Giants sign J.D. Walton
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Pierre Thomas still Fantasy relevant
Thomas was the No. 23 running back in standard leagues in 2013, and he led all running backs with 77 catches. Now that Darren Sproles is expected to be released, Thomas could be even more of a factor in the passing game.
Sproles was fourth among running backs with 71 receptions, and Thomas will almost excusively play on passing downs for the Saints over Khiry Robinson and Mark Ingram. Don't go overboard and expect 100-plus catches for Thomas, but he should have the chance for 80-plus based on Sean Payton's offense.
Along with Thomas' rushing totals -- he's had 100-plus carries for three consecutive seasons -- he should be able to replicate last year's 1,000-total yard campaign with five touchdowns. He makes for a solid No. 3 Fantasy running back in standard leagues and a low-end No. 2 option in PPR formats.
And if Robinson or Ingram fail to deliver on rushing downs, then Thomas could be a nice steal with a mid- to late-round pick.
Jeff Linkenbach signs with Chiefs
Free agent guard/tackle
Chiefs land linebacker Joe Mays
Emmanuel Sanders to check out Buccaneers next
Gus Bradley: Toby Gerhart could get 15-20 touches regularly
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Lions passing game gets better
Start with Tate, who is coming off a career year in 2013 with 64 catches for 898 yards and five touchdowns in Seattle. He has been stifled by the Seahawks run-heavy offense the past two years with Russell Wilson, but all that is about to change.
This should be his first chance for a 1,000-yard season, and he should score at least six touchdowns. I like Tate as a No. 3 receiver in all leagues with a mid-round pick.
As for Stafford, this gives him another playmaker, which is key. Johnson is the best receiver in the NFL, and Reggie Bush and Joique Bell are solid out of the backfield. Joseph Fauria is a sleeper tight end, but Tate adds another dimension to this passing game.
Put Stafford back on your list as a Top 5 quarterback, and I would draft him as early as Round 4 after the Top 3 come off the board in Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees.
Jags hosting Ziggy Hood
Free agent defensive lineman
Emmanuel Sanders happy with Jaguars' visit
Free agent receiver
Browns release veteran QB Jason Campbell
Earlier Wednesday the team announced the release of Brandon Weeden.
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December 18, 2013
Fantasy Football Today: Early Look -- Round 2 (12/18) (9:02)