As you know by now, the longest labor impasse in the history of the NFL is over. Although we were concerned at various stages of the dispute, we were confident that the full 16-game season would be saved, and that’s now the case.
I wrote in February that this lockout would be difficult for us to get through, but that we would get through it, and we’d be ready to go once it was finally over, and that is the case. We’ve been cranking out a lot of content the last few months/weeks, and we’re currently sitting on extensive player profiles on 300+ offensive players.
But we are navigating through uncharted waters, so we’re going to need a little time before we’re ready to roll out key items such as those player profiles. We’re going to sit back and wait to see how free agency – which will kick off on Friday at 6pm goes – and since we think things will happen fast and furiously and have a major impact on the fantasy landscape, we’re going to let that play out before posting our in-depth profiles and some other key items. Of course, we’re standing by ready to break free agency [...]
It looks like this lockout is going to end no later than the end of the month, so it is time to hit the books and prepare for the mayhem that will be ensuing. The following are the top-25 stories I’ll be following once the lockout is lifted. These only cover the skill positions and offensive production, which just goes to show how much uncertainty overall there is in the league right now.
#1 – Will DeAngelo Williams stay or go?
Of course this is a huge story because there will be ripple effects. My money’s on Williams being an UFA and signing with Denver. That would have a huge affect on Jonathan Stewart’s value, and also Knowshon Moreno. We’re told the Denver coaches don’t think Moreno is the guy, and John Fox will make the running game the foundation of the offense, with preferably two RBs sharing the workload. Williams is the perfect option for Fox, who obviously knows him well. If this happens, Moreno should be viewed as a flex starter at best, and Stewart would be a rock solid #2.
#2 – Will the Cardinals get a real QB?
It’s a huge question because WR Larry Fitzgerald’s 2011 season [...]
On Friday night, I was able to speak with Jaguar RB Maurice Jones-Drew on Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports radio, so I figured I would share what he had to say about his injury status.
There have been some reports that there was a “bone-on-bone” issue with his knee, which I actually didn’t ask him about because MJD was pretty darn optimistic on his recovery. And as he said in the interview, he plays fantasy and knows how it is for fantasy players dealing with injuries, so he’s always going to be honest with his status.
Jaguar RB Maurice Jones-Drew told me on 7/1 that he "pretty much" ran for 100+ yards from Weeks 8-13 on one leg.
For one, Jones-Drew said the surgery “wasn’t anything major.” He did say it was a little more than a torn meniscus, and that the doctor’s had to clear up a little more “stuff,” but this was an injury he actually suffered in the summer. He could have had surgery in August and missed some time, but he wanted to play. By midseason or so, it was very problematic, and he told me that he basically played on one leg his final 6-7 games (he went [...]