C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver
– He is currently buried on the Broncos’ depth chart, 3rd or 4th depending on the week, but
has not shown he is capable of shouldering the load and current starter
is owed a hefty bonus if he remains with the Broncos for 2014. The problem with this bonus being the Broncos are already up against the cap and have other players needing to be resigned also. I’d argue these players are more valuable as they include
and J.D. Walton while
are all looking at raises in 2015. Unlikely? Sure, but it’s certainly possible, and Anderson is an afterthought in dynasty leagues right now. If Moreno re-signs he’s an easy cut this offseason.
Markus Wheaton, WR, Pittsburgh –
are free agents. The Steelers are also dealing with salary cap issues and selected Wheaton in day two of last year’s draft. Everything is set up for him to possibly open 2014 as a starter opposite
Given his lack of involvement this year and the tendency of fantasy owners to get impatient with young guys, try to get him as a throw-in in a larger trade.
Dion Lewis, RB, Cleveland – The Browns infamously traded
and patched the hole with
and a revolving door that has included Fozzy Whittaker,
among others. Ogbonnaya is the only one currently under contract next season and while they will almost certainly address this position in the draft I expect Lewis to have a meaningful role with the team next year. It will likely be in a passing capacity, and the Browns are currently the most pass-heavy team in the league, so especially to those in PPR leagues, Lewis is going to have value; possibly a lot.
Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City – He lost his rookie season to injury, but it’s no secret the Chiefs are desperate for production at tight end, especially because
rarely throws down field. He, like San Diego’s Ladarius Green, could be next year’s version of
Joseph Morgan, WR, New Orleans – He was supposed to be the primary deep threat this season, but a preseason injury derailed those thoughts opening the door for
Stills has made some plays, but he has been more miss than hit. Morgan will be given an opportunity to displace Stills next season. Another angle, although much more unlikely, is
is due a significant pay increase before next season. Given his nagging health issues that are now impacting his production he could be a salary cap casualty as well.
Joseph Fauria, TE, Detroit – He got noticed after his three touchdown game vs. Cleveland, but really hasn’t done much else, otherwise. However, his competition,
is a free agent at season’s end. Fauria made a living his last year in college in the end zone and he has flashed the same potential as an undrafted rookie in Detroit. He won’t ever flirt with 1,000 yards, but given the opportunity he would get it in Detroit’s explosive offense he could easily pull in 10+ touchdowns in a lead role.