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Mason was an underrated fantasy player

Derrick Mason had 1,000+ yards in seven of the last eight seasons.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - He got little attention from the media because most of the time he just did his job without fanfare, unlike a guy like Terrell Owens, but the recently retired Derrick Mason put up fantasy numbers that will surprise all but the most knowledgeable fans.

How many out there know that Mason had 1,000+ yards in seven of the last eight seasons, a feat NOT accomplished by Randy Moss, Donald Driver, Reggie Wayne, Hinds Ward, T.J. Houshmandzadeh or Santana Moss.

And Mason did it in offenses which featured the running game more than the passing game.

Mason came to Tennessee in 2000 and posted his first 1,000-yard season one year later. He averaged 81 catches a season in his five years there before moving to Baltimore in 2005. Despite catching passes from the likes of Kyle Boller and Anthony Wright he caught another 86 balls for 1,073 yards in his first year. Steve McNair joined him in Baltimore in 2006 and then last year he was teamed up with rookie Joe Flacco but Mason continued to shine. In his four years in Baltimore, Mason averaged 84 receptions for 986 yards in an offense designed to pound the ball on the ground with Willis McGahee, Ray Rice and Le'Ron McClain.

His only fantasy downfall, and what kept him from being an all-time fantasy receiver, was his lack of touchdowns catches. He averaged just 5.4 TDs per season.

Still, he was a very good receiver and even better in PPR (points-per- reception) leagues.

Derrick Mason Career Statistics
Year Team Rec Yards Ave TDs
2000 TEN 63 895 142 5
2001 TEN 73 1,128 154 9
2002 TEN 79 1,012 128 5
2003 TEN 95 1,303 137 8
2004 TEN 96 1,168 121 7
2005 BAL 86 1,073 124 3
2006 BAL 68 750 110 2
2007 BAL 103 1,087 106 5
2008 BAL 80 1,037 130 5


Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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