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After spending some time trying to trade DeSean Jackson, the Eagles released him last Friday. A statement followed that the Eagles were concerned with “Jackson’s continued association with reputed Los Angeles street gang members…”. Because I guess the last seven seasons wasn’t enough time to know what they had. During that span, Jackson’s tenure was both equally sweet and sour. (And you don’t know the sweet unless you’ve tasted the sour. Something-something wax poetic.) There were questions about his work ethic, wanting a new contract after just receiving one, multiple reports of being a clubhouse distraction, and some really horrendous drops. But he also had a collection of highlight catches and some epic games, including his punt return touchdown to beat the Giants back in 2010. He was also coming off a career-best season with 82 catches for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns. But it’s clear Chip Kelly wants his guys, and Jackson wasn’t one of them. Riley Cooper is. Which seems like a double-standard, since he’s the Grand Wizard of his gang…

There’s a lot of Aaron Hernandez‘s name being thrown around, which seems silly. One is not the other. And while most of the media expects a hesitant market, the Washington Football Team has already reached out to Jackson and will meet later today. There are other teams interested, including Carolina, which makes sense. You’d think that having at least one receiver before the start of the season would be an idea worth exploring. The fantasy implications are interesting, as signing with the Redskins or Panthers could keep his value stable, but going to the Raiders, Jets, or Bills would be leave us with a collective ‘meh, no thanks’. Come to think of it, going to the Giants makes a lot of sense too, since, you know, they wear blue. HUURRR.

Miscellaneous…

Knowshon Moreno has officially signed with the Miami Dolphins, which marks the end of both Moreno’s production being augmented by one of the best regular season offenses in modern history and Lamar Miller‘s fantasy relevance. Just kidding! Miller had no fantasy relevance. The big question is: Can Moreno have another 1,000 yard, 60-catch season? Here’s my two-word answer: Ryan Tannehill.

– Reports are surfacing (because they’re submarines I guess?) that Chris Johnson will be released from the Titans at some point this week. Like Jackson, he had been on a trade block for a while, but no one pays eight million for running backs nowadays. There are already rumblings that Johnson could end up in Atlanta, which would help his value. Though, Steven Jackson might serve as a cautionary tale.

Marice Jones-Drew is now a Raider, and after the last two season’s he’s had in Jacksonville, maybe a change of scenery was needed. Even if that scenery will shoot, stab, and mug you in between the “Welcome to Oakland” sign and the “Thanks for Visiting Oakland” sign. I doubt he’ll ever return to averaging 318 carries (2009-2011) or rushing for 1,606 yards (2011), and the fact that his potential foot and ankle injuries now have to dodge bullets… But if he can have some semblance of health, there are certainly worse RB2’s out there.

LeGarrette Blount has signed on with the Steelers as depth for Le’Veon Bell. Another 700-ish yard season is possible, and it’ll be interesting to see if Mike Munchak’s zone-blocking scheme can help the run game.

  1. Fantasy with Dase or Days

    Fantasy with Dase or Days says:
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    Unfortunately, the sleeper/handcuff appeal of Latavius Murray behind a Darren McFadden, who has missed a total of 10 games over the last two years but has produced 66 total yards with .36 touchdowns (those are RB2 #s in standard (Non-PPR) scoring) , is no longer appealing with the adding of MJD to the Oakland Raiders backfield.

    With Blount now in a Steelers uniform, he looks to hold insurance value for Le’Veon Bell owners.

    As for the New England Patriots backfield this seems to be good news for Steven Ridley, but he does put the football on the ground. In the last two years, he has a total of eight fumbles (yikes!). Also, hopefully more carries for Shane Vereen, in his first four games, he had at least 10 carries in three games but in the final four games, he had a total of nine carries.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Fantasy with Dase or Days: Yeah, real bummer that Murray got buried that quickly. Though, lot of injury risk with those two…

  2. Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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    Jay: While I sat yapping on RB. I ignored my team. Look at the time line of changes for proof!!! Henderson gone – poof

    I could and should have had K-Rod. Blink an eye in the Twitter Age of F Sports and you are on the outside looking in.. This applies to FF as well.

    First come – first served, free agency, must be done away with in fantasy on line games. They have become a techno driven game IMO . People have lives to live.

    Without change, I think, there is a real market for total fantasy online team management. There will always be those amongst who want to win regardless of all else – the moral mouthbreathers. Do the math, there are millions to be made.

    I can only assume, the Lidless Eye probably has his techno orcs working on this in his forges of fantasy darkness found in the caverns deep below RazzBall Towers as I write you about this very issue.

    The darkness is spreading.

  3. Fantasy with Dase or Days

    Fantasy with Dase or Days says:
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    The Washington Redskins have signed DeSean Jackson. This is a downgrade for all major offensive players (Garçon, Jackson & Reed) in the passing game. This also does not spell good for Andre Roberts and his ability to be fantasy relevant. The one player that does benefit is the quarterback, Robert Griffin III.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Fantasy with Dase or Days: yup, I’ll be covering this tomorrow. I don’t think it really affects the dynamic too much. But is certainly a boon for RGIII.

      • Fantasy with Dase or Days

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        @Jay: Nice! I would say we are going to see a noticeable drop in targets for Garçon and Reed.

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