Thursday, September 3, 2009
Breaking down the SEC's best fantasy players
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
We’ve rated the best players, the best units and the best teams.
Now it’s on to what’s really important -- the 10 best Fantasy Football players in the SEC. Note: It's not too late to sign up.
1. Tim Tebow, QB, Florida: He’s a touchdown machine, having thrown for 62 touchdowns and run for 35 touchdowns in his two years as a starter. Tebow is the closest thing to a sure thing in the Fantasy world.
2. Jevan Snead, QB, Ole Miss: If Snead puts together a whole season like he played in the second half of last season, he’ll throw for 30-plus touchdowns and 3,000-plus yards.
3. Charles Scott, RB, LSU: It’s always nice to have a back who’s the go-to guy on the goal line and is also a 1,000-yard rusher. Scott scored 18 touchdowns last season.
4. Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas: Some might be surprised to see him this high, but Mallett has a bunch of speedy weapons around him and the arm strength to put up big numbers in Bobby Petrino’s offense.
5. Dexter McCluster, RB/WR, Ole Miss: He’s the ultimate staff stuffer. McCluster will line up at quarterback, running back and the slot. He finished with 1,280 all-purpose yards last season.
6. A.J. Green, WR, Georgia: Green’s going to give you big catch numbers, big plays, touchdowns and a ton of receiving yards. He’s exactly what you’re looking for in a Fantasy receiver.
7. Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama: The Crimson Tide share the wealth at running back, but here’s betting that Ingram is the goal-line guy again with his straight-ahead style. He scored 12 touchdowns last season.
8. Jeffery Demps, RB, Florida: Demps becomes even more valuable if your league awards bonus points for long touchdowns. He scored eight times last season, and six of those scores were from 36 yards or longer.
9. Anthony Dixon, RB, Mississippi State: You might want to hold off this first week, but the Bulldogs are going to ride the 235-pound Dixon in this offense. He’s in great shape and pointing toward a 1,000-yard, 12-touchdown season.
10. Julio Jones, WR, Alabama: He wasn’t a big touchdown guy a year ago, and teams will double him every chance they get this season. But look for the Tide to move Jones around and do more things with him. He’s still the best all-around receiver in the league.
Six sleepers to consider:
Here's a preview piece for Week 1.
- Bryce Brown, RB, Tennessee
- Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
- Deonte Thompson, WR, Florida
- Jarius Wright, WR, Arkansas
- Colin Peek, TE, Alabama
- Jordan Jefferson, QB, LSU