This year eight staff writers have all been polled who their sleepers, undervalued and overvalued players are. To make this within context of your draft, we have shown the selections against the average draft rankings and are highlighting when at least three writers have a consensus on a player. We hope you like our new format.
Sleepers (Players drafted as a backup that have the potential to perform like a starter)
Kevin Boss, New York Giants - Half of the writers all feel that Boss not only becomes the new starter in New York, but he also becomes worthy of being a fantasy starter despite being available later in drafts. Boss only had nine catches for 118 yards and two scores as a rookie behind Jeremy Shockey but came through with four catches for 50 yards and a score in the season ender against the Patriots. He also had a catch in each of the playoff games and now heads up the tight ends for a team that loves to use the position.
Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers - Miller has surprisingly fallen from fantasy favor when most drafts have him taken around 12th or so. He not only comes off a career best season with 47 catchers for 566 yards, he was also used for seven touchdowns in 2007. While some may be expecting the tall Limas Sweed to horn in on Miller's action, that may prove wildly optimistic especially for this year. A fantasy back-up tight end that had seven touchdowns and 566 yards last year? Nice bargain.
Greg Olsen, Chicago Bears - Olsen comes off a decent rookie season when he had 39 catches for 391 yards and two scores. He has three things in his favor this year as well. First - the Bears have a delightfully easy passing schedule for a team that has no quarterback and doesn't like to throw typically. Second - with Marty Booker and Devin Hester manning the starting wideout spots, it is not like the Bears are teeming with high quality receivers to catch the ball. Lastly - Olsen enters his second season where most tight ends have their breakout.
Alge Crumpler, Zach Miller, Donald Lee, L. J. Smith
Undervalued (Players drafted as a starter but a great value where available)
Owen Daniels, Houston Texans - One of the few players that actually had six of eight writers all agree on, Daniels as a 10th overall tight end drafted would delight most teams. In only his second season, Daniels became one of the reliable targets regardless which quarterback was leading the Texans. He turned in 63 catches for 768 yards and three scores in just his second year and the first year of the new scheme. His three scores last year all came in the final six games. There is no concern if Matt Schaub is injured again - Owens was just as good with Sage Rosenfels as the starter.
Jeremy Shockey, New Orleans Saints - Shockey may move up or down this summer depending on his showing in preseason games for the Saints, but he is coming as a nice value now given that the Saints have been passing for over 4000 yards per season - never done in New York - and outside of Marques Colston, Drew Brees has no reliable secondary receiver. The trade was consummated after months of planning and rumor so he is definitely coming over as a coveted new aspect to their offense. Added bonus - Shockey plays indoors in December instead of in the howling winds at Giants Stadium.
Todd Heap, Vernon Davis
Overvalued (Players that are poor values where being drafted, if not outright busts)
Todd Heap, Baltimore Ravens - Heap has long been one of the top tight ends in the league but last year was hampered by a torn hamstring. His stats plummeted from 765 yards and six scores in 2006 to only 239 yards and one touchdown over the six games he managed to play. He is back but of concern is that Steve McNair is gone. Instead a quarterback competition largely between Kyle Boller and Joe Flacco has not been settled. It is all but certain that at some point this year Heap will be playing with a rookie quarterback and training camp is only going to determine which week that starts.
Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers - The notion that Davis is being overvalued in most drafts is due to a very simple reason - Mike Martz has never used one. Ever. Davis may be a freak in physical attributes but so far two seasons in the NFL in offenses dedicated to getting him the ball has never resulted in more than 52 catches or 509 yards. Not the least is that Davis has durability problems with always missing at least two games each year. Sure, Martz has said he is designing his offense to get Davis the ball but the same was true the last two years. Martz has never liked tight ends - bottom line.
Jeremy Shockey, New Orleans Saints - The fact that Shockey is considered both under and over valued reflects the dichotomy that is Jeremy. He is a physical and aggressive receiver who loves to play football. He is also a malcontent when he doesn't like things and he has never been shy about voicing his views regardless of the need for diplomacy and putting the team first. Changing addresses may not cure his overly zealous ways and he's been an injury problem his entire career anyway.
|Over Valued||ADP Rankings
as of 8/1
|DMD: David Dorey
2V: John Tuvey
|SB: Scott Boyter
PS: Paul Sandy
|MC: Michael Courter
DT: Darin Tietgen
|TVP: Tim Van Prooyen
KR: Kevin Ratterree
|O: Over Valued
U: Under Valued
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