in one’s mind. L.T. is widely viewed as washed up, but to say there is absolutely nothing left in the tank is inaccurate.
And, if you think Shanny is off his rocker for continuing to "feed the stray cat", then you’ll love the speculation from ESPN’s Matt Mosley that he could wind up in Washington.
Thomas Jones —EVICTED: Jones traded in some of his pass catching stocks for career highs in rushing yards (1,402) and touchdowns (14) only to get the boot in the end (well on March 5th technically). What’s interesting is, during 2009 all the rage was his “resurgent career” and now, since he too is unemployed, he’s 32 and on the decline…classic.
Don’t get me wrong, the guy isn’t in his prime, but he is still favored to be sought after very quickly and depending on the team that picks him up, he could actually have another great year; ironically San Diego fits that bill amongst others.
Anquan Boldin —On Sale Now: GM Ron Graves confirmed that he is receptive to trade offers which translates into: “Hey, draft day is coming and I have a lovely speed first model I would be willing to part with if the trade is right.”
The Cardinals could be inundated with knocks on the door since Tampa Bay, Baltimore, Miami, Dallas (see below), and a host of other teams could be entertaining the fantasy stud. You would be wise to keep abreast of this situation.
Roy Williams —In Limbo: Coach Wade Phillips, everyone’s cuddly Pillsbury dough boy look-a-like, has confirmed that Roy Williams will have to “compete” for his job, which is amusing considering his competition is Patrick Crayton and Kevin Ogletree.
What is potentially interesting is this notion: If Williams wins the job, which he absolutely should, he will also know his leash will be very short making him an interesting candidate for a sleeper WR, but only time will tell.
Chester Taylor —Licking his chops: A source has told the Chicago Tribune that Taylor is targeting a deal worth $3.5 million annually, and that isn’t too far of a stretch regardless of the suitor.
Let’s face it kids, Taylor has all the right tools to be a featured back in most systems, and considering there are growing holes in various rosters (Chicago anyone) the chances of him landing a lead gig is pretty good.
Taylor will probably be a huge commodity in the 2010 fantasy football season, but where exactly he goes could be a determination of just how valuable he will be projected.
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