Fantasy Guru Daily: 3/24/11

Apparently fans are not the only ones bored with lockout news, as coaches are talking and giving some tidbits about their teams for the 2011 season. Meanwhile, players like Chad Ochocinco have apparently gotten sick of football altogether.

Everybody loves Todd Haley … Perhaps no coach has angered fantasy owners more than the Chiefs’ Todd Haley, who utilized

Chief HC Todd Haley enjoys an evil laugh as fantasy owners complain about his use of Jamaal Charles.

the combination of Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles to lead the NFL’s #1 rushing offense in 2010 but frustrated fans with the inconsistency of Charles’ involvement and his unwillingness to publically praise the star RB. Well, naturally, Haley was effusive in his praise of Jones and confirmed that the 32-year-old will be back on the Chiefs in 2011. Said Haley: “He’s the epitome of the same guy every day. We’ve got a little plan for Thomas that I’m excited about getting to. I’m excited to have Thomas back. He’s a big part of what we’re doing.” I’m sure anyone who owns Charles in a keeper league is thrilled. It makes perfect sense to use a rotation, as Charles is not suited to carry the ball 20+ times every week and take a pounding. But it is frustrating when a guy like Jones carries 15 more times but rushes for 571 fewer yards (a difference of 2.7 yards per carry). Of course, Charles ultimately had more touches because he had 31 more catches, but still, draft Charles knowing that Jones is not going away and will still play a role in the Kansas City offense.

Cotchery has surgery; Smith not happy … Two Jet receivers are in the news, but not for the best reasons. Jerricho Cotchery underwent back surgery last month to repair a nagging disc injury, although he’s expected to be fine. He should be good to go by camp, and unlikely Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards, he’s actually under contract. Meanwhile, WR/KR Brad Smith understandably does not like the new kickoff rules. With kickoffs moving five yards up to the 35, touchbacks should rise significantly, meaning players like Smith will have less value. Oddly enough, the Jets voted in favor of the new rule change, and while GM Mike Tannenbaum said “Brad’s such an important part of what we do,” it’s hard not to think Smith won’t be nearly as important if he’s taking a knee in the endzone more often than not. To complicate things for Smith, he’s also a free agent, and he depends on his kick return ability for his value to a team.

Jones will lead the Dallas backfield … Not surprisingly, Cowboy HC Jason Garrett confirmed that Felix Jones is the #1 guy at RB and should receive the majority of the touches. The Cowboys often refused to commit to the run last season, and while Jones struggled to hit the big plays that were expected of him, teammate Marion Barber, a volume runner, never got anything going. Jones averaged nearly a yard more per carry, putting up 185/800/1 on the ground compared to Barber’s 113/374/4. It seemed likely that the Cowboys would cut ties with Barber and allow Tashard Choice to see a more prominent role, but that’s far from a guarantee. Instead, we could see a similar rotation to last season, with Jones getting the most carries but not carrying a full load. And the talented Choice could end up watching from the bench again.

Quick Hits

  • The Rams will not hire a new QB coach, instead opting to have new OC Josh McDaniels handle the tutelage of young QB Sam Bradford.
  • About 40 media members were on hand at Swope Park on Wednesday to watch Bengal WR Chad Ochocinco struggle in his first day of tryouts with Sporting Kansas City of the MLS.

-Matt Brown

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