The 2013 fantasy football off-season is in full swing and dynasty drafts are in progress. You have to pay close attention to everything in order to stay on top of your dynasty league. For most of us, we do well to steal some time away from our families and jobs to watch the games on Sunday. It becomes difficult to monitor the daily happenings around the league and even more demanding to process how that news affects your dynasty team.
That’s why we’re here!
Now that we’ve entered the off-season and have completed the NFL Draft, the next few months will be filled with rumors. Much of the “news” will be speculation about the futures of individual players. While this can be important, it can also be a challenge to determine the validity of certain reports. I will include many of these reports and share my opinion about how the player’s value might be affected, for better or worse.
Here is a quick look at the events of the past week and how they impact players on your team:
Santonio Holmes, WR NYJ
Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes is expected to start training camp on the active/PUP list. This is not the same PUP list that would require a player to miss the first six weeks of the season, but it is still a bad sign about Holmes’ status as he rehabs from a Lisfranc foot injury. Holmes’ ADP and dynasty value have tumbled to the point where he could be hitting dynasty waiver wires soon. With either Mark Sanchez or Geno Smith under center, don’t expect much from Holmes this season. The Jets likely starting wideouts are Stephen Hill and Jeremy Kerley.
Patrick Edwards, WR DET
Lions beat writers consider wide receiver Patrick Edwards a good bet to make the team’s final roster and even place him ahead of veterans Mike Thomas and Kris Durham. Edwards drew attention during OTAs and also placed himself on the watch list of many dynasty owners. He spent the 2012 season on the Lions practice squad after going undrafted and he could earn a roster spot if he keeps up his strong play when training camp opens. After Calvin Johnson, the next two wide receiver spots will likely be filled by veteran Nate Burleson and Ryan Broyles, who is rehabbing from a torn ACL. Beyond those three, the depth chart is wide open. Edwards is worth rostering in very deep leagues.
Jonathan Stewart, RB CAR
In a bit of odd news, Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart was forced to withdraw from a charity golf tournament due to complications from his off-season ankle surgery. Reports have been inconsistent and unclear regarding Stewart’s availability for training camp, and this is not a good sign that Stewart is ready to step on the field. If he is not ready, veteran DeAngelo Williams will carry the load. Many dynasty owners overlook Williams due to his age, but he could offer great value if he claims the starting role. Stewart’s value has fallen off the table this off-season, with a current ADP placing him in eighth round.
Jahvid Best, RB DET
The Detroit Lions released running back Jahvid Best this week after he was unable to return to the field following multiple concussions two seasons ago. Best was one of the most electric players in the league, but never really overcame the violent hit he took his final season in college and had experienced even more hard hits once he joined the Lions. It’s a sad story for such a talented player to lose his career due to head injuries and a reminder of the long road back for others such as wide receivers Austin Collie and Laurent Robinson. It’s also important to take note of current players who have had multiple concussions, such as Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts.
Matt Forte, RB CHI
Bears starting running back Matt Forte says he is expecting his role in the pass offense to grow this season under new head coach Marc Trestman. Trestman is well known for his fast pace offense, and that will include using the running back as a primary pass catcher. Forte has been greatly undervalued as of late in dynasty leagues, but the arrival of Trestman could lead to a career year.
David Wilson, RB NYG
Beat writers for the New York Giants suggest the team could “go with the hot hand” at the running back position. Of course, second year back David Wilson has received much hype this off-season, to the point that he is now being drafted in the second round and as one of the top twelve running backs off the board. Andre Brown could receive much more playing time than had been expected. It will be difficult for Wilson to play up to his high ADP in 2013 but is still a very valuable long-term dynasty asset.
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