If you are in search of that third WR or flex player, select Texans’ WR Kevin Walter He’s not flashy but is steady and he will hold off Jacoby Jones to stay as the second Houston WR. You want any receiver on a team with Matt Schaub as QB who guides an offense that chucked it on 58% of their offensive plays in 2010. Do not let the return of a healthy TE Owen Daniels scare you. Walter has actually had MORE productive seasons with Daniels on the field than not, catching 8 scores in 2008, the last year they both were on field for all 16 games together. With defenses having to protect against Andre Johnson and Daniels, Walter gets single coverage. He is projected for 60 receptions, 750 yards, and 7 touchdowns in what should be a big fantasy year for Houston.
Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram was not selected as the 28th overall pick in the 2010 draft by the Saints to be part of a RB committee. The Saints have the best interior line in the NFL and want to run more between the tackles. Pierre Thomas is a solid back, but he is a backup. Ingram will be the feature back. The former Crimson Tide workhorse can catch and take a pounding, fumbling just twice in his collegiate career. Take him as a high RB 2. He will have a better 2011 than Madden cover boy Peyton Hills or Felix Jones. Rookies are a risk but this is a similar situation to the one Edgerrin James came into with the 1999 Colts as a first year player. He finished that campaign with 1300 plus yards and 17 TD’s. We’re not saying Ingram is going to rock those numbers but he is projected for 250 plus touches and double digit scores.