Sample scouting reports from Fantasy Football Insider book (2006)

Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints, Age 27 The Saints are rebuilding under first-year coach Sean Payton and Brees (shoulder surgery) is a big part of the plan. "There has to be concern, just from the standpoint of the possibility (he won't be 100 percent by Week 1)," Payton said. "I like where he's at right now, but it is what it is.” Brees says he'll be ready for the start of training camp and could be a real sleeper with weapons like Joe Horn, Deuce McAllister, Reggie Bush and Donté Stallworth at his disposal. He has poise, mobility and confidence, but doesn’t have a particularly strong arm.

 

 

 

Att

Comp

Pct.

Yards

TD

Int

 

Rush

TD

2002

Chargers

526

320

60.8

3284

17

16

 

130

1

2003

Chargers

356

205

57.6

2108

11

15

 

84

0

2004

Chargers

400

262

65.5

3159

27

7

 

85

2

2005

Chargers

500

323

64.6

3576

24

15

 

49

1

 

Projected

450

275

61.1

3300

23

12

 

75

1

 

Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints, Age 23 – Colston has good height and speed and can get deep but needs bulk (6-5, 224) if he switches to tight end, as he was a wide receiver in college. But the team plans to play him at receiver for now because they have a shortage of big players at the position. [Note: As reports came in on Colston throughout training camp, we nudged him up our rankings little by little. Nobody projected this guy to have a big season, including us, be we alerted our subscribers to him.]

 

Daunte Culpepper, Miami Dolphins, Age 29 – Culpepper (knee surgery) probably won’t be ready by September, but all signs are positive from passing drills. His season ended last Oct. 30 leading to reconstructive surgery. Prior to the injury, he was having his worst season as a pro, partially from the loss of Randy Moss. We think Culpepper will miss a few games to begin the season [and we’re not as high on him as most experts advising our subscribers to back off].

 

 

 

Att

Comp

Pct.

Yards

TD

Int

 

Rush

TD

2002

Vikings

549

333

60.7

3853

18

23

 

609

10

2003

Vikings

454

295

65.0

3479

25

11

 

422

4

2004

Vikings

548

379

69.2

4717

39

11

 

406

2

2005

Vikings

216

139

64.4

1564

6

12

 

147

1

 

Lee Evans, Buffalo Bills, Age 25 – Evans is going to have to prove himself against double teams with Moulds gone. How effective he'll be depends on the play-calling of new offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild, who worked under Mike Martz in St. Louis and is bringing some of the Rams' wide-open system to Buffalo. It also depends on his supporting cast and on how quickly the team resolves an unsettled quarterback position. But most feel he's too good to be completely shut down. They like his burner speed, excellent hands and disciplined routes. He works hard as well.

 

 

 

Catches

Yards

Avg.

TD

2004

Bills

48

843

17.6

9

2005

Bills

48

743

15.5

7

 

Projected

65

900

13.9

7

 

Jamal Lewis, Baltimore Ravens, Age 27 – Lewis signed a one-year deal and should be more productive this season, a year removed from his ankle injury, as he ran too tentative behind a poor offensive line last season. He also will be motivated to earn big bucks in free agency next year and has all of his jail time and off-the-field problems behind him. If that weren’t enough, he said that he felt burdened by pending free agency last year, questioning his future with the struggling team and was frustrated for being blamed for the team's offensive struggles. He also expressed a concern about getting injured, which could’ve ruined his chances of signing a blockbuster deal. Bottom line: he’ll be running behind a poor line again.

 

 

 

Att

Yards

Ave

TD

 

Rec

Yards

TD

2002

Ravens

308

1327

4.3

6

 

47

442

1

2003

Ravens

387

2066

5.3

14

 

26

205

0

2004

Ravens

235

1006

4.3

7

 

10

116

0

2005

Ravens

269

906

3.4

3

 

32

191

1

 

Projection

325

1200

3.7

7

 

35

225

1

 

Dominic Rhodes, Indianapolis Colts, Age 27 – Rhodes enters training camp as the starter but sooner or later will give up some carries to rookie Joseph Addai. Rhodes had one of his worst seasons last year but is worth drafting in all formats. He said a lack of playing time on offense affected his attitude and performance. His reconstructed right knee is no longer is a concern, but he occasionally has missed time with a chronic shoulder problem that had surgery prior to last season. "He's a guy we have confidence in,'' Tony Dungy said. "It's now a point of seeing what he can do getting more carries. We're excited about that possibility. He's definitely a guy we feel we can win with.'' When James suffered a season-ending knee injury in the sixth game of the 2001 season, Rhodes set NFL records for yards and TDs by an undrafted rookie.

 

 

 

Att

Yards

Ave

TD

 

Rec

Yards

TD

2001

Colts

233

1104

4.7

9

 

34

224

0

2003

Colts

37

157

4.2

0

 

6

62

1

2004

Colts

53

254

4.8

1

 

2

24

0

2005

Colts

40

118

3.0

4

 

12

88

0

 

Projection

175

650

3.7

5

 

15

125

0

 

Michael Turner, San Diego Chargers, Age 24 – Tomlison’s backup runs hard and has surprising speed in the open field for a big man built like a fullback. He is also a capable receiver and pass blocker. "We're very comfortable with Michael Turner," one coach said. "He's an excellent change of pace to LaDainian. He runs extremely well behind his pads. People bounce off him. He has excellent patience."

 

 

 

Att

Yards

Ave

TD

 

Rec

Yards

TD

2004

Chargers

20

104

5.2

0

 

4

8

0

2005

Chargers

57

335

5.9

3

 

0

0

0

 

Mike Williams, Detroit Lions, Age 22 – Williams is a possession receiver with good size but disappointed in his rookie season. Missing his senior year of college didn’t help as he reported to camp out of shape. He sat out after an unsuccessful attempt to enter the NFL draft after his sophomore season at USC because he was ineligible to return to the Trojans. He is still growing as a route runner and blocker so it will take a time.

 

 

 

Catches

Yards

Avg.

TD

2005

Lions

29

350

12.1

1