Beating on the Fantasy Sleeper Wagon

I know…I know I’m beating on the sleeper wagon. I promise this is my last sleeper piece of the week. I do also know that this is primarily the last week for drafts. With the ever changing information in fantasy I want to give my followers as much information as possible. FFarmory has a fantastic piece from 3 days ago. Well worth the read I am going to pull some relevant information from this article. Add to that the walterfootball piece on preseason stock and we are well on our way to a flukie education. On a sidenote as of the publishing of this piece Javon Walker has not signed with the Vikes. But, Sidney Rice is going to have surgery so drop him off your draft boards. He will be out a minimum of 6-8 weeks.

Terrell Owens / Carson Palmer – I have not been able to get a truly good read on TO. I will tell you this. I traded him from Dustin Keller. I wholeheartedly regret that now. TO is going to put up WR2 numbers and I’ll be lucky if Keller makes the top 10 in TEs. Ffarmory pulled out a great stat – “From 2000 to 2008 7 of the 9 QBs that TO played with finished in the top 3 in QB scoring for fantasy. The other two that did not? Jeff Garcia in 2003 (finished 10th) and Tony Romo in 2008 (finished 5th). Palmer is a QB1 heading into 2010”. What does that mean? It means that TO and Palmer are fantasy relevant. TO can be had in round 7-8. Palmer can be had even later then that. Both are technically fantasy “bench” players that could start. Feel confident to draft them both. 

Alex Smith – You will all think I have lost my marbles (if your AC, a flukie reader, you already thought that with my Kevin Walter recommendation). Walterfootball agrees with me. He is going to be a serviceable QB for a bye week replacement. I would take him over Jake Delhomme, David Garrard, Matt Hasselback, and Matt Moore. However if Kyle Orton is still out there on waivers I would take him over Smith. Why the love for Smith? He has STUDS in Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis. He won’t be asked to do too much. Look at his last preseason game:  9 of 13 for 88 yards. He has 5-6 for 59 yards in his opening drive without Crabtree, Gore, or Davis (walterfootball).

Clinton Portis – I thought like the rest of the fantasy community that he was dead as a door knob. Rethink that folks he is back on the radar and is the main man in Washington. He is moving up the rankings and I would consider Portis as strong as Jahvid Best in fantasy play. Both players are going to put up over 1100 yards and 10 TDs. They both have fantastic situations and strong QBs. The only thing that may hurt them is that the offense line needs to hold up.

Jahvid Best – He is my fantasy bitch.  I mortgaged my entire season on him in one league (Ok that is a slight fib because I also have Portis). Best has landed in the bst situation of all rookie RBs. The whole world is giving Ryan Matthews BJ’s. That is a good thing because it allows Best to fly underneath the radar. Schwartz is so on board that he pulled Best after the first quarter to ensure he does not get injured. I am loving the Lions this year. They upgraded their O-line, got a legit #2 WR, have a healthy #1 WR, grabbed a passing WR/TE in Scheffler, and grabbed a stud RB ALL in the off season. Detroit will be a fantasy players dream this year.

Arian Foster – I’m a Gary Kubiak hater so this is hard for me to write. But the writing is on the wall. Foster is the primary back in Houston. Chalk it up now 1100 yards 10 TDs. This is a bitter pill to swallow but I have him climbing up to 10 in RB rankings. I know 10 seems a bit much but I feel that Foster, Portis, and Best are all going to break the 1000 yard level and have double digit TDs.

Fred Taylor – I can’t and will not attempt to explain the RB situation in NE. I can tell you this in the last preseason game Taylor had 54 rushing yards and 1 TD with 11 measly carries. I will not recommend Taylor but I would be remiss not to bring him to your attention.

Tomorrow I’ll bring some waiver wire approaches for your upcoming season and breaking news that may affect your drafts. Scotty Pachman didn’t feel it necessary to defend his trades last night. So if he doesn’t defend them by tomorrow I’ll post them and let you be the judge.

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One Response to “Beating on the Fantasy Sleeper Wagon”

  1. A C Slater says:

    What ever happened to that Pollack guy??

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