Jerricho Cotchery-NYJ: Being drafted 9.05 in ten team leagues or 32nd WR taken. Last Year Stats: 82rcpt 961yds 6tds. Finished ranked around #22, 19th overall in targets and 5th among all teams WR2 position. He had a 64% trgt vs rcpt ratio. Averaged a touchdown every 13th reception. He finished 2nd in team receptions. He received 26% of the teams passing targets, 2nd to L. Coles who had 32%. Although, the last 5 weeks of the season he received 32% of the teams pass attempts, while Coles had 25%. The third option in the passing game came in at 9% or 10% if you count all three starting RB’s they used last season. What’s changed? Pennington is healthy, another season removed from injury and one of the most accurate passers in the league. Last year was Cotchery’s third year, when most WR’s get it. They did not make any additions to the offense except for Thomas Jones. He should solidify the running game, while improving the players around him.
My Take: He should post similar numbers but could easily post higher numbers and rank higher than where he ranked last year. He’s being drafted as a fantasy WR3 but will post numbers like a 2, making him
Santonio Holmes-Pit: Being drafted 10.07 in ten team leagues or 37th WR taken. Last Year Stats: 49rcpt 824yds 2tds. Finished ranked around #40. 51st overall in targets. He had a 57% trgt vs rcpt ratio. He finished 2nd among the teams WR position in targets and receptions. Started the last 4 games of the season and averaged 7 targets per game with a touchdown every 16th reception. Clearly a WR2 this year. Roethlisberger had a down year last year, but should bounce back to where he left off in 05. OC Arians is going to air it out more this year and Holmes should be the one to benefit.
My Take: With the increased targets he could easily finish in the mid to high 20’s. He’s being drafted as a fantasy WR3 and should post solid WR2 numbers, making him
Kevin Curtis-Phi: Being drafted 11.01 in ten team leagues or 38th WR taken. Last Year Stats: 39rcpt 469yds 4tds. Finished ranked around #59. 73rd overall in targets. He had a 67% trgt vs rcpt ratio. He was the WR3 in Saint Louis last year and finished 3rd among the teams WR’s in targets and receptions. Averaged a touchdown every 11 receptions. Curtis went to Philly this year and will be the WR2. In 05 Curtis started 9 games for (injured)I. Bruce. While starting, he had a 61% trgt vs rcpt ratio and averaged a touchdown every 10 receptions. He’s shown he can produce if given the opportunities. The only drawback could be a learning curve with the new system, but Curtis is a smart guy and it could be a short curve. Last year in Philly – Brown and Stallworth were pretty even in targets and those targets could increase if L.J. Smith misses time.
My Take: He could easily finish in the 20’s. He’s being drafted as a fantasy WR3 and should post numbers like a mid to low end WR2, making him