2010 Fantasy Football Rankings: 2010 NFL Draft Stock Up
In one of many 2010 Fantasy Football articles to come, here are my 2010 Fantasy Football Draft Stock Up players. There will be many more 2010 Fantasy Football features in the late spring and summer, including tons of 2010 Fantasy Football Mock Drafts, Player Rankings, Sleepers and Busts. I'll also have an extensive 2010 NFL Fantasy Football Preseason Stock Report.
2010 Fantasy Football Quarterbacks - Stock Up:
Tom Brady, Patriots
The Patriots had to find another weapon for Tom Brady with Wes Welker expected not to be anywhere near 100 percent until Thanksgiving. Getting Rob Gronkowski in the second round was a great move; he would have been a first-round prospect if it weren't for his previous back injury.
Joe Flacco, Ravens
With the additions of Anquan Boldin and Donte' Stallworth in free agency, and Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta in the 2010 NFL Draft, I think you have to consider Joe Flacco as a low-end QB1 right now. Remember, he had a six-game stretch at the beginning of the 2009 season when he threw for 1,674 yards and 11 touchdowns - and that was with Derrick Mason and crap as his targets. Flacco will be one of my sleepers when my sleepers/busts column comes out.
Carson Palmer, Bengals
It's now or never for Carson Palmer. With Antonio Bryant, Jermaine Gresham and Jordan Shipley joining Chad Ochocinco, there are no more excuses. Palmer didn't appear 100 percent last year, but he didn't have anyone to work with besides No. 85. Assuming Palmer can bounce back physically, he's a low-end QB1.
Aaron Rodgers, Packers
Aaron Rodgers had more 300-yard (3) and three-touchdown games (3) in the second half of the season than in the first half (2 each). The difference? Better offensive line play once Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher were healthy. Even if Bryan Bulaga doesn't start right away, his presence ensures Rodgers will have adequate protection even in the wake of an injury to one of his edge blockers.
Tony Romo, Cowboys
A quarterback who threw for 4,483 yards and 26 touchdowns shouldn't be allowed to have his stock go up, but that's precisely what happened when the Cowboys drafted Dez Bryant. Whom are opposing defenses going to cover?
2010 Fantasy Football Running Backs - Stock Up:
Frank Gore, 49ers
Frank Gore has to be loving this - not one, but two offensive linemen in the first round. Gore somehow managed 4.9 yards per carry behind a bunch of mediocre blockers last year. It's almost unfathomable as to how much damage Gore will cause with Anthony Davis and Mike Iupati now leading the way.
Shonn Greene, Jets
More reasons to love Shonn Greene this year: The Jets drafted the monstrous Vladimir Ducasse in the second round. Ducasse will start immediately at left guard. Also, fullback John Conner, a tremendous blocker, was added in Day 3. It'll be a huge upset if Greene's not a top 10 back this season.
Ryan Grant, Packers
Like Aaron Rodgers, Ryan Grant gets a boost from the Bryan Bulaga pick. I wrote this in another column, but here are Grant's 2009 stats with and without both Clifton and Tauscher in the lineup:
Grant WITHOUT Clifton or Tauscher (8 games): 147 carries, 604 yards (4.1 YPC). 3 TDs.
Grant WITH Clifton and Tauscher (8 games): 135 carries, 649 yards (4.8 YPC). 7 TDs.
Pierre Thomas, Saints
Pierre Thomas was a happy man during the free-agency period when Mike Bell defected for Philadelphia. Thomas was also thrilled during the 2010 NFL Draft. Not only did the Saints ignore the running back position; they also drafted two highly touted offensive linemen in Charles Brown and Matt Tennant. Thomas is poised for a big year.
2010 Fantasy Football Wide Receivers - Stock Up:
Miles Austin-Jones, Cowboys
Miles Austin-Jones' two best games took place when no one had ever heard of him. Once ESPN started showing his highlights, however, his production slipped before an upward spike at the end of the year. With Dez Bryant in the mix, opposing defenses once again won't be able to focus on Austin-Jones as much.
Louis Murphy, Raiders
Louis Murphy played well as a rookie, catching 34 passes for 521 yards and four touchdowns. Like Chaz Schilens (below), Murphy's numbers could explode with Campbell now the team's starting quarterback.
Chaz Schilens, Raiders
Chaz Schilens is a skilled receiver, and flashed some potential in the season finale when he caught eight balls for 99 yards. In fact, he had 17 receptions for 200 yards in his final three contests - and that was with crap quarterback play. Jason Campbell is a huge upgrade and should turn Schilens into a borderline starting receiver in three-wideout leagues.
2010 Fantasy Football Tight End - Stock Up:
Zach Miller, Raiders
Jason Campbell has always had success with Chris Cooley, so you have to figure that Zach Miller really stands to benefit from Jason Campbell's arrival in Oakland - particularly in the touchdown department.