2010 Fantasy Football Sleeper Spotlight: Davone Bess

Jul 9, 2010

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A typical fantasy football league consists of 12 teams nine starters (QB, two RBs, three WRs, TE, K, D) and anywhere from five to seven bench players. If you go with the latter bench allotment, you’re looking at 16 roster spots or 192 draft picks. By that definition, any sleeper should have an average draft position about 180 or lower.


Miami Dolphins WR Davone Bess sports an ADP of 241 according to Mock Draft Central. That would make him the first pick of the 21st round and somewhere around the 80th WR taken. That would make him a WR6 in 12-team leagues.


He had 76 catches for 758 yards and 2 TDs last year and 54 catches for 554 yards and a score as a rookie. I don’t expect him to suddenly break out as a third-year receiver like many have before him, but I think there is room for growth.


For starters, Chad Henne gained valuable experience last year, and will be more comfortable under center. They also added Brandon Marshall, who will command significant defensive attention.


With the focus on Marshall, the running game, and the Wildcat, Bess could go unattended. He has soft hands and a quick first step. The receptions could pile up. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him approach 90-100 receptions. The main drawback is he is an afterthought in the red zone. I don’t expect that to change. Still, he should be a solid WR4 or WR5 this year. He gets and added bump in PPR leagues.


Prediction:  90 catches, 900 yards, 3 TDs


What are your thoughts on Davone Bess?


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3 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Shane
    July 9th, 2010 at 11:56 pm #

    Bess is a decent sleeper option. I blogged a bit about Henne and Marshall here:

    Bess has a respectable Yards After Catch (YAC), which makes him a fine candidate to rack up yards this season. TDs may be hard to come by.

  2. LestersLegends
    July 10th, 2010 at 7:08 am #

    @Shane – agree. he has had a hard time finding the end zone. i don’t see that changing any time soon.

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