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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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The Dolphins made big noise this offseason by landing Brandon Marshall. He has a chance to have the biggest impact of any player switching teams for the 2010 season.

Fantasy Playoffs Schedule:  Favorable
Sure the take on the Jets in Week 14, but if you can survive that game, it’s smooth sailing. They finish with two home games against the Bills and the Lions.

Five Star Fantasy Options
Brandon Marshall – Some people don’t care for Marshall, but they most likely haven’t been a Marshall owner the past three years. The Broncos switched from Jay Cutler to Kyle Orton and he didn’t miss a beat. Chad Henne has a big arm, and could lead Marshall to another monster year.

Four Star Fantasy Options
None

Three Star Fantasy Options
Chad Henne – Henne was solid in his first NFL action this year, and with new weapon Brandon Marshall at his disposal, Henne has a chance of being a low end QB1 or a solid QB2.

Ronnie Brown – I’m a bigger fan in Brown than most. He is a super talented RB. His main problem is staying healthy. When he plays, he’s quite effective. Right now I consider him a low end RB2 or a high end RB3.

Two Star Fantasy Options
Ricky Williams – I’m loving the resurgence of Ricky’s career. He had 1121 yards and 11 TDs last year. He is 33 so don’t get too excited. He’s still the backup RB when Ronnie Brown is healthy. That said he’s a decent source for RB depth.

Davone Bess – He’s going to catch a lot of passes, so he should definitely be on the radar for those in PPR leagues. In standard leagues he’s nothing more than bench depth.

Dolphins Defense/Special Teams – Right off the bat I can tell you I like the fantasy playoffs matchup.They also play the Bills in Week 1, Raiders in Week 12, and Cleveland in Week 13. Fortunately their second meeting with New England is in Week 17.

One Star Fantasy Options
Greg Camarillo – He has great hands, but given the priority of the running game, along with Marshall and Bess, I’m not too concerned about losing out on Camarillo.

Brian Hartline – He’ll need an injury along the way to become fantasy relevant.

Anthony Fasano – He caught just 31 passes for 339 yards and a pair of scores. This after posting a line of 34-454-7. He’s a backup/spot starter at best.

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Obviously the combo of Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams put on a show tonight, but there were a couple of other surprising performances.

No, I’m not talking about Ted Ginn, Jr. actually holding onto the football.  I’m not talking about the gutsy use of Pat White late in the game.  I’m talking about Chad Henne and Braylon Edwards.

Chad Henne had an outstanding game completing 20 of 26 passes (76.9%) for 241 yards and 2 TDs.  He was decisive.  He showed good poise, a strong arm, and good touch.  If he is available in 2 QB leagues, be sure to put in a claim for him.  He looked that good.

The Jets got an encouraging sign in the debut of Braylon Edwards.  He caught 4 passes for 64 yards and a TD.  He nearly had a second score, getting tackled on the 1.  He also drew a pass interference on a deep ball that set up Thomas Jones’ second TD.  If you have Edwards on your fantasy roster, you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that he’s on a team with a pulse.

With training camp approaching, I figured what better time to take a look at the QBs around the league. 

We profiled the Big DogsSecond Tier QBs, and the Serviceable QBs, now it’s time to look at the rest of the signal callers.  I know scrap pile may seem a little harsh, but when you consider we already profiled 20 QBs, you catch my drift.  These guys will be used on bye weeks and when injuries strike.  I’m sure a few of them will turn out to be decent plays.  Some will likely lose their starting job.  That’s the nature of the beast when you deal with the shallow end of the QB pool.

Scrap Pile
Jason Campbell
- I actually don’t mind Jason Campbell.  If he weren’t coming off a knee injury I would probably put him in the Serviceable QB group.  He made decent strides in his second year.  I would just like to see him throw more TDs.

Jeff Garcia – Garcia is a decent play in leagues that penalize for INTs since he seldom throws to the wrong color jersey.  He’s not going to give you a huge week, but he’s a decent fill-in when your starter is on bye.  He’s in the scrap pile because Tampa has a few decent QBs on hand in case they want to go a different direction.

Tarvaris Jackson – With the acquisition of Benard Berrian, the development of Sidney Rice, the double-headed monster in the backfield, and a little experience gained, and T-Jack has some potential to break out of the scrap pile.  He needs to gain confidence and consistency. 

Alex Smith – Smith was a pick of mine to breakout last year.  He made me look foolish.  My expectations are justifiably lower this year.  However, he does have Mike Martz to help him along, as well as newly acquired Bryant Johnson and Isaac Bruce.  Perhaps this is the year Vernon Davis lives up to his hype as well. 

JaMarcus Russell – They will probably be passing a lot since they will be behind in most games.  He’s got that going for him.  As long as Javon Walker can get home for some beauty rest instead of curbside butt whoopings, he’s got a legitimate weapon.  He’s still very inexperienced though, and there will be plenty of bumps along the way.  I can see him leading the league in INTs.

Chad Pennington/Kellen Clemens – Let’s face it.  Neither of these QBs excite you.  For good reason.  They do have a pair of quality WRs, but I can see split duty out of these two.  That’s a situation I’ll steer clear of.

Trent Edwards/J.P. Losman – Trent is penciled in as the starter, but I’m not sure Buffalo has witnessed the last of Mr. Losman.  Neither is going to wow you with statistics, but they may be useful for a game or two this year.

Brodie Croyle/Damon Huard – I ‘d like to see Brodie Croyle take the job and run with it.  He’s got some weapons in Tony Gonzalez and Dwayne Bowe.  Still, I know I wouldn’t trust him.

Rex Grossman – Yuck.  Marty Booker is back.  Oh boy.  They lost their best deep threat.  They are going to need Devin Hester to step up his game if Rexy is going to even be relevant in fantasy circles.  Avoid this like the plague.

Kyle Boller/Troy Smith/Joe Flacco – I actually could see all three getting starts this year.  Boller get the starting nod and loses it by Week 4.  Troy Smith takes over and mans the post until Week 10.  The rookie Joe Flacco finishes the season off to get him experience for next season.  That’s how it plays out in my head.

Josh McCown/John Beck/Chad Henne – I can see the same scenario go down in Miami.  McCown early.  Beck gets another shot and misses, Henne finishes with eyes towards the future. 

Chris Redman/Joey Harrington/Matt Ryan – The question is when, not if, the Matt Ryan era will begin.  I don’t know why, but I’d like to see Joey have a decent little go of things.  I’ve had a soft spot for him for whatever reason.  I think he got a bad shake in Detroit, and was ruined.    That said, the sooner they get to Ryan the better. 


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