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NEWS: Andy Dalton signs six-year, $115 million contract with Bengals.

According to reports, Bengals QB Andy Dalton signed a six-year, $115 million contract with the Bengals.

SMITTY: Wow. While this deal will certainly be built to protect the Bengals, meaning not a ton will be fully guaranteed, it’s head-scratching that a guy like Ben Tate has to beg for a two-year, $6.2 million contract, and a mediocre passer like Andy Dalton is given nod of trust to the tune $115 million. If you want to look at big numbers that are deserving, checkout AJ Green’s Full-Season 2014 Fantasy Football Projections.

NEWS: Marshawn Lynch ends holdout; gets $1.5 million raise.

According to, Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch has ended his holdout, and in return the team will be giving Lynch roughly a $1.5 million raise.

SMITTY: Essentially Marshawn Lynch is getting about $1.5 million that he would have had to earn, so it’s like getting all his 2014 incentive cash up front. No one expected this holdout to last into the season, but Christine Michael owners everywhere where hoping that Michael would have a bit more time getting first-team reps in camp. However, this news is somewhat telegraphing the fact that the team will likely cut Lynch next season, as this raise is all 2014-based. While Lynch is a quality top 15 overall talent heading into all yearly-league drafts, Christine Michael is still my absolute favorite “go get” player for 2015 and beyond (use this recent news here to buy-low in dynasty!). Given Lynch’s heavy career workload, mixed with his super-aggressive style of play, Michael still remains one of my absolute favorite “secret weapon” snags in all yearly-league drafts. Read more on that here.

NEWS: Marshawn Lynch fined $30k per day; Christine Michael on par with explosiveness of Adrian Peterson?

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch is being fined $30k per day, and the team can also go after some of his signing bonus. If a preseason game is missed, the team can go after a full game check. The CBA is now designed so players have little leverage when holding out.

SMITTY: Again, I fully expect Marshawn Lynch to report sooner rather than later, but he is near 2,000 total carries, so the future in Seattle is Christine Michael, who could be starting as early as 2015; I also predict that he will crank out top 5 fantasy running back numbers per start if his number is called in 2014. ESPN’s Louis Riddick recently said on ESPN that he personally scouted Michael at Texas A&M, and the strength coach at the time told him that he trained both Adrian Peterson and Christine Michael, and that Michael is on par with the “functional athletic explosiveness” of Adrian Peterson… this, among many other things, is why you want to read our 2014 Bold Predictions (aka our Upside Board). Read it now if you haven’t already!

NEWS: Christine Michael bangs up shoulder in practice.

According to ProFootballTalk, Seahawks RB Christine Michael left practice on Sunday with a shoulder injury. “He just banged his shoulder a little bit,” coach Pete Carroll told reporters after practice. “They think he will be ready to go on Tuesday.”

SMITTY: It doesn’t sound serious, but we will keep you posted once more information becomes available. As it stands now, even though we fully expect Marshawn Lynch to end his holdout prior to Week 1, Christine Michael remains a big-time redraft sleeper heading into 2014, and he remains my absolute #1 “go get” in dynasty, as I see this kid playing like a top 5RB if given starter carries in 2015 (or sooner if for any reason his number is called). And, one final note regarding his redraft value… even though I fully expect Lynch to end his holdout prior to Week 1, the longer he sits out, the more of a chance Michael and Robert Turbin will gain the confidence of that Seahawks’ coaching staff, which could spell more carries during the year.

WR Jordy Nelson inks a four-year, $39 million contract extension with Packers.

According to reports, Packers WR Jordy Nelson signed a four-year, $39 million contract extension with the Green Bay Packers.

SMITTY: Jordy Nelson is usually underrated, and being 29 and cemented in Green Bay (with Aaron Rodgers locked up through 2019), it’s hard not to like Nelson as a top 25 overall dynasty player right now. Receivers can usually play at a high level through age 32/33, so 3-4 more elite years for Nelson is a long time, yes, even in dynasty. Now the Pack will look to extend Randall Cobb, who also has top 25 overall dynasty appeal. Two receivers capable of top 25 overall dynasty value? I think it’s pretty safe to assume where Aaron Rodgers ranks on our dynasty rankings.

NEWS: Marshawn Lynch on the Reserve/Did Not Report list

According to rotoworld, Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch is listed on the Seahawks’ Reserve/Did Not Report list. Also, earlier today ESPN printed this quote from head coach Pete Carroll: “But this is a tremendous opportunity for the guys getting their shot. Robert Turbin and Christine Michael, they’re ready to go and really fired up about this opportunity and are going to try and take full advantage of it.”

SMITTY: This is a “procedural” move by the Seahawks, and Marshawn Lynch, currently holding out, can be activated if/once he decides to report to camp. Some close to the situation predict that Lynch’s holdout won’t last long, but there are some that think Lynch is going to stretch this out a bit. If the holdout is long-lasting, both Christine Michael and Robert Turbin are going to have an opportunity to earn regular-season playing time. I’ve made it very clear since last year, if starting, Christine Michael is top 5RB capable. Looking for Full-Season 2014 Fantasy Football Projections?

NEWS: Marshawn Lynch holdout will not last long says John Clayton?

According to ESPN’s John Clayton, Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch won’t hold out more than 5-6 days.

SMITTY: I think everyone knows that this holdout might not last long at all, but the longer the holdout lasts, the more first-team reps Christine Michael will get, which will only have the Seahawks thinking more and more about using him often in 2014. So, while many Marshawn Lynch supporters want to immediately jump in and say that this holdout won’t have any affect on 2014 carries, I wouldn’t be so sure. If Michael is the future in Seattle, the coaching staff is going to want to put him to the test from time to time. And, reps for Michael just complicates Lynch’s workload out look… it just does. And, it makes Michael flex-worthy all 2014 long. My excitement for Michael is for 2015, but I sure hope we see some starts in 2014 (some how some way) – per start, if he starts any games at all, I think Michael plays like a top 5 fantasy running back. Looking for Full-Season 2014 Fantasy Football Projections?

NEWS: Andre Johnson reports to camp on FRI.

According to numerous reports, Texans WR Andre Johnson reported to Texans camp on Friday.

SMITTY: This is great news for Andre Johnson owners. As we’ve said several times this off-season, even though we expect to see flashes of brilliance out of DeAndre Hopkins (as Johnson slowly transitions the WR1 targets to the receiver), AJ still likely has one more top 10 fantasy wide receiver season left in him, yes even at 33.

NEWS: Dez Bryant playing for a new deal in 2014?

According to reports, the Dallas Cowboys and WR Dez Bryant have had a handful of contract discussions this off-season, but aren’t reportedly close to a long-term deal yet.

SMITTY: Dez Bryant owners almost want the receiver playing for money in 2014, as he will be extremely motivated. Bryant easily has top 1-4 fantasy wide receiver upside and is a fine top 12 overall selection heading into all August drafts (especially PPR). Looking for Full-Season 2014 Fantasy Football Projections?

NEWS: Marshawn Lynch will NOT (0% chance) report to camp without a new deal?

According to Mike Floria of ProFootballTalk, there is a “zero percent chance” Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch will report to the start of training camp without a new deal.

SMITTY: If this is true, then there is a 100 percent chance I’ll have an ear-to-ear grin on that first day of Seahawks camp, as my boy Christine Michael is going to start making fantasy waves. As I reported earlier, a healthy Marshawn Lynch is still top 10RB capable in 2014, but a lengthy holdout could create a sort of “RBBC think” in Seattle, one that gets Michael more ready for his starting role in 2015. So, for those thinking Lynch won’t see dimished 2014 value just as long as he shows up for Week 1, it’s more complicated than that if Lynch gives Michael a spotlight (Michael is that good!). For more on why Christine Michael is such a sleeper in all formats, view our Upside Board, where he has been for over one year now!