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FLAVOR OF THE WEEK: Josh Doctson, WR, Washington Redskins

Josh Doctson gave defenses problems throughout his time at TCU, but he was an absolute monster before getting injured his Senior season.  His 66 catch, 1,160 yard (17.6 ypc), 13 TD seven game stretch vaulted him up to the 1st round of 2016’s draft.  A tall drink of water at 6’4 with that play making ability got the attention of decision makers everywhere, but a frail frame nowhere near 200 lbs and battling health issues, left many passing on him on draft night.  The Redskins eventually pulled the trigger, but those injury concerns unfortunately persisted.  The first catch of his career was a reminder of his dominance during that stretch though.  He just wins in tight coverage down field and he always has.  All the quarterback needs to do is put the ball in play and in the vicinity of Doctson and he will beat his opponent to the ball.  It only takes one of these per game for him to be a great start, but he has the ability to do this continuously throughout.

Doctson had been a name that’s really only caused anxiety for his dynasty owners and Redskins fans, but now that he’s demonstrated that play making ability we have all been itching for a important question comes to mind, “Will it continue?”  The best thing that could have happened was a potential game winning touchdown that fell out of his grasp on Monday night.  He demonstrated all of those same skills on that play; he just didn’t secure the ball for the score.  So how is this a good thing?  Others may not be as interested in him had he pulled in that score.  If he pulls in that score he has the following two game stat line:

Week 3: 1 rec (2 targets), 52 yards, 1 TD – 12.2 points (ppr-no bonus)
Week 4: 3 rec (3 targets), 49 yards, 1 TD – 13.9 points

That looks like a player on waivers right now that owners would be foaming at the mouth over acquiring.  It’s a whole lot different to mining waivers for a player with 2 rec, 27 yards, 0 TD, huh?  His Week 3 and 4 games being stand-alone primetime games, many of your opponents saw those same plays, but this week’s injury report (Dalvin Cook, Chris Carson, Ty Montgomery, Derek Carr,Marcus Mariota, Julio Jones, Michael Crabtree, Davante Adams, etc.) was especially rough on everyone’s roster.  Additionally, the Redskins are on a bye Week 5.  At the moment, there are other reasons for owners to prioritize other players to Doctson.  They have holes to fill and a lineup to submit this week and he doesn’t fulfill either one of those needs.  Doctson has made some attention grabbing plays, but he still has to compete with Terrelle Pryor, Jordan Reed, and Jamison Crowder for targets and he only has 4 catches on the season.  He’s in the back of the minds of fantasy owners and if he were to be removed from watch lists, he’s certainly being added back to them.  Despite all of the buzz around him there are enough reasons for others to talk themselves off of him, which presents an opportunity for you.

He frustrated his coaches throughout the Summer as he continued to battle injuries and wasn’t on the field.  Once he returned, they resisted getting him involved early on, saying he has to play well to earn more playing time.  He responded to the bell and has stayed on the practice field since returning five weeks ago.  As he proved himself, the tune of his coaches changed as they began to say that they will design plays for him.  They have and that big play potential has flashed.  Sure, that end-of-game drop stings, but relying on him in that end of game situation, spotlights how far he’s come. The Redskins have to spin that missed opportunity into a positive with him going forward, don’t they?  After all, they picked him in the 1st round and as we all know, those players get more opportunities than others.

After the bye, Washington draws San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Minnesota, and New Orleans in five of their next six games that all give up a lot of fantasy points to enemy receivers. For Doctson, everything is pointing towards a post bye breakout.  While your competition is scrambling around trying to field a lineup Week 5 set your sights on the big picture and add him now before someone else prioritizes him.

This Flavor of the Week is the Perfect Burger

Sure, that drive-thru burger is adequate enough, will satisfy the craving, and send you quickly on your way.  If you have just a little patience and go to the local place next door…order a Bulleit Rye Old Fashioned…and wait a little bit for a freshly made burger.  That’s a meal you’ll remember and will have you coming back for more.

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