It's About Time
These players are
in position to have big seasons
IN FANTASY FOOTBALL
you want to acquire players at their peak. Athletes reach that point at varying
stages of their careers, but an analysis of the best fantasy seasons over the
last 25 years reveals trends at each position--and points to those players who
literally are well-positioned to emerge as fantasy studs this season.
Ballcarriers generally reach their full potential quicker than passers or
receivers. The average elite back of the last 25 years took about 2.5 seasons
to reach that status. ( Curtis Martin, Barry Sanders and LaDainian Tomlinson
were stars as rookies, while Tiki Barber took six years to make a big splash in
the fantasy pool.) These backs could take a large leap to stardom in 2006 (in
order of how likely they are to do so).
CADILLAC WILLIAMS, Bucs
FRANK GORE, 49ers
CEDRIC BENSON, Bears
VERNAND MORENCY, Texans
JULIUS JONES, Cowboys
KEVIN JONES, Lions
TATUM BELL, Broncos
The premier wideouts of the last 25 years took an average of 3.1 seasons to hit
their stride. Marvin Harrison and Michael Irvin were into their fourth seasons
before they became must-have picks. These receivers seem ready to bust out.