Aug 3, 2009
You’ve all heard of that old saying “You Snooze, You Lose” right? Well, if you haven’t, let us introduce you to the Bruno Boys philosophy on finding those diamond in the rough fantasy football impact players or identifying a player coming off injury who is set to have a big season. We like to call our traditional sleeper rankings, Snooze Alarm rankings, because we focus on players who are virtually unheard of coming into the season or are undervalued because they might have suffered an injury or inconsistent play in the previous season. In some occasions we will even tackle a player who had a solid season the year before, but still isn’t getting the attention he should.
Often times, these are the exact same players who either outperform their average draft position in fantasy football drafts by seasons end, or they hit your league as a free agent, but finish as a top performer on a weekly basis. With that being said, please read on and enjoy the 2009 Bruno Boys Wide Receiver “Snooze Alarm” Rankings. Doing so, will allow you to not panic on draft day when a certain position starts flying off the board and should help add much coveted depth to your fantasy football roster.
Ranking System: The higher the “Snooze Alarm” Ranking, the more sleeper value the player has.
Anthony Gonzalez (Indianapolis Colts) - Indianapolis’ former first-round pick, Gonzalez’s numbers improved in his second campaign with the team in 2008 by 20 catches, nearly 100 receiving yards, and one touchdown. With Marvin Harrison no longer with Indy, Gonzalez is firmly entrenched as Peyton Manning’s No. 2 receiver behind stalwart Reggie Wayne. Though the Colts have a new offensive coordinator, look for the team’s offense to remain similar to years past, and for Gonzalez to continue to improve his numbers for the third straight year.
SNOOZE ALARM RANKING: 6 ALARMS
Roy Williams (Dallas Cowboys) - Williams was an unmitigated flop coming over from Detroit last year in a trade that cost the Cowboys their first and third-round picks. With the release of Terrell Owens, there just isn’t anyone else for Tony Romo to throw to other than tight end Jason Witten. Though the team will also continue to employ its running backs as receiving options, the only wideout on the roster that has produced significant numbers in the past is Williams, and in Dallas’ pass-happy offense, that should result in a stellar year.
SNOOZE ALARM RANKING: 5 ALARMS
Lee Evans (Buffalo Bills) - Evans scored a total of 24 touchdowns in his first three seasons in the league, but in his last two years, has a total of just eight. Fantasy football owners have long lamented the fact that Evans has not had a complementary receiving threat to take the pressure off of him, but that has all changed with the addition of Terrell Owens. Owens’ departure in Dallas is a boon for Roy Williams, but it may also be a benefit for Evans. Teams can no longer double the diminutive speedster, which should allow him to make big plays down the field, racking up yards, and hopefully, touchdowns.
SNOOZE ALARM RANKING: 4 ALARMS
Domenik Hixon (New York Giants) - New York has a plethora of receiving options on the roster, as they look to overhaul things due to the buffoonery of Plaxico Burress and his pistol. Hixon was the beneficiary last season, and should be that once again in 2009. In the team’s final five games, Hixon had at least 60 receiving yards in four contests, and with that year of experience under his belt, he should be primed to make an even bigger weekly contribution this season. The Giants have two promising rookies in Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden on the roster, but rookie wide-outs generally do not put up big numbers, so they shouldn’t stand in Hixon’s way come Week 1.
SNOOZE ALARM RANKING: 3 ALARMS
Devin Hester (Chicago Bears) - Though Hester’s punt and kick return abilities sagged with his move to wide-out, fantasy football owners have a lot more with him to gain at that position. With the trade for Jay Cutler to finally give the Bears someone who is a legitimate passing threat at quarterback, Hester becomes even more valuable. His ability to make big plays with his speed should have Cutler looking deep often for Hester. Inconsistency was a bit of a problem last season for Hester, but as he learns the nuances of playing receiver, that difficulty should be remedied somewhat.
SNOOZE ALARM RANKING: 2 ALARMS
Nate Washington (Tennessee Titans) - The Titans have been, and will continue to be, a running team. But at least one of the reasons they rely so much on the running game is because they have lacked talented wideouts. Washington will immediately become the team’s No. 2 at the position, behind Justin Gage, and though it wouldn’t be wise for fantasy football owners to think Washington will be a steady weekly contributor, there’s no reason to believe he won’t put up at least a few games where he amasses 100 yards and a score.
SNOOZE ALARM RANKING: 1 ALARM
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