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.
Not to toot my own horn, but I predicted good things from Stokley right as the 2004 season started. (9/10/04) Sure, Manning won't throw another 49 TDs next year and Stokely does have an injury history, but look at the stats, man: 68 receptions, 1,077 yards, 10 touchdowns. (!)The Indianapolis Star reports
that he just signed the five-year, $17 million contract recently offered to him:
Wide receiver Brandon Stokley signed the five-year, $17 million contract he and the team agreed upon in late December. The contract includes a $5 million signing bonus that will be paid in two installments.
Because of the structure of the package, Stokley will count $1.04 million against the 2005 salary cap. He's coming off the best season of his six-year career: 68 receptions, 1,077 yards, 10 touchdowns.
Take him late in your draft as a very good 3rd WR/flex spot!