SleepersDecember 14, 2010

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By Josh Shepardson

This week’s Sleeper Watch feature sleeper is an alumnus of the same program as this former Miami Dolphins running back, who is more famous for his champagne popping than his playing days.  On pace for over 800 yards and facing two super soft pass defenses in the next two weeks, this largely unowned former Division II, now Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), wide receiver from West Texas A&M should see his ownership rise in preparation of potentially useful fantasy playoff contributions. 

Anthony Armstrong | WR | Washington | 11% Yahoo! ownership

One of the pleasant surprises of the 2010 NFL season, 27-year-old journeyman wide receiver Anthony Armstrong has proven to be a capable deep threat for Donovan McNabb and the Washington Redskins.  He is third on the Redskins in receptions and yards trailing both Santana Moss and Chris Cooley in each category, but he does lead the team in yards per reception at 19.2 yards per catch.  Prior to being on the Redskins active roster this year, Armstrong spent time in the Intense Football League (indoor football league) with the Odessa Roughnecks, the Arena Football League (AFL) with the Dallas Desperados, and on the Miami Dolphins practice squad as well as the Redskins practice squad much of last year. 

Owners in medium to deep leagues should take a look at the upcoming schedule for the wide receiver unowned in 89% of Yahoo! leagues (hooray to the power of simple mathematics).  This coming week Armstrong faces the Dallas Cowboys, who cede 254.4 yards per game through the air at 8.0 yards per attempt along with a boat load of touchdowns, 27 to be exact.  After playing the Cowboys, the Redskins face a Jacksonville pass defense that is quite friendly, arguably more friendly, to opposing quarterbacks, allowing 258.3 yards per game at 8.7 yards per attempt and 24 touchdowns.  Owners in medium to deep leagues that need help at their wide receiver or flex position — perhaps because like me, they lost Dez Bryant to IR — should scoop Armstrong off the wire and plug him into their lineups.

Josh Shepardson is one of a growing number of fantasy experts who write for the Cafe. You can catch up with Josh in the Cafe's forums where he posts under the name of B-Chad.
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One Response to “Anthony Armstrong”

  1. Kaiyotee says:

    “…this largely unknown former Division II, now Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), wide receiver from West Texas A&M…” Correction: West Texas A&M is still in Division II. Division I-AA, not Division II, changed its title to FCS.


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