Derrick Mason, WR, Baltimore Ravens

by Ryan R. Bonini on September 1, 2010 @ 14:45:00 PDT

 


Derrick Mason | Baltimore Ravens | 5-foot-10, 195 pounds | 14th year

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Derrick Mason, WR, Baltimore Ravens

Pros: Mason, despite his elderly state, has posted three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons for the Ravens. He had at least three receptions in 13 games last season, and he posted better than 70 yards receiving in eight contests. The Baltimore offense isn't afraid to throw the ball with the development of Joe Flacco, and Mason is a clutch option for moving the chains on crucial downs.

Cons: The Ravens drastically upgraded their receiving corps with the addition of Anquan Boldin and Donte' Stallworth, although he'll miss some time with a foot injury, during the offseason, so Mason will no longer be the No. 1 option in the passing game. At 36, one has to wonder how much gas is left in his tank.

Fantasy tip: There are a lot more mouths to feed in the Baltimore offense these days. When you couple that with Mason's age, one has to be weary of him as anything more than a depth fantasy football option. He is being selected around the 10th round of fantasy football drafts, on average. Unless you have questionable receivers at the top of your pecking order and need his stability, it may be better to look for a receiver with higher upside. He's safe, if his wheels hold up.

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About Ryan R. Bonini

Founding KFFL in 1996, Bonini now serves as VP of Fantasy Sports Solutions for USA TODAY SPORTS, KFFL's parent company. Bonini was named 2009 Fantasy Football Writer of the Year by the FSWA, received honors with the Best Fantasy Football Series in '10 and was named into their Hall of Fame in '13.

His work has been found in USA TODAY Sports, Yahoo! Sports, FOX Sports, CBS Sports, NFL.com, and many others. He has also been featured on numerous radio programs around the country. Bonini is a member of the PFWA, FSWA and FSTA.

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