Dynasty-Fantasy Football Offseason Notes, Rumors, Musings (5/13/2019)
Throughout May and into the summer, 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…
-- Two impactful contract disputes to watch…both could have huge fantasy, NFL, and handicapping impacts… Jalen Ramsey and Chris Harris – arguably, two of the best 2-5 corners in the game.
You hear some chatter about them wanting new deals, and that chatter can get lost in the sea of players wanting new deals…but these guys know how valuable they are. Arguably more valuable to an NFL team than any position/player besides the franchise QB. They deserve demand bigger contracts, but both of their current teams are pushing back (as teams tend to do in the negotiation stage).
I’m not sure either situation is going to end well for their current teams…
The future downfall of the Jaguars will be the fact that modern day/star/non-grinder players have no real interest/loyalty in playing for football curmudgeons Doug Marrone or Tom Coughlin…and Ramsey has drawn the wrath of Coughlin a few times. Ramsey will be fine with a monster deal from Jacksonville…or walking when free agency hits and going to get his mega-deal elsewhere. The Jags are wary of paying Ramsey because he’s a loudmouth who may get even mouthier when they dump $50M+ guaranteed on him. However, he’s the best player the Jaguars have.
My read on the situation is – the Jaguars would be willing to trade him, and that they’d rather move him and not pay him a monster deal…but also know their current fortunes are tied to Ramsey. They hate being held up by Jalen…and Jalen knows it. Team management would like to play 2019 out and see how it goes (the Jags have him locked up through 2020)…but Ramsey will take that as an insult and that could lead to bigger issues. The odds are, the Jags do nothing and this is a major showdown for 2020 offseason…like a perpetual franchise tag fight a la Le’Veon Bell.
Chris Harris is not public attention-seeking, like Ramsey…he just wants what he deserves. The Broncos explored trading him this offseason, supposedly. I would have thought the Broncos would have taken care of this by now…but, instead, they are digging in their heels (Harris is a free agent after this season). There’s a new coach, new D-C…Harris may not have the leverage with the new staff.
Let’s just say Ramsey and Harris both sit out (they won’t, but just for the sake of conversation) 2019 season…
Impact of them sitting out for NFL purposes…
The Jags are no longer a top five NFL defense, and the Broncos hope of being a top five defense goes out the window. Jacksonville and Denver are not favorites to win their division as it is, but they are sleepers to do so in 2019…but without Ramsey or Harris, they’d have almost no shot at the playoffs.
Impact for Fantasy…
The Jags are not the top 1-2-3 DST prospect in 2019 without Ramsey, and Denver loses its top five DST potential. With Ramsey and Harris, you could argue possible #1 DST overall aspirations for DEN or JAX…but without them playing, forget it.
No Ramsey in the AFC North helps boost Andrew Luck and his WRs, and Deshaun Watson and his WRs (and no one cares about Tennessee’s nonexistent passing game). IND and HOU passing game things take a big step forward if Ramsey is gone. The Jags would still have A.J. Bouye, but without the Ramsey-Bouye duo…the risk of QBs/offenses getting totally shutdown by the Jags goes away.
No Harris for Denver, and that’s huge for all the AFC West #1 WRs…Antonio Brown gets a big boost, as would Tyreek Hill (if he plays), and good news for Keenan Allen.
The Ramsey and Harris situations are massive stories that fly under the radar right now because ‘who cares about cornerbacks whining about money?’…football sites are rather talking about how great their team’s undrafted free agent RBs and WRs might be, and worried about what the latest front office drama is to stir up, and not paying as much attention to the massive ordeal/opportunities that could happen if Ramsey and/or Harris could be moving from their current teams/could be acquired.
If Harris gets traded, the more likely of the two to get traded, he could make an middle-tier NFL team an instant contender…it could be the push sleeper DST needs to become a top five fantasy threat…and his arrival will hit all the opposing #1 WRs on his new team’s schedule. It’s a big deal. Imagine if he’s traded for by Green Bay or the LA Rams (ex-Wade Phillips guy/the Rams always seem to figure these things out lately), etc.?
Two huge situations to monitor this entire offseason.
-- Two minor transactions that caught my attention the last 48 hours or so…
1) The Lions already cut UDFA rookie 6’8” TE prospect Donald Parham…which puts his deep sleeper hopes into an even deeper sleep. Never good when UDFA’s are cut within a month of getting a shot.
2) The Eagles signed Cody Kessler. I don’t care about ‘camp arms’, there’s a million camp arms. Wasting time on Kessler is another sign that I don’t get anything the Eagles are doing in personnel lately. I just have a bad-bad feeling about Philly this year, and ahead. Fortunately, for them, they play in the personnel-move challenged NFC East. A lot of grace/bad moves they can get away with there.
The last time I felt weird about Philly’s roster, Nick Foles came in and won them a Super Bowl.
Nick’s not there no more…
-- One training camp note…Arizona started their rookie camp, and the most likely story you’ve seen about it is Kyler Murray and his shoes/feet hurting. However, my biggest takeaway from talking with contacts and looking through the info – Andy Isabella is the talk of camp from the players, coaches, local media…while Hakeem Butler and KeeSean Johnson got minor, polite attention.
The ‘chatter’ is all with Isabella right now, for whatever that is worth.
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