Fantasy Fallers: Five taking a dive!
Every year players are hyped up and talked down in fantasy football, just like Ocho Cinco last year who was taking a terrible off-season approach to his '08 campaign, and struggled mightily all year for fantasy owners who put there roster faith in the troubled WR. Like every season there have been a few big name players who are taking a nose dive for fantasy owners in '09.
Has Brandon Marshall fallen out of favor in Denver?
Marshawn Lynch -With a 3 game suspension to start the '09 season and a talented backup in Fred Jackson, Marshawn is starting to look less appealing in the eyes of fantasy owners this upcoming year. Lynch seems to be a product of the "Bad Boy" club Marshall seems to attend with regularity. Marshawn should be highly motivated with all the talk of Jackson starting the upcoming regular season, but in the pre-season has not flashed his "Beast Mode" in any run thus far, his touches are giving fantasy and dynasty owners who don't own Jackson a scare early on.
I personally like Lynch beating out Jackson immediately after week 4 when he returns from his suspension, but the fact that this is a weary situation for fantasy owners means he is simply getting passed for other RB's, regardless of talent. I wouldn't draft Lynch as a top option in drafts this year, but I think when he returns he should be effective on the ground for fantasy owners who are willing to pay the price for his issues. There will always be more questions than answers to a player with off-field concerns, and Lynch's case is no different than Marshall.... the talent is there but the head isn't!
Julius Jones - Jones looks to be splitting the RB workload again this year with signing of Edgerrin James. Mora has publicly said that Jones is their starting RB for the '09 season, but he has been riddled with injuries and inconsistent play since coming from Dallas. With Edgerrin James now in the picture they should be able to have a RBBC, with Jones starting the game.
I don't buy that fantasy owners were surprised to see this signing, it was on their to-do list for quite some time and in my opinion is an upgrade from what they started with in their lineup to start the season. Owners who draft Jones probably have him for depth at the position anyways, but this should put a stamp on his fantasy worth throughout '09. Edgerrin should be seen as the change of pace back to start the season (might not end that way), unless injuries were to occur on the part of Jones.