Fantasy Football Stock Report: The Jets and Ryan Fitzpatrick are at a standoff

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After Brandon Marshall mentioned that Ryan Fitzpatrick has not returned his texts ‘in weeks,’ it looks like Fitz is also giving the Jets the silent treatment. It’s surprising that after Fitzpatrick, he has transformed himself into an important QB, but after tossing 31 touchdowns and racking up almost 4,000 yards through the air, he has the leverage over the team. After the Jets signed Muhammed Wilkerson to a long-term deal, which freed up cap space, one would have to believe that a deal with Fitz will be agreed upon before training camp. If a deal does not get done, then Geno Smith will kill the fantasy stocks of Marshall, Eric Decker and Matt Forte.

“If Gordon is reinstated after he’s eligible to apply on Aug. 1, the Browns will sit down with him and assess where he’s at. Hue Jackson has said everyone will begin with a clean slate and that includes Gordon. Jackson will look him in the eyes and try to determine if he’s as committed as he needs to be. I’m guessing that Jackson will be surprised by Gordon, who’s nothing like his public persona.”

Mary Kay Cabot, Cleveland Plain Dealer

Hopefully Fuhrer Goodell does the right thing (for once) and reinstates Josh Gordon. If there is one thing that Robert Griffin does well, it is throwing the deep ball, and Gordon has the ability to make plays downfield. Griffin, Gordon and Corey Coleman, all former Art Briles recruits, should have a pretty good rapport with one another, and if you add Duke Johnson to the mix, then they could have an exciting offense that could put up points (that was weird to say). Unlike Gordon’s bro, Johnny Manziel, Gordon actually has proven himself in the league, so let’s get him back on the field.

“The Titans plan to put [DeMarco] Murray to work, and they’ve love how he’s handled himself over the last few months. Murray has looked good on the field, and he’s also spoken up and provided leadership. The expectation is he’ll return to form in 2016, and be the team’s workhorse in the backfield.”

Jim Wyatt, Titans Online

Is DeMarco Murray actually a top running back, or was he a product of the Cowboys system and offensive line? He struggled mightily in Philly before being traded to the Titans and has dealt with injury problems throughout his career. Murray will get a shot as the Titans lead-back, but there’s a reason why they took Alabama’s Derrick Henry in the second-round. Expect Henry to get short-yardage and goal line carries early on, but if Murray struggles, Henry has the talent to overtake the former Cowboy star. Murray will be over-drafted and we are staying far away from him.

It looks like Spencer Ware and not Charcandrick West, will be the auto-handcuff for Jamaal Charles owners. If we learned anything from last season, it was whoever plays running back in KC will succeed if Charles goes down. If he Charles re-injures his knee or gets hurt again, Ware will become a pretty good RB2 option.

Not Strictly Fantasy:

  • Look for a time-share system between old man Matt Forte, Bilal Powell and Khiry Robinson
  • After an early injury, Sammy Watkins claims I’m ‘right where I need to be’
  • After signing with the ‘fins, Arian Foster expects to be used heavily in the passing game
  • Have you ever heard of T.J. Jones? Me neither, but the Lions expect him to breakout in ’16
  • The ‘Skins aren’t as high on Kirk Cousins as we are
  • Unfortunately, Jaylon Smith‘s recovery is sort of blah and undetermined.



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