Fantasy Football Cut-N-Go: Greg Camarillo Traded to Vikings
On the surface, this trade looks like it may not mean much, but deep-league fantasy owners are undoubtedly loving the move. Camarillo faced a logjam at WR in Miami, with Brian Hartline and Davone Bess looking like the best two options to join Brandon Marshall in the starting lineup.
In Minnesota, Camarillo faces virtually no competition for the No. 3 role. In front of him on the depth chart is Bernard Berrian, who is no lock to remain No. 2 for any length of time. Last season, Berrian caught 55 balls for 618 yards and four TDs. Rice had 83 receptions for 1,312 yards and eight TDs. Combine those numbers, and you get 1,930 yards and 12 TDs.
I can see Harvin picking up about 330 yards if Rice were to miss the entire year. I also think Camarillo could wind up splitting the rest of those stats evenly with Berrian, even if he doesn't overtake him for the starting job. That would lead to a 800-yard, five-TD season, much better than what Camarillo was facing in Miami.
Standard league drafters will want to avoid the No. 2/No. 3 situation in Minnesota -- I'd still go with late-round sleepers Mike Williams, Jabar Gaffney and Legedu Naanee over either Vikings WR -- but deep-league owners will be looking for any considerable playing time they can get. Mark Camarillo down as a quality WR4/WR5 on your cheat sheet in those 16-team leagues.
Daniels cleared to practice, great mid-round fantasy pick
The Texans will be welcoming tight end Owen Daniels back to practice next week, to the delight of fantasy owners. The talented tight end posted 40 receptions for 519 yards and five TDs last year with Matt Schaub in only half a season's worth of games. If he can go the full 16 this year, you're looking at potential No. 1 TE overall value. Daniels is being drafted in the eighth round in recent days, and that's definitely a price you want to pay for the upside.
Thomas suffers setback at practice, undraftable
Demaryius Thomas dealt the Broncos a scare when he suffered a setback upon returning to practice, and it appeared he could have a stress fracture on his left foot. Thankfully for Broncos fans, that scenario has been ruled out, according to the Denver Post. However, Thomas has fallen so far behind in his rookie season that I think this will wind up being a wasted year. Owners in standard re-draft leagues should avoid him altogether in drafts at this point. Gaffney and Eddie Royal are your fantasy relevant Broncos receivers.
Schilens has knee surgery, Murphy's stock rising
Chaz Schilens entered the year as a deep sleeper in fantasy drafts, thanks to a Week 17 game against Baltimore where he caught eight passes for 99 yards and a score. The general consensus was that if any receiver was going to emerge in the Raiders offense, it would be him. Unfortunately, Schilens is now out indefinitely after having arthroscopic knee surgery. He's now undraftable, and the biggest winner is Louis Murphy, who replaces Schilens as the Raiders' most talented tight end. Murphy is worth no more than a late-round flier.
IDP alert: Jaguars strong safety
In a position battle article on Jaguars.com, Vic Ketchman states that Anthony Smith "is thought to have a hold on the starting strong safety job." As such, Smith makes for a great late target in IDP leagues. If he can keep the strong safety position locked down all season, he could be a DB2 in leagues that split individual defensive players into separate positions.
Mathews gets nosebleeds
Ryan Mathews has suffered from chronic nosebleeds for quite a while and finally underwent a procedure to stop them this week. This has no fantasy impact, but I bring it up to let you know that his fantasy stock is so high, that dude is getting nosebleeds! I picked him up early in the second round of both my recent drafts (main league and FanHouse league), pairing him with Randy Moss in each instance.