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NEWS: Tim Wright traded to the Patriots.

According to reports, the Patriots have acquired TE Tim Wright and a 2015 4th-round pick from the Bucs in exchange for LG Logan Mankins.

SMITTY: Some will speculate this has something to do with the health of Rob Gronkowski, but we aren’t sure that’s the case. Wright will replace the old role occupied by Aaron Hernandez, and it’s a nice safety net in case Gronk gets hurt again. Smart move by the Patriots, and it makes Wright an interesting fantasy TE2 in 2014. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

RB Ben Tate to face a RBBC with Terrance West?

According to cleveland.com, the Cleveland Browns will have some form of a running back by committee in 2014. “I think in the AFC North, you have to be running back by committee. You’d like to have a guy that can carry most of the load, but also be able to alternate guys … you’ve got to be able to get fresh legs out there,” coach Mike Pettine said.

SMITTY: It’s interesting how this statement is taken by different people. Sure, Pettine said you need to have a RBBC, but in the same sentence he states “you’d like to have a guy that can carry most of the load.” Clearly RBBC is a term loosely used, almost a blanket statement for a variety of sharing and semi-sharing situations… I think it would be unwise for Ben Tate dynasty owners to freak out after reading that quote and not examine the dual meaning. Is Tate a risk given the presence of Terrance West (or even Isaiah Crowell)? Absolutely, and the problem with this situations is that, Tate is a top 10RB talent (often labeled ‘injury-prone’) and his back-up is my second-ranked rookie rusher, even before the draft, entering 2014. Both backs are top 10-capable. The only answer here, whether we’re talking dynasty or redraft, is to own both backs. And, as for all you dynasty folks that may just own Tate and are unable to pry West away from another owner, don’t sell-low, but consider making all kinds of 2-for-1 or 2-for-2 blockbuster moves in order to successfully wiggle out of this situation. For example, I was in this situation, and despite loving Tate, I moved him since I was unsuccessful in trading for West — I traded away Calvin Johnson and Ben Tate for LeSean McCoy and Randall Cobb. Sometimes it’s smart to trade away players that you like if the deal is right for your team, and owning both Browns rushers is a must for me (in all formats). The key is not selling low and getting creative. Want 2014 fantasy football projections for all these guys?

RB Adrian Peterson plans to play through 2016?

According to ESPN’s Ben Goessling, Vikings RB Adrian Peterson “has no plans” to retire prior to the Vikings playing in their new stadium in 2016.

SMITTY: He is now 29, and running backs usually hit that career decline during their 30-age season. Peterson is no ordinary athlete, so it wouldn’t be shocking at all if AP played like a top 5RB for two more seasons, then entered 2016, which would be his 31-age season, as a still-solid high-end RB2. Redraft owners should have no worries about Peterson this season (just maybe cuff him to Jerick McKinnon), but in dynasty leagues, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to shop the stud near the end of this year, just to ensure you sell him at his absolute high. Need trade ideas? Our Trade Analyzer has you covered:
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