A look at the changing NFL

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A busy offseason in the NFL means that, as teams hold their minicamps there's plenty to talk about.

Some of the biggest names in fantasy football have made surprising moves, whether it be from team to team or from one side of the law to another, and it's time to examine how this could shake down when your league holds a draft sometime in the next couple of months.

Over the next couple of weeks, we'll look at the ups and downs of medium to big-name players who may be on your radar and what you need to know about them:

- Michael Vick, QB,Atl.: Stay away, far away. If he isn't in jail, he may well be facing a trial and/or a suspension from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. He's been overrated in fantasy football for the last couple of years anyway and, if you need an excuse not to get sucked in, a pending legal battle sounds like a good reason. Plus, he (allegedly) had dog carcasses buried on his property. Which just makes him a jerk. Do you really want to root for him this year?

- Ray Lewis, LB, Balt.: Reports say he's come to minicamp in the best shape of his career. As the 32-year-old Lewis told ESPN, "It's incredible, you know. Some people say you go in reverse once you hit the 30 mark, but I think I'm going the other way." Sounds very promising

- Trent Green, QB, Mia.: His deal to the Dolphins finally went through, a fresh start could do him good, and he'll certainly get plenty of opportunity in Miami to hook up with WR Chris Chambers. But with last year's surprise receiver Wes Welker off to New England, Chambers will see a lot of double coverage. Be wary of banking too heavily on Green -- who is now 36 years old -- as a viable starting QB, even if Miami sees him as one.

After he came back from a concussion last year, he threw an average of nearly two interceptions per game. Be afraid.

- Daunte Culpepper, QB, Mia.: He'll end up somewhere, it almost certainly won't be in Miami, and the question is whether he'll make any impact at all.

Anyone who picked Culpepper up last year pretty much threw his season away. He's now 30 years old, coming off another injury and doesn't yet have a team.

If you can grab him late, slot him as a backup and he catches on somewhere (maybe with the possibly Vick-less Falcons) however, he could be a steal.

Next week: Rookies who could make an impact, mid-tier players making the leap and the New England Patriots new offensive juggernaut.


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