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A sleeper,Tebow looks?

27 Jul

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Let the Tebow madness begin: The Denver Post is reporting that the Broncos have put Kyle Orton on the trade block, in part to open the door for Tim Tebow to be their starting quarterback in 2011. If that’s the case, then the Florida product’s fantasy appeal is going to rise … and fast. In his three starts at the end of last season, Tebow scored more fantasy points than any player in the entire league. What makes him so valuable is his skills as a runner. In those three late-season starts, Tebow rushed for a combined 199 yards and three touchdowns. If you project his yardage totals over a full season, he would have recorded 1,061 yards on the ground. That’s not to say that you should draft Tebow as your No. 1 fantasy quarterback, but grabbing him in the middle to late rounds as a No. 2 and potential sleeper candidate could turn into a very beneficial move.
Watch out for Mario Manningham: Last season, Manningham quietly finished in the top 20 in fantasy points among wide receivers on NFL.com. A big part of that success came in the absence of Steve Smith, who missed a total of seven games with an injured knee that ultimately required a microfracture procedure. Smith, a free agent, continues to recover from the operation and could start the 2011 campaign on the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list. According to the New York Daily News, Smith could be forced to sign a one-year deal with the G-Men (or elsewhere) due to his questionable status. Regardless, Manningham is in a position to see plenty of targets in the Giants offense and warrants middle-round attention. He could be a nice draft value.
Will Marques Colston hold out?: In a recent column in the New Orleans Times-Picayune, beat writer Jeff Duncan suggests wide receiver Marques Colston could hold out of training camp. The veteran wideout is in the final year of his contract, but he’s also coming off multiple knee surgeries — including a microfracture procedure. So while being in a contract year would make Colston more attractive (barring a holdout), the fact that he’s gone under the knife so often is a cause for concern. In fact, a worst-case scenario could turn Colston into a bust and make Robert Meachem a potential sleeper. Overall, I’d avoid picking Colston as more than a No. 2 fantasy option in drafts.

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Rice could return to stardom

24 Jul

Ray Rice on the rise in 2011: In 2009, Rice emerged into one of the most valuable running backs in fantasy football. He finished fourth in points (246.10) at his position and led countless owners to a championship. He saw his fantasy value drop a bit last season, however, scoring 32.5 fewer points while also being far less reliable — in fact, almost 30 percent of all his fantasy points came in just two games. But with the expected release of Willis McGahee, Rice’s stock could be back on the rise. The Baltimore Sun reports the team needs to save cap space, and cutting ties with McGahee is one way to help that cause. That means more work for Rice, especially near the goal line, and more value as a first-round option. If McGahee is released and the Raven’s don’t add another back, Jalen Parmele would be the front runner to become Rice’s main handcuff.
Hasselbeck could be a Titan: One of the more prominent free-agent quarterbacks on the market this summer is Matt Hasselbeck, and where he lands will help determine the value of several players. The most popular choice for his next destination might be Tennessee, where the Titans could use a veteran signal-caller to start and mentor rookie Jake Locker. In fact, Jim Wyatt of the Nashville Tennessean seems convinced that Hasselbeck will be wearing a Titans uniform in 2011. Wyatt also suggests that if Hasselbeck doesn’t land with the team, Donovan McNabb would be another option. Either way, fantasy owners should welcome the addition of either of these quarterbacks — someone has to throw the ball to troublesome (but talented) receiver Kenny Britt and super sleeper Jared Cook. It would also be nice to have some semblance of a pass attack to keep defenses from stacking the box to stop Chris Johnson. Let’s just hope CJ2K’s expected holdout doesn’t last too long…
Will Sidney Rice be a bust?: Clearly, Rice will be one of the most coveted wide receivers on the free-agent market once player movement is allowed. But is he a lock to make a major impact, both on the field and in fantasy land? Remember, Rice has had knee issues in the past and also missed most of the 2010 campaign while recovering from hip surgery. While he will be back at 100 percent this season and possesses a ton of upside, Rice has only had one truly productive season at the NFL level — that came in 2009 with Brett Favre under center. In 20 career games in which Favre wasn’t with the Vikings or didn’t play the majority of the team’s snaps, Rice has averaged 2.9 receptions for 37 yards. Those are ugly numbers. So if Rice stays with the Vikings and has Christian Ponder throwing him the football, he becomes an instant bust candidate. But if he winds up with the Bears and is catching passes from Jay Cutler, for example, Rice will be a much more attractive choice.

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