2010 Fantasy Player Profile: Owen Daniels
Owen Daniels has never been a fantasy touchdown machine and enters the 2010 fantasy football season with ongoing rehab from torn knee ligaments that killed his fast-start 2009 campaign.
So, why should you draft him in your fantasy football league?
Simply put: Matt Schaub loves him. Outside of Andre Johnson, no other Houston Texans receiver is more involved in the passing game, and Daniels’ past three seasons are perfect evidence of that.
Daniels put up over 60 receptions and 760 yards in both 2007 and 2008, and was on pace for over 80 receptions, 1,000 yards, and 10 touchdowns before a knee injury sidelined his 2009 season.
True, no recovery from a knee injury is a gimme in the NFL, but Daniels’ talent, his current contract situation, and his supporting cast suggest he won’t miss a beat in his return this season.
In fact, despite possibly not participating in any pre-season action this August, head coach Gary Kubiak has been impressed with his rehab and fully expects his star tight end to be ready for Houston’s Week One battle with the division rival Indianapolis Colts.
We’re not vouching for Daniels to start off the season with the staggering pace he held through eight games in 2009, but he has too good of a role and is too good of a receiver to not hit somewhere between his 2007 and 2008 numbers.
The timing of his knee injury helps Daniels, as he’s had over eight months to recover from the injury, and appears to have his speed and mobility back.
However, none of this makes Daniels a lock to be an elite fantasy tight end this year. But it does make him a quality sleeper and potential late-round find. Due to his injury and quiet off-season, Daniels can be had on the cheap in most fantasy football drafts, and could still churn out top-ten fantasy production when it’s all said and done.
We currently have him ranked in the top-ten of our fantasy tight end rankings, and with the big guy playing for a fat contract, we expect him to continue to put up big numbers.