Some of you will say there’s no way this guy is a sleeper anymore considering how he ended last season, but that depends on how you define a sleeper. There’s two ways I define it:
1) A guy that I think will end up producing better numbers then what the so called “experts” predict
2) Someone who isn’t well known and will have a breakout season.
That being said, Finley obviously falls in the 1st category here. I think he will have a monster year, so that’s why I have him listed as a sleeper.
Finley’s returning to an offense that finished 6th in total yards, and 3rd in total points, last season. With Aaron Rodgers going into his third full season as the starting quarterback, and Green Bay having so many offensive weapons to pay attention to, I think Finley benefits the most. He’s the clear cut starter going into this year, and won’t lose passes to Donald Lee anymore.
He’s a huge red zone target, standing 6’5” and weighing 247 pounds. if last postseason is any indication of how good this guy can be (6 receptions, 159 yards v. Arizona), everyone in the league should take notice.
He ended up with 676 yards receiving and five touchdowns last year, which isn’t all that great. Look a little closer. Four of those touchdowns, and 337 yards receiving, came in his last five games when he finally felt comfortable in the offense. He also missed three games due to an injury.
People will call me crazy, but look to draft this guy by the 5th round, before other tight ends like Antonio Gates, Brent Celek and Jason Witten. I only have Dallas Clark and Vernon Davis higher on my boards.
Projected 2010 Totals: 84 Receptions, 984 Receiving Yards, 10 Total Touchdowns