St. Louis Rams
Your guess is as good as mine here. Word on the street is that they are going to draft Sam Bradford but recent developments have them going after Donovan McNabb. If they get McNabb he will retain his McNabb esque value. If they go with Bradford expect Stafford or Sanchez numbers in the coming year…needless to say this is a position to watch and most likely stay far away from. I know Bulger is still on the roster but good money is against him making it to the start of the regular season or for him to complete the season injury free.
Steven Jackson: He will be decent in the coming year and if McNabb is the choice at QB he will see a hike in catches. He is a top 10 back next year but he might be worth moving in a dynasty format before he hits the running back wall. I don’t really need to sell him his numbers do that all by themselves. As long as he stays off in injury list you have a sure fire starter every week.
Depending who the Rams draft at running back, if they do, he could have huge value for the weeks that Jackson is hurt or if something bad happens to Jackson and he goes down for the year.
Donnie Avery: The best option of a poor group. He is quick and has some good hands. I just don’t trust the Rams. The offense will go through Jackson and everyone is going to know it, if you are relying on Avery or any of the WR or TE’s your team could be in trouble. I see Avery as a WR4 at best.
Brandon Gibson: Sleeper alert … kind of. If your league is super deep and you are really searching he might be worth a look, but I wouldn’t hold out hope. He had an ok season and could make a splash.
The Rams are bad if they use a high pick on a wide out he could come in and have a big impact so I would keep an eye on this position.
Daniel Fells: He had a few ok games. There is some promise here but again you need to watch the draft word is they are looking to add a Tight End in the draft. A young quarterback could be a blessing for whoever the tight end is, but again most of the touchdowns are going to be going to Jackson.
Rob Gronkowski of Arizona or Jimmy Graham from the U are both options for the Rams or if some how Grisham slides are being targeted by the Rams and anyone would be a huge upgrade and could be worth a late round pick, or early pick in a rookie draft.
Much like the Rams this is a position to avoid. It is also too early to speculate who is going to be at the helm. Good money is on Hasselbeck, but he most likely will not remain there the entire season. Charlie Whitehurst was brought in to compete so you could see him get in the mix in the middle of the season. Also I would not rule out the addition of a quarterback in the draft. This is a position to keep a close eye on in dynasty formats and is one to run far away from in redraft formats.
Justin Forsett: He had a few great games last year and showed some great flashes, if he gets a chance to carry the rock full time you could have a great sleeper on your hands. Although he most likely will be wrapped up in a running back by committee, he will be worth a shot in the late rounds since I don’t see Julius Jones holding up the entire year. He should be on all dynasty rosters if roster limits permit.
Julius Jones: He is going to poach some carries and touchdowns from Forsett. More importantly he has had some success in the past, but it has only been mild success. I wouldn’t expect much from Jones, although if he finds himself to be the lone back because of injuries he will get some value. He is a buyer beware player.
The Seahawks have been linked to C.J. Spiller in many mock drafts. While I don’t know if that is a realistic move for the Seahawks with all the holes they have, but I do see them taking a back at sometime in the draft. Pete Carroll may look for one of the Pac 10 backs: Blount, McKnight, Best, Stefon Johnson are all possibilities in the later rounds.
T.J. Housh: Talk about a sinking ship. T.J. needed Ochocinco more than he wants to admit. Teams put some extra attention to Housh and with no real homerun speed he was exposed. He is an elite possession receiver but without some help he is going to struggle. I don’t see him as more than a low option for a WR2. I would be looking to try and unload him for something in a dynasty format and I would tread lightly in a redraft league.
Deion Branch: Another “meh” receiver. Branch is no more than a WR4 to a waiver addition. He is just in a decline and the lack of skill at the quarterback position isn’t going to help. I would keep an eye on Branch and if you are in a deep league he might be worth a late round flyer.
Deon Butler: He could start to emerge if the Seahawks start to go for the youth movement. He is not worth drafting in a redraft league but is one to keep an eye on since he could be pushed into the starting lineup with an injury.
I don’t see the Seahawks using a pick on a wide out but crazier things have happened. I also don’t know if I believe any of this stuff about Brandon Marshall coming to the Seahawks.
John Carlson: He has shown some flashes but has been wildly inconsistent. He is worth owning as your second tight end and is worth keeping a close eye on. Not the most sound choice for a tight end but he could be an ok spot starter.
Tight end is something that shouldn’t be looked at in the draft and any tight end drafted would not be a threat to Carlson’s strangle hold on the position.
San Francisco 49ers
Alex Smith: Unless they add someone via trade it is Smith’s job to lose. He had a decent year last year after he took over and could improve upon it. Crabtree, Morgan and Davis are all good options to throw to and Gore is a solid pass catching back. Is he going to be a top 10 fantasy quarterback, most likely the answer is no, but he could be a solid bye week fill in. With a little improvement he could be a spot starter. He is someone to get in a dynasty format and in redraft is worth taking if you get one of the top quarterbacks.
All that stands between Smith and starting is McNabb if McNabb goes else where is he going to be the starter if he ends up in San Fran then he is the surefire starter and I would say all the other positions take a tick upwards.
Frank Gore: The offense goes through Gore and he will get a majority of the carries. He also catches the ball well out of the backfield. He is a top 10 back and if he can stay healthy he could very well be in the top five. Not much needs to be said about Gore’s game, if you have him you hold on to him if you are in a redraft league he is a solid 2nd round choice.
Glenn Coffee: He is a great hand cuff for Gore, I am not sure he is going to take over anytime soon if ever, but if Gore gets banged up he could be a great spot starter. If you have a deep league he would be worth grabbing, and is pretty close to a must have if you’re a Gore owner.
Word is that the 49ers might look at Spiller in the draft. This would be the worst possible thing for Gore’s value. The addition of any other back shouldn’t do much for Gore’s value. Keep an eye on the draft but if the 49ers don’t call Spiller’s name all will be well in the fantasy world.
Michael Crabtree: He flashed some skills after he signed with the 49ers. With the 49ers opening up the offense his numbers should be on the rise, by the end of the season he could be a WR2 and in dynasty formats is a must own. This year will be a good gauge on Crabtree’s value and involvement
Josh Morgan: He is a decent WR and will be served well being the second wide out. The only problem with Morgan is he is the 4th option on the offense. I see him as a WR3 on the low end. If Alex Smith turns it on Morgan could be a solid spot play or bye week fill in.
I think the 49ers will shy away from a wide out early so there should be no worries here. Only the Lions would use back to back first round picks on wide outs so there shouldn’t be much worry here.
Vernon Davis: He burst on to the scene last year and there is no reason to think that he won’t repeat. Draft him as one of the top five tight ends off the board and start him every week. He has an unbelievable combo of size and speed.
No worries via the draft here.
Matt Leinart: I think everything will be ok with Leinart. I would take him as a #2 qb and see how things play out. He will be a hot dynasty hold and with the weapons in Zona he could really burst onto the scene.
I really think that it’s going to be Leinart’s job to lose and there will be a slight qb battle but the Cardinals have to figure out what they have with Leinart. I think it will be much like the Rodgers situation in Green Bay where the Packers needed to know what they had before they could move on.
Chris Wells: I think he is the player to watch. He runs with power and has good vision and is the unquestioned best back in Zona. Zona is claiming more balance for the offense and that will benefit the running game. He will be a player to watch and a player to get in dynasty leagues.
Tim Hightower: He will steal some third down touches but for the most part he will be a non factor in fantasy. His value is higher to the team than it is fantasy wise.
Highly doubt a running back is picked with all the holes on defense that need to be filled.
Larry Fitz: Top 3 wide out if you don’t know about him get out of the cave you are in.
Early Doucet: Played well down the stretch. Has been compared to Boldin but I dunno if that is a fair comparison. He will be ok and will fight with Breaston for playing time and catches this is a battle to watch in minicamp.
Steve Breaston: He has shown flashes and will be a hot addition for many people and a popular sleeper. He played well without Boldin in the lineup and should have a pretty good season. Don’t reach for him because no one knows if he will hold up.
Again too many holes on defense to use a high pick on a wide out.
Not really anyone to note here, but if they spend a draft pick on one he could a solid player and contributor to the offense.