By Derek of The Sportmeisters
Hello Football Fans! Sportmeister Derek here and it is midway through week two of the Preseason, and I am psyched for the regular season. However, what I am really psyched about, just like you I hope, is the start of the fantasy season.
While I am in the middle of discussing each positions fantasy sleepers, I thought I would branch out and give you the ten guys who at the current moment are not Fantasy relevant, but at any moment, could be.
Currently this list of guys are backups who will not get much playing time, but if the player in front of them goes down or under performs, they could jump right into the fantasy spotlight. Let’s get started!
1. QB – Matt Leinart – Arizona Cardinals – Current Projection: 50 Completions 95 Attempts 850 Yards 3 TD 3 INT
Possible Projection: 275 Completions 495 Attempts 3500 Yards 23 TD 16 INT 1 Rushing TD
Leinart is currently fighting for the backup job to Kurt Warner, but he will more than likely win it. Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt has already said he is impressed with his progress this offseason. Warner has had a few injury problems here and there, so if he were to go down, Leinart would step in, and boy would he step into a great offense.
With Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, Steve Breaston, Chris Wells, and Tim Hightower, Leinart would have many options and could finally live up to his draft potential. He is not to be drafted right now, but watch out for him on the waiver wire, in case anything were to happen to Warner.
2. QB – JT O’Sullivan – Cincinnati Bengals – Current Projection: 35 Completions 60 Attempts 300 Yards 2 TD 2 INT
Possible Projection: 250 Completions 415 Attempts 2900 Yards 18 TD 17 INT 1 Rushing TD
O’Sullivan was let go by the Lions and was signed by the Bengals this offseason and has looked good so far in the Preseason, going a combined 19 for 24 with 241 Yards and 2 touchdowns in two preseason games. He is behind Carson Palmer, but we all know about Palmer’s injury history, with the knee and the elbow.
If Palmer goes down again, O’Sullivan steps into a decent Offense with Chad Ochocinco, Laveranues Coles, and Chris Henry as his primary targets. Obviously, you aren’t going to draft him, but if Palmer goes down he could be a nice waiver wire pickup.
3. RB – Garrett Wolfe – Chicago Bears – Current Projection: 25 Carries 85 Yards 1 TD 10 Receptions 80 Yards 1 TD
Possible Projection: 215 Carries 850 Yards 6 TD 33 Receptions 275 Yards 2 TD
Wolfe is a real wildcard. He is behind Matt Forte and Kevin Jones, but is said to be a favorite of head coach Lovie Smith. We all know Jones’ injury history and Forte carried the ball over 300 times last year. If one of them were to go down, Wolfe would step in and claim a lot more carries.
If it is Jones, Wolfe becomes the third down back and the guy who spells Forte when he is tired, but if it’s Forte, Wolfe will most likely be put into a complete carry split with Jones. Watch out for him on the waiver wire later in the season.
4. RB – Mike Hart – Indianapolis Colts – Current Projection: 40 Carries 150 Yards 1 TD 5 Receptions 25 Yards
Possible Projection: 180 Carries 800 Yards 4 TD 20 Receptions 150 Yards 1 TD
Hart’s rookie year was cut short by injury and he wound up with only two carries for nine yards. He was expected to resume his backup role this year, but then the team drafted Donald Brown and now his role is uncertain.
However, we all know that Joseph Addai has had some injury issues and if he goes down again then Hart would step in and share carries with Brown. With Peyton Manning at QB and Reggie Wayne out wide, Hart could wind up a super sleeper on the waiver wire, so keep your eyes open.
5. WR – Jerheme Urban – Arizona Cardinals – Current Projection: 30 Receptions 350 Yards 2 TD
Possible Projection: 50 Receptions 725 Yards 5 TD
Right now, Urban is buried behind Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, and Steve Breaston on the depth chart, making him completely irrelevant in the fantasy world. However, Boldin has had injury problems in the past and the dreaded Madden Curse is haunting Fitzgerald, so Urban may see more time this year.
He had a decent year last year as the fourth receiver, catching 34 balls for 448 yards and four touchdowns. Remember, Boldin missed four games last year, and in those four weeks, Urban had 10 Receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown. Not impressive, but with such a powerful offense, Urban would be a nice waiver wire wonder if someone were to go down.
6. RB – Maurice Morris – Detroit Lions – Current Projection: 115 Carries 400 Yards 3 TD 20 Receptions 175 Yards 1 TD
Possible Projection: 200 Carries 775 Yards 6 TD 30 Receptions 250 Yards 2 TD
Morris has left Seattle for Detroit and yet he is still a backup. He was behind Julius Jones last year and is behind Kevin Smith now. He wasn’t terrible, however, rushing for over 500 yards and posting two 100+ Yard games.
If Smith were to go down, Morris could fill in nicely. He is sneaky fast and can catch the ball out of the backfield. He will get some carries now anyway, but his value could tremendously increase if Smith gets hurt.
7. WR – Malcom Floyd – San Diego Chargers – Current Projection: 35 Receptions 500 Yards 4 TD
Possible Projection: 50 Receptions 775 Yards 6 TD
Floyd had his moments last year, catching 27 balls for 465 Yards and four Touchdowns, but remember, WR Chris Chambers was hurt for five games.
He will be the third receiver again, but with TE Antonio Gates and RB LaDainian Tomlinson, he is more like the fifth option. He isn’t draft worthy, but like last year, could be a nice pickup later in the season if someone goes down.
8. RB – Tashard Choice – Dallas Cowboys – Current Projection: 75 Carries 350 Yards 2 TD 18 Receptions 135 Yards 1 TD
Possible Projection: 155 Carries 800 Yards 5 TD 33 Receptions 275 Yards 1 TD
After Felix Jones went down, Choice filled in nicely as Marion Barber’s backup and even started against Pittsburgh, posting a very nice game of 166 total Yards. He will be third on the depth chart with Jones back, but will still get a few carries here and there. H
owever, if Barber or Jones were to go down, Choice would step in nicely, just like last year, but with more experience. You shouldn’t draft him, but watch for him as a waiver wire wonder if Jones or Barber get hurt or if he earns his way to mare time.
9. RB – Glenn Coffee – San Francisco 49ers – Current Projection: 70 Carries 300 Yards 1 TD 15 Receptions 100 Yards 1 TD
Possible Projection: 200 Carries 800 Yards 6 TD 25 Receptions 215 Yards 1 TD
The 49ers drafted Coffee in the third round, expecting him to be Frank Gore’s backup. So far, he has not disappointed as offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye has raved about him and how well he has performed in training camp.
He is not someone that you should draft, but if Gore gets injured, as he has in the past, Coffee looks to be the one who would get the bulk of the carries, which would increase his fantasy value tremendously. Look for him as a possible waiver wire wonder, but watch how he performs in the first few regular season games first.
10. RB – Patrick Cobbs – Miami Dolphins – Current Projection: 20 Carries 100 Yards 1 TD 15 Receptions 155 Yards 1 TD
Possible Projection: 150 Carries 550 Yards 3 TD 30 Receptions 300 Yards 2 TD
Cobbs flashed signs of potential last year in the wildcat formation and had a few big plays, but he is still the third running back. However, Ronnie Brown did have knee surgery in 2007 and everyone knows about Ricky Williams’ history. If one were to go down, Cobbs would likely step into the backup role, increasing his fantasy value.
There is my list of the top 10 fantasy backups who have no value right now, but could eventually, under certain circumstances. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Derek@Sportmeisters.com.