As the preseason progresses, some players raise their fantasy value, while others squander it. Here’s a quick look at players you may look like a genius for adding.
Laurent Robinson, WR, STL
I consider Laurent Robinson a must-have at this point in the season. Going into camp, Donnie Avery was the number one receiver, but many people liked Robinson better from a fantasy standpoint anyway, citing Avery’s inability to produce (zero 100-yard games last year, and topped out in week 1 with 6 receptions). With Avery sidelined for the year with a reported ACL tear, Robinson becomes the only Ram worth having on your fantasy team besides Steven Jackson.
I know that the Rams offense leaves a lot to be desired–especially while they work in a rookie QB–but Robinson is now an uncontested number one receiver on an NFL team, and that means he has fantasy value.
Looking for increased roles in the offense behind Robinson are Mardy Gilyard, Brandon Gibson, Danny Amendola and Keenan Burton; but I’m not sure anyone besides their family knows that they play in the NFL. Stay away.
Legedu Naanee, WR, SD
Naanee will be the second receiver in Mexico North until Vincent Jackson returns to the lineup. Jackson is suspended to start the season, and threatens to hold out even longer if his contract demands aren’t met; perhaps the entire season.
Jackson seems pretty serious. Right now, I’d pencil Naanee in to be the Chargers’ second starter for the next 17 weeks. I think Antonio Gates is still the most trusted target in the offense, but with Phillip Rivers at the helm, all things are possible.
I recommended Naanee as a pickup because I’m assuming Malcom Floyd has already been spoken for in your league. He’s the top wide out for the Chargers right now. He’s owned in only 64 percent of all ESPN leagues, but those are the smart leagues that all of you are in, right? Take Floyd if he’s there, but if not, Naanee could be a great sleeper.
Greg Camarillo, WR, MIN
Camarillo swapped letters this week when he was traded from MIA to MIN. He could start week 1 as high as number two on the Vikings’ depth chart behind Bernard Berrian, who I recommended to you last week. (Berrian is now the fourth most added player in ESPN leagues. Told you.)
Brett Favre has looked less-than-stellar thus far through the preseason, but I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. He’ll make things happen with whatever receivers he has at his disposal–and right now Camarillo looks to be one such option.
With Sidney Rice out for half the year and the status of Percy Harvin still up in the air (or flat on his face, passed out), Camarillo, Berrian and TE Visanthe Shiancoe should see increased involvement in the passing game.
Other names I’m hoping you already know (you’re behind the 8 ball if you don’t):
That’s right. A kicker. He’s far from a lock, but has huge potential. Could be the first waiver wire wonder kicker ever.