Every year in fantasy football we hear, at some point during the season, three famous words: Don’t Sleep On [ENTER PLAYER NAME HERE].
This year is a little extra special because there is a growing number of players—one of which I highlight here which is a must read—that could impact the 2010 fantasy season, but we’ll focus on just three of them for now.
Remember, the watch list is one of the best tools for the smart fantasy manager, and almost always winds up being a difference-maker at some point during the season.
Let’s take a look at who’s who.
RB, Kareem Huggins, Tampa: There is no reason for me to believe that Cadillac Williams will stay healthy for a full 16 games simply because he has never done so. But the other issue here, is Huggins has become a very explosive back and will inevitably push for more and more carries.
Huggins isn’t just a guy who is a watch list candidate, but also a guy who was a late round flier in some drafts, so if he is still available, you may want to grab him now before he gets gobbled up.
WR/KR, Rashied Davis, Chicago: According the QB Jay Cutler, Davis has had the best camp out of all the receivers and TEs this year, and while Davis will begin the year as the primary return man, he could see additional time at WR since he has basically been pushing Jhonny Knox all year.
There are two things you shouldn’t do here:
1. Don’t overestimate Knox just because everyone else is; becoming a part of the herd might make you regretful in the end, and it isn’t as if Knox is “wowing” anyone in Shytown.
2. Do not underestimate Davis—or the value of a position player who returns kicks.
Davis has true potential as a possible late-season sleeper, and at the very least deserves to be on your watch list.
LB, Demorrio Williams, Chiefs: Williams and fellow linebacker Derrick Johnson have been neck-and-neck all through camp in Kansas City as they continue to battle for the weak side linebacker spot.
The Chiefs are desperately trying to become a more aggressive inside team, and Williams is a guy who excelled at getting the QB in Nebraska, even if he does not get the starting nod, he is still worth your watchful eye.
But the consensus is he will be the starter in KC at WLB.
If you enjoyed this piece, please check out my Top Ten Watch List Candidates For 2010