It seems like the more we see of Greg Jennings in the media, the less news there actually is about him concerning football. Last year his owners got to see his believe in your smellf campaign more than they got to see him on the football field as he only played in 8 games in 2012. It was like the exact oppostite of Bader-Meinhoff Syndrome (real thing) as his owners started a Go F@#$ Your Smellf campaign (not a real thing) in protest of his absence. Then at the start of free agency and even leading up to it, Greg Jennings talking on ESPN was more commonplace than Greg Jennings actually signing as it took until most of the rumored suitors had moved on with another player before he ‘picked’ the Vikings for a 5 year deal. Honestly, this was a desperation play on both sides that could benefit the fantasy community quite handsomely. You see, for all the issues with how bad Ponder was last year – and yes make no mistake he was bad and not in a Michael Jackson sort of way – he still produced a top ten caliber wide out before Percy Harvin got hurt and then moved on to the double entendre ‘Evergreen State’ this off-season. There’s no reason to think Jennings can’t still hold value without Aaron Rodgers at the helm. Of course, there IS a question of whether or not he can stay healthy enough to produce as he’s only played 21 games in the last two seasons. In a way too early way to evaluate things, Jennings is looking like a 6th round pick right now and the 27th wide receiver off the board and this is before many mocks have happened with the new locale for him. Something tells me Greg is going to keep slipping which should create a reasonable value when considering volume being a factor. Before losing Harvin to injury, 36% of Ponder’s completions went to Percy. To put that in perspective, of Stafford’s 435 completions, 25% went to Calvin Johnson. Being a big fish in a little pond is a huge boon to fantasy value even if the pond is covered in algae and has the local sewage run-off going into it. If Jennings can stay healthy, he’s going to reward his owners with a WR2 season for a fraction of the cost. Sleeper potential is high here.
Projections: 83 receptions, 1079 receiving yards, 6 total touchdowns
But of course, Jennings signing on Friday wasn’t the only highlight over the weekend. Let’s take a look at the Free Agent moves over the last few days and how they might impact the 2013 fantasy football season…
Dustin Keller - I said last Thursday that he had signed with Miami. Then woke up that morning to find out it wasn’t true and that the talks hadn’t led to any fruition on Wednesday. So I deleted it from the post. Then on Friday they agreed on a deal. And what I said on Thursday was much funnier so I give up. However, I will say Keller carries decent TE sleeper potential for deeper leagues this season.
Brandon Gibson - Seriously, who didn’t sign with the Dolphins last week? Gibson joins the Dolphins, presumably to play 3rd/4th fiddle in that passing offense behind Hartline, Wallace and possibly Keller or Bess. No word on who’ll be playing the stand up bass. Probably not a huge fantasy impact here but if injuries occur, he’ll be a player of interest.
Mike Goodson – The Jets signed the speedster to a 3 year contract that was still less than what the Titans paid to get Shonn Greene as a backup. On that front, they are already better in 2013. Overall, Goodson has good speed but outside of that, I don’t know if he’s an every down back. If I had money in this game, I’d say they’re still going to keep searching for other running back pieces even though I’d love to anoint Bilal Powell the starter.
Brandon Myers - Signed with the Giants on Saturday and is no longer the catch receptacle in the Carson Palmer check down show. Value-wise, he probably moves a bit sideways in PPR leagues. Less meaningless targets but more red zone opportunities. If you wanna know what that means, just ask a Martellus Bennett owner from last year. Tell them Sky sent ya, they’ll understand. BTW, I said ‘catch receptacle’. That’s gonna be a Razzball word for the impending Razzball Football Glossary. I’m trying to get your whistle wet with anticipation, hope it worked!
Brandon Lloyd - Waived by the Patriots after an up and down season that produced 74 catches, 911 yards and at least 50 balls dove for that didn’t need his diving prowess attached to them.
Roy Helu -
Released by the Redskins. Given Alfred Morris’ 11 receptions last year, this one is a bit surprising to me and I’ll be interested to see where he lands. Twitter lies, I tell ya! Heard the rumor on Saturday and I’m not referring to the Bruce Willis’ daughter who has – how can I put this delicately – the worst parts of both parents. Ever wondered what Bruce would look like if he had Demi Moore’s eyes? Seriously, this is worse those ‘what would their baby look like’ photoshop mashups they do on tv…
Elvis Dumervil - I haven’t been covering defensive moves because we have our IDP man Kevin Kumpf who’ll be all over it like hair on top of a Hobbit’s foot but seriously, a fax machine? Really? I tried texting Dumervil’s agent about it but his rotary phone didn’t have the capability of handling it.