Ten players I love more than you
Fantasy football man-crushes come in all shapes and sizes. They can also come very early or very late in a fantasy draft. In other words, love knows no boundaries, and you’ll find no finer example of this than the list below, which spans from my No. 1 overall player for ’09 to a couple of receivers that may often – at least in the leagues that I’m not in – go undrafted.
Here are 10 players I love more than you …
Maurice Jones-Drew(notes) – It’s about time MoJo got a featured role. There’s nothing he can’t do on the field, and do well. He’s been a more proficient scorer in his career than AP, and a more durable one too. He’s my No. 1 with a bullet.
LaDainian Tomlinson(notes) – I’m not downgrading the NFL’s single-season TD record holder because a turf toe caused him to “only” finish seventh among RBs in fantasy points in ’08. Norv Turner thinks LT can win a rushing title this year, and so do I.
Ronnie Brown(notes) – There’s the extra year removed from ACL surgery, and the expected extra workload that will come with it. And there’s the upside potential of an expanded Wildcat package. It’s enough for me to invest a top 15 pick.
David Garrard(notes) – He may have had the quietest top 10 season for a fantasy QB in history in ’08. But, he was all that, and now he gets more MoJo and, at last, a legit wideout in Torry Holt(notes).
Ray Rice(notes) – Willis McGahee(notes) is not the Ravens’ future, and I’m not sure he’s their present for much longer. Rice had the team’s best YPC last season and, while he’ll likely be the third Baltimore back taken on draft day, I suspect that he’ll be the best.
Earnest Graham(notes) – I’ve witnessed a whole lotta love directed towards Derrick ward(notes) in early drafts. But, while Graham is the forgotten man, he’ll likely pick up something in the neighborhood of 40 percent of the platoon split, and that could include precious goal line work. After a nasty high ankle sprain cut his ’08 season short, he enters the summer with a clean bill of health.
Mark Bradley(notes) – Showed promise in spurts last season. Now he gets an upgrade at quarterback and an offensive system that Todd Haley brings from Arizona that plans to cast him in the Anquan Boldin(notes) role.
Joey Galloway(notes) – Yeah, he’s old, but he’s got those freakish high-octane, Darrell Green-esque genes that are built to last. And he’s got the perfect scenario in New England to make hay in a No. 3 role.
Brian Robiskie(notes) – Like former Buckeye Anthony Gonzalez(notes), Robiskie enters the league with more polish than your typical rookie, and his sure hands will be a refreshing change for Cleveland’s QB.
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