There have been several significant re-signings of skill-position players in recent days. Here is a look at what a few of them mean from a fantasy perspective.
Seahawks re-sign RB Marshawn Lynch
Lynch has his payday with $18 million guaranteed; now we have to see if he can fulfill expectations without a big payday at the end of the tunnel motivating him. He ended the season with an average 21.7 utilizations for 94.4 yards from scrimmage and 0.87 TDs in 15 games.
Lynch is young and hitting his prime and should have his most productive years ahead of him for dynasty owners. However, some will wonder if he's a one-year wonder. If you believe that, then now is the best time to seek a trade for him or let someone else take a risk on him on draft day. However, his offensive should return to health in 2012 and has depth, so there's no reason he can't perform like a No. 1 back. Right now he's a late first- or early second-round pick.
Bills re-sign WR Stevie Johnson
Johnson disappointed as a No. 1 fantasy receiver because of his inconsistency. He did average 4.75 catches for 62.75 yards and 0.4 TDs on 8.3 targets per game. He is the team's best receiver and the focal point of the passing game.
Johnson does live and die by the inconsistent arm of Ryan Fitzpatrick, but they have a good rapport, making him a No. 1 fantasy receiver. Johnson is also entering his prime at the age of 25. With added maturity and by continuing to play in the same offense with the same QB, there are reasons for optimism about him having a breakout season.
Texans re-sign RB Arian Foster
Despite missing three games and being ineffective his first game of the season, Foster still averaged 27.5 utilizations for 141.6 yards from scrimmage and 0.9 TDs per game. Clearly an elite back, he'll arguably be this season's No. 1 overall pick. His style fits the team's schemes and he's still young enough to carry the load 20-plus times per game.
At 25, he's entering his prime. While there are a few questions on the offensive line, they aren't enough to worry fantasy owners entering the season. As it was last season, make sure you target Ben Tate for the handcuff. Foster's elite, but if he goes down, Tate can post No. 1 fantasy numbers, as well.