So you’re sitting on your couch Sunday and you think to yourself, “How is it that Ben Obomanu scored more points this week than pretty much every receiver in the league not named Dwayne Bowe or Deion Branch?”
Looking back on the entire season, you could insert plenty of other names in that sentence…Seyi Ajirotutu, Keiland Williams, Steve Johnson, Danny Woodhead, and so on.
Some of these sleepers are one-hit wonders. Some go on to provide steady points for the rest of the season. Either way, every week there’s that random player that few teams own that puts up big numbers.
In this column, we choose one player that falls into that “Gold Mine” category and we highlight his background. Basically, we try to answer the question, “Where the heck did that guy come from?”
This isn’t a waiver wire recommendation. Consider it a short biography on a random player tagged with a rest-of-the-season performance projection.
Ben Obomanu, WR, Seattle Seahawks, 159 yards, 1 TD
Obomanu lettered in football and basketball at Selma High School in Selma, Alabama.
He was valedictorian of his class.
Selma, as you remember, was an active city in the United States Civil Rights movement in the 1960’s. While the small Alabama city sowed some significant seeds in the fight for racial equality, it’s harvest of professional athletes isn’t so plentiful.
Obomanu shares the “most-famous-athlete-from-Selma” podium with United States Women’s Soccer legend Mia Hamm.
Obo finished high school in 2002 as a Parade All-American. He joined Bears receiver Devin Aromashodu and Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell at Auburn University.
The Selma native entered the 2006 NFL Draft with a 4.45 40-yard dash time at the Combine, putting him .10 seconds ahead of Brandon Marshall and .10 seconds behind Aromashodu.
Oba went in the seventh round of the draft, along with Aromashodu and safety-turned-punching-bag Cortland Finnegan.
Obomanu is flourishing in the absence of Mike Williams, Matt Hasselbeck’s favorite receiver up until a foot injury sidelined him last week. Williams' status for this week's game against Kansas City is listed as questionable.
If Williams returns to the lineup, don’t expect much from Obamanu. If he stays out for more than another week, Obomanu may be a good flex play. He’s caught five passes and scored a touchdown in each of his last two games.
Obomanu is currently available in 96% of Y! leagues.
Written by James Duren exclusively for www.thefantasyfix.com