Football Fantasyland: 2011 Sleepers; Why’d Receivers

Posted: September 11, 2011 in Sports
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Just wanted to get this out here before week one, clever titles still to come, but I wanted to go on record before we got started in week 1.

Eric Decker, WR, Broncos. I think he could actually make a good fill in for week 1 if you’re in a spot. Denver is up against a Nnamdi-less Raiders and Brandon Lloyd’s presence means Decker won’t even see the new number 1 guy. He’s big, quick and missed last season due to injury. I think he develops into a really nice target for Orton. Update: B.Lloyd may not go this week and Knowshon is definitely out. Orton will throw and Decker will be there

Roscoe Parrish, WR, Bills. I think this is the year Roscoe really steps up his game. With Lee Evans gone he will at least be getting targets, what he does from there is up to him.

Andre Roberts, WR, Cardinals. if you’ve read my previous post you know I think Arizona is going to be throwing. Roberts seems to still be battling with Doucet for the number 2 spot in the desert, but I like Roberts to take it over late in the season.

Brandon Gibson, WR, Rams. I’m not totally sold on Gibson, but I think he’s a good guy to watch. I think the Rams have a talented group at Wide-out and Amendola won’t be the only to benefit from a pass happy offense. Update:¬†Amendola is week to week, Sims-Walker hasn’t been quite been clicking in the offense yet and Stephen Jackson is hurt. Gibson had 3 catches for 50 yards in week 1 and gets a Giants secondary that doesn’t look great this week(2). If ever there were a week for Gibson to break out, it’s now.

Mohamed Massoquoi, WR, Browns. I know, the Cleveland passing game is hardly an attractive option, but they will be passing more. I don’t think they’re going to stretch the field by any means, but a steady short to intermediate passing game to move the ball down field seems likely and favors big guys like Massoquoi. Just keep an eye on him. Update: Put up 70+ yards in week one. No touchdown, but those will come. I really like him as a pick up. The Browns are having trouble blocking for Hillis, so I expect McCoy to be throwing a lot.

Anthony Armstrong, WR, Redskins. I think he’s a good target, I don’t know how much or in what context he gets used, but he produced a bit last year, keep an eye on him.

Randall Cobb, WR, Packers. This one, I admit I did not see coming. He’s too far down the depth chart to make a huge impact right now, but I don’t think thursday’s game was a fluke. I think he could be an injury away from steady contrbution on a team that uses tons of 4 WR sets.

Bonus QB Sleepers:
There really aren’t “Sleeper QBs” each team only starts one unless there’s an injury, but I wanted to offer thoughts on some guys.

Colt McCoy, QB, Browns. I have been high on McCoy since he was drafted (not fantasy wise, of course) He has amazing drive to win and maybe he can’t make all the throws, but the throws he can make tend to look pretty good. Obviously not an immediate pick up, but definitely some one you should keep an eye on for the future.

Kerry Collins, QB, Colts. Will the Colts throw less without Manning? Yes. And yes, you should see what Collins can do before you buy in, but this is not Curtis Painter. If the line holds (admittedly, a big if) Collins will excel.

Donovan McNabb, QB, Vikings. I know the question, was Washington a fluke? Or is McNabb done? I lean towards the first option.

Blaine Gabbert, QB, Jags.I give Luke McCown 3 weeks. if he excels, great, there’s your sleeper. If not I think Gabbert steps in and puts up some decent numbers. Then again I can’t tell you who’s at WR under Mike Thomas so we’ll see.

Back-ups, QB, Any team who’s starter gets injured. This is where real sleepers come from, I haven’t seen enough from anyone to even venture a guess, but I the young guys.

Stay tuned: Next week…or shortly thereafter…I start writing about who I think is worth a pick up

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