2012 Team Outlook: San Diego
RB Jackie Battle, --- - Super Sleeper (high risk/potential)
Battle now becomes a super sleeper on my list. With Mathews out 4-6 weeks and Brown and Brinkley working for carries, Battle should factor into the RBBC approach too. Battle can run the ball and be productive under the right set of circumstances, so we will have to wait and see.
RB Curtis Brinkley, SD - Sleeper (undervalued)
It appeared that Brinkley was getting his chance to be a solid back-up, then Ronnie Brown arrived. Brinkley will likely lose quite a bit of work to Brown as long as Brown stays healthy and can produce. If there is an injury to Mathews or Brown, Brinkley will see some carries. If not, we will have to see how things play out game to game.
Brinkley moves into a sleeper category at this stage with the injury to Mathews. If Ronnie Brown cannot deliver, we might see much more of Mr. Brinkley than anticipated.
WR Vincent Brown, SD - Quality Backup
Brown's broke ankle has been surgically repaired and it has been reported that any ligamentous injury was minor. This means Brown will miss about 8 weeks of action. The San Diego wideout corps should expect to see Brown back for the second half of the season and for down the stretch.
Brown is a second season wide out with potential. He has good hands and has been reported to be working diligently on his route running. If Brown continues to work hard he may find himself getting more playing time. I like Brown as a sleeper option at receiver this season. He is on the radar, but not too many are quite ready to take a big chance on this guy. I say go for it.
WR Malcom Floyd, SD - Sleeper (undervalued)
Floyd has always been a favorite target for Rivers. Floyd has the ability to make plays and Rivers enjoys throwing the ball where Floyd can convert yardage with a difficult grab. Floyd will step into a new role this season and likely see more action. My only concern is his health. If he stays healthy he is worthy of a draft pick given his team and their desire to throw the ball often.
WR Robert Meachem, SD - Quality Backup
Meachem is left to fill some big shoes - Vincent Jackson. Rivers will look early and often to Meachem and the hope is that they develop solid chemistry. Meachem should compete with Floyd and Gates for receptions with some other wide outs factoring into the equation. I like Meachem and think he will have consistent numbers this season.
WR Eddie Royal, SD - Super Sleeper (high risk/potential)
Eddie Royal is a receiver who I think can do great things on the field. After a few solid seasons, he has changed teams and has not been that productive. I think Royal could resurge this season under the right circumstances. Royal has good hands and can run routes. We will have to see how he fits into the schemes and watch to see if Roscoe Parrish competes with him for the roster.
Royal will likely take the field this season as SD's top slot receiver. He remains a super sleeper fantasy-wise, but if you picked him up late or get him on waivers, he might be worth your while. His groin injury should be a thing of the past.