As the off-season really gets going it’s more important than ever to keep up with the news. You have to pay close attention to everything 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!
Calvin Johnson, WR DET
The news of the week is undoubtedly the report that Lions’ wide receiver Calvin Johnson is considering retiring, rather than returning to Detroit next season. While Johnson is 30 years old and showed signs of slowing down at times this season, this would still be a major shock. There is also plenty of reason to doubt this report and/or Johnson’s true intentions. Perhaps he is just working on a way to get out of Detroit and end his career with another team. Considering his massive contract over the next few years, I think there is a strong likelihood Johnson has played his last down for the Lions, though he could certainly suit up for another team in 2016.
Kelvin Benjamin, WR CAR
We got some good news regarding Panthers’ wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who began doing some light conditioning work this week. Benjamin has missed the entire season with a torn ACL, making the success of Cam Newton and the Panthers’ team even more impressive. Benjamin is likely to be an underrated dynasty asset over the next few months, until he returns to practice during training camp.
Fitzgerald Toussaint, RB PIT
With veteran DeAngelo Williams out for this weekend’s playoff game against the Bengals, young back Fitzgerald Toussaint is expected to get most of the work. Toussaint has not done much in his two years in the league, but this will be his first real opportunity and it comes on a huge stage. I don’t necessarily expect Toussaint to wow anyone, but players like this are certainly worth monitoring and he may even be worth a preemptive waiver wire add just to see how this games goes. [inlinead]
Steve Smith, WR BAL
Veteran wide receiver Steve Smith, who had previously announced the 2015 season would be his final year in the league, has changed his mind, announcing he’ll return to the Ravens in 2016. Smith’s season ended early when he suffered an Achilles injury. Those types of injuries are obviously very serious and tough for any player to return from. With that said, it’s become a bad move to doubt Smith, despite his age. He’ll be very cheap and maybe even free in most dynasty leagues this off-season and is well worth a stash as we monitor his health status.
Breshad Perriman, WR BAL
There’s even more good news for the Ravens and their depleted receiving corps. Rookie Breshad Perriman, who missed the entire season with a leg injury, is expected to be ready to participate in the team’s off-season program. Perriman was one of the top incoming rookies a season ago and it seems that few have forgotten as his value is still relatively high. If you can get him at a discount over the next few months, it could be a wise investment.
Johnny Manziel, QB CLE
After somehow suffering a concussion and being ruled out for the team’s final game, we knew Johnny Manziel wouldn’t be playing for the Browns last week. Now, he may never be playing for them again. Instead of reporting to the team on game day, Manziel was reportedly in Las Vegas. Yet another strike against a player who seemingly can’t get anything right. Later reports say Manziel is pining for a move to Dallas, which seems like it would be a terrible move for all involved. I have no idea where Manziel will land, but I’m fairly confident his stint with the Browns will soon be coming to an end.
Doug Martin, RB TB
Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin will soon hit the market as an unrestricted free agent, but it seems both parties are interested in a new contract. Local beat writers expect Martin to sign a lucrative long-term contract, though the change at head coach could end up affecting those decisions. Martin’s dynasty owners should be rooting for him to stay right where he is with Jameis Winston, Mike Evans and the rest of the Bucs’ young offense.
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Nailed the Calvin assessment in my view.
My sense of Calvin’s top 3 most importants:
1. His Health — if it really is time, then it’s time. I suspect his weariness is more about all the losing in Detroit making the weekly pounding not worth it. He CLEARLY has more in the tank physically, at least a few more years.
2. Playing for a Winner / Super Bowl — an you imagine if he went to the Pats, Green Bay or even Dallas?
3. Last shot to earn the big $
Not that Calvin’s top motivation is $, but it’s got to be a big factor in the last few years of his career.
To me, all 3 add up to “he’s done with the Lions”. Although if the Lions replace Caldwell with the Patriots McDaniels as coach, paired with Quinn, the new GM also from the Pats, that could be a game changer for CJ. Eagerly monitoring this one, with all the Calvin shares I have!