The NFL continues to exhibit a serious case of ADHD.
Every time you think it is safe to focus a little attention on fantasy baseball, the NFL sucks us back in with its never-ending rollercoaster story lines. Evening opening weekend for MLB? NFL crashes the party with a blockbuster Donovan McNabb trade to the Redskins.
And now …
Santonio Holmes, the Steelers receiver, continues to see his value plummet. Concerns about Ben Roethlisberger aside, Holmes has been dealing with his own legal troubles. Now, he’s facing a four-game suspension allegedly for drug-related issues. The story hasn’t come into focus totally yet, but suspicions are that he failed a drug test or missed one. Holmes has a history with Mary Jane … the marijuana version. Sad to see a young, talented player continue to implode like this. His fantasy value is definitely on shaky ground at the moment … making one wonder if he is suddenly a buy-low candidate in dynasty leagues, or a guy you should steer clear of. For the time being, I’m leaning towards the latter.
Ben Roethlisberger’s situation suddenly looks positive again. Earlier Friday, there were rumors circulating that he could be indicted in his recent sexual allegation case. Now, however, it seems the charges will miraculously disappear and he could be walking away from another potential train wreck … or perhaps a motorcycle crash in his case … somewhat unscathed. Let’s hope he uses sound judgement moving forward and keeps himself out of potentially damaging situations.
Marshawn Lynch wants out of Buffalo. Can’t say I’d blame him. Can’t say I’d blame the Bills for wanting to get rid of him. It is looking more and more likely that he’ll wind up elsewhere for opening day, and considering his talent and young age, he could be a sleeper RB to target in dynasty leagues. All the recent news blurbs and rumors about him recently, however, don’t name teams that may ante up for his services. I previously thought the Eagles seemed like a good fit before they snagged Mike Bell. Then again, news recently surfaced that the Eagles are looking to trade Mike Vick again. The Bills allegedly want player compensation moreso than draft picks for Lynch. The timing of all this a coincidence? San Diego also seems like a potential destination for a big back like Lynch to complement a speedy Darren Sproles. Where do you think he winds up? Let us know below and we can see together … likely within the next several weeks.
As I mentioned, Michael Vick may be back on the block, and I don’t blame the Eagles for wanting to shed his contract. There are plenty of teams who could use some assistance at QB. The Rams and Bills are two frontrunners, I’d suppose. The Seahawks must want something more … right?
Of course, if a team wants an experienced QB, than Jason Campbell may be the best choice. Odd man out now that McNabb is in Washington, Campbell will likely move before too long. Again, the Bills, Rams and Seahawks would seem as potential suitors. I thought he’d wind up in Arizona before th e Cardinals took a chance on Derek Anderson.
Brandon Marshall seems to be staying pat for now. The issue isn’t Marshall’s abilities, but more the Broncos asking price … a first-round pick. Call me crazy, but I think I’d invest one in him considering the talent he’s flashed and his experience in the league. Sure there’s baggage, but who doesn’t have baggage these days? I wonder if the Miami Dolphins, the original team I thought would snag Marshall, make a move for the receiver?
Ever see the movie “What about Bob?” Well, I want to know … what about Brian, as in Brian Westbrook. The last of the “veteran” running backs still on the market, there isn’t any word on where he potentially winds up. I have my money on Minnesota, but time will tell.
Did you hear that Jason Taylor is allegedly close to signing with the Jets? Like the Jets need another defensive juggernaut. If the Jets aren’t the No. 1 ranked fantasy defense heading into this season, I’d be very, very surprised.
Wait … someone wants to know about Vincent Jackson? Yes, there are rumors that he may also be dealt during the offseason. But the Chargers already are a team in flux … I can’t see them moving another offensive weapon, especially one of Jackson’s abilities. My guess is that he plays for the Bolts in 2010 and beyond.
What is your opinion on the NFL offseason rumor mill? We’d love to hear your comments below.