2011 Team Outlook: San Diego
WR Malcom Floyd, SD - Solid/Safe Pick
Floyd had a solid outing last season with over 700 receiving yards and six scores in eleven games. With the likes of Gates and Jackson competing for targets, Floyd may not be quite the stud receiver he could be elsewhere, but he will produce and will have greater opportunities if Jackson and Gates are double teamed by opponents. Watch Floyd and grab him in your draft at a value if you can. I think Floyd will surprise in 2011.
WR Vincent Brown, IND - Super Sleeper (high risk/potential)
I like Vincent Brown as my super sleeper on the San Diego offense in 2011. I think by the end of the season San Diego fans and fantasy owners will be talking about the two Vincents -- Jackson and Brown. This is just my hunch, but Brown has the ability to add value to a competitive receiving core. Brown was picked up by San Diego late in the second round of the draft and as a rookie is reported to have the ability to run great routes and catch difficult passes. I like the odds here.
TE Antonio Gates, SD - Stud (low risk)
Gates is the epitome of a stud wide out: big, fast and great hands, but he is of course an excellent fantasy tight end. Gates played ten games last season and still led the team in receiving. The only downside for Gates is that Rivers has many weapons and can spread the ball around. However, Gates and Jackson will be targeted early and often. As always, grab Gates if you can get him in your draft.
TE Randy McMichael, --- - Quality Backup
McMichael seems to have been around forever at this point, but he can still be productive and has a huge presence on the field. If Gates' platart fasciitis continues to plague him, McMichael will likely grab some playing time. Korry Sperry also plays into this mix, but McMichael is the clear back-up at this stage.