Daily Fantasy Football News July 16th
by Michael Pichan (@FantasyNomad)
Arizona coaches and players have been adamant that Carson Palmer’s arm strength is fine. Palmer, they say, can still make every throw, and has demonstrated not only arm strength, but also touch on the deep ball.
Carson Palmer finished 8th in the league in pass attempts and passes completed per game, 9th in completions, and 10th in the league in passing yards. Granted he finished just 15th overall in yard/attempt last year, but with superstar WR Larry Fitzgerald and possible breakout candidate WR Michael Floyd to throw to this year I would expect that number to increase. Palmer's current average ADP has him as the 24th quarterback off the board. I would rather roll the dice with Palmer as my QB2 then some of those ranked higher than him like Eagles Michael Vick or Rams Sam Bradford.
Reports are that Nick Foles outplayed Michael Vick in OTAs and minicamp. Foles got the ball out quicker than Vick, was generally more accurate, and is putting receivers in a better position to get yards after the catch; even more reason to avoid Michael Vick in your Fantasy Drafts this season.
Bengals sign first-round pick Tyler Eifert. Eifert has a ton of upside, from a Fantasy perspective, but unfortunately he landed on a team that already has an established tight end in Jermaine Gersham, thus limiting his Fantasy value to Dynasty Leagues only at the moment.
Bengals sign DE Carlos Dunlap to six-year deal with base value of $40 million. The Bengals have one of the better, arguably underrated, defensive lines in the NFL with Geno Atkins in the middle and Michael Johnson and Carlos Dunlap at the bookends. The Bengals decided to lockup the younger Dunlap (24-years old, two years younger than Johnson). Dunlap struggled with an injury early in the season, missing the first two games, but turned it on late in the season registering four of his seven sacks in the last five weeks of the 2012 season. Dunlap, on average, is the 12th defensive end going off the board, if you miss on him (or prefer to wait) target his teammate Michael Johnson about two rounds later who may play with an extra chip on his shoulder since Dunlap got the extension and he (Michael Johnson) did not.
Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson will play out the season on his $11.175 million tender, as expected. Michael Johnson had a career year in 2012 as he finished tied for 9th in the NFL in sacks with 11.5 and added 52 tackles (35 solos). Johnson is in his prime at the age of 26-years old and is being over-shadowed by some players, with similar production, who have a little more name value like Rams Chris Long or aging veterans Bears Julius Peppers and Cowboys DeMarcus Ware all who are going off the board 15-30 picks before Michael Johnson. So, while others reach for the aforementioned players in your IDP drafts relish in the discount you will get by waiting and taking Johnson, who is likely to put up similar, if not better numbers, as he will be even more motivated this season.
Franchise player Jairus Byrd will not sign a long-term deal with the Buffalo Bills ahead of Monday's 4:00 p.m. ET deadline, reports NFL.com's Albert Breer. Byrd reportedly has designs on becoming the highest-paid safety in the NFL while the Bills are only willing to pay "top 4-5 money." It's easier for the Bills to simply pay the $6.9 million franchise-tag salary while assessing Byrd's fit in Mike Pettine's defense. The contract haggling could linger into training camp, as Byrd is the only tagged player yet to sign his tender.
Byrd will turn just 27-years old at the beginning of October and should be playing with something to prove this season if he indeed wants to become the highest-paid safety, thus maybe he will perform more like he did in 2011 (98 tackles, 75 solos) than 2012 (76 tackles, 53 solos). Byrd is currently the ninth safety off the board, and may be worth that pick as you have to believe the Bills defense will likely be on the field plenty, unless their quarterback miraculously proves naysayers wrong.
The Cleveland Browns are switching from a 4-3 to a 3-4 this season and third-year player Jabaal Sheard will move from defensive end to right outside linebacker.
Sheard had 15.5 sacks in two seasons in the 4-3 and reports are positive that Hes been sharp both mentally and physically, Ray Horton said, but anytime there is a big change in scheme there is usually an adjustment period that often decreases a players production, at least early in the new campaign. One bright spot was that six of Sheard's seven sacks last season came in the last eight weeks, but whether that translates in the move to linebacker seems tough to bet on.
There are only three players in the league who have registered 11 or more sacks in each of the past three seasons. they are Vikings Jared Allen, Cowboys DeMarcus Ware, and the third, and likely surprising player is Seattle's defensive end Chris Clemons.
As eye-popping as this news may seem, there is a chance that Clemons could start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list as he continues to recover from an ACL injury, but reports are he could still be ready to go by the start of the season. You may consider downgrading Clemons some in your IDP drafts based on this news.
Jadeveon Clowney-DE South Carolina
Jadeveon Clowney, the South Carolina defensive end with aspirations for the No. 1 spot in next year's NFL Draft, added another chapter to his legacy on Monday. This time, it was another showcase of incredible speed from the massive lineman. Gamecocks running back Mike Davis shared Clowney's alleged blazing-fast time in the 40-yard dash on Twitter. Clowney reportedly ran a 4.46 40 at the end of summer workouts. Clowney came in sixth in last season's Heisman race after setting school records with 23.5 tackles for loss and 13.0 quarterback sacks. Clowney is a leading candidate to take home the trophy this season, and has an even better chance of being the 1st player selected in next season's NFL Draft.
Michael Pichan is the host of multiple RotoInfo.com Radio Network Shows, frequent guest on Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports channel, contributor of written Fantasy advice and insight for Rotoinfo.com, and FSWA member. If you have any questions or comments feel free to post in comment section and/or e-mail him at email@example.com. Also follow him on Twitter @FantasyNomad for up-to-date Q&A and fantasy information. And check out his New Live Daily League Show: Daily Fantasy Happy Hour every M, T, and F 4-5pm.
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