Gonzalez is going to be on everyones sleeper list and we think he will still go late enough to give you nice value. Gonzalez will see a lot more targets with Marvin Harrison out of the picture and he also has Peyton Manning’s total confidence. All signs point to a breakout year.
Ochocinco will see his fantasy stock fall after an awful 2008 season with Ryan Fitzpatrick at QB. Don’t forget that each of the previous five seasons Ochocinco averaged over 1,300 yards. Carson Palmer is back and T.J. Houshmandzadeh is gone so look for Ochocinco to have a bounce back year.
Ward is expected to see a majority of the carries in Tampa Bay, but he may loose a couple touchdowns as he’ll split some reps with Earnest Graham. As a backup to Brandon Jacobs in 2008, Ward still finished the season with 1,025 yards on 182 carries. Ultimately, he should be good for at least 1,000 total yards and offer a lot of value for where you can snag him in the draft.
Jones should have an expanded role this season now that Maurice Morris is in Detroit, however T.J. Duckett will still snag a majority of the goal lines. Jones is not an ideal feature back, but he is in a fortunate position and should see around 20 touches a game.meta
Its getting harder and harder to call Ray Rice a “sleeper” as he has gone as early as the fourth round in some recent mock drafts. It is becoming more apparent that Rice will be the featured back in Baltimore as Le’Ron McClain will likely take over FB duties and Willis McGahee is on the last year of his contract.
Ted Ginn Jr.
Ginn is entering his third season and the Dolphins hope that this is year he emerges as a true No. 1 receiver. Ginn would have a bigger upside if he had a better QB, but he should be targeted often and he also offers added value in leagues that offer points for return yards.
Coming off an impressive rookie season, Slaton will get a majority of the touches for the Texans again this year. He easily offers top-ten PPR value on a top-five offensive team and yet he is still slipping into the second round in most mock drafts.
Palmer only played in four games last season due to injury and for that reason he will come significantly cheaper than the top-level quarterbacks. Don’t forget that in 2007 he threw for over 4,100 yards and 26 TDs. Look for Palmer to be undervalued in most drafts and a steal if he falls out of the top ten QBs.
You may have seen Benson on a lot of “busts” lists and we agree that he may not improve too much on his 3.5 yards per carry last year. However, he is the featured back in Cincinnati and he is in line for 15-20 touches per week, including the goal line carries. Its hard to find much better value for how late he is going in most drafts.
Even with the addition of rookie Donald Brown, Addai should still get the majority of the touches. A 2008 slump and a timeshare situation has caused many fantasy owners to steer clear of Addai until late in the draft. If he can stay healthy he’s a nice Fantasy option and worth the gamble if he slips outside the 50th overall pick.