QB: Joe Flacco
Flacco had a big 2009 season. That trend should continue, as the ground game is solidified with stud Ray Rice in the backfield and the passing game gets a dangerous weapon in Anquan Boldin. Flacco is still a borderline QB1, but has tremendous potential.
RB: Ray Rice, Willis McGahee
Rice should be a top four pick. He put up ridiculous numbers last year, and probably helped a lot of fantasy owners win leagues, myself included. He runs, he catches, he scores. McGahee is an obvious handcuff, but shouldn’t steal away too much value.
WR: Anquan Boldin, Derrick Mason
Flacco gets a new toy. Often disgruntled in
TE: Todd Heap
Heap had a decent year. He’s still a good pass catcher, but with Boldin around, there’s less ball to go around. He’s also an injury risk.
Palmer is now out of excuses. He had a running game last year, but teams could key on Chad Ochocinco. Now he’s got Terrell Owens, Antonio Bryant and rookie tight end Jermaine Gresham. If he can’t be valuable now, it’s got to be on him. I still only rank him as a mid-tier QB2.
RB: Cedric Benson
Benson was a comeback story last year. Nice to see a guy turn his life around. But, can he do it two years in a row? I think he can, but not to last year’s extent. Still very valuable, but as a RB2.
Solid receiving corps. Ochocinco finally proved last year that he can still play. Owens goes to a team where he’s a No. 2, as he should be. And Bryant, although injured, is wildly talented. This is a crapshoot, and one I don’t want any part of, aside from ‘The Ocho.’
TE: Jermaine Gresham
is a tremendous talent. But he’s an injury risk playing tight end on a running team with a bunch of moody wideouts who need their egos satisfied. Sorry rookie.
QB: Jake Delhomme
Yikes. I suppose new team president Mike Holmgren wanted some insurance in case he didn’t get to draft the quarterback he wanted, but I’d have looked elsewhere. And so should you.
RB: Jerome Harrison, Montario Hardesty
was huge late in the season last year. In his last three games last year, he scored a total of 85 fantasy points in standard scoring leagues. Granted, it was against
Interesting guys; all of them. But, all very inconsistent and very risky if you’re actually counting on them. Cribbs is fun to watch, but really for special teams. Massaquoi and Robiskie are both young and should develop. This group’s problem is whose on the other end of the ball.
TE: Ben Watson
Only because he’s Watson. He once caught touchdowns from Tom Brady. That’s got to count for something, right? Nah, not really.
QB: Ben Roethlisberger, Byron Leftwich
‘Big Ben’ was naughty. Again. So he’ll serve at least a four-game suspension. He’ll be OK when he gets back, but if you take him as your QB1, you need to get a QB2 fast, because those four weeks will kill you. Leftwich will fill in, but has minimal value.
Big things. I expect big things from Mendenhall. He’s a physical runner that fits in well with the Steelers’ scheme. If he can stay healthy, he’ll reward you as a RB1 in the late-first or early-second round.
WR: Hines Ward, Mike Wallace
Every year I pass on Ward, and every year he produces. He’s still very good, but he’s a much better football player than a fantasy player. He’ll do what he always does, which definitely has value. Wallace is a popular sleeper this year, but I don’t see it. Roethlisberger will miss time, and
TE: Heath Miller
Miller is another guy who is always overlooked and always produces. He’s not Antonio Gates, but you’re not looking for that in the 13th or 14th round. He’s a bargain there.