Dec 20, 2008
I’ll update this list as the weeks/months go by, but here’s an early look at some random players (not ranked in any particular order) to keep an eye on for next year and beyond in keeper/dynasty leagues that are still under the radar. Check the recently updated keeper rankings for a complete list of players.
Kevin Kolb/Philadelphia – The bottom line is Donovan McNabb turns 32 next year and is on the books for $10 million in 2009 so the team has a big decision to make. Do they pay McNabb that money or hand Kolb the job. The team is very high on Kolb and his contract ends after the 2010 season so they have to get him in there sooner rather than later.
Luke McCown/Tampa Bay – For dynasty league owners, the team likes him to a certain degree and he has a decent arm and he’s kind of a gunslinger. So if you’re looking for a developmental QB for your team that might start down the road, here’s a long-shot that just might pay off.
Rashard Mendenhall/Pittsburgh – He really didn’t do anything of note before he was lost for the season. The team drafted him to eventually be their main ball carrier so that could happen as soon as next year. They want to get back to their power running and that fits Mendenhall well.
Chauncey Washington/Jacksonville – If Fred Taylor is jettisoned after the season, Washington could get a shot at 10 carries or so next season and he’s a powerful back that could get lots of goal-line carries. Not a bad option for depth in dynasty leagues.
Steve Breaston/Arizona – You’ve seen how talented he is. But the reason why he’s on this list is that it’s possible that the team deals disgruntled WR Anquan Boldin who wants new contract. If they do, Breaston would likely take over. So in the short-term, with Kurt Warner likely back next season, Breaston could have increased value.
Devin Hester/Chicago – He just started to tip iceberg of his enourmous talent this season and his role will increase next year. The team believes he could catch 70 passes or so next season as he progresses in their offense. So Hester has nice keeper/dynasty league value for the future.
Domenik Hixon/New York Giants – There’s a strong chance that he’ll be a starter next season and Hixon has showed that he’s a talented, young receiver with good skills. While he still needs to improve in several area and to get stronger physically, he has a nice upside for dynasty league owners to take a shot on.
Jordy Nelson/Green Bay – Veteran WR Donald Driver will probably be done as a starter after the 2009 season and Nelson was drafted as his possible replacement. So this Ed McCaffrey clone could be a nice prospect for dynasty league owners for future seasons.
Sidney Rice/Minnesota – We know he had a bad season, but keep in mind he’s been playing with a PCL sprain all season which won’t heal until well after the season ends. He’s a talented receiver who, when healthy, could post good TD numbers. Nice dynasty league low-end starter for the future here.
Devin Thomas/Washington – For a player of his size, he runs well and while Thomas still has a long way to go in his development, he has a shot to be a solid player down the line. He has nice value for future seasons in dynasty leagues.
Mike Walker/Jacksonville – The coaches believe he’ll seriously challenge for a starting job next season. Walker has good size and solid run-after-the-catch skills. If healthy, he wind up being a nice dynasty league prospect for future seasons.
Brad Cottam/Kansas City – He was drafted to be the eventual successor to Tony Gonzalez. Cottam is a big target who figures to be involved more in the passing game once Gonzalez is gone (he could be traded next year). Cottam has good dynasty league value for the future.