Fantasy Football is upon us again – and that means it’s time for you to assemble your list of football studs, get your best trash talk lines ready and prepare to begin another season.
A fantasy football league is often won on draft day. This is when you outsmart other owners by not only finding the right sleepers at the right time, but also not overvaluing some of the football stars heading into 2010.
Take the following players that I feel are being drafted too high on draft day – plus some alternative options that are often being drafted lower.
Sexy Seven: The Most Overrated Fantasy Football Stars in 2010
Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals – WR)
Listen, I still feel that Fitzgerald has great value in fantasy leagues, but not as a top 3 wide receiver – and there are two reasons why: 1) He’s been battling some injuries during preseason and 2) Arizona has major issues at the QB position with Matt Leinart and Derek Anderson.
Alternative Options: Reggie Wayne and Miles Austin
Brett Favre (Minnesota Vikings – QB)
Favre put up some of the best numbers of his career last season – and there will certainly be a dropoff from those stats in 2010, plus the loss of Sidney Rice and the fact that he’s coming off of ankle surgery could be other reasons for a drop in fantasy numbers.
Alternative Options: Kevin Kolb and Eli Manning
Greg Olson (Chicago Bears – TE)
For those that are unaware, any Mike Martz offense tends to focus away from tight ends. Therefore, assume that the production from Chicago’s tight ends will fade – specifically Olson.
Alternative Options: Heath Miller and Dustin Keller
Chad Ochocinco (Cincinnati Bengals – WR)
The artist formerly known as Chad Johnson is being ranked in the top 15 of fantasy receivers. With the addition of weapons like Terrell Owens and rookie TE Jermaine Gresham, it’s likely that Ochocinco will not post the same gaudy numbers that he put up in 2009.
Alternative Options: Anquan Boldin and Mike Sims-Walker
DeAngelo Williams (Carolina Panthers – RB)
Williams is in the top ten among backs on multiple sites – and in many cases, he’s a first round pick. Certainly, Carolina is a team that relies heavily on the run game, but with Jonathan Stewart also getting carries, Williams is way too overvalued.
Alternative Options: Ryan Grant and Ryan Mathews
Matt Schaub (Houston Texans – QB)
Schaub has put up solid numbers in his career – and some people have him in the top 5 among quarterbacks, but there are red flags: 1) He missed five games in both 2007 and 2008, and 2) Kyle Shanahan (who ran the team’s offense) moved on to Washington in the offseason.
Alternative Options: Philip Rivers and Tony Romo
Hines Ward (Pittsburgh Steelers – WR)
Ward is among the top 20 receivers taken in drafts, and that’s too high for a guy that will not have his top quarterback throwing to him for the first month plus. Losing Santanio Holmes from the offense also doesn’t help.
Alternative Options: Pierre Garcon and Wes Welker