Anybody else think Stokely forfeit at least 10 yards and maybe even a TD by pulling up on that last catch and run down the middle? I thought he had the wheels to split those last defenders, but he hesitated. If he somehow scores on that catch, we're probably having a different conversation about him, fantasy-wise.
“The Green Bay Packers never lost a football game. They just ran out of time.” Vince Lombardi
Yes, I noticed his hesitation on the long catch and run. It frustrated me too.
As I recall, I read on some injury reports earlier in the week that he was nursing a tender groin. Because of that, I didn't start him in several of my leagues that I would've started him in. It's possible he wasn't 100 percent Thursday night. I'm not sure about that, just speculating.
When healthy, Brandon Stokley is a top-notch receiver and he has the best QB in the sport often looking in his direction. He was grossly undervalued in every single draft I entered this year -- ESPN, Sporting News, CDM, etc... -- so I was able to draft him in the late rounds.
I didn't want to preach his talents on here in the last month. After all, I didn't want too many people realizing how good he was. I just wish I had started him in more leagues for this weekend.
Stokley is looking to be a regular TD threat in the Colts offence and I think it will be at Wayne's expence, IMO, I would rather have Stokley then Wayne this year. He and Manning seem to be clicking well.
Fern wrote:Stokley is looking to be a regular TD threat in the Colts offence and I think it will be at Wayne's expence, IMO, I would rather have Stokley then Wayne this year. He and Manning seem to be clicking well.
Good god one game and the drop Wayne for Stokely talk has already begun? Wayne had that great catch and run until they put the double team on him. That left Stokely open.
Actually, I've been thinking this would happen ever since the end of last year when Stokley came in and did well. All im saying is that im not big on Wayne this year and I think Stokley will get more TD's. We'll just have to wait and see...
The Lung wrote:Coming into this 2004 season, it's easy to see why Stokely flew under the radar. He never had more than 350 yards and 2 TDs per season while in Baltimore, and was out for most of last season in Indy. From a fantasy perspective, even in a prolific passing offense as Indy's, there are just too many options and outlets for Manning. He's gonna look for Marvin first, and after that, he's got Reggie Wayne, Marcus Pollard, Dallas Clark, Edgerrin James and Troy Walters to share the distribution with.
Walters is out with a broken arm so that helps the situation slightly. I'm predicting that Stokely's performance last night was no aberration; it's a trend. Look at Brandon's performance in the last 4 games of the 2003 regular season. He had 19 catches for 177 yards and 3 TDs. Now look at his performance in the 2003 playoffs - he was 4th in the NFL in receiving yards during the postseason with 223 yards via 11 catches and 3 touchdowns!
I grabbed Stokely with the 15th or 16th pick in all 4 of my leagues. Unfortunately, I only started him last night in the one league that features a WR/TE flex spot. Stokely is easily a serviceable #3 WR on your fantasy roster and as these trends continue, he could move into a #2 WR slot, imo.
Stokely may give fantasy owners fits this season; last week he only had 2 catches for 27 yards.
But after this week's performance however (110 yards receiving and 2 TDs) it's almost too much of a risk NOT to play Stokely in that #3 WR or flex spot, if your league offers it.