Bishop Sankey, of the Tennessee Titans, will be the most coveted rookie fantasy football running back in 2014. Mark that down. But perhaps the next in line to capture the attention of fake football enthusiasts will be St. Louis Rams rook Tre Mason.
Geno has the green light
Mason, the former Auburn Tiger and third-round pick of St. Louis, could become a fixture in the Rams' offense in his first year, and he said he was told by coaches yesterday that he'll compete for the starting gig with Zac Stacy. That's probably just lip service, however, since Jeff Fisher said Stacy would be the "70 percent of the carries guy" earlier this offseason.
Mason isn't very fast but is more powerful than his 5-foot-9, 207-pound frame suggests, and he doesn't have much tread on the tires from college. Combined with Stacy, though, Mason can be a nice option to run between the tackles and change up the pace.
He's not a bad late-round speculative add to your fantasy squad as a handcuff to Stacy, if anything. If Stacy isn't doing much, this could become a 50-50 split in touches eventually. Mason could garner flex consideration this year, and he has what it takes to become a starting running back in time.
The New York Jets are trying to divert media attention away from their "quarterback competition." Is there a legitimate QB competition or what? Michael Vick says no, Rex Ryan says yes. After offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg offered his take on the situation yesterday, it's clear that Gang Green prefers to have Geno Smith start over Vick.
Unless Smith tanks in training camp and the preseason or gets injured, Vick will enter Week 1 as the backup. The Jets brought him in to essentially mentor Smith and serve as high-level insurance. Don't let the New York media lead you to believe otherwise.
So what's that mean for fantasy football? Not much. After last year, nobody should want any piece of Smith, not even as a QB2, and rightfully so. I personally liked the idea of Vick running this offense, but that'll have to wait, at least for now.
Regardless of whom the QB in New York is, Eric Decker will suffer. That's the bottom line. The Jets coaching staff plans on Decker being the go-to guy in the receiving game, but he just doesn't have what it takes to be the No. 1 guy on a team with limited options surrounding him. I'm certainly not paying his price as a WR2 this year.
About Keith Hernandez
Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.
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