With minicamps wrapping up Thursday, NFL news should be rather quiet until training camps kick off in late July. Here are some notable tidbits from the last few days.
Say no to Knowshon
Should you be worried about the St. Louis Rams saying that Zac Stacy will face competition in offseason workouts from the rest of the backs? I wouldn't be. Brian Schottenheimer is using it as lip service to promote hard work from the rest of the running back corps - Benny Cunningham, Tre Mason and Isaiah Pead.
Even ESPN.com's Nick Wagoner tells his readers to take the news with a grain of salt this time of year. Stacy is the clear front-runner in the backfield, and he should be after rushing for 973 yards and eight total touchdowns when he often faced stacked boxes.
Like all teams, the Rams will find ways to mix in the other backs, but Stacy should still be seen as an RB1. Jeff Fisher likes to rely on a main ball carrier, and Stacy is poised to have a better season if Sam Bradford can stay healthy.
When Drew Brees is excited about a new offensive toy, that should perk up the ears of fantasy footballers. Brees specifically is impressed with rookie Brandin Cooks and the possibilities he gives the offense as they look to replace Darren Sproles.
Cooks' versatility at Oregon State last year - he caught 128 passes for 1,730 yards and 16 touchdowns and also ran for 217 yards on 32 carries for another two TDs - shows what kind of talent he is. The short, quick speedster has the skills to present mismatches for opponents, and although he won't immediately produce Sproles-like production, he should be watched.
Brees loves to spread the ball around, and he still has plenty of weapons, so Cooks will likely be boom or bust, and his opportunities to make an impact may be few and far between in his first season. But I like what he has to offer in the Saints' explosive aerial offense, and I'll be looking to add him to give me WR depth with massive upside.
Knowshon Moreno was one of the Miami Dolphins' biggest offseason acquisitions. Fantasy owners won't be nearly as excited as Miami is, though. There is basically nowhere to go but down in terms of offensive production for Moreno after leaving Denver's record-setting offense.
Regardless, he'll probably be overvalued, at least by the casual fantasy football fan. You should know better, even though Lamar Miller has failed to assert himself in his two seasons. Daniel Thomas, yes Daniel Thomas, remains in the mix, too.
Not helping Moreno's stock is an undisclosed injury that's bothered him for weeks and has kept him out of OTAs and minicamp this week. That's not a good start when acclimating to a new organization and a new offense. Even if Moreno returns for training camp and works as the No. 1 back, which I doubt, I'm trying to stay away from him in 2014.
About Keith Hernandez
Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.
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