Training Camp Notes: July 27th
July 28, 2016 | Ian Goldsmith
Stop all of the whining from the back seats, kids, because we have finally arrived at our destination. Though not all teams report until Saturday, there has been enough movement to get excited about camp. So, let’s get started, shall we?
The New York J-E-T-S opened their camp on Wednesday. Perhaps more important for their season’s hopes, however, was the signing of Ryan Fitzpatrick to a 1-year, $12 million deal, which, according to Rotoworld, carries $3 million in incentives. That’s right, the 48th-level Wonderlic Magician will be spending his days toiling for a team that has no chance of winning the Super Bowl. To be fair, Leicester has proven that nothing is impossible, but this is the Jets we are talking about after all. Still, fantasy owners will probably be better off with Fitz under center. He certainly makes mistakes at times, but his consistency is much more tolerable than that of Geno Smith. Well, not much more tolerable. His 1.26 turnovers per game in his career is less than Geno’s 1.35, but certainly not something to be excited about. Take solace, Jets fans; at least your QB situation has not been as historically bad as Cleveland’s. With Fitz’s incredible arm strength to guide them, Matt Forte and Bilal Powell will have 100+ combined catches coming their way in 2016, barring injury.
Though the Chiefs don’t report until Friday, there is plenty of news swirling in the air around St. Joseph, MO. Eric Berry will reportedly be sitting out training camp as he and the Chiefs were unable to come to a contract extension before the mid-July deadline. As a Chiefs fan, to say I’m upset at the front office is an understatement. Berry is the heartbeat of his club. He is a survivor, All-Pro, and all around incredible leader in KC. If not the best safety in the game, he is one of the top few. He deserves to get paid more than his franchise tag (anyone else out there hate franchise tags?). I’d be sitting out, too, if I were him. In other KC news, the Chiefs will be without Jamaal Charles and Justin Houston. The former may be back at some point during preseason, but I personally see no reason to risk it. Save him for Week 1. Houston, on the other hand, will miss all of camp and has a very good chance of starting the season on the PUP list. I’d rather see him healthy than rushed back too soon. If that means he doesn’t play a snap this season, then so be it. IDP dynasty owners of Houston may cringe, but in fantasy we should always remember that these are real people, and their health and well-being comes first and foremost.
The QB Merry-Go-Round in Denver started spinning when the Superb Owl’s clock struck 0 and hasn’t stopped since. The defending champions opened camp on Wednesday, but according to John Elway the team has basically no idea who will be under center when they open up their season against Carolina on September 8th. Will it be rookie Paxton Lynch, former Northwestern standout Trevor Siemian, or the one and only Mark Sanchez? Let’s just say, no matter who wins out, we are unlikely to see the Broncos repeat as champions this season. I say that, yet Vegas still has their odds at winning in February as roughly 16 to 1. Their defense is that good. Scary good. So good, in fact, that they were able to use a noodle-arm at QB and still win it all. Damn it. I’m not bitter. Not bitter at all.
Jeremy Langford entered camp this season nearly a stone heavier than last season. I have no idea whether it will hinder or help him, but the added weight certainly is unlikely to help with quickness. Either way, the fantasy RB situation in Chicago is pretty bleak at the moment. While Langford may get the majority of touches in the backfield, it is by no mans a certainty. It’s looking more and more like it will be an RBBC. Who doesn’t love a good old RBBC?! Ugh. Langford is currently the 22nd RB off the board in both standard and PPR leagues, according to the FantasyPros consensus ADP.
Speaking of weight, Packers RB Eddie Lacy is well below his playing weight from last season, though still a bit above where he should be, according to the Milwaukie Journal-Sentinel. I am personally very high on Lacy this year and think he has the potential to be a top-6 RB this season. Fantasy owners are fairly high on a comeback this year as well, as he is currently being drafted as a low-end RB1 across the board.
It is becoming clearer by the day that early Jay Ajayi drafters may soon well be pulling their hair out, if that process hasn’t already started. Arian Foster seems healthy and ready to take the lead role in Miami. The window to get him at a discount in leagues is nearing its end. If you drafted him at a discount before he signed, kudos to you. You may have just won your league, should he stay healthy. Though, a full 16 games may be asking too much.
And finally, a friendly reminder that Le’Veon Bell needs to learn how to act like an adult. Le’Veon, this is not ‘Nam, this is football; there are rules (unless your name is Roger).