Sunday, September 6, 2009

More Sleepers...and Why

Here's a list of this year's potential sleepers divided by position. Take them as you will.

Running Back:

Beanie Wells: He's taking over, plain and simple. He'll be more of a receiving threat as well. Give it a few games and Wells will steal the spotlight from Tim Hightower, who was just last year's hero. Pick this guy up if he isn't already taken and if you have him, hold on tight, he should take you for a ride. Prediction - 965 yards rushing, 34 receptions, 301 yards receiving, 10 total touchdowns

Rashard Mendenhall: Willie Parker just won't cut it for the Steelers offense, which will continue to grow this year. Mendenhall will either end-up the better end of a one-two punch will Parker or will take over entirely as the starter by game six. Prediction - 829 yards rushing, 9 touchdowns

Donald Brown: This boy is the future of the Colts' running game. Joseph Addai was fantasy magic two seasons ago, but the injury bug is catching up with him as it did last year. Brown will get the feature role as Addai loses the ability to take the needed pounding. More touches for Brown will give him a chance to show off and he'll be in the same situation as Mendenhall. Predicition - 684 yards rushing, 48 receptions, 325 yards receiving, 9 total touchdowns


Trent Edwards: Behind the Bills' offensive line is Edwards, a man who has never been great. He has a solid game from time to time, but is no Pro Bowler. He won't make the Pro Bowl this year, but you can expect him to improve with Terrell Owens grabbing the ball for him. T.O. can turn quarterbacks into stats machines with him down the field. Mind you, he's only a flex or second string player. Prediction - 3134 yards passing, 19 touchdowns, 14 interceptions, 98 yards rushing, 2 touchdowns

Joe Flacco: He's just going to improve. Ray Rice will make magic, enabling Flacco to do his job even more efficiently. Prediction - 3390 yards passing, 18 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, 136 yards rushing, 3 touchdowns

Wide Receiver:

Percy Harvin: This rookie is going to make his way to the top, possibly eclipsing Bernard Berrian in the red-zone. His abilities in the Wildcat could make even more difference with trick plays. Plus, Brett Favre...yep. Prediction - 867 yards receiving, 7 touchdowns, 116 yards rushing, 1 touchdown

Darrius Heyward-Bey: I just like this kid. I know that Oakland is incapable of doing anything besides occasionally running the ball well, but Bey just seems poised to be the second best thing behind Darren McFadden. No Randy Moss numbers this year, but good things will happen. Prediction - 754 yards receiving, 9 touchdowns (crazy I know, but he's going to be the only one catching touchdowns pretty much)

Well, hopefully this will help. And hopefully this advice will serve me well, also. Here's to fulfilling fantasy football season. Next, we'll look at the duds that we will experience this year, especially amongst some of the higher level players.

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