I’ll make this brief-ish, because this was news well over a week ago, and now it’s even more newsy news. And I may or may not be writing this solely because the possibility of an Eddie Lacy/Jacquizz Rodgers tandem in the Atlanta backfield next fall is the kind of thing that makes me want to drink a lot of Sunny D, because dammit, those kids look so happy.
Anywho, it’s becoming increasingly likely that Michael Turner will be released by the Falcons, a likelihood which grew this morning with this little diddy from Adam Schefter…
Falcons are likely to release running back Michael Turner, who is scheduled to make $6.9 million this season.
The Falcons look to be in the running back market this offseason, according to those who know. Chances are the team will cut ties with 30-year old Michael Turner and look for a younger runner. Turner provides toughness, a solid locker room presence and power on downhill runs, but scouts say his ability to bounce and cut isn’t what it was.
The news isn’t all that shocking considering Turner’s decline in recent years and his $6.9 million price tag next season. The Falcons don’t see Jacquizz Rodgers as an every down back, leading many to believe Atlanta will select their running back of the future in April’s draft. Giovani Bernard, Eddie Lacy and Montee Ball are a few of the names that will be bandied about in the next few weeks.
First impressions are often very misleading in fantasy. At first glance, it appears starting Michael Turner against a Giants run defense that allows the 9th fewest fantasy points to running backs, is a bad idea. However, a Giants team that has many holes in their secondary, won’t be focused on Turner. New York will be scrambling to cover Roddy White, Julio Jones & Tony Gonzalez, leaving Turner with a favorable number of defenders in the box. That’s why I’m giving Turner the Green Light to be in all fantasy lineups this week. The same can’t be said for Reggie Wayne and Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Owning Michael Turner is now sort of like holding on to that faithful, rusting car that’s been with you for over a decade. Great times were had in both the front and back seat, but now routine oil changes turn into repeated reconstructions, and traveling consists of plodding, chugging, and pushing.
But Turner can’t be packaged and sold for parts. That’s wrong, and it’s cannibalism. No, you’re stuck with him now, but don’t compound his problem (sucking) with one of your own (old man stubbornness). Move on this week if it’s at all possible.
More on that in a minute. But first, the usual bit of cheery news leads off our weekly Sunday preview.
There are many ways a man can celebrate a win. In little league, the victors were usually taken out for pizza or ice cream, while the losers usually got pizza too, but they didn’t get any toppings. Toppings are for winners.
Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner is a grown up, and he celebrated the Falcons’ Monday Night Football win over Denver like only a (stupid) grown up can. No, he didn’t hit up a Papa John’s or Baskin Robbins. Instead, he decided to drive his expensive car alarmingly fast while fueled by good old fashioned adrenaline.
Oh yeah, alcohol. He was also apparently fueled by alcohol.