In last weeks volume 1, I got your fantasy drafting wheels turning. This week I looked 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 pre-season games I can and scanning box scores.Lets not waste any more time. Here you go.
Tavaris Jackson QB (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 pre-season. The play calls were almost all passes – 7 straight plays to start the game – and Tavaris was able to move the ball well. He had a few questionable throws but overall he and the receiving corp looked very solid against the Seattle first teamers.With the first teams still playing early, one play in the redzone stood out, which to me bumps up T-Jack a few notches. The whole defense keyed on AP – which will happen ALOT – meanwhile T-Jack bootlegged right and threw a perfect little dump pass to a wide a open FB 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 RB (CAR) – Value pick fore sure. 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 a RB3 -RB4. Look for his value to start creeping up after 9 carries for 55 yards and 2 redzone td’s in his first preseason game.Ray Rice RB (BAL) – The combination of McGahee having knee problems and – new offensive coordinator – Cam Camerons reputation for making backs successful (you may be familar with LaDanian Tomlinson and Ronnie Brown last year) are just a few reasons this guys has been slowly popping up on everyones radar.If you take McGahee this guy is a foresure 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, 4 catches in his pre-season debut.Tim Hightower RB (ARI) – Edgerrin sucks in the redzone lately. Did you know he had 60 touches inside the redzone last year and was only able to come away with 7 scores (not good unless you have the Arizona kicker). If the first pre-season game is any indication, perhaps the Arizona coaching staff sees the same thing. Hightower, working with the first team 0ffense, scored from the 1. Short yardage TD vulture in the making? We’ll see.
Robert Meachum WR (NO) – There a lot of hands looking for the ball in the Big Easy but Meachum looks like he is ready to contribute (4 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 WR (CAR) – Hackett’s been on the bike, 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, 3 catches for 43 yard in pre-season action against the Colts.Johnnie Lee Higgins WR (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 “pass-offense friendly” dominent 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 Fridays pre-season 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 TE (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? Anyway, it is definitely something to watch for and possibly a late round flier in the TE2 department.
Washington DEF – 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 volume 1 if you haven’t had the chance. See you next week for volume three.
So do you agree or disagree?
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