Fantasy Football Profiles: Holt, Mason, Muhsin & Chambers
Aug 19, 2009
Torry Holt is thankful to escape the mess that is the St. Louis Rams. Not that Jacksonville is a passing mecca, but they are a team that should rebound after a disappointing 2008 season, unlike the rams, who should continue to be bottom feeders. Because he has been an elite WR for so long it seems that Holt is older than he actually is. While he’s no spring chicken, he’s still just 33. He had the worst season of his career last year, but St. Louis as a whole struggled last year. His string of 1000+ yard seasons ended at eight. He is easily the best wideout that Jacksonville has had since the days of Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell. His days of 1300 yard seasons are behind him, but he still makes a solid WR3 and a great WR4. He is going in the 8th round of fantasy drafts, and could end up being a great value. I think he’ll catch 80 passes for 1000 yards and 4 TDs.
Derrick Mason briefly retired following former teammate Steve McNair’s tragic death. I think he was just evaluating his life, and clearly he feels he has some football left in his system. Good news for Ravens fans because it would have left their WRs pretty thin. Mason had another fine year with 80 catches for 1037 yards and 5 TDs. You would think a 35 year old WR with 12 years in wouldn’t have much upside, but Joe Flacco should be a little more comfortable with the pace of the league and should get a longer leash in 2009. Mason is a nice WR4, especially in PPR leagues. He’s going around the 9th round in fantasy leagues. I can see a 90 catch, 1000 yard, 5 TD season from Mason.
Muhsin Muhammad is another veteran that continues to produce despite being 36 and entering his 14th season. Moose had 65 catches for 923 yards and 5 TDs last year. He was a bit inconsistent with eight games with 50 or fewer yards, but he salvaged two of them with a TD. He ended the year on a relative high note averaging 76.3 yards in his last three games. Most of the focus will be on Steve Smith and the running game so Moose should be able to find his spots. He’ll be challenged by Dwayne Jarrett, but if the Panthers are in contention again they will likely lean on the veteran. He’s a solid choice to add depth to your bench and spot start, perhaps in Week 8 (Arizona) or Week 9 (New Orleans). I’m expecting 65 catches for 800 yards and 6 TDs. Not bad value for a guy going in the 13th-
Chris Chambers had a disappointing 2008 season with just 33 catches for 462 yards and 5 TDs. The year before he had 66 catches for 970 yards and 4 TDs in split duty with Miami and San Diego. Clearly he’s not the same guy who caught 82 passes for 1118 yards and 11 TDs for the Dolphins in 2005. With LT, Gates, Vincent Jackson, Sproles, and Malcom Floyd, it doesn’t appear as if that is going to change anytime soon. He’s still young enough (31) to bounce back though, especially with a talented QB like Philip Rivers. His days as a fantasy starter are likely over, but he is still worthy of a roster spot. He’s being taken in the 10th round of fantasy drafts, but I’d probably wait a little longer. He should be good for 50 catches for 750 yards and 5 TDs.
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