Admit it guys. As you hear about all the moves that many teams have completed in the last few weeks you have been making mental notes on the fantasy impact that each move could have.
That's okay; when it comes to fantasy football it is important to be up on the latest and greatest. How else are you going to know who is worth a first, second, third, or seventh round pick? Better yet--how better to know who the dark horse candidates are going to be?
Let's be real. Unless you are a complete idiot and draft a kicker and defense first you'll get value in your first two picks. If you go with the best remaining players you'll do fine for your third, fourth, and fifth. It's the latter rounds that are challenging; the players that may do well.
The ones that no one but you know about-- the dark horse candidates. This year the best dark horse candidate appears to belong to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Wide receiver Ifeanyi Momah.
If you said 'who?' that is okay. He is a dark horse for a reason.
Momah has not played since September 3, 2011. He had eight grabs for 157 yards for Boston College that day, but missed the rest of the season with a knee injury. He tried to get another year of eligibility, but was denied.
Since he was still nursing his injury around draft time no one was interested in him. It didn't help that he he didn't have a big resume. In his time with BC he only had 39 catches for 629 yards and six touchdowns
So what makes this guy a candidate to make the team let alone a fantasy football dark horse candidate?
Let's look at the tale of the tape:
He is 6'7" and 242 pounds
He runs a 4.45 40-yard dash
He will be working with one of the best offensive minds to hit the NFL in years (if his college system works, that is)
He is a few pounds heavier and two inches taller, and almost as fast as Calvin Johnson.
The hard part of course is he needs to actually have talent for Chip Kelly to work with. His resume doesn't give much evidence of that, but Boston College has been pretty bad so it is hard to really judge off of that. If he does, Chip Kelly will find it.
Should he have the talent to go with his physical attributes all he'll need then is a quarterback to throw him the ball. There is no guarantee that Michael Vick or Nick Foles will be capable enough to get the job done.
So while the potential is there a few things will have to come together for Ifeanyi Momah to be a real player next season.
If the path was clear he wouldn't be a dark horse...