The perils of Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco leads the list of fantasy sleepers who don't deserve that hype

Updated: August 12, 2010, 2:35 PM ET
By KC Joyner | ESPN Insider

One of my wife's (Mrs. Scientist's) favorite television characters is Barney Stinson from the CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother." Stinson is a custom-tailored-suit-wearing, catchphrase-spewing, hyperconfident womanizer whose willingness to accept any challenge puts him into a constant set of hilarious corners.

Stinson is also known as the progenitor of The Bro Code; this code details a wide variety of rules for bros to follow -- and also contains a set of warnings for dealing with women.

One of these admonitions is The Cheerleader Effect. This rule states that certain groups of women will look attractive as a group, but taken individually they will look like, in Stinson's words, "sled dogs."

That same rule can apply to certain fantasy football picks: There are a number of players whose 2010 fantasy scoring prospects look good because of their surroundings, but a closer look shows that they could be benefiting from the aforementioned effect -- and therefore should not be valued as highly as they will be in most draft rooms.

Here are four such guys.