Posted 12/17 by Mike Anderson and William Grant, Exclusive to Footballguys.com
The purpose of this column is to spotlight deeper roster moves that could pay
off big over the course of the season. Unless stated in a player's write up,
we're not looking for one-week wonders here, but shark moves that could really
strengthen your team down the road.
Dynasty Watch focuses on low risk, huge payoff roster moves that you might
be able make before the guys in your league think about it. This aim of this
column is to make you look like a genius to the other owners in your league.
When news breaks and the other owners are scrambling to make a waiver wire move,
we want them to be upset time and time again that the player is already on your
Derrick Blaylock: RB New York Jets
What has he done so far
Blaylock, in his fifth year in the league, spent the start of his career with
the Kansas City Chiefs. After only 38 carries in his first three years with
the Chiefs, Blaylock took five starts last season when Priest Holmes went down
with injury. Blaylock totaled 540 yards and five scores while starting. Blaylock
has proven to be an effective goal line option, as evidenced by his 12 TDs in
201 career touches, and his four-touchdown performance against the Falcons a
year ago. Blaylock is also a skilled in the passing game out of the back field.
Blaylock was brought in to replace LaMont Jordan as the primary back up to Curtis
Martin. Although Martin had a string of over 110 consecutive starts, he is getting
up in age where injury concerns and a replacement for retirement start coming
into play. Blaylock broke his foot in the win over Tampa Bay, and was announced
as "done for the season" on most of the major news outlets. After
medical review, it was determined that the injury was not as severe as first
thought, and Blaylock could be back before the end of the season. Blaylock had
surgery three days later to insert a screw into his fractured fifth metatarsal,
a bone leading from the midfoot to the little toe. At this point, it's week
15, and Blaylock has been practicing with the team. While Blaylock has been
recovering, Martin underwent season-ending surgery this last Wednesday on his
right knee. Rookie Cedric Houston has played well as the starter for the Jets,
but has failed to capitalize at the goal line with the volume of opportunities
he has been given.
It won't be this week. Jets head coach Herman Edwards called Blaylock questionable
for Week 15 at Miami. "He practiced a little bit, but not a whole lot,"
Edwards said. "So we'll see where he's at this week, he'll come along further
if he can." Blaylock is most likely a week away from limited action after
suffering his foot injury in week five. Once he returns, he has only a rookie
in Houston, and a fullback in B.J. Askew to compete with for playing time.
Huge. We are talking upside. Although Martin has vowed to return next season,
Blaylock could be the starting running back for the Jets in 2006. We don't feel
that role will be handed to him, but he is every bit in position to have it.
Blaylock's injury may prove too costly to that advancement, ending a great opportunity
as Houston steps over him. With Houston's struggles around the goal line, and
Blaylock's strength in the red zone, ability in the passing attack, speed, and
surprising strength, we believe he is still right in running as the future running
back for the Jets.
Despite being known as a small fast running back, Blaylock is deceptively strong
due to his compact 5'9", 210 lbs. build. He can be a workhorse as showcased
in week ten against the Saints in 2004, carrying the ball 33 times for 186 yards.
Although Blaylock shouldn't be able to come back from injury this season and
really show much of anything in the time left, he is in a great position for
the future of the running back position for the Jets. Except or a few news reports
recently on his attempt back to the field, most Fantasy Owners have forgotten
about Blaylock. He has a nose for the goal line, a decent frame with speed and
power, and can catch out of the backfield. Blaylock could be everything you
want in a versatile dynamic back. For his lack of opportunity in the first five
years of his career, he played behind Pro-Bowlers in Holmes and Martin. Because
of that, he has very few miles on the tires. Blaylock's injury history could,
and very well will, put a damper on his ability to exceed. Even with the injury
concerns, here is a great opportunity for a Dynasty Owner to catch lightening
in the future.
Players You Should Already Be Watching
Lamar Gordon, RB Eagles - Ryan Moats is the flavor of the day after
114 yards on only 11 carries with TD runs of 40 and 18 yards last weekend. There
is no way to predict those long touch downs going forward. At 6'1", 223
lbs, Gordon is far and away the biggest option for the Eagles at the goal line.
Gordon was the starting running back for the Miami Dolphins before injuries
derailed him down in Florida.
Ciatrick Fason, RB Vikings - Barring injury, Fason will not be the starter
for the Vikings this season, nor will he get a significant amount of playing
time. However, Fason is getting goal line carries for the team, and proving
effective in doing so. He has scored three touch downs on just 24 carries this
season. Should the coaching staff change out after the season, Fason has proven
that he can protect the ball and get the hard yards.