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DLF’s Weekly Impact Events

Much like us here at DLF, there really is no offseason in the NFL. Even after the dramatic conclusion of the Super Bowl and the MVP’s trip to Disney World, the day-to-day business of the league continues. This means you should be paying attention to give yourself every advantage in 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!

Here is a quick look at the events of the past week and how they impact the players on your team.

Dwayne Bowe, WR KC

Chiefs star wide receiver Dwayne Bowe has not reported to training camp and has yet to sign his one year tender with the team. The deadline to sign a long term contract has passed, so Bowe will be a free agent at the conclusion of the 2012 season. Even with the missed practice time, Bowe will likely be a solid WR2 for fantasy owners. During his absence, second year man Jon Baldwin has been shining and showing much improvement.

Evan Royster, RB WAS

While speculation has been mixed and downright confusing, early reports have tabbed Redskins running back Roy Helu as a change of pace runner rather than the starting tailback, while fellow second year man Evan Royster has been running with the first team and drawing praise from head coach Mike Shanahan. All three running backs, including Tim Hightower have been rumored to be in line to start for the Skins. As many fantasy experts have advised, this is a situation that owners should avoid, although that might be too late for those who drafted Helu early in start-up drafts this offseason.

Dezmon Briscoe, WR WAS

Last week, Briscoe was waived the Tampa Bay Buccaneers following a failed conditioning test, but he was quickly claimed by the Washington Redskins. Briscoe will battle for a roster spot and will likely play behind wide receivers Pierre Garcon, Leonard Hankerson and Santana Moss. At this time, Briscoe offers little fantasy value, but could be worth a roster spot as he is behind some players with injury histories.

Arrelious Benn, WR TB

Shortly after waiving Briscoe, another Bucs wide receiver was in the news as the disappointing Benn suffered a sprained right MCL which will keep him sidelined for up to a month. Benn has been tumbling down the depth chart even prior to the injury and now is in danger of not making the final roster. While most owners still seem to be hanging on, he has to be in consideration to be dropped as the season nears.

Mike Wallace, WR PIT

Following the Steelers signing of teammate Antonio Brown, reports surfaced that the team is no longer willing to award Wallace with a long term deal and he will be forced to play under the one year tender previously offered to him. These reports led to much speculation that the team would consider trading Wallace prior to the season rather than risk losing him to free agency following the 2012 season. Those reports have already been denied by Steeler management, but it is rarely public knowledge when a player is on the trading block. Regardless of how this turns out, Wallace has lost some value in dynasty leagues. Now is the perfect time to buy low on one of the most consistently high performing wideouts in the game.

Leonard Hankerson, WR WAS

Following the Redskins free agency moves at wide receiver this offseason, which saw them give big money to both Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan, many assumed this signaled the worst for the young wide receiver Hankerson. Instead, he has seen time as a starter opposite Garcon and has looked great according to multiple reports. The opportunity to buy Hankerson at his low point has passed for sure, but he may still be a wise investment, even at his rising price in dynasty leagues.

Stevan Ridley, RB NE

Following the departure of former starting running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, there has been much conjecture regarding the Patriot backfield this offseason. That became even cloudier as the team signed veteran Joseph Addai, who has since been released, and added undrafted rookie Brandon Bolden, who has surprised with his ability. Even with all of the competition for snaps and carries, Ridley appears to be the favorite for both the early down and goal line roles. Like Washington, this is another situation that many might want to avoid, but Ridley will be a value if he gets the same goal line work as Green-Ellis has in the past.

Jeremy Kerley, WR NYJ

The Jets young wide receiver is off to a bad start at training camp as head coach Rex Ryan publicly voiced his disappointment with Kerley’s progress in the offense. He then injured his hamstring and will miss a week of practice. Kerley was a favorite sleeper of many this off-season, but with the ever changing news, these black marks can’t be ignored. It’s time to move on from Kerley and grab another sleeper.

Riley Cooper, WR PHI

The Eagles veteran wide receiver suffered a broken left collarbone and will be out of action for much of the preseason action. Although Cooper has been a fringe roster worthy player the past two years, this injury is more about who will replace him. Rookie Marvin McNutt has looked good in camp so far and will be given a chance to claim Cooper’s snaps. If he impresses, there is a great chance he could displace Cooper altogether. McNutt is worth taking a chance on in deep dynasty leagues while we watch the preseason play out.

Kyle Rudolph, TE MIN

Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph continues to impress this offseason and now Minnesota offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave says there are big plans for the former Notre Dame tight end. Rudolph has been an offseason target of many dynasty owners all off-season and they hype has perhaps even made him overpriced based on his rookie season which saw him fail to break double digit fantasy points in any game. Rudolph is caught in fantasy no man’s land as he is valued as a starter, but will likely not be consistent enough to start from week-to-week.

Andre Johnson, WR HOU

The Texans veteran wide receiver tweaked his groin early in training camp. While this injury will only cost him a few days of practice, it serves as a reminder of how injury prone Johnson is and, at age 31, will continue to be. It was said here weeks ago, now is the time to sell Johnson in dynasty leagues. In fact, with this recent news, it may be too late.

Randall Cobb, WR GB

Another player creating a lot of positive buzz early in training camp is Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb. Like Rudolph, many have already valued Cobb as a starting caliber player, based on his upside. If Cobb can get the same number of snaps as veteran Donald Driver earned last season, Cobb may make good on the inflated price you are paying for him. Now is the time to acquire Cobb in dynasty leagues and be willing to overpay.

Dennis Pitta, TE BAL

Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta suffered a broken hand during training camp and will be out of action for the majority of the preseason. His teammate Ed Dickson was already viewed as the better fantasy option and he gets a very slight bump in value as his role is solidified and his targets could increase. Pitta is not worth rostering in most dynasty leagues.

Travis Benjamin, WR CLE

In Cleveland, much of the attention has gone to breakout candidate wide receiver Greg Little and rookie Josh Gordon. While both players have looked good, another rookie wide receiver has flown under the radar. Former Miami Hurricane speedster Travis Benjamin has been impressive and is pushing for playing time. With little talent behind the young starters, opportunity is there for Benjamin to have a role, even early in the season. As a rookie in a poor passing offense, Benjamin will not be a starting level player, but could be worth stashing at the end of your bench.

Braylon Edwards, WR SEA

The veteran wide receiver Braylon Edwards agreed to a contract with the Seattle Seahawks. There had been concern that Edwards’ health was an issue, but the Seahawks felt comfortable, or desperate, enough to sign the former 49er to a one year deal. Sidney Rice and Doug Baldwin are the likely starters and Edwards will compete with Golden Tate for the third wide receiver position. He is possibly on the waiver wire in your league, but it would be a surprise if he ever regains his role as a fantasy starter. Your bench spot is better spent on a young player with upside.

Vick Ballard, RB IND

You may have seen our own Steve Wyremski claim that Colts rookie Vick Ballard would prove to be the best running back on the team and could overtake both Donald Brown and Delone Carter. Now, Steve has some company as NFL Network’s Mike Lombardi has stated the same, based on Ballard’s ability to break tackles and gain yards after contact. Brown has been receiving some undeserved hype this off-season and it would not be a shock if he or Carter again disappointed Colts fans. Ballard may still be on your waiver wire and now is a great time to snag him, or even make a small trade offer for him, especially if you own Brown.

John Carlson, TE MIN

The Vikings signed Carlson to a surprisingly big contract this off-season and put a slight damper on the Kyle Rudolph hype machine. Now, Carlson will be on the shelf for a few weeks stemming from a sprained MCL. Carlson maintains dynasty value only in deep leagues or those that reward 1.5 PPR for tight ends. Otherwise, he is a safe drop in favor of a younger tight end like Taylor Thompson, Adrien Robinson or Jordan Cameron.

Ben Roethlisberger, QB PIT

Pittsburgh Steelers starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger revealed he has a small tear in his rotator cuff. Publicly, the team claims they are not worried and the star signal caller did not undergo any off-season procedures. Regardless, as fantasy owners see this report, his value will take a slight hit. With a new offense and one of his top weapons holding out, we could see a down year from Roethlisberger.

Mike Thomas, WR JAX

Thomas, coming off a very disappointing year for Jacksonville, has reportedly fallen to fifth on the wide receiver depth chart behind Cecil Shorts. With rookie Justin Blackmon sure to be placed ahead of him as soon as he signs, this means Thomas is in danger of not making the active roster. Thomas has had a quick fall from fantasy relevance, but behind behind average players like Shorts speaks volumes. It’s time to dump Thomas from your dynasty roster.

Jahvid Best, RB DET

There has been speculation and confusion the past few days on when the Lions explosive running back would be cleared to practice. Detroit head coach Jim Schwartz shed some light on the situation and it’s bad news for Best. The timeline is said to be a matter of weeks, not days. With Best already answering questions about early retirement, it’s time to remove him from your draft boards altogether. If you own him now, you are likely stuck with him. In the meantime, fellow injury prone running back Kevin Smith will be the early season starter and actually is the cheapest of the three Lions runners. Second year man Mikel Leshoure is coming off a major injury, was arrested twice this offseason, has been suspended to begin the 2012 season and is already battling injuries at training camp. With that said, he is still my favorite among the Lions running backs and the one I would target.

LaVon Brazill, WR IND

The Colts are trying a bevy of options opposite wide receiver Reggie Wayne in an attempt to find their other starting wideout. One of those options is the surprising sixth round pick LaVon Brazill. While Austin Collie is also getting a look, he fits best in the slot, meaning Brazill could be a real threat to start as a rookie. Like Benjamin in Cleveland, it is hard to expect much from a rookie in a poor offense, but any potential starting wide receiver deserves our attention in dynasty leagues.

Chris Givens, WR NO

Just a quick update on Givens, who was mentioned a few weeks back as a sleeper in the competition for the Saints fourth wide receiver competition. He was waived with an injury and could end up on the practice squad. If you were holding out hope, time to move on.

Michael Hayes, RB SD

Last week, the Chargers signed veteran Jackie Battle, adding to a crowded backfield. Now, as training camp is in full swing, there are reports that undrafted rookie Hayes is possibly earning a roster spot over fellow young backs Edwin Baker and Curtis Brinkley. With veteran Ronnie Brown likely entrenched as the backup this season, the winner of the third running back job will be more of a long term project.

Check back next week for another update on the week’s impact events!  Follow Ryan McDowell on Twitter @RyanMc23.

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James Young
10 years ago

Anyone wanna predict how this Wallace situation pans out?

VJax 2010, again (he plays the last few weeks of the season)? Either him or the team caves in camp (makes every game)? No games?

Could go either way

Alan Bauerle
Reply to  James Young
10 years ago

I’m praying Wallace comes to his sences.. Play for 2 friggin million dollars has a monster season in Haileys pass happy system, gets his contract next year and continues to be a top 10 reciever for years to come. Dam why can’t these fools just play for the millions they are offered.

Reply to  Ryan McDowell
10 years ago

I’m guessing it has something to do with the new CBA

Just my 2 cents… But it think Wallace ends up missing the year and leaves pit for a new team next offseason via free agency.

10 years ago

Feel bad for the people that got sucked into the Helu hype. Tried to warn them.

Reply to  Luke
10 years ago

Fool me once shame on Shanahan, fool me twice shame on me… if anyone is still fooled at this point, you should stop playing fantasy football because clearly this is not your game.

Wallace's Warriors
Reply to  Luke
10 years ago

In one of my redrafts Helu went in the 3rd round and I got the Royster and Hightower with two picks in the 13th round. It is a crap shoot so I wouldn’t trade Royster and Hightower for Helu.

10 years ago

Helu was part of a committee, in a mediocre Nebraska backfield. He couldn’t stay healthy doing that! Any Husker fan could tell you that the Helu hype was completely overdone. With that said, he will break off a couple of highlight reel runs. When that happens – sell high!!

sean mcguigan
10 years ago

Helu is 220 pounds that’s a pretty big change of pace back….I say if he stays healthy he is still easily the most talented back there….we will see how it plays out but reports I have heard is Helu has looked great at camp

Sensei John Kreese
10 years ago

If Mike Shannahan didn’t have the extreme fortune of coaching both Elway and Terrell Davis, he would be bagging groceries at Safeway by now. I own Helu, I am just waiting for the right time to sell him.

Reply to  Sensei John Kreese
10 years ago

Huh? Ever heard of Mike Anderson? Clinton Portis? Jake Plummer? Quentin Griffin? Brian Griese? /Clinton Portis? Olandis Gary? Reuben Droughns? Selvin Young? Tatum Bell? Jay Cutler? Bubby Brister? Peyton Hillis?

These players all had their best years under Shanahan’s watch! Or…..how ’bout Dan Reeves who couldn’t seem to get it done with the likes of Elway and crew?

These guys all had their best careers on Shanahan’s Watch! Elway and crew were not able to get that Championship until Shanahan put together the team he did! Unfortunately, he lost most of the teams’ arguably all-time greats at QB, RB, WR, TE, FB, OT, S, K, DL, etc in an extremely short period of time! Not sure there is another coach ever that could overcome that kind of loss in such a short span!

Heck, the Bronco’s went through 8 starting RB’s in 2008 due to injury and still ended up 12th in the entire NFL in rushing!

As a Bronco’s fan, even though I am excited about the direction of the team today…….I would love to have Shanahan back as head coach! Without him…..I doubt Bronco fans would be talking about back to back Championships not to mention even one Superbowl win!

Sorry but Mike Shanahan deserves waaaaaay….more credit than what you are willing to give him and I am excited to see what he does with RGIII and crew……just not so much from a fantasy perspective! It ain’t gonna happen overnight but it could very well happen for ‘skins fans!!!

Sensei John Kreese
Reply to  sixshooter67
10 years ago

Maybe he wouldn’t be actually bagging groceries, but I think his talents are best suited in an offense coordinator position. He is kind of like the offensive Wade Phillips.

sean mcguigan
Reply to  sixshooter67
10 years ago

Hillis best year was with Cleveland
Not Denver Shanny is a terrible coach IMO…what is he 11 and 22 with skins? And they have spent dramatically

Reply to  sean mcguigan
10 years ago

Shanahan is totally a head coach and again, as a Bronco fan, I would LOVE to have him back as head coach. Kind of hard to argue that it is a coincidence that so many of the Bronco’s all-time greats played under Shanahan and that is not just offensive players. Denver did not have a player inducted in the HOF until Shanahan’s arrival and now they have 3 with 2 of them playing for Shanahan with likely more to be coming!

He took defensive guys like Bill Romanowski and Alfred Williams and got them to perform very well. He took un-motivated defensive rookies like Trevor Pryce and turned him into a pro-bowler. And yes….that was all Mike! He is the one who refused to play him if wasn’t going to show up in practice!

He got production out of most all his players! Read his book about maximizing strengths and minimizing weaknesses and what former Bronco and even 49er players have to say!

You can say Hillis’s best year was with KC but he was off to a great start in Denver when he got his chance before getting injured.

As far as the ‘skins…..that money was all spent before Shanahan got there including the $20+ million that Haynesworth pretty much stole from them. Money has been much better spent since that time and team is definitely improved!

He took over a 4-12 team that had negative cap room to rebuild with but yet found a way to make it better. 11-21 is actually not bad considering the state of the ‘skins franchise two years ago!

To say that Shanahan is an offensive Wade Phillips is….well….offensive! Especially considering he took over Wade’s team that went 16-16 during his two year stint and finished with an NFL record 46-10 the following three years!

As a Bronco’s fan…..I would LOVE to have Shanahan leading the Broncos in 2012! Are you kidding me?

But……….at least it’s not Josh McDaniels…..the guy who single handedly destroyed an NFL franchise in point oh two!

Sorry…..but I can’t help but to defend Mike Shanahan and his ability to be a head coach. I remember some fans criticizing his drafts from 2000 thru 2005 to which I respond that a team doesn’t get to the AFC Championship game by making poor personnel decisions the last five years.

If a team has a deep roster, it is that much harder for a rookie to make the team! All one has to do is look at the Patriots drafts such as their 2007 draft when they drafted 9 players and had 3 left on the roster a year later. That one stands out because it was highly publicized!

Any fan who doesn’t respect Mike Shanahan as a head coach is not looking at the big picture IMO. Now if you are talking FFB……then I totally understand your frustration but as a fan of the NFL…..there is no way that I can say that Mike Shanahan is not a great head coach! Maybe I am biased but am pretty sure that is not the case either since he was pretty much the most sought after head coach in the NFL after he took a year off!!!! Pretty sure those around the league may know a thing or two more than we do!

sean mcguigan
Reply to  sixshooter
10 years ago

You and I guess other Denver fans are only ones that feel that way…..other thing I can’t stand about him is how f$&@ing smug the dick is…….TOTAL TOOL if you as me…..and as far as Skins tenure so when does he actually start to be held accountable ??????? 3 years is an entirety in NFL…he just mortgaged the Skins future for RG3 is this guy isn’t an immediate star this was a mistake….I don’t think he will be actually……skins will have another losing record this year and probably next…..when does SHANNY be accountable?

you sound like all those head in the sand Obama supporters still blaming Bush for the economy…..GIVE me a break it’s total BS

Alan Bauerle
Reply to  sixshooter
10 years ago

Peyton Hillis had his best season in Cleveland… Not Denver. And this is his 1st season w the Chiefs..ijs. Shanahan.. He’s a pretty good coach, from a football standpoint. As for fantasy football he’s the worst but that’s just how real footballl is. Not everyones saying he’s terrible. 2 superbowls back to back is a tremendous feet. Elway Terrell Davis Shannon Sharp Ed Mcafferie those guys were always in top ten in fantasy scoring. If the dude wants to hate on shanahan then so be it. His perogative. Let’s just not draft any skins backs ok? All agreed… Lol

Scott Land
10 years ago

Helu went 4.01 in a startup draft we did back in May/June. Royster went 21.06…

Cyrus Miller
10 years ago

I grabbed Royster in the 3rd round of a mixed FA/rookie draft, and in a startup I got him in the 20’s (back in June).

I don’t love his playing time and am not sure what I have in him, but I much prefer him to the current price of Helu.

Ken Dogson
10 years ago

Today’s report out of Washington is that Shanahan exited his home this morning and saw his shadow. That means six more weeks of Royster.

rich cicack
Reply to  Ken Dogson
10 years ago


Alan Bauerle
Reply to  Ken Dogson
10 years ago

Funniest thing I’ve read all week.. Thank u. That’s also the mist likes I’ve ever seen on any of these posts.. Shadow..?lol

Reply to  Ken Dogson
10 years ago

Hilarious, but my Ouija board told me that the over-under on starts for Royster is about 6.

They’re Shanahan running backs, guys. None of these guys is T.Davis, so who knows who he’ll start in any given week.

10 years ago

Anybody who knows Shanahan knows he’s one of those coaches who never tells the media the truth about anything. Far as I’m concerned it’s just a motivation thing for Helu. The fact is that he’s the most talented back they have and if he stays healthy he’ll have a good season. Whether he can is another question.

sean mcguigan
Reply to  VoiceofUnreason
10 years ago

Completely agree Shanny head games it comes down to this…..can Helu stay on field if he does he will get most chances in this offense……Shanny loves home run hitters…..Helu is only one he has Hightower and royster are plodders

Reply to  sean mcguigan
10 years ago

Also agree as well……Shanahan never shows his cards until all the cards have been dealt and the betting has been completed and even then, he does not show them all!

If Hightower can stay healthy, he could be very valuable in the passing game. Royster finished the season with a couple hundred yard games also! Shanahan will get production out of any of these guys but the problem with him is….he doesn’t give a hoot about fantasy teams darn it!

10 years ago

Keyshawn Martin appears to have passed Lestar Jean on the depth chart, heads up everyone.

Tim Miller
10 years ago

No one knows who will be the top RB for the Redskins this year. Years ago I joked Shanny has multiple personalities and it depends on which one is in control gameday.

I don’t have Helu on any teams as he was taken too early or was already rostered. People dropped, and I picked up Hightower or drafted him very late in drafts for the sole reason he was the starter last year and as a late flyer it was worth seeing if he will get a chance to lead in carries again.

My guess.. Hightower if “healthy” gets first shot, followed by Helu if the 1st falters, followed by Royster… followed by… followed by Bobby Boucher, Jr.

I will only take a RB in this system or NE system so late that it is not a headache on a weekly basis for me. If they pan out yay! if they don’t… pick up that bye week kicker… and know that will be the week they go off for 100 yds and 2tds from the bench.

10 years ago

I put my money on Hightower. He’s a veteran and has proven himself in pass protection. If he’s healthy i think hightower will get the first crack (or if not the first he will be the first man out of the bullpen)

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