Football Information: Dallas Clark to Shine in 2009
Much has changed in the Indianapolis Colts organization this off-season for the team and management. One of the things that has not changed is the Colts still have most of their weapons (excluding Marvin Harrison of course) on offense.
Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark have been fixtures in this offense for years and they should be primed for success again with their offensive coordinator and o-line coach back for another season.
While this offense is one of the best in fantasy football they will have to overcome the issue of not having Harrison in the lineup this season. Third year receiver Antony Gonzalez is in line to take Marvin’s place, I think Anthony will have a decent year but he’s not going to demand attention to take pressure away from Reggie in coverage.
This should leave Wayne heavily covered this season as defenses will force Gonzalez, Clark and others to beat them in the passing game.
In this situation I would look for Dallas Clark to maybe have his career best season this coming year in Indianapolis.
What Does a Career Year Mean for Clark
If in fact this is a career year for Dallas, the numbers this guy could post are pretty darn scary as he posted 11 touchdowns in 2007 and 77 reception just a season ago.
With production like that and one of the best quarterbacks in football distributing the ball his way, it is no wonder why Dallas is a top four tight end for fantasy football.
The main reason I believe Clark is primed for a big year is because his quarterback is a timing and rhythm guy and excels when he has strong chemistry with a player. It took Wayne a few seasons to build up the timing with Manning before he became a true top ten fantasy receiver for fantasy owners.
While Manning does have strong chemistry with Clark and Wayne he is still developing that timing with Gonzalez. This tells me that when Manning is in situations in crunch time he will go to the receivers (or tight end) that he trusts the most. If Reggie is double covered then it will leave a guy like Clark open in the middle and rolling up the numbers.
Fantasy Football Information for Dallas Clark
Right now I would take Clark as a solid early mid round pick in most standard league 10 to 12 team formats. Look for Dallas to have a solid and consistent scoring season for your fantasy football team in 2009.
So many tight ends can have one good season of production but many have a hard time duplicating that success year in and year out. Dallas is one of those few tight ends you can count on for production in every season.
Fantasy Football Information Writer Sean E. Douglas: fantasy-info.com