Old Men River
Elder Statesmen, wily veterans, grey beards, it really doesn’t matter what you call them because they’ve already heard it all. They’ve been there, done that – most of them more than once. But are they merely resting on name recognition or do they really have value for your fantasy team? More specifically, do they have anything left in their tank?
Brett Favre – ½ full
At 38, he is the leader of this group. The oldest of the old; retired, un-retired and apparently truly believing he has what it takes to be a starting NFL quarterback. Well, from what I’ve seen so far I’d say he’s about half right. All quarterbacks need time to gel with their new teams, and Brett’s no different. He’s averaging 1.5 touchdowns and a respectable 180 yards, which are pretty middle of the road stats. If drafted high, he’d be considered a disappointment, but if taken later in the draft, a value pick. What bears watching is the 5 sacks he’s already taken this season. 38 doesn’t bounce back like 28, so if he’s your man, keep starting him but keep a close eye on those sack numbers.
Marvin Harrison – Empty
For all the “Old Men River” candidates, according to ESPN Harrison, 36, was drafted highest overall and is owned 100% in all of their leagues. So, based on his projected value and statistical expectations his tank is empty. He was an average fifth round pick and is now the third wide receiver on a team that has a top-five running back in Joseph Addai. Unfortunately that’s not even his worst problem. He has fallen out of favor with quarterback Peyton Manning as evidenced by his single reception last week.
Jon Kitna – ¾ full
Surprise number one of the group, at age 35 Kitna is posting solid numbers. The biggest issue with Kitna is that his team is terrible and that makes him easy to overlook. However his stats actually point to him having more left in his tank than you may think at first glance. He has completed 45 passes for 538 yards and four touchdowns, very solid fantasy stats. Of course the Lions being a terrible team is going to take its toll on Kitna. He’s already been sacked 8 times in just two games. Like with Favre, the older a body is, the harder it is to bounce back from those licks.
David Patten – ¾ full
Surprise number two of the group, mainly because a lot of you right now are going, “who?” Due to Marques Colston’s injury Patten, age 34, has moved up to the number one target of Drew Brees. His stats so far are not all that outstanding, only 6 receptions for 94 yards and a touchdown, but his room for statistical improvement is huge. As Patten and Brees both adjust to this change, the upside alone fills Patten’s tank to at least ¾ full.
Terrell Owens – Overflowing
When you catch three passes, and two of them are touchdowns, you had a good game, especially against a quality opponent like the Philadelphia Eagles. Overall, T.O. was the thirteenth pick in this year’s draft, marking him as an elite wide receiver, and even at 34 he is definitely living up to that title. With almost 90 yards receiving each game, and one TD in the first game and two in the second TO is definitely not resting on his considerable name recognition, but adding solid value to your team as your number one or two receiver.