Terrell Owens matters less in fantasy
Terrell Owens apparently matters again, with numerous NFL teams either declaring their interest (Cincinnati Bengals) or non-interest (St. Louis Rams) in the eventual Hall of Fame wide receiver. At some point, the 36-year-old Owens will choose a team and sign a free-agent deal, just like he did a season ago with the Buffalo Bills, but from a fantasy football aspect, it doesn't matter as much as some might think.
That's not to say Owens should be dismissed in fantasy drafts. For full disclosure, I thought Owens was going to have a good 2009 season with the Bills, which is to say I believed the preseason ESPN Fantasy rank of him at No. 10 at wide receiver wasn't far off. I didn't personally rank Owens quite that well, but I didn't ignore him if he slipped past the fifth round or so in drafts. When Owens joined the Bills, many people believed any bust potential for him was because of Bills quarterback Trent Edwards, not a clear decline in skills.
A slower Owens ended up the No. 26 wide receiver in standard scoring, so while some might think he was a monumental bust, it was mainly based on draft position. Owens reached double figures in scoring five times and produced one really big game, with nine catches for 197 yards and a touchdown in Week 11. Then again, that performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars, which included a 98-yard scoring reception, accounted for 21 percent of his season fantasy scoring. Owens' next longest pass play was 46 yards. He finished with 829 receiving yards and five touchdowns, well below expectations, but in retrospect it probably was to be expected.
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