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The Shy-Away Top 40

Friday, August 19, 2011




26. Texans WR Kevin Walter - Walter is a quality real-life player. The return of Jacoby Jones and a healthy Owen Daniels will kill his consistency and make Walter an unappealing pick.

27. Seahawks WR Mike Williams - Traded out of the division, Williams won't be able to own Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie's soul for 34 percent of his fantasy points. Sidney Rice, Zach Miller, and one of the league's worst QB situations reduce "BMW" from target monster to WR5/6.

28. Browns Wide Receivers - Colt McCoy provided hope in spots last season and the exhibition opener, but we still have doubts. It can't help McCoy's cause that slow-footed Brian Robiskie appears locked in as his starting split end (in theory, a big-play position) and flanker Mohamed Massaquoi has mysteriously missed all of camp. Rookie Greg Little has been quiet.

29. Patriots WR Deion Branch - With the arrival of Chad Ochocinco, Branch has been relegated to three-receiver sets in a two-tight end offense. If Taylor Price continues to light up the preseason, the Pats will have a tough decision at final cuts with Branch due a $2.2 million salary.

30. Broncos QB Kyle Orton - Orton's job is secure, but Denver's philosophical shift from a top-seven pass attempts team to 30 rushing attempts a game will torpedo his fantasy stock. This isn't a quarterback efficient or well-equipped enough to overcome a prehistoric offensive approach and maintain top-16 passing stats. And fans' clamoring for Tim Tebow won't stop anytime soon.

31. Bucs WR Arrelious Benn - The Bucs insist Benn's rep and preseason limitations were by design after his December ACL tear, but he should start feeling urgency. Recent reports out of Tampa indicate Dezmon Briscoe is making a serious push for the job opposite Mike Williams. There's reason to think Benn's recovery isn't going as smoothly as we were led to believe.

32. Chargers WR Malcom Floyd - Floyd was a top-16 fantasy receiver in points per game last season, but the return of Vincent Jackson and a supposedly healthy Antonio Gates move him down several notches. An improved running game won't help, either. Look for Floyd to resume his role as Philip Rivers' No. 3 receiving option, catching about 40 balls for 700 yards. He's a WR4/5.

33. Ravens Tight Ends - Neither Ed Dickson nor Dennis Pitta has separated himself in the race to replace Todd Heap. With Lee Evans clearing out the middle of the field for Anquan Boldin to operate, Dickson and Pitta are poised to cancel out each other's fantasy production.

34. Jaguars QB David Garrard - If you've read Rotoworld lately, you're aware Garrard's stint as the Jaguars' quarterback will end soon. Blaine Gabbert will make more starts this year.

35. Lions WR Titus Young - Falling behind special teamer Rashied Davis and former third-round bust Derrick Williams, Young hasn't practiced in full since camp opened due to a bum hamstring. He may begin the year as a Sunday scratch and can't be drafted in 12-team leagues.

36. Redskins RB Ryan Torain - Recovering well behind schedule from a fractured hand, Torain has been on the sideline with Tim Hightower taking over as the Skins' every-down back.

37. Chiefs WR Jonathan Baldwin - Baldwin couldn't beat press coverage early in camp, and also missed a significant amount of reps with a hamstring injury. On Thursday, Nick Wright of 610 Kansas City tweeted that he's "hearing bad things" about Baldwin's absence from the last two days of Chiefs practice. He'll begin the season as no better than Kansas City's fourth receiver.

38. Redskins WR Anthony Armstrong - Armstrong has been demoted to a No. 3 receiver behind Santana Moss and Jabar Gaffney. Armstrong has no sleeper value after his career year.

39. Raiders WR Louis Murphy - The Raiders' top wide receiver in terms of catches and yards last season, Murphy is out indefinitely after surgery on an undisclosed body part. He'd fallen behind Jacoby Ford, Darrius Heyward-Bey, and possibly rookie Denarius Moore before the injury.

40. Vikings QB Donovan McNabb - McNabb is no longer mobile enough to handle the imminent pass-protection breakdowns that will result from Charlie Johnson's installation at left tackle. Be surprised if he lasts eight games. Christian Ponder is a lock to make starts in 2011.


Evan Silva is a senior football editor for Rotoworld.com. He can be found on Twitter .
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