2010 Fantasy Football Sleeper Spotlight: Jermaine Gresham

Jul 31, 2010

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.

 

What are your thoughts on Jermaine Gresham?

 

 

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4 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. David Funk
    July 31st, 2010 at 3:29 pm #

    I still hold the belief that him being hurt last year at Oklahoma was the biggest blow for them. Their red zone offense was nearly flawless with him in 2008, but not even close without him in 2009.

    He is a very gifted athlete that will cause mismatch headaches combined with his size. He does sometimes drop the easy passes, but will make difficult catches look easy. He’s in a good system in Cincinnati since the tight end position is relegated to just blocking which he’s not nearly as strong at.

    I like your projections on his stats for his rookie year, and he could potentially breakout, too.

  2. LestersLegends
    July 31st, 2010 at 9:54 pm #

    I’m just a little afraid T.O. will take some of his targets. He’s still a beast that will create match-up problems for opposing defense with LBs being too slow and DBs too small.

  3. The Legend
    August 1st, 2010 at 10:38 pm #

    I always love a sleeper post that defines a sleeper properly. I read a post a few days ago calling Ryan Mathews a sleeper!?

    I didn’t have Gresham on my radar yet, but he is now. I did a quick web search and he is an intriguing player. That size can definitely create matchup problems and in some of the tight possession oriented games in the Bengals division (Pitt, Balt) the TE could end up with a decent share of touches.

    Adding TO and Bryant’s health may be the wildcards here.

  4. LestersLegends
    August 2nd, 2010 at 5:12 am #

    I think the term sleeper has been changed from players you haven’t heard of to players you aren’t drafting. Everyone is so familiar with all the players now.

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