How about those guys sitting deep in the depth charts bound to make an impression in the next season, or two, or three? I'm thinking of those guys waiting out the retirement or free agency of elite players. The unheard ofs nobody is talking about right now but may be the topic of conversation down the road. In our 8 team dynasty league we operate a 40 man roster. Balanced scoring + PPR. Carrying 10-14 RB's and a few more WR's makes for excellent depth, but that tier 9 past his prime WR will never see time on your starting roster.
My example - A guy at the top of my watch list...Anybody else have any?Pierre Garcon, WR, Coltshttp://www.nfl.com/draft/profiles/pierre-garcon?id=2346http://rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=4945Background
2008 6th round draft pick from Division III Mount Union. 11th fastest 40 yard dash at 4.48. 6th fastest 20 yard shuttle at 4.19.NFL.com draft analysis
Positives: Adequate size, larger than most small-school prospects. ... Long limbs. ... Accelerates well and is also a strong runner after the catch. ... Blows by defenders at the Division III level. ... Good speed and quickness. ... Used on bubble screens and shallow crossing routes to get the ball in his hands early. ... Also a deep threat, able to adjust to the ball in the air. ... Good hands on punt and kickoff returns. ... Can get upfield quickly and shows a burst to hit the hole hard.
Negatives: Will need to prove he can be mentally and physically strong enough to handle NFL defenses. ... Creating separation may be an issue at the next level. ... Inconsistent effort and success in downfield blocking. ... Not challenged on the line very much, may struggle to beat jam. ... Will dance a bit on returns.My take
Garcon is owned in less than 1/2 of 1% of the leagues. The Colts will continue to have a nasty passing game for many years to come. Garcon currently ranks #4 on the Colts WR depth chart just ahead of Roy Hall. With Marvin Harrison coming into the final few seasons of his career, and more recently on the injury report, I think we could see Garcon slip into the #3 slot. Gonzalez performed well in the Colts slot, as did Brandon Stokely. It sounds like Garcon needs some serious polishing to excel at the NFL level, but what better situation to be in than the Colts system---heavy passing, elite talent to learn from. Personally I'd rather speculate on a #4 guy on an excellent team, than a #3 guy on a terrible one.
There are a few other small college guys you might have heard of that made names for themselves in the NFL, Terrell Owens, Jerry Rice.