Dynasty-Fantasy Football Offseason Notes, Rumors, Musings (6/10/2019) *Extra Analysis
Throughout June and through the preseason, we’ll be dropping Dynasty-Fantasy notes every day or two as we have some things of interest, rumors, etc., to talk about.
*Writing them on the fly, forgive any errors…
Some additional tidbits from OTA discussions I’ve had the past week or so…ones I thought you might find interesting…
-- Seattle Seahawks items…
Tyler Lockett is clearly working as/looking like the #1 WR…in the slot and all over. He has become Doug Baldwin+.
Don’t let the Jaron Brown hysterics fool you. He is doing well, but he was always a solid WR. This is no surprise – he seems to be a better preseason WR than regular season, but he is fine. The twist on this is…the Brown hype could be somewhat by management to push D.K. Metcalf, who apparently needs a kick in the pants…or so they think. I wonder if it’s just they thought they bought a Lamborghini (in Metcalf) but didn’t realize it was Ford Mustang that cannot catch the ball very well on interior routes.
Do believe the Rashaad Penny hype. Chris Carson is out which is forcing Seattle to see Penny as the #1 RB all preseason and they cannot deny what they see. The problem is Pete Carroll is a bit of a loon on some players and is unnaturally attached to Carson. Unsure how this plays out for Week 1, but the locker room knows the future is Penny, and the future is now. Penny someday, but still sketchy for Week 1.
-- When the Cardinals took a break for the Memorial Day holiday weekend – Andy Isabella stayed at the facilities all weekend/holiday working on his route running (the only WR who was there potentially, not gotten confirmation that). Just an interesting aside about the man/the worker we have ranked pretty highly in Dynasty Rookie Drafts.
-- Two names people shared with me that they say that their teams are getting a little giddy about after seeing them this summer…
(1) The Texans are starting to believe D’Onta Foreman could help them ‘up’ their running game. Likely a split starter in reverence to Lamar Miller for Week 1, but by midseason it could be Foreman is their guy with Miller in a 60-40 supporting role.
But the more interesting part, for FF, if Foreman looks ready – the Texans will axe Miller (due to make $7M this year but only costs $1M to cut) and then add a veteran RB to go with Foreman as lead dog. Foreman is moving into position to be a shock Week 1 lead back and skyrocket to a top 15 RB in redraft preseason rankings…maybe. He’s still getting back to normal from the Lisfranc, and we don’t know if he has found, or will find, normal again.
(2) The Jags are really over the moon with how savvy Josh Oliver has been as a receiver. The Jags need blocking TEs for this offense, and Oliver is learning that as he goes…but they didn’t realize how good a technical receiver Oliver is.
-- Some interesting Parris Campbell news from OTAs, for those who have been buying in early or are planning too/considering it…
In OTAs, the news on Campbell is EXACTLY what you want to hear for fantasy purposes…
He’s ‘lining up all over’, which is becoming a cliché, but you want him in several spots not just pigeonholed as the deep ball, speed guy. He’s working a lot of slot early.
Even better…he’s taking various jet sweeps right away – the Colts seem to have instant plans for Campbell and are not just talking about his speed but trying to activate it. 1-2 jet sweeps a game would be huge for him for fantasy.
You know they are taking Campbell seriously, and liking what they see, because he is also working out as a kick and punt returner too. He was off and on used as a kick returner in college as a sophomore and junior, but never a punt returner…even though he looked like he would be perfect for that work. The Colts are taking looks at him there.
The amount of instant respect and variations of how they are looking to use him are very encouraging.
-- From my Tennessee contact… The team is somewhat stunned by Alex Barnes. They knew he had the nice Combine numbers, but they didn’t realize how strong a runner he was, but most taken aback by what a nice receiver he is out of the backfield. They realized they have something but aren’t planning on needing him for 2019, so they will try to keep him under wraps potentially to hide him to get him on the practice squad without challenge.
-- I was listening to Mike Davis speak the other day. He exuded confidence about how talented the Bears backfield is, how much he loves the playbook, yada, yada.
But what I was struck by was how his talk was all about him and Tarik doing this or that. If I am reading Davis right, and maybe he’s delusional, he thinks he’s starting with Cohen a la Howard-Cohen 2018. There was no consideration or talk of David Montgomery aside from him saying they have a lot of talent in the backfield. Davis spoke like Montgomery didn’t exist in many parts of the Q&A.