As you stumble into your fantasy draft for the upcoming season, here’s a few random thoughts on the players to get – and the players to avoid – from Florida’s three NFL franchises.
1. Maurice Jones-Drew: Despite my overall concern that he’s not going to provide enough offense to help the Jacksonville Jaguars make it back to the promised land, you would be a fool to not take him for your fantasy team. As long as he’s the main offensive weapon, he will remain a great fantasy running back. He will still lose some touchdowns to fullback Greg Jones but that is more than offset by the fact that he is great catching the ball out of the backfield.
2. Derrick Ward: This was probably the best off-season acquisition for the 3 Florida teams. Ward showed against the Jaguars last weekend why he could have a monster season. Yes, the Bucs have other tailbacks on their roster but Ward was a 1,000 yard rusher last year for the N.Y. Giants who could put up those numbers again if he’s given the chance.
3. Ronnie Brown: There are those nay-sayers who think that relying on Brown is a risk. But with the Dolphins still keeping the Wildcat in their playbook it’s easy to see that Brown will be the man in Miami. Don’t be surprised if he passes the 1,000 yard mark this season.
4. Chad Pennington: Make him your No. 1 quarterback? Uh no. But Pennington would be a great guy to have if the injury gods target your main quarterback. Pennington had over 3,600 yards passing and 19 touchdowns last year and there’s nothing to think he can’t match those numbers or do a little better.
5. Ted Ginn Jr: This is essentially a make-or-break year for Ginn. He is the main target for Dolphins QB Chad Pennington and he needs to emerge as the go-to guy or Ginn will be labeled a draft bust. That said Davonne Bess has shown flashes of potential and has the skills to become a leading receiver on the team.
1. Antonio Bryant: Let me count the ways: He’s coming off surgery, he’s only had one season where he had more than 70 catches, and oh yeah, see flop No. 4, which is there will be no one decent getting him the ball.
2. Torry Holt: Don’t be the sucker who thinks that all the Jaguars have been waiting for is a great receiver. Holt was a great receiver when he played for the St. Louis Rams. But at the end of the day the Jags will rely on Mojo and not a 33-year-old receiver to get the job done.
3. Cadillac Williams: The off-season signing of Ward just confirmed the news that Cadillac’s days as a dominating back are likely behind him. Right now he’s way down on the depth chart and there doesn’t appear to be much of a chance that will change.
4. Whoever winds up starting as the Buccaneers quarterback. There’s a reason that head coach Raheem Morris can’t make up his mind during training camp on who should be quarterback. That’s because either option is mediocre at best.