Washington Redskins star running back Clinton Portis is expected to be released, a move that could have the organization looking to Ryan Torain as the new full-time starter at the position, according to Rotoworld.com.
Analysis: Torain put up over 700 yards and an enticing 4.5 yards per carry average in just 10 games, which offers the potential to translate into future success. Torain isn’t the best receiver or play-maker, but he knows Mike Shanahan’s scheme and can pound the rock with the best of them.
Projection: He has the body and talent to do some damage in the NFL, although damage is the operative word. Durability concerns could force the ‘Skins to add another back to help Torain. If he is the full-time starter, however, he’d vie for 1,000 yards and around 10 scores.
According to ESPN.com, Miami Heat guard Mike Miller could be on the trading block, as the Heat continue their search for a possible upgrade for their interior game.
Analysis: Sounds like Miller isn’t working out in Miami, at least not well enough to make him more valuable than a new body to throw into the post. LeBron James loves Miller, but with James Jones and Eddie House offering more consistency and the need for a big body very evident, Miller’s days in Miami could be coming to an end.
Projection: Miller has dealt with hand and head injuries most of the season, and hasn’t really made a fantasy impact yet. He could easily regain solid value depending on where he potentially gets traded to. Over 10 points, six rebounds, and four assists per game are still very realistic in the right situation.
According to several sources, the Baltimore Ravens plan to release veteran running back Willis McGahee, which could potentially assist in bringing back veteran fullback, Le’Ron McClain.
Analysis: McClain is a free agent and has been complainig about his lack of touches over the past two years. However, with the news that McGahee is on his way out, McClain could resign if he was guaranteed McGahee’s old role.
Projection: McClain ran for over 900 yards and 10 touchdowns just three years ago, so he could still provide great help with short yardage and goal-line duties. If he returns and gets the role he’s seeking, McClain could easily vie for 400+ rushing yards and 5-7 touchdowns.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 35 points on 13-for-18 shooting in a 112-106 win over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night, while also grabbing one rebound and dishing out four assists.
Analysis: Just another day at the office for Nowitzki, who topped 30 points in scoring for the 10th time in his last 16 games against the Suns. Nowitzki, a possible MVP candidate earlier in the year, woke from a bit of a slumber, as he had failed to top 20 points in scoring in four of his previous five games.
Projection: Nowitzki looks to be out of his slump and gets a few days to rest up. He’s still good for over 22 points and around seven boards per game.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver spoke up again this week about his desire to play until age 40, claiming that he feels great at age 36, and doesn’t feel he has lost a step.
Analysis: Its debatable if Driver has lot anything, but even if he hasn’t, the Packers need to start thinking about how good Nelson could be if he was offered the chance to do what he did in the Super Bowl (9 rec, 140 yds, 1 TD) on a full-time basis. If Driver is serious about sticking around for another four years, fantasy owners need to be worried that Nelson may never realize his potential.
Projection: If Brett Favre can be driven out of town, so too, can Donald Driver. If the Packers are smart, they’ll start Nelson in 2011, as he has proven to be far too good of an option to let rot behind the regressing Driver. If Nelson gets that opportunity, 70 catches and 1,000 yards are within reach.