Detroit Lions fans can sign up free for NFL.com’s All-New Fantasy Football game and put some stock in three of Detroit’s top offensive players.
In articles ‘Special from NFL.com,’ quarterback Matthew Stafford is named one of the top-10 sleepers in this year’s fantasy draft. In his company are fellow quarterbacks Joe Flacco of the Ravens and Kevin Kolb of the Eagles.
NFL.com says of Stafford, “A talented young quarterback, Stafford should take the next step in his development into an effective NFL starter this season. Not only does he have a very favorable schedule, but Stafford also has new weapons in Nate Burleson and Tony Scheffler to go along with his top option, Calvin Johnson.”
Johnson is cited as one of the top-10 undervalued players of 2010.
Johnson’s 2009 season wasn’t what he would have liked, battling a knee injury throughout the year. Since Stafford also missed games due to injury, consistency was also lacking in the receiver-quarterback relationship.
Says NFL.com, “Things should turn for the better this season, though, as the man called ‘Megatron’ is past his knee [injury] and now has Nate Burleson and Tony Scheffler to help draw coverage from opposing defenses. Don’t be shocked if Johnson posts the same sort of numbers he had during his breakout fantasy season of 2008.”
Finally, running back Jahvid Best is listed as the No. 2 on NFL.com’s top-10 rookies of 2010.
“Best did have durability issues at the college level, but he has amazing potential in the Lions offense which should be much improved,” said NFL.com. “Best’s speed will only make him more lethal on the Ford Field turf, and he’ll have middle-round value as a potential flex starter in all formats.”
NFL.com’s complete list of top rookies is:
1. Ryan Matthews, RB, Chargers
2. Jahvid Best, RB, Lions
3. C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills
4. Ben Tate, RB, Texans
5. Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys
6. Montario Hardesty, RB, Browns
7. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos
8. Arrelious Ben, WR, Buccaneers
9. Sam Bradford, QB, Rams
10. Toby Gerhart, RB, Vikings
Tags: Calvin Johnson, Jahvid Best, Matthew Stafford
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