Fancy fantasy football: Peyton Manning, Michael Turner, etc.

      July 5, 2012 @ 17:25:44 PDT


The news about the condition of Peyton Manning's arm strength should leave his prospective fantasy owners feeling a bit warm and fuzzy. The Denver Broncos' new signal caller may be the front-runner for comeback player.

Folks might be a little too warm and fuzzy for my taste already, though. Michael Lombardi cautions us about what we're likely to see from the 36-year-old passer. Seems like a fair assessment.

I'm afraid that his average cost will say, "The upside is his top-three fantasy QB status of old, and the downside is a few missed contests." I think I'm willing to pick him only when I hear, "I might not play in more than a handful of games, but I could also be a low-end or mid-range QB1."

I think that there are too many quality quarterbacks to believe otherwise.

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We continue to hear about the forecasted decrease in Michael Turner's workload. It's probably fair to expect the fantasy interest in the Atlanta Falcons' 30-year-old rusher to wane as training camp approaches and then unfolds.

At what point would Turner become a value pick? In non-PPR leagues, maybe it's the third or fourth round. I'll probably just steer clear in PPR leagues.

Turner's outlook has probably driven more flier interest in Jacquizz Rodgers, who's an exciting player. But I can't shake my affinity for or imagine that fantasy owners would consistently overlook Jason Snelling, who's also a deft pass-catcher. Plus, he does stuff like this.

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In a Monday appearance on SportsCenter, John Clayton predicted that Maurice Jones-Drew won't be a holdout. The veteran reporter's reasons are logical.

Clayton's argument is prompting me to soften my stance on the Jacksonville Jaguars' RB a little. I'm still not overly enthused about the prospect of drafting him. But if he slips into the second half of the first round (a scenario I don't foresee occurring often), I won't ignore him.

MJD is going to require a lot more personal scrutiny before draft day.

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Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.

The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.

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