2010-2011 Fantasy Football: Leinart to Breaston, Sleepers By Position

Matt RavidaCorrespondent IAugust 12, 2010

So for every NFL football fan out there, it is that time again—fantasy football time. 

So, I am trying to help you guys out a bit and give you my insights of who might be still available in the later stages of your draft, or if your doing a auction draft, a player you can get for a bargain.


Tarvaris Jackson, Minnesota Vikings

Everyone knows that this pick is solely based on what Brett Favre is going to do next season. If Brett is not coming back, then Jackson could be a steal. But if he is, then of course, do not take Jackson. Especially with the way Favre played last season.

Jackson is the right handed version of Michael Vick. Jackson does have the arm capacity, but he just does not know how to use it yet. He has great speed, and overall, he is maturing as a quarterback. With some mentoring from Favre and having some previous success early in his career, he could be worth shot in the later rounds.

Seneca Wallace, Cleveland Browns

I have a very good feeling that by week three or sometime before the trade deadline, Seneca Wallace will be the Browns starting QB. One reason, Jake Delhomme.

Delhomme was been playing absolutely terrible over the past few seasons. What honestly is going to change for him in Cleveland? He had better receivers to throw and better running backs to take pressure off of him, but he still could do nothing. The only thing he does have going for him is Joe Thomas blocking his butt, from getting knocked over as much as he did in Carolina.

Matt Leinart, Arizona Cardinals

With Kurt Warner finally calling it quits, it is about time that Leinart will be talking over the helm at quarterback. Though Matt has not showed the greatness he once showed at USC, he still is young and has shown some flashed of greatness, with his rocket arm down field.

Having Larry Fitzgerald as a receiver helps as well.

Kevin Kolb, Philadelphia Eagles

We all saw last season how well Kolb was able to do in the absence of Donovan McNabb. 

Now, Kolb is the starter for the Eagles and look for him to bring to the table as a starter, what he did as a backup to McNabb last season.

Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

Flacco has done just about the bare minimum. He has done nothing fancy to posses great numbers thus far in his passing game. He has had great defense and a great running backs. All he needed to do was throw a few touchdowns here and there and that is exactly what he has done so for in his career.

Now, with the addition of Anquan Boldin, it gives Flacco a legitimate receiver that he has not had yet thus far in his career. Pair that up with Ray Rice and they already great running game, the Ravens and Flacco could produce offensively for the first time since the McNair era.

Chad Henne, Miami Dolphins

Henne will be in his first full season as a starter for the Dolphins. He put up solid numbers in 13 games last year. 

But, he will be looked upon to do a lot more next season.  With the addition of Brandon Marshall and the emergence of Davone Bess, Henne could have himself a solid year.

Matt Moore, Carolina Panters

Finally, Jake Delhomme is out of Carolina. It is about time they gave up on the guy. Especially when they have stud behind him in Matt Moore. 

Moore looked like a pro bowl quarter back in the late stages of last season when he was the starter quarterback. He threw for 829 yards, eight touchdowns, and no interceptions in the last four weeks of the season.

Now, he will be the Panthers starting quarterback, and with a great backfield, and decent set of receivers, Moore could be a great pick up in the late parts of your draft as your back up quarterback. 

Running Backs

Steve Slaton, Houston Texans

Slaton had a terrific rookie season where he rushed for over 1,300 yards and 9 touchdowns, but fell into the sophomore slump. He has the talent and has the whole package. But is he able to bounce back after that? 

He is not battling for a starting job with fellow young backs in Ben Tate and Adrian Foster. So I think that Slaton will realize what is going on and step up his game. Based on last years result, you could easily get Slaton in the later stages of your draft.

Matt Forte, Chicago Bears

Forte is another example of a player who suffered under the sophomore slump. After having a terrific rookie season, and talks of pairing him with Jay Cutler could create a deadly duo. 

Well, the next season happened and Forte could barely reach 90 yards, let alone an 100 a game.

Forte's biggest competition coming into next season will be Chester Taylor. But if he is able to fight him off—which I think he can—look for Forte to bounce back and have a great year, making those who took the risk on him look like geniuses.

Justin Forsett, Seattle Seahawks

Forsett surprised many last season—including myself—rushing for 619 yards and four touchdowns next season.

Though he will toughing it out with newly acquired back, Leon Washington, if Forsett is able to play like he did last season, he could be a steal in the later stages of your fantasy team. 

Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts

Brown is started to come into his own in the latter part of last season. He really started to take away touches from Joseph Addai. Brown uses strength and speed to get by the defense, and mix that with the Peyton Manning effect, Brown could shine next season, especially if Addai is to struggle. I would not take Brown as your number one back, because Addai is starting to be the old Addai. But, I would keep your eye on Brown in case Addai struggles or gets injured.

Cadillac Williams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

Williams is one of my favorite running backs in the game. He uses his great strength and physical attributes to simply run over the defenders in his way.

Williams has been through some rough seasons as of late because of injuries, but he had a very strong season last year, rushing for 823 yards on 211 carries, and scoring four touchdowns.

Tim Hightower, Arizona Cardinals

Hightower did split carries last year with rookie back Chris Wells, but he still plays a big role on the Cardinals offense. He rushed for 598 yards on only 143 attempts and has scored 18 rushing touchdowns in his first two seasons in the league.

If you could grab Hightower in the later rounds of your draft, it could turn out very well. Or if you could even draft both Wells and Hightower, you will do just fine.

Michael Bush, Oakland Raiders

Bush is a relativity unknown running back in the league. And well it does not help when you ply for the Raiders. Because even when you do produce, it gets over shadowed by some great comments by Al Davis.

Anyways, last season Bush split carries with Darren McFadden, and a terrific year if based on that alone. Bush carried the ball 123 times for 589 yards and three touchdowns.

If McFadden continues to struggle next season, look for Bush to take over by the trade deadline.

Wide Receivers

Davone Bess, Miami Dolphins

Oh, have I ever been in love with Bess since his days at Hawaii. He is just pure quickness. His hands are a little shaky at times, but he can improve on that.

With Henne back at the helm and playing with confidence through the roof, Bess could put up some big numbers next season.

As well, the addition of Brandon Marshall cause more defenses to focus on him while Bess is getting touchdown after touchdown.

Steve Breaston, Arizona Cardinals

Another like by me, personally. I always grab Breaston on my team. Last season, he put up some decent numbers as the third string receiver. Now, with Boldin gone, Breaston is the new second option behind Fitzgerald. 

Look for Breast to put up similar numbers to 900 yards and eight touchdowns.

Santana Moss, Washington Redksins

Moss has fallen off many peoples radars. He is a great veteran in the league and has proven himself year after year he is one of the top receivers in the game.

But as of late, Moss has not put up the numbers he did in a Jets uniform. Then again, that was before he got McNabb on his team now.

Moss and McNabb could create a deadly one, two punch. So if you see Moss available in the 12-14 rounds, and you are in need of a third string receiver. Do not hesitate to draft Moss.

Nate Burleson, Detroit Lions

Burleson is a perfect possession receiver that the Lions needed. He will benefit playing alongside Calvin Johnson who will get most of the attention down field.

So, if Burleson is able to come in and catch 90 passes for 1,000 yards, most of these passes will becoming from short dump offs, and Nate running for 20 more yards.

Again, this all will only happen if Stafford is ready enough and comfortable enough in the pocket making quick decisions. 

Devin Hester, Chicago Bears

Hester is a perfect pick as a second or third option for receiver on your team. He is the main target for Cutler on the Bears team, and he will also bring in kick return and punt return yards.

Malcolm Floyd, San Diego Chargers

With all the attention on defense towards Vincent Jackson and Antonio Gates when it comes to the Charges passing game, Floyd is easy to overlook.

You could see Floyd have a breakout season next year. He did have an excellent season last year, catching 45 passes for 776 yards and one touchdown.

Johnny Knox, Chicago Bears

Knox showed flashed of a up and coming receiver last season. But then he showed some flashed, of why he was a rookie.

With that being said, Knox is a terrific receiver and uses his speed and great hands to get by defenders and score touchdowns. He caught 45 receptions lest season for 527 yards and five touchdowns.

Look for Knox and Hester to be Cutlers main targets come next season.

Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens

Boldin, may not seem like the fantasy sleeper to many, but this will be his first time as a true number one option.

He has a good young quarterback in Flacco, and a great running game. You mix those things together, with Boldin's talent and you have the potential for a monster season. 

I am predicting a pro bowl season for Boldin next summer. Watch out fantasy owners!

Tight Ends

Zach Miller, Oakland Raiders

Miller has been a consistent player for many seasons, even with terrible quarterbacks. 

Now, he has a pretty solid quarterback in Jason Campbell and could be a threat to eclipse 1,000 yards next season.

He was able to attain 805 yards last season with quarterbacks JaMarcus Russell and Bruce Gradkowski. Now with Campbell, look for things to change.

Dustin Keller, New York Jets

Keller has been very consistent over his first two season in the NFL. Averaging around 525 yards a season and about two touchdowns a year.

It is about time he has a breakout season, and I am thinking it could be next season.

If you are someone who waits to the later rounds to pick up a tight end, Keller will be a safe bet for you.

Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers

Finley is a stud in the making for the Packers. He is starting to draw away catches from the Packers receivers and gaining for attention from defenders as being a valid target.

Finley caught 55 passes for 676 yards and five touchdowns in his first real season as the top tight end.

Look for Finley to have a great season next year, and will be a great pick up for those in need of a tight end in the mid to late stages in the draft.


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