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Great Value Lies Within The Middle Rounds

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Chad Henne
, QB,

ADP 131

Henne may be the Rodney Dangerfield among fantasy quarterbacks; he gets no respect! Over his final three weeks, Henne had two 300-yard games. Even though Henne threw five interceptions to only three touchdowns, he completed 66 percent of his pass attempts.

During the offseason,

brought in stud wide receiver, Brandon Marshall.

has posted three straight 100-catch seasons, including one with Kyle Orton last season. Orton increased his yardage total by 1,000 yards from the prior season by throwing to a bonafide No. 1 receiver in


While the Broncos and Dolphins have two different offensive philosophies, the addition of

is undeniable. However, the

addition is not reflected in his Henne’s ADP.

Henne has an ADP of the 17th best quarterback, ranked behind Ben Roethlisberger. Given Roethlisberger’s struggles off the field, Henne should definitely be ranked above the troubled quarterback.

Look at Henne as a high-end QB2 with low-end QB1 potential.

Fantasy Sharks Projection: 3,750 yards, 19 TD

Pierre Garcon

ADP 60

During postseason play, Garcon became Peyton Manning’s favorite target. In the 2009 playoffs, Garcon compiled 251 yards on 21 catches with two scores. Garcon’s breakout performance came in the AFC Championship. With Darelle Revis’ locked in on Reggie Wayne, Garcon gassed the Jets for 151 yards and a score.

Going into 2010, nothing has changed for the Colts’ passing game. Reggie Wayne will pre-occupy a defense’s top corner while Dallas Clark will stretch the middle of the field. That will give the third-year

product some excellent one-on-one opportunities on the outside.

Garcon’s ADP of 60 ranks him 24th among wide receivers, but Manning’s No. 2 wide receiver always seems to put up 1,000-yard seasons. Based on pure upside alone, I’ll take Garcon over Dwayne Bowe (52) and Hakeem Nicks (58). Remember, third-year receiver magic as well when considering Garcon.

Fantasy Sharks Projection: 50 catches, 700 yards, 5 TD

Michael Bush,

ADP 90

Over the final three weeks of the regular season, Bush was the featured running back in the Oakland Raider offense. Bush posted huge numbers in Week 15 against the Denver Broncos (133 yards, 1 touchdown), but only managed to post 81 yards of total offense in Weeks 16 and 17. The lack of production can be attributed to the Raiders falling behind early against Cleveland and Baltimore.

With quarterback Jason Campbell now leading the Raider offense, expect more stability.

is head and shoulders above last season’s Raiders’ quarterbacks.

In addition to

, running back Justin Fargas was released during the offseason, ensuring more carries for Bush this year. Fargas’ departure vacates 129 2009 carries and 569 carries over the past three seasons.

Bush is currently the 40th running back selected. However, the former

product has only logged 218 professional carries. In addition, running back mate Darren McFadden has never played an entire professional season. I’ll take Bush’s upside in the ninth round over McFadden (89) and Montario Hardesty (93).

Fantasy Shark Projection: 900 total yards, 6 TD

Zach Miller
, TE,

ADP 137

Another Raider makes the list. During Miller’s final two weeks last year, he grabbed 16 balls for 148 yards and a score. Miller’s final 2009 line of 66 catches for 803 yards looks pretty impressive for a tight end, but the fourth-year tight end from

definitely could have had a better season. Due to quarterback ineptness and injury, Miller had three games of one or no catches.

Enter Campbell. During his 2009 campaign with the Redskins,

’s tight ends (Chris Cooley, Fred Davis and Todd Yoder) grabbed 80 passes for 850 yards and eight scores. With no standouts in the receiving game, expect

to key in on the big tight end early and often this year.

Miller’s upside slots him ahead of Cooley (113) in my book.

Fantasy Sharks Projection: 70 catches, 800 yards, 3 TD

Good luck this season.

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