Every year, the Fantasy Football Maniaxs select 10 players that are underrated and overrated fantasy options. A player that we consider to be underrated is one that puts up good numbers every week, but plays on a bad team or does not receive a lot of media attention. He is a player that a person playing fantasy for the first time does not consider over players that are better known.
Conversely, an overrated player is not a locker room cancer or somebody that plagues a team. It just means that he is either a veteran player in decline that does not quite produce at the level he used to or a guy that does things to help the team that do not score fantasy points. It could be a player in a big market that knows how to market himself, which unjustly helps his fantasy stock with novice fantasy owners.
Here is a list of 10 Players that we believe are overrated and should not be considered as high as people tend to draft them based on their name recognition.
1) RB Steven Jackson (St. Louis Rams) – I am leading the bandwagon for Jackson as the big name running back most likely to fail in 2011. I do not think he was that impressive last year, ranking only 14th among running backs with 330 rushes for 1,241 yards and six touchdowns. Jackson had only one 100-yard game in his final nine starts and scored multiple touchdowns in zero games last year. He averaged less than 4.0 yards per carry in nine of his 16 starts and his longest run was just 49 yards.
Those numbers would be acceptable if he was playing in a running back by committee situation or on a pass-first team. Jackson had the second most rushing attempts in the NFL with 330. He had 19 or more rushes in 12 of his 16 starts. Only seven running backs had 300 or more rushing attempts last year; only Cincinnati Bengals RB Cedric Benson was less productive among those players ranking 16th among fantasy backs. Baltimore Ravens’ Ray Rice was the only other running back with 300 rushes that finished outside the Top-10, as he finished 11th.
The temptation is that with second-year QB Sam Bradford coming off a Rookie of the Year campaign that Jackson is going to explode with a more balanced offense. I do not see a running back on the rise; I see a back with 1,878 career carries and 27 years old on the decline. If you draft Jackson to be anything other than a low RB2 or Flex, I think you will be disappointed with the production. The numbers say he is declining, not becoming a more productive player…