by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Fantasy owners are always looking to find the next star back, and in dynasty leagues that means grabbing any glimmer we see. Let’s look at two wide receivers who enjoyed big days in Week 15 to try to determine their outlook for both 2017 and beyond:
Marquise Goodwin – San Francisco 49ers – Wide Receiver
Over his first four seasons in the NFL Goodwin totaled 49 receptions and 780 yards, though that was while playing for the Buffalo Bills. Listed at 5’9” and 179 lbs. it would be easy to ignore him, though over the past three games with Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback he’s suddenly exploded onto the scene:
- Week 13 – 8 receptions for 99 yards
- Week 14 – 6 receptions for 106 yards
- Week 15 – 10 receptions for 114 yards
While these numbers have grabbed our attention, the question now is if he can continue to produce at this level week in and week out. The answer is yes, and there could be a good reason for the slow development.
Prior to the 2013 draft NFL.com compared him to Mike Wallace, which shows the upside they saw, and at the time noted:
“Goodwin’s lack of bulk might be an issue when taking hits from NFL-sized defenders, but scouts can’t ignore the athleticism that allowed him to win multiple long jump titles in the World Junior Championships during his high school days and NCAA outdoors once he reached UT. He won the long jump title at the U.S. Olympic trials, finishing 10th in the event in London. If he can prove himself as a more consistent route runner, the vertical threat that his pure speed makes him will potentially attract some Day 2 looks.”
Considering that statement, is it a surprise that it’s taken him time to develop as a receiving threat? With a solid quarterback throwing him the football and an opportunity, there’s everyone reason to believe he can continue producing. His size is going to limit the TD potential (1 TD on the season), and that’s going to make him more of a low-end WR2/WR3 in most weeks. That said, his stock is clearly on the rise.
Verdict – Stock Rising
Keelan Cole – Jacksonville Jaguars – Wide Receiver
An injury to Marqise Lee opened the opportunity… Or did it? The undrafted rookie out of Kentucky Wesleyan clearly had a career day (7 receptions, 186 yards, 1 TD), but he has now scored in three straight games. Of course with 3 targets in each of the prior two games, it’s hard to read into the TD too much.
Even yesterday the numbers were bloated by a 73-yard reception, and when coupled with his 75-yard\ reception in Week 14 and 19.0 yards per reception on the season it’s obvious that he’s a big play threat every time the ball is in his hands. Is that something we are going to be able to depend on, though?
Depending on the health of Lee he could conceivably be an option for Week 16 against the 49ers. Long-term, though? He’s a boom or bust receiver and it’s hard to imagine him sustaining every week value.
Verdict – Stock Stagnant
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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