Fantasy Football: NFC's Lockout Winners and Losers

Which NFC players had their fantasy value most affected by the lockout?

Which NFC players had their fantasy value most affected by the lockout?

We posed the question to those who write about the 32 NFL teams: Which player’s fantasy value, positively or negatively, is affected the most thanks to the lockout? Read what the NFC writers said before making that draft pick.

See what the AFC writers had to say: AFC Unlocked

ARIZONA » “The lockout probably affects rookie running back Ryan Williams the most. In a normal training camp and preseason, Williams likely would have had enough time and touches to state his case as the team’s No. 1 back. But with a truncated offseason, it will be tougher for him to pick up the offense and develop as quickly as the Cardinals might have liked.”
— Scott Bordow, Arizona Republic

ATLANTA » “Running back Jacquizz Rodgers figures to play a Reggie Bush-like role in the Falcons’ offense, but the learning curve will be steep for him. Pass protection duties are much more sophisticated at the NFL level. Consequently, I expect the Falcons to ease him into the nickel passing game until he becomes more familiar with pass protections.”
— Jeff Duncan, New Orleans Times-Picayune

CAROLINA » “Wide receiver David Gettis has quietly become an underrated receiver in the NFC South. He started much of his rookie year in 2010, and although he was supposed to be a possession receiver, he had an 88-yard touchdown catch and finished in the top five last season among all NFL rookie wide receivers in both yards and receptions. Gettis and QB Cam Newton might be a fine combination down the road. Because the Panthers have less time to put together a team than normal and Gettis has a year under his belt, the lockout may impact him more positively since it may have cemented his starting position.”
— Scott Fowler, Charlotte Observer

CHICAGO » “Since the offseason would have been a great time for offensive line coach Mike Tice to have begun the process of figuring out who his best five players are, that lack of practice time has to hurt quarterback Jay Cutler, who must have better protection than he did last season if he is to realize his potential. Tice will eventually figure out the right formula, and the Bears should be better up front, but it will take some time.”
— Bobby LeGere, Daily Herald

DALLAS » “Every offseason, Tony Romo finds something to work on. This offseason, he was on his own in improving his game. He would have been better served having Jason Garrett’s and Wade Wilson’s coaching, especially since he missed 10 games with a broken left clavicle last season. Romo wasn’t on the field long enough to get to know his new weapon, Dez Bryant, and he could have used the offseason for that, too.”
— Charean Williams, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

DETROIT » “The Lions surprised some by going on the offensive with their Day 2 draft picks — receiver Titus Young and running back Mikel Leshoure. But it remains to be seen how quickly the rookies can pick up Linehan’s scheme and step into ready-made roles as key contributors. To their credit, both unsigned rookies showed up to player-organized workouts in Detroit in the spring, and Young also traveled to Atlanta to work out with Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson on his own, too.”
— John Niyo, Detroit News

GREEN BAY » “Running back James Starks might’ve upped his chances of an expanded role with a full offseason. Instead, he’s entering Year 2 in the NFL and still hasn’t taken part in full OTAs or minicamps. After missing his senior year at Buffalo with a shoulder injury, a hamstring issue hampered him after he was drafted in April 2010, and he then tore the hamstring on the eve of training camp. After his late-season run, Starks could’ve used a full-fledged offseason to make a big jump. It’s still possible, but it’s a taller order now.”
— Jason Wilde,

NEW ORLEANS » “The lisfranc injury Chris Ivory suffered in the regular-season finale against Tampa Bay could not have come at a worse time. The lockout forced him to rehab without the supervision of Saints doctors. Further, he could have used a full offseason with the coaching staff to become more familiar with Sean Payton’s complex system. The injury and lockout definitely were a setback to the promising start to his career.”
— Jeff Duncan, New Orleans Times-Picayune

N.Y. GIANTS » “I think running back Ahmad Bradshaw is going to be positively affected by this lockout for a couple of reasons. First, he’s had surgery on both his feet and his ankles in the last year-and-a-half, and now he’s had a long time to just rest. Sure, he’s worked out, but without all the usual offseason on-field stuff, his weary bones and ligaments weren’t under the pressure and strain they’re usually under. Plus, the biggest casualty of the lockout is likely to be the timing of NFL passing games. The Giants, in that case, will be more likely to rely on the run — and on Bradshaw — especially early. On the other side, I can see Mario Manningham being hurt a bit. He was developing into a very good receiver, but he still needed work on his timing and his routes. With a full offseason of work with Eli Manning, he could’ve been dangerous in 2011. He still might be, but he missed some valuable growing and learning time in the spring and early summer.”
— Ralph Vacchiano, New York Daily News

PHILADELPHIA » “Tight end Brent Celek wound up blocking more than ever in 2010 as the Eagles struggled to adjust to effective blitzes — Celek’s numbers were down 34 receptions and 460 yards from his 2009 totals. The idea this offseason was to shore up the offensive line and, with better reads and reactions from Michael Vick, free up Celek a bit more often. The lockout deprived the team of much of the time needed to make those adjustments and for Vick and Celek to develop a better rapport. So Celek won’t necessarily be any less productive than last season, but his chances of making a big jump back to his previous numbers were curtailed.”
— Phil Sheridan, Philadelphia Inquirer

ST. LOUIS » “I would say the three drafted rookies, but particularly tight end Lance Kendricks. He was a second-round pick, which means he would at least compete for a starting job. That may not be possible now.”
— Jim Thomas, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

SAN FRANCISCO » “After taking a step back in his sophomore season, wide receiver Michael Crabtree needed a solid offseason, especially with new coach Jim Harbaugh taking over and installing a new offense. The lockout killed that plan, and to make matters worse, Crabtree has been limited in workouts after aggravating his surgically repaired left foot. He underwent surgery in 2009, before the 49ers drafted him, to repair a stress fracture in that foot.”
— Eric Gilmore, Bay Area NFL Correspondent

*SEATTLE » “Matt Hasselbeck should benefit the most from the lockout, allowing him to get healthy after a challenging 2010 season that was plagued by injuries. This assumes, of course, that he is still with the team this fall.”
— Dan Raley, Freelance Writer
*Editor's Note: Hasselbeck will quarterback the Tennessee Titans this fall

TAMPA BAY » “LeGarrette Blount, from this standpoint: He wasn’t a regular at the offseason workouts called by quarterback Josh Freeman. You have to wonder if his work habits will be as good after a stellar rookie season.”
— Rick Stroud, St. Petersburg Times

WASHINGTON » Receiver Anthony Armstrong forced his way into the starting lineup by Week 5 last season and finished his rookie season with 871 yards. With little depth behind him, including three draft picks, Armstrong is one of few receivers that actually know the Redskins’ playbook. Because there was no offseason program, he’ll have a huge advantage entering training camp and should immediately build on a strong first season.
— Rich Campbell, Washington Times


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