2010 Fantasy Football Sleeper Spotlight: Jermaine Gresham
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.
Rookie Cincinnati Bengal TE Jermaine Gresham has an ADP of 206 according to Mock Draft Central. That makes him the the second pick of the 18th round or the 20th TE to come off the board. That is right about where I have Gresham ranked among TEs (click to see my 2010 fantasy TE rankings). While his ranking puts him in the TE2 category, he has the potential to bust out in a big way.
He has great size (6’5″, 260), soft hands, and the ability to pick up yards after the catch with both his toughness and his elusiveness. He gives Carson Palmer a safety valve over the middle when Chad Ochocinco, Terrell Owens, and Antonio Bryant (assuming he’s healthy) stretch the field. He should also get plenty of targets in the red zone given his skill set.
He missed the 2009 college season with a knee injury, but was a real threat in 2007 (37 catches, 518 yards, 11 TDs) and 2009 (66, 950, 14). My modest prediction for Gresham in 2010 is 45 catches for 450 yards and 5 TDs, but I could easily see those numbers jump to 60-650-7.
In non-keeper leagues he’s worth taking a shot on with a late round pick. In deep keeper leagues though, he should be go much sooner as he has the potential to become one of the top TEs in the league in the next couple of seasons.
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