Coach Mike Pettine hasn’t closed the book on the competition that has captivated Cleveland and the NFL, despite naming Brian Hoyer the starter for Monday in Washington.
"All of our options are still on the table," Pettine said Friday regarding a Week 1 starter.
Captivated? Come on. That has to be a beat writer word there. While the novelty of Johnny Manziel is still there to a certain extent, the knowledgeable football fan and savvy fantasy owner know a bunch of lip service is what's coming out of Cleveland right now. With such limited complementary personnel, the Browns have no intention of throwing Johnny Football to the wolves. At least not in the first few weeks of the season. Maybe there's a quarterback change later on down the road, but only if Hoyer gets hurt or plays so poorly that a change is immediately warranted. Then, of course, there's Rex Grossman now, so that further complicates the situation.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Jose Reyes has been traded to the Colorado Rockies.
Reyes is going to the Rockies along with prospects in the trade sending Troy Tulowitzki to Toronto. While going to Coors Field is always good for a hitter, Reyes will now bat in a depleted lineup with the pitcher in front of him. He is still a top-five fantasy shortstop when healthy, but this trade is not likely to provide a huge boost to his fantasy value. There is also a pretty decent chance Reyes is traded again, which could hurt his fantasy value even further. Analysis: Steve Pimental
The Astros remain in pursuit of Tyson Ross.
Any trade would be borderline disastrous for Tyson Ross's fantasy value, but going to the American league would only make things worse. Ross has walked 4.18 batters per nine innings this season, and it is doubtful he could get away with that outside of PETCO Park. If you own Ross, it may be worth it to try to trade him now. Analysis: Steve Pimental