Worth the wait: Now that Dallas Cowboys wideout Kevin Ogletree
kicks off the fantasy football season as the most added waiver-wire pickup thus far, the question is whether or not he will be a reliable factor for fantasy owners moving ahead? I had touted the receiver’s sleeper potential over a week ago, but now comes the tough part of deciding if he warrants consideration as a No. 3 WR or flex play on a weekly basis. The answer is not an easy one. His value, like that of Laurent Robinson last year will largely depend on the health and performance of Miles Austin. The veteran wide receiver did look to be missing a step in the season opener, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he won’t be a factor. Fantasy football owners will want to monitor Austin’s production moving forward. More importantly, keep a keen eye on how quickly he gets out of his breaks and his ability to gain separation from defenders. Hamstring issues for wideouts are the equivalent of knee issues for running backs. Once they happen, they tend to creep up over and over again. Ogletree also has Jason Witten’s current health issues playing to his benefit. Robinson had his production with a healthy Witten in the lineup all season. If Witten struggles, there will be plenty of targets coming Ogletree’s way. Consider Ogletree a No.3 wide receiver play and ride him while he’s hot. However, his targets could decrease if Austin and Witten each make a return to full health.
Musical chairs: According to CSNWashington.com, coach Kyle Shanahan stated the Washington Redskins plan on using the philosophy of “Whoever you think is doing the best, you keep him going” when it comes to their backfield situation. To sum things up, the depth chart is meaningless in Washington, which means a major headache for fantasy owners. The safest approach is to ignore them all together, but if you must, the goal would be trade for all three backs and secure them as your No. 3 running back or bye-week options. Otherwise you could be left in the cold if the music stops and your lone Redskins’ back is left without a chair when you need him most. Though using up three spots on your roster just to have an option isn’t the best idea, it beats having no option at all for those in 12- or 14-team leagues in need of help. Securing them might come cheap in terms of trade value for owners who don’t want to put up with the same fears, just ensure you don’t overpay for them. If you have to choose just one, Roy Helu carries the most upside, with Alfred Morris edging out Evan Royster for time being.
Boost for Run DMC: Darren McFadden owners received a small boost with the announcement wideout Denarius Moore returned to practice on Thursday. It’s no secret the Oakland Raiders plan on highlighting the Arkansas product and riding him as far as he will take them this season. The problem comes in how he will do when there are eight defenders in the box. His production ceiling will likely rely on Carson Palmer and the passing game’s ability to keep defenses honest. If they can at least pose the threat of going vertical, then McFadden can shine in what was surprisingly the ninth ranked total offense in 2011 despite not having his services for nine games. Run DMC has been one of the fastest risers in fantasy football this season, and can break into the elite ranks if he stays healthy. Be sure to handcuff him with Taiwan Jones or Mike Goodson, who would presumably move to a committee approach in his absence.
— Adrian Mojica
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