Don't Ignore Joey Galloway In Fantasy Football Drafts

Ryan BoniniContributor IJuly 25, 2009

I love this time of year, as fantasy football players start lining up their fantasy league football drafts one after another. Along the way, results of many drafts are being tracked to create NFL&sheet=WR" target="_blank" title="Average Draft Position - ADP Charts">Average Draft Position (ADP) reports and show everyone where players are typically drafted.

For the last few weeks, I have been paying close attention to the ADP reports on (powered by our good friends at Mock Draft Central). In some situations, it amazes me how few times certain players are selected.

In a standard 12-team league with a 16-man roster, there are a handful of players not being selected in every draft that I feel should be.

New England Patriots wide receiver Joey Galloway is one of those players.

It isn’t too often I’m willing to promote a wide receiver who turns 38 during the upcoming season. Hell, when they turn 35, I usually start having serious questions.

Galloway, however, is an exception to the rule this year.

Injury problems limited him to just four starts last year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and he had his lowest statistical outing (13 receptions, 138 yards, 0 touchdowns) since 2000. However, from 2005-07, Galloway averaged 67 receptions, 1,119 yards and eight touchdowns per year. Despite being long in the tooth, he still has explosive speed and is going to be tough to catch when he gets a step on a defender.

Playing opposite of Randy Moss certainly helps!

In New England, Galloway won’t be the No. 1 receiver. Randy Moss has that wrapped up. Technically, Galloway will be the No. 2 receiver, but the No. 2 statistical role falls to Wes Welker in the slot.

With Moss and Welker on the field with him, Galloway will rarely line up against any opposing team’s top cornerback, and he'll never see double teams. Defenses have to keep close tabs on the other two options, freeing Galloway up for plenty of deep-ball potential with quarterback Tom Brady.

In Bill Belichick I trust, too.

Belichick loves veteran players. He seems to know how to get the best out of them, and he finds a way to fill the gas tank just enough to make it happen. I secretly believe Belichick has found his own Fountain of Youth. This very well could be Galloway’s final hurrah in the league, and Belichick is going to do everything he can to get the most out of him each snap.

Savvy fantasy players can snag Galloway on the cheap, too. He has been selected in less than half of the fantasy league drafts recently. When he is selected, he is going around 186th overall on average.

Two seasons ago, Donte’ Stallworth held the same role with the Patriots that Galloway will this year. He posted 46 receptions for 697 yards and three touchdowns. Even at 37 years of age, Galloway is every bit the receiver Stallworth is and then some. Provided he can remain healthy this season, Galloway can achieve at least that same type of production. I’m expecting more and can see his touchdowns closer tofive or six.

As my No. 5 or No. 6 fantasy receiver at the tail end of the draft, I’ll be quite happy snagging a starter on one of the league’s most prolific offenses. There is little to no risk in Galloway based on where you can draft him, yet he provides plenty of upside.

Take the gamble; you will be happy you did.

How do you feel Galloway will do? Let me know!

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