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NFL News and Notes: Sorry, Torry

March 14, 2009 | By Alex Hardin | comment on this post
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Donnie Avery could be the go-to receiver in St. Louis in 2009.

The Rams recently released WR Torry Holt, a move that opens the door for upcoming sophomore WR Donnie Avery to be the main man in St. Louis. Avery’s fantasy value goes up now, as he should be able to exceed a productive rookie campaign. Look for the Rams to take an offensive tackle early in the upcoming NFL Draft to replace long time Pro Bowl LT Orlando Pace to rebuild the offensive line. As far as Holt goes, it looks like Tennessee is interested, which I think would be a great fit for both sides.

The San Diego Chargers have re-signed RB LaDainain Tomlinson. I think the Chargers realized that they can not just count on Darren Sproles as an every down back. The combination of a healthy Tomlinson and Sproles sprinkled in is the best way for San Diego to go. Tomlinson had a career low 1,100 yards rushing last year, but he was bothered by nagging injuries. If LT comes into the season healthy, I think 1,500 yards is still reachable. I still view him as a first round fantasy pick.

We are just under six weeks away from the 2009 NFL Draft. I do not think this year’s class will produce as many immediate fantasy studs as normal, but you never know. Here are some guys that could make an impact next year:

  • Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia: He has a rocket arm and an NFL body and the Lions are very interested in him at the No. 1 spot. Stafford figures to at the very least get late season action next year. If you are in a keeper league and already have Calvin Johnson, you could be looking at a nice duo for years to come if you grab Stafford.
  • Mark Sanchez, QB, USC: I like the 49ers taking a look at Sanchez at the 10th pick, if he drops that far down. He could definitely see the field next year if he does land in San Francisco.
  • Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia: The former Bulldog RB is a relentless power runner who will be an asset for anyone who drafts him.
  • Donald Brown, RB, U Conn: If you have not seen him play, you have been missing one of the secrets of college football. Brown will make you miss with ease and will break away.
  • Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech: He is shorter and slower than previously thought, but he call still ball. If heathly come start of the season, I think Crabtree will make an immediate impact.
  • Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri: This guy is a perfect candidate for a Raider draft pick. Al Davis loves speed and Maclin has plenty. He can also return kicks and punts.
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