As the playoff season comes to a close it's time for fantasy owners to start thinking ahead to next season. There are rookies to learn about, injuries to examine and emerging players to study. Fantasy owners should also start to think about which 'proven' players are ready to take a nose dive -- those fantasy staples that have produced year after year but that are now on the verge of a big letdown.
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Chances are Tomlinson will be wearing new colors next season. Already there is speculation about where he might end up, but the question fantasy owners should be asking is, "Does it really matter?" Although he had 12 touchdowns in 14 games, Tomlinson averaged a paltry 3.3 yards per carry and caught a career-low 20 passes. It seems no coincidence that his sharp decline coincided with his 30th birthday, and a change of scenery is not going to peel back any of the wear on his tires.
Jones has quietly made his argument for Canton. He is on the verge of cracking the 10,000-yard mark next season, and he's gained 1,000 or more yards in five consecutive seasons. Problem is the Jets now have a younger, fresher workhorse to feed (
An easy pick. Still, there is bound to be a large number of fantasy owners that will give T.O. one more chance, willing to believe he still has a little magic left. The Bills are a disaster, and Owens has little supporting talent around him. As disappointing as his 2009 statline was (55 catches, 829 yards, five touchdowns), it's a miracle he posted the numbers he did. Owens is in terrific condition for a 36-year-old but he lacks the quickness that he possessed in his prime.
Moss has long been a fantasy puzzle. His end-of-season numbers always look good, but they are the product of a few monster games mixed with several subpar performances. The change to the Redskins coaching staff will not treat the 30-year-old Moss kindly in 2010.
Sure, Shiancoe had nice numbers in 2008 even before