QB: Kyle Orton
Orton is not to be trusted. If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of needing to rely on him, pray to whatever god will listen. He probably gets replaced at some point by Brady Quinn or, let’s hope not, Tim Tebow.
RB: Knowshon Moreno, Correll Buckhalter
Before these guys both went down with injuries, I expected big things from them. With
WR: Eddie Royal, Demaryius Thomas
Not that this crew of receivers are all that great to begin with, but with Orton and possibly Quinn throwing balls to them, there really isn’t much to be excited about. Royal had a surprise season two years ago, but that was with Brandon Marshall taking up double teams. Thomas is raw, but freakishly athletic. If he can stay healthy, he could be a decent sleeper.
TE: Daniel Graham
The only reason Graham gets mentioned here is because the Broncos don’t have much offensive firepower. Maybe, he can get you some cheap touchdowns?
QB: Matt Cassel
has the skill set to be a top 15 fantasy quarterback. His problem has usually been a lack of weapons. Another issue facing him is that
RB: Jamaal Charles, Thomas Jones
Charles is fast. Like really fast. He’s Chris Johnson-lite. Once he took over for Larry Johnson, who had been seriously overworked, he took off. In the final eight weeks of the season, he rushed for a total of 968 yards, averaging 5.8 yards per carry, and scored seven rushing touchdowns. Imagine what he can do with a full year. Jones put up a career year in
WR: Dwayne Bowe, Chris Chambers
Reports from Chiefs camp have Bowe making solid strides this year. He’s bigger, faster and is making all sorts of plays. He’s going later than he should be in drafts, so grab him for a great value. Chambers meshed well with
TE: Leonard Pope
Pope underperformed in
QB: Jason Campbell
was traded to make room for Donovan McNabb in
RB: Michael Bush, Darren McFadden
McFadden is going before Bush, but I think Bush is more valuable. He’s a tough runner, which the Raiders will use to slow down games and beat up opponents. McFadden still has value as a home run threat, but his running style does not mesh well with the
WR: Darrius Heyward-Bey, Louis Murphy
Heyward-Bey has been impressive in camp, and Murphy took a solid step forward last year. But, the Raiders are an enigma, always showing immense promise and upside, and then usually tripping over their shoelaces. They’re really a running team, but these receivers do have some talent that Campbell should be able to use.
TE: Zach Miller
Miller is always a solid tight end, but I think he could be a top eight guy this year. He’s very good at finding holes in the defense and posting up, but what really works for him this year is the change in quarterback. Campbell helped to make Chris Cooley a household name in Washington, and now he’ll have Miller doing those same things. I really like Miller this year.
San Diego Chargers
QB: Philip Rivers
Rivers is a franchise quarterback. He’s easily in the top 10, and will make a push at top five this year, even with Vincent Jackson missing time. He’s got a lot of weapons, all the tools and can make all the throws.
RB: Ryan Mathews, Darren Sproles
Mathews is going to be a horse. He is big, strong and fast. He’ll make Charger fans forget about LaDainian Tomlinson real fast. His schedule shapes up quite nicely. Sproles is a nice backup and an obvious handcuff for Mathews owners.
Vincent Jackson will serve a three-game suspension, but that’s about all we know about him. He’s still holding out and wants a big contract. While the Chargers face that situation, Floyd and Naanee are big and fast, just like Jackson, and Rivers is comfortable with them. They should be upgraded a little on your board until the Jackson issue is resolved.
TE: Antonio Gates
Gates is still awesome. Not much more needs to be said. The only thing that can stop him is an injury.