Sleeper: Glen Coffee – It has been a while since anything worth smiling about has come out of
Bust: Michael Crabtree – Those that passed on the diva are sitting home smiling. Rumors out of
Sleeper: Laurent Robinson – With injury comes opportunity. The Rams are thanking God they made the deal to acquire Robinson from the Falcons during the offseason. Donnie Avery went down with a micro-fracture injury and is due to miss 2-3 weeks of regular-season play. By that time, Robinson should prove that he is worth the WR2 spot in the Rams offense.
Bust: Marc Bulger – The days of the “Greatest Show on Turf” are over. Bulger finds himself at the helm of an offensive overhaul. The Rams have a young and inexperienced receiving corps. The air attack may surprise from time to time, but I’m expecting a lot of growing pains in ‘09.
Sleeper: Deon Butler – The Seahawks wide receiver corps was the most injury-plagued unit in all of football last season. The problem appears to be remedied heading into the ‘09 season, and has moved from desolate to an overpopulated position. The acquisition of T.J. Houshmandzadeh, the ahead of scheduled healing of Nate Burleson and the return of Deion Branch has Deon Butler in an all-out dog fight for playing time.
Sleeper: Justin Forsett – Forsett is entering his second season out of
Sleeper: Anquan Boldin – How can you have Boldin as a sleeper? Let me tell you. The only thing keeping Boldin from achieving elite status is his injury concern. The only thing keeping him an injury concern is inability to turn down his intensity. There is not a more physical receiver in all of football. He doesn’t out-jump or out-run you – he plows through you. Three weeks after he broke his face and nearly got decapitated, “Q” caught two touchdowns on the identical route he got injured on. Larry Fitzgerald deserves all the press he is receiving, but through Boldin’s first 10 games there wasn’t a better wideout in all of football. He tallied up 89 catches, for 1,038 yards and 11 scores in only 12 starts. His numbers stretch across an entire season would have him tops in nearly every receiving category. If he can stay on the field, and that’s a big “IF”, he should penetrate the Top 5 in fantasy production.
Bust: Tim Hightower – Hightower is benefitting from Beanie Wells’ missed time in camp. Wells is a far superior talent, but his injury status has allowed Hightower to regain the coach’s confidence. Hightower loss touches to the Edge and J.J. Arrington down Arizona’s playoff stretch. He performed in short-yardage situations and is the most likely candidate for goalline duties. It’ll now take more time for the rookie to make his way into the starting lineup, but once he does Hightower should be an afterthought in the Cardinal offense.