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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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In addition to his role as Senior Staff Writer here at DLF, Ryan is also a husband, father of three and second grade teacher. Ryan is the commissioner of multiple dynasty leagues, most notably the HyperActive Dynasty Leagues. Here at DLF, Ryan’s focus is on identifying, monitoring and analyzing player value. Check out Ryan’s work on the Weekly Impact Events and Dynasty Stock Market, as well as our dynasty ADP data.
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  1. Chris in Chuck

    July 19, 2013 at 5:50 am

    The David Wilson hype-train has gotten well ahead of itself. The oft-injured Andre Brown is also talented and Coach Coughlin has shown a pattern of splitting carries. It’s about time somebody applied the breaks to that particular train or at least realized he is more expensive than similar backs.

  2. Vince

    July 19, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    I traded for Holmes mid season last year.(late 2nd round pick) and picked up Kerley for insurance. Is there hope for Holmes to re-surge in 2014 if he leaves the Jets? Or is he pretty much done?

    • Ryan McDowell

      July 19, 2013 at 4:21 pm

      I am not giving up on him, but this foot issue is strange and worrisome.

      With deep rosters, I’d hang onto him and hope for a solid landing spot in 2014, when he will be cut by the Jets.

  3. Kyle

    July 19, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    David Wilson hype is legitimate. This kid is going to be a stud. I remember hearing the same concerns about Jamaal Charles b/c “b..b..but Thomas Jones is going to get touches too!” Ridiculous…

    Also, Patrick Edwards? The weak 5’9″ kid out of Houston who runs a 4.57 w/ a 33 inch vertical? Sorry, I’ll pass.

    • Chris in Chuck

      July 19, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      The hype is to expect Top 12 fantasy RB production.
      I shall pass.
      And in 5 months one of us can tell the other “I told you so”.

  4. RayRayV

    July 19, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    The hype train for Miller seems to be catching Wilson and his back flips

    • Chris in Chuck

      July 20, 2013 at 7:15 am

      If I owned both Wilson and Miller I’d be confident one of them would perform as an RB2. But I wouldn’t expect lightening in a bottle in both cases. If they both end up as low-end RB1s I will be surprised.

  5. phantasy5

    July 20, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Already cut Holmes from my squad, don’t have the room to wait for him. I’m not a big fan of any Jets offensively, unless Geno can do something with this bunch? I too think Forte gets a bump in production this year. It’s a real shame about Best, I think he’s pretty much done. And last but certainly not least, my all-time favorite, J Stew? Somebody better stick a fork in him because he’s DONE! Why they didn’t draft a RB is beyond me? D. Williams isn’t much better IMO either.

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