In case you’ve been on vacation or have not had time to check in with the latest dynasty football impact news, we’re here to help. Here are some headlines from this week and what they mean for dynasty owners:
Breshad Perriman suffers partially torn ACL
This is just horrible news for Perriman, who has yet to see the field in the NFL. The Ravens contend that the injury will not require surgery and he will see the field in 2016. While that may be true, with zero out of two training camps participated in do we really think he’s ready to explode on the field in the NFL? I doubt it, and so should you. If you own him, there is probably not much you can do but sell low (which is never a good thing) or sit and wait it out, but he may not be remotely fantasy viable until 2017 the earliest.
Saints remove two-gaping from playbook
Two gap concepts for a D-line, whether it’s in a 3-4 or 4-3 defense, are more read and react concepts. By eliminating these the Saints are basically saying they want Sheldon Rankins and Nick Fairley to take a gap and push up field. This is great news for both players and if you’re in an IDP league using DTs, Rankins is a great low round rookie draft pick candidate.
Steve Smith not sure of timetable for return
When asked, he said, “I don’t know when I’m coming back. I just know i have to be able to do something in training camp to be able to play. That’s just the way I operate. I can’t go from doing absolutely nothing [and] sitting on my butt for all of training camp and then go out there and play.” Being that he’s 37 years old there is really no dynasty value here. My point for bringing this up is that with the news above it puts “super sleeper” label on Kamar Aiken as Mike Wallace is the bigger name but Aiken is the more well rounded WR and proved his worth last year. Both are more important now heading into the season. Aiken could be a late round gem.
Blake Martinez working with first-team defense
Martinez may start the year as a sub-package nickel LB but this news confirms for me that if he plays well in training camp he’ll end the year as a starter. GB doesn’t invest much in their ILB corp so Martinez being a fourth rounder is about as high a pick as they have in that position. Jake Ryan was also a fourth round pick and Sam Barrington was a seventh rounder. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Martinez and Ryan in the middle moving foward.
Reshad Jones ends hold out
Dolphin fans like myself breath a sigh of relief! Jones had no real leverage but at least now we know from an IDP perspective he will be on the field in 2016. He’s was the top IDP (not just safety) performer last year and at least a top 5 safety finish should be in order, lest injuries occur.
Tajae Sharpe ahead of Dorial Green-Beckham
This is huge news if it holds up as we all know the athleticism that DGB brings to the table. If Sharpe is better at the little things coming out of college and makes a role for himself in this developing offense, he’s a great sleeper candidate heading into rookie drafts.
Pete Carroll “Absolutely” expects Rawls and Graham for week 1
It’s good to hear Carroll talking these guys up, though with injuries like these that take six months or more to heal and guys don’t participate in training camp, it’s hard to expect elite numbers on the field. Particularly for Rawls, who showed great potential last season, if he’s limited early in the year and Alex Green and/or CJ Prosise carve out a role, a dreaded RBBC could break out here. Yuk!