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. With 105 wideouts to choose from, getting any consensus on a player says a lot when it comes to receivers.
Sleepers (Players drafted as a backup that have the potential to perform like a starter)
Bernard Berrian, Minnesota Vikings - Berrian has fallen sharply in drafts this year after turning 71 catches into 951 yards and five touchdowns during his fourth season in Chicago. His perceived fantasy value took a hit by hooking up with the Minnesota Vikings since they had one of the worst passing attacks in the league last year. But Chicago was hardly a passing mecca either and Tarvaris Jackson was playing much better towards the end of his first season as a starter. No matter that the Vikings have a dominating ground game, Berrian's stock in trade is the long ball and unlike Troy Williamson - he can catch it.
Nate Burleson, Seattle Seahawks - While Burleson was a flop in his first season in Seattle, he comes off a 2007 campaign where he snared 50 passes for 694 yards and scored nine touchdowns. With Deion Branch out on the PUP list until week seven of the season at the earliest, Burleson will join with the aging Bobby Engram to provide the Seahawks with their primary passing targets. If he can score nine times on just 50 catches, 2008 should be even brighter with a heavier work load.
Vincent Jackson, Devin Hester, Robert Meacham, Laurent Robinson, Jabar Gaffney, Justin Gage, Kevin Walter
Undervalued (Players drafted as a starter but a great value where available)
Roy Williams, Detroit Lions - Mike Martz is gone, the pass-happy Lions’ offense replaced by a run-first game plan, and super-sexy sophomore Calvin Johnson lurks on the other side. Almost makes it too easy to forget that Williams himself is a man among boys, that his career per-game averages would make him a top-10 receiver in most scoring formats, and that the passing portion of Detroit’s new offense will focus on the downfield receivers (Williams and Johnson) rather than the slot guys. At least a few Huddle staffers haven’t forgotten.
Torry Holt, St. Louis Rams - It is reasonable that Holt would no longer be the top wideout in the league thanks to balky knees and a new offense that won't showcase him as a primary weapon any longer. But Holt has receded all the way back to WR2 range despite never falling below 93 catches for 1180 yards and seven scores for the last five seasons. He may have a knee condition but he has only missed two games in the last six years and none in 2007. In a position that offers little consistency, Holt has always been there for fantasy owners.
Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers - Jennings has been discounted this year with the absence of Brett Favre but his 12 touchdowns in 2007 were tied for fourth best among all NFL wideouts. He also was only in his second NFL season and now plays in the year most stars breakout. Aaron Rodgers may present an unknown at quarterback but it is the exact same offensive system with the same players other than Favre. Jennings only played in three games last year without a touchdown catch. At worst, the lack of Favre means more attention against the ground game which only gives Jennings more breathing room downfield.
Overvalued (Players that are poor values where being drafted, if not outright busts)
Javon Walker, Oakland Raiders - Another wideout that can easily be considered overvalued is Walker who comes off a knee injury and has struggled in training camp. He was talked out of retiring by the coaching staff and in the best of all worlds he will have an inexperienced quarterback playing in his first season. Oh yes, and he got mugged and robbed of over $100,000 in jewelry which resulted in a concussion and broken face bones. About all he has going for him is that the Raiders really wanted him to play since they threw a $55 million contract at him. And he still considered walking away. Do... not... touch.
Brandon Marshall, Denver Broncos - Marshall as an overvalued player is almost too easy. Already suspended a couple of games, the star of 2007 has more than merely less weeks to play. He has an offense that hasn't yet produced a suitable #2 wideout to draw away attention and that has brought in a contingent of mediocre talent hoping something breaks through. It all smacks of asking too much from a wideout who is having off the field problems that are impacting his career.
Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Johnson, Torry Holt, Dwayne Bowe, Lee Evans, Sidney Rice, Jerry Porter, Tedd Ginn Jr.
|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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