In last week's Vol. One, I got your fantasy-drafting wheels turning. This week, I look to put the pedal a little closer to the floor, as you and I drive closer to our drafts.
Round two of my sleepers and value picks is a result of many, many more hours of searching the web for info, some of your suggestions and comments, watching any preseason games I can, and scanning box scores.
Let's not waste any more time. Here you go.
Tarvaris Jackson (MIN)
As both a Viking fan and guys who plays in a two-QB league, I am very encouraged by T-Jacks first action in the preseason. The play calls were almost all passes—seven straight plays to start the game—and Tarvaris was able to move the ball well.
He had a few questionable throws, but overall, he and the receiving corps looked very solid against Seattle's first teamers.
With the first teams still playing early, one play in the red zone stood out, which to me bumps up T-Jack a few notches. The whole defense keyed on A.P.—which will happen A LOT—meanwhile, T-Jack bootlegged right and threw a perfect little dump pass to a wide-open Thomas Tapeh for a TD.
A couple more performances like that and he could creep in the QB2 territory. At this point, I would say he is definitely worth a flier in the late rounds if you have any room for a third QB.
DeAngelo Williams (CAR)
A value pick fore sure, he'll be going late in most drafts (in the RB3 range). Coaches have been commenting on him becoming more vocal and more of a leader in the locker room. You could get a solid RB2 for the price of an RB3 or RB4.
Look for his value to start creeping up after nine carries for 55 yards and two red-zone TDs in his first preseason game.
Ray Rice (BAL)
The combination of McGahee having knee problems and new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron's reputation for making backs successful (you may be familiar with LaDanian Tomlinson and Ronnie Brown last year) are just a few reasons this guy has been slowly popping up on everyone's radar.
If you take McGahee, this guy is a definite handcuff. If you don’t have McGahee, Rice might be a nice steal in a later round to stash on the roster. Also, encouraging for you PPR guys, four catches in his preseason debut.
Tim Hightower (ARI)
Edgerrin sucks in the red zone lately. Did you know he had 60 touches inside the red zone last year and was only able to come away with seven scores (not good unless you have the Cardinals' kicker).
If the first preseason game is any indication, perhaps the Arizona coaching staff sees the same thing. Hightower, working with the first-team offense, scored from the one. Short-yardage TD vulture in the making? We’ll see.
Robert Meachum (NO)
There are a lot of hands looking for the ball in the Big Easy, but Meachum looks like he is ready to contribute (four for 129 and a TD last weekend). Will he put up numbers week in and week out? I doubt it, BUT I would expect some big games here and there in WR3 spot duty.
Dwayne Jarrett (CAR)
Hackett’s been on the bike and Smith is out for two games, so why not take a late flier on a guy who has been impressing in camp. He could be counted on the first few games with Smith out, and a few confidence-boosting games early could provide a nice little bump to the rest of his season (or career).
Definitely A guy...you and I...can keep an eye...on the rest of the preseason (cheesy, but couldn’t resist). So far, three catches for 43 yard in preseason action against the Colts.
Johnnie Lee Higgins (OAK)
Here’s sort of a deep sleeper for you to consider. With Javon Walker scaring the daylights out of anyone with his retirement talk, Ron Curry being banged up as usual, and the Raiders' dominant run game, why not Higgins?
The man is fast and has a nose for the big play (had a 52-yard punt return for a TD and one brought back in Friday's preseason game). With defenses constantly worried about Fargas, McFadden, and Bush, there should be a few deep routes open for Higgins and Russell to exploit.
Dustin Keller (NYJ)
Erik Boland, who writes about the Jets for Newsday, observed a “general unstopable-ness” in a scrimmage last week. And this was before Favre showed up. Wonder what he could do with weapon like that? Anyways, it is definitely something to watch for and possibly worth a late-round flier in the TE2 department.
They are not even showing up in the ADP ranking on FantasyFootballCalculator. Not sure why because they were solid last year and any team that has Jason Taylor rushing the QB is worth a roster spot.
There ya go. Don’t forget to check out 2008 fantasy football sleepers and value picks Vol. One if you haven’t had the chance. See you next week for Vol. Three.
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