Posted 1/20 by Mike Anderson and William Grant, Exclusive to Footballguys.com
For the 2005 season, we highlighted 25 players that we believed would be worth
giving up a roster slot for. Some were great picks; some were not. Over the
next couple weeks, we'll recap all 25 of them and give your our additional thoughts
on them for the 2006 season and beyond.
Nathan Vasher: CB Chicago Bears (Week 3)
2005 Stats: 39 Solo Tackles, 7 Assists, 8 INTs, 1 TD, 1 PD, 1 FF.
Final thoughts: In his second season with the Bears, Vasher moved past
Jerry Azumah into the starting lineup opposite Charles Tillman. While Vasher
is not a shutdown type of corner, he is a ball hawk and can really make the
big play (including a 108 yard missed FG return against San Francisco). He's
not quite ready for the starting lineup on your fantasy team yet, unless your
league rewards well for interceptions. However, he's definitely worth a roster
slot as he is progressing well and could be starter quality material by next
season. For the playoffs, Vasher had three solo tackles and one assist. Vasher
also returned two punts, and he may get a shot at PR for 2006.
Chris Harris: FS Chicago Bears (Week 11)
2005 Stats: 48 Solo Tackles, 10 Assists,1 Sack, 3 INTs, 5 PD, 1 FR.
Final thoughts: What a gem this guy turned out to be. This season, Harris
went from a rookie sixth round draft choice (181 overall) to starting Free Safety
for one of the best defenses in the league. Harris was dinged up for part of
the season and he missed two games down the stretch. However, he still managed
to put up impressive numbers for a rookie DB and has cemented himself into the
Bears' starting lineup for several years to come. He's definitely worth a roster
slot and if he improves on his 2005 stats, he will be a 'starter quality' DP
for many IDP leagues. In his one playoff appearance this season, Harris led
the Bears in tackles with nine solo tackles and two assists.