Wide receivers to watch out for (sleepers)

With most fantasy football league drafts complete, it’s time to skim the waiver wire for some players to keep an eye on. If you’re in a Yahoo league, these are the guys you would click the little ‘Add to Watch List’ flag next to their name. I guess you could consider these as “sleeper picks”, but they’re really just guys who have shown promise in the offseason and whose numbers could surprise you when the season is all said and done. I’ve also included a bonus running back waiver wire pickup in case you were interested.

Wide receivers to watch:

  1. Davone Bess, MIA – Last season Bess ended the year with a respectable 54 receptions, but it was the end of the year where he really shined. Over the last six games of the season, Davone had 35 catches. This year he’s fighting to be the number two receiver alongside Ted Ginn, but in the end he should again be Pennington’s go-to guy and should put up some decent numbers.
  2. David Clowney, NYJ – Apparently he didn’t win the battle to be the #2 receiver for the Jets, but he’s faster than Chansi Stuckey and had a solid preseason. Look for him to get a lot of looks in the passing game no matter where he is on the depth chart.
  3. James Jones, GB – In his rookie season, Jones approached 700 receiving yards, only to be limited by injuries during his sophomore year. This year the Packers offense is poised to be one of the best in the NFL and Jones should play a decent role in it. He’s behind Greg Jennings and Donald Driver right now, but he should still get enough looks to warrant a start based on the match-up from week-to-week.
  4. Hakeem Nicks, NYG – The rookie caught six passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns in a game this preseason, but it’s still a big question mark as to who will be Eli Manning’s favorite target in New York this season. Nicks might not end the year with the best stats of any Giants receiver, but he might put up WR3-type numbers and is someone to consider in a keeper league.
  5. Malcolm Kelly, WAS – Kelly beat out Antwaan Randle El for the starting job next to Santana Moss and the second year receiver should is looking to rebound from a rookie campaign where he was sidelined much of the year with a knee injury.
  6. Chaz Schilens, OAK – Just as it seemed as if Schilens would be the top receiver on the team, he went and broke a bone in his foot and will most likely be sidelined through the first few games of the season. Before the injury though, he was developing some great chemistry with JaMarcus Russell and was looking like he’d be the only consistent receiver on the team. See how he reacts when he comes back and he could put up numbers worth of a bye-week or injury fill-in for your team.
  7. Robert Meachem, NO – He was a first-round draft pick in 2007, but injuries have sidetracked his progress a bit. This year he appears healthy and he’s apparently been working closely with quarterback Drew Brees in the offseason. He’s a bigger receiver with good speed, but he’s going to have to do something special with Marques Colston and Lance Moore already entrenched in the starting lineup. However, the Saints will pass A LOT and even their backup receivers should see plenty of looks.
  8. Kenny McKinley, DEN – He was great this preseason, for what it’s worth, finishing with the third most receptions (16) and the fifth most receiving yards (213). He’s currently buried on the depth chart and will be used primarily on special teams to begin the year, but just keep an eye on him and maybe he’s the next Brandon Marshall (pre-insanity) or Eddie Royal.

Bonus: Running back to watch:

  1. Tashard Choice, DAL – There is talk that Choice is the best all-around running back on the team, but he probably won’t get a whole lot of work this season as long as Marion Barber and Felix Jones are healthy. He’s someone to keep an eye out for though and worthy of a gamble in a keeper league if you have an open bench spot.