Friday, July 29, 2011

On Three WR Signings

Here are some notes on three receiver signings from this week:

Sidney Rice/Seahawks (Downgrade past 65)

Rice followed up a fantastic 2009 with an injury-plagued season limiting him to 6 games.  Not only will we have to watch his continued hip recovery, but his new team features QBs Tarvaris Jackson and Charlie Whitehurst who are a significant step down from Brett Favre (now that statement shows my superior IQ or lack thereof). 

The offense should struggle early if not all season, resulting in limited opportunities for Rice. 

Steve Breaston/Chiefs (Upgrade from 151)

Breaston missed several games last year due to an injured knee, but still managed to catch 47 passes for 718 years and a touchdown--well done for a team that featured the worst quarterback situation in the NFL.  In 2008, a healthy Breaston with a good QB and opposite star receiver Larry Fitzgerald, totalled over 1,000 yards receiving. 

Could he enjoy success in KC with Cassel and playing opposite Dwayne Bowe? 

It will take first round pick Jonathan Baldwin some time to adjust to the pros (with no team-led off-season), so Breaston will certainly get opportunities--and with a five year deal, KC obviously sees him as part of the future.

Santonio Holmes/Jets (Upgrade from 49)

With Holmes resigned and last year's counterpart not (Braylon Edwards), expect him to build on his 2010 benchmark of exceptional stats garnered in less than a full season.  If he played a full season last year, Holmes would have likely had more than 1,000 yards and 8 touchdowns. 

Though the Jets are a favorite in the AFC, and they have a run-first offense, Holmes has great hands and break-away speed that would be a gem to select with a fantasy seventh rounder or so--confidently pass on the better ranked Brandon Lloyd to take Holmes. 

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