Terrell Owens might not have a team for the 2010 NFL season, but that didn't stop Mike Harmon of foxsports.com from placing him ahead of former Bills teammate Lee Evans in his recent rankings of the top 50 wide receivers in fantasy football.
Harmon places Owens 34th, while Evans is 41st.
On T.O., he had the following to say: "I still believe there's some tread left on Owens' tires, provided he'll accept a reduced role and a lower salary. Owens caught 55 passes with five touchdowns for a horribly inefficient Buffalo offense last season. Now it's a question of whether we're looking at "Reality Show II" or a complementary receiving role."
On Lee: "Evans is back as the top option for a curious offense. The Bills should be able to run the ball given the three-headed monster on their roster. However, there are huge questions that have to be answered. The one-year Terrell Owens experiment in Buffalo is over, and the quarterback position is up for grabs. Do the Bills have a second option to help Evans? Which quarterback wins the job, and can he get the ball downfield?"
While I agree with Harmon in that I don't think Owens is washed up, some of his rankings seem crazy to me. Chief among those would be T.J. Houshmandzadeh at 28 (too high) and Devin Hester at 48 (too low).
News senior sports columnist Jerry Sullivan talked about how the Bills' drafting of C.J. Spiller impacted Fred Jackson in his column today. One of the more interesting developments to watch, as Sully points out, is how the touches will be divided amongst Spiller, Jackson and Marshawn Lynch, provided he stays on the team.
Derek Lofland of the Web site Fantasy Football Maniaxs doesn't think it will be good for Jackson, whom he selects as seventh on a list of top-10 fantasy busts for 2010.
"That is always bad news when a team spends a top-10 pick at the same position as another player, especially at running back, where rookies tend to be ready to contribute in their first year. I think Jackson falls back to the mid 30s [in player production] as Spiller takes away a lot of touches, especially later in the season when the Bills will need Spiller to sell tickets with a last-place team," he writes.
Jackson was a serviceable running back last year, rushing for 1,062 yards and two touchdowns, as well as catching 46 passes for 371 yards and 2 TDs.
To read Lofland's complete list, click here.
Bisons-ace-turned-Mets-starter R.A. Dickey is only owned in 2 percent of all CBS Sports fantasy baseball leagues, but he's got a chance to make his few owners happy tonight.
Dickey is making his first of two starts on the week, against the Philadelphia Phillies. In his first start with the Mets last week after being called up from the Herd, the right-hander gave up two runs, six hits and walked five in six innings during his Mets debut Wednesday. He did not get a decision in a 5-3 loss at Washington.
The knuckle-baller will also face the Brewers later in the week. Monitor his progress tonight against Philly, as Dickey could be a nice find on the waiver wire if he can pitch in New York how he did here.
Hold off for the funeral on Red Sox slugger David Ortiz.
Big Papi has shown there's still life in his bat, hitting safely in 10 of his last 11 games. He's hit .405 over that stretch with five home runs and 11 RBIs. He's still hitting just .248 on the year and sitting occasionally against left-handers, as he did Thursday against the Twins, but he's shown in May that his days of fantasy production are apparently not over.
On the other side of the coin is the struggles so far this season of Mariners ace Felix Hernandez. King Felix was supposed to be part of one of the game's best one-two punches this year with Cliff Lee, but it hasn't happened.
Here's what one AL scout recently told ESPN's Jayson Stark: "I don't like his whole look. He isn't finishing off his pitches as well as he used to. And he's got bad body language. He looked like something was bothering him. He was hanging his head and moving very slowly. I've heard he's had back issues. Maybe that's all it is. But I don't know what to think. He's still good. But he has to work a lot harder now to get through a lineup. It hasn't been the same dominant stuff I saw last year."
Hernandez is just 2-3 in 57 innings and is winless in his past five starts for the Ms. He's been brutal in May, 0-2 with a 7.98 ERA.
Andre Ethier Bobblehead Night has officially been ruined.
Ethier, the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder ranked first on ESPN's player rater so far this fantasy baseball season, is off to the disabled list with a broken pinkie. The Dodgers made the announcement today before their game against the Houston Astros, which is "Andre Ethier Bobblehead Night."
Ethier was hurt Saturday while taking a swing in the indoor batting cages in San Diego. He currently leads the league with a .392 batting average and 38 RBIs, and is tied for the National League lead with 11 home runs. The Dodgers called up Xavier Paul to take his place, but Paul should not be counted on to make much of a fantasy difference.
Check your waiver wire for replacements. One suggestion is Reds OF Jay Bruce. Aside from a great first name, he's hit safely in six of his last seven games, and for the season is hitting .273 with four homers, 16 RBIs and 25 runs. At 23, he continues to work his way back from a wrist injury and has a lot of potential.
Mike Harmon of foxsports.com recently released his quarterback rankings for 2010. Harmon ranked every prospective starting quarterback in the NFL. Like most Bills fans, he's not high on Trent Edwards, ranking him 31st out of 32 quarterbacks (ahead of only Cleveland newcomer Jake Delhomme).
"Edwards, the former third-round pick, will battle Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm for the starting role in Chan Gailey's revised Buffalo offense. He appeared in only eight games last season, a year that was derailed by a concussion and a dysfunctional offense. The Bills have a loaded backfield, but the receiver position and offensive line are huge questions," Harmon writes.