2010 Fantasy Football Preview: Sleeper WRs

SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 12: Johnny Knox #13 of the Chicago Bears in action against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on November 12, 2009 in San Francisco, California. The 49ers won 10-6. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Yesterday, I listed a few sleeper RBs that I’m targeting in the mid to late rounds, and today I’ll tackle the WR position. I’ve already discussed a few 10th-round-type players in the WR preview — specifically Derrick Mason, Malcom Floyd and Devin Aromashodu — so I’ll limit this list to players with average draft positions (ADP) in the 11th round or later.

Johnny Knox (10.11) & Devin Hester (10.11)
I’ve already broken my 11th round rule. Knox and Hester are practically going on the 11th, so I’ll give myself a pass. Truth is, I like all the Bears receivers in Mike Martz’s wide open system, but I’m not sure which guy will finish the best stats. Hester seems built to be a Wes Welker slot-type guy (with more quickness), while Knox has a ton of speed. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune thinks that Knox is emerging as Jay Cutler’s top target and Rotoworld speculates that it’s because of his ability to control his elite speed a la Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce. It’s entirely possible that all three wideouts will have fantasy relevant seasons.

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Lions active early, sign Burleson, Vanden Bosch

Lions’ GM Martin Mayhew entered the offseason knowing he had to acquire more talent in order to continue his re-building project in Detroit, which is why he has been busy over the last couple hours.

The NFL free agency period just kicked off, but already the Lions have agreed to terms with receiver Nate Burleson on a five-year, $25 million contract, which also includes $11 million in guaranteed money. The team also signed defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch to a four-year, $26 million deal according to ESPN.

Neither of these players will keep opposing coordinators up at night, but both should play significant roles for the Lions next season. Detroit has long needed a No. 2 receiver opposite Calvin Johnson and Burleson was productive in the Seahawks’ horrendous offense in 2009. He caught 63 passes for 812 yards and three touchdowns for Seattle, routinely outperforming T.J. Houshmandzadeh in the process.

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Seahawks lose Burleson for year, Rams’ Bennett out six weeks

According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Seahawks wide receiver Nate Burleson tore a knee ligament in his knee and will miss the rest of the season.

The Seahawks got a double dose of bad news Monday, as wide receiver Nate Burleson was lost of the season after tearing the ACL in his left knee and running back Maurice Morris is out indefinitely with a sprained ligament in his right knee.

Coach Mike Holmgren made the announcements at his weekly news conference.

In other wide receiver-injury news, Drew Bennett of the St. Louis Rams is expected to miss at least six weeks after fracturing his foot Sunday at Philadelphia.

“I don’t think it’s season-ending thing,’’ Linehan said. “It looks like something that will heal in the next six weeks or so. At this point in the season, we will see, but right now it is going to keep him out at least a month or so.’’

Linehan said Bennett’s injury won’t require surgery.

Bennett’s spot in the Rams’ starting lineup will be filled by either rookie Keenan Burton, Dane Looker or a yet unnamed veteran player.

The Seahawks’ offense is a mess. The run game is a major issue and now Courtney Taylor (who struggled against Buffalo) is the No. 1 receiver. Matt Hasselbeck is in trouble unless somebody can step up and take some of the pressure off him.

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