2009 Rip Van Winkles

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Forget about sleepers. Stud Running Back is all about super sleepers. Those players so far down the Fantasy rankings that most owners would never consider taking a flier on them. We call this select few Rip Van Winkles. We’re not suggesting you dedicate a draft pick to these gentleman, but we strongly recommend you keep them on your Fantasy watch list. A couple might be poised to do damage during the upcoming season.

James Davis (Browns) – No way Jamal Lewis lasts the season as the Brownies top back. Number two Jerome Harrison seems better suited to be a third down specialist. This leaves Clemson rookie James Davis as a possible candidate to steal carries. Of course, he has to the make the team first. I think he will and I think he’ll see extended playing time at some point.

Ronald Curry (Rams) – Curry has been a popular sleeper pick for the last few years. His deplorable 2008 season with the equally deplorable Raiders left him teamless until last week. Now he’s a decent bet to become the Rams #2 wideout behind promising Donnie Avery. Curry’s biggest problem is injuries. If he can stay intact, he could deliver some big games.

Domenik Hixon (Giants) – Hixon was given a golden opportunity to shine last season after Plaxico shotico himself in the thigh. Hixon flopped like a carp on a riverbed. I still believe his downfield speed will result in good numbers for Big Blue. Hakeem Nicks and the other Steve Smith are getting the pub, but Hixon has the most upside.

Glen Coffee (49ers) – Soon SRB will be doing a post on TD vultures. Those backs who are trotted onto the field to plow across the goal line. Despite being only 215 lbs, Coffee looks like one of these guys. Frank Gore will need to be spelled. I can see it now, when (if) the Niners get inside the five, the announcers will chime in, “It’s time for a Coffee break, fans.” Ugh.

Marcedes Lewis (Jaguars) – I keep waiting for Lewis to breakout. The cat is too skilled not to produce every week. He drops easy targets and doesn’t always play motivated. If he ever puts the mental and physical together, he could end up being a Top 10 tight end.

Nate Washington (Titans) – Somebody has to catch the ball in Tennessee. Kenny Britt will be a star, but not in 2009. Washington always seemed to make clutch catches in key games while in Steel City. Can he handle an increased role? I say yes. Look for 50 catches and 5-7 touchdowns.

Jason Avant (Eagles) – The term “Wes Welker type” is all the rage these days. You know, that shifty slot receiver with sticky hands and a nose for first downs. Avant is that guy for the Birds. He won’t get you many scores, but he’s a definite chains mover with 50 catch potential.

Michael Bush (Raiders) – See Glen Coffee. Our informed spies tell SRB Bush will be handed short-yardage and goal line duties in ’09. Bottom line: he’s too damn talented to keep on the sideline. I predict he leads the Raiders in rushing TDs.

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