by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
After Kenny Britt struggled in 2012, as he worked his way back from knee surgery, many thought he was primed to make a major impact this season. Unfortunately that hasn’t even been close to reality. In fact, just look at the current target breakdown for proof:
- Nate Washington – 22
- Kendall Wright – 21
- Kenny Britt – 16
- Delanie Walker – 14
Clearly not the go to receiver, Britt has also failed to make anything happen with the targets he’s been given. Through three games he has posted a measly 5 catches for 43 yards and has not found the end zone.
If that was the end of the discussion, maybe we could keep hope alive. Unfortunately it’s just the beginning. According to David Climer of The Tennessean (click here for the article):
“It also tells us something that quarterback Jake Locker specifically asked for Hunter to be in the game on what proved to be the decisive play.”
Climer notes that Britt, a former first round draft pick, was actually on the bench for the entire game winning drive in Week 3. It makes sense, given Climer’s description of Britt’s performance:
“Britt was targeted five times but finished the game without a catch. He had two clear drops. There was another couple of balls he could have caught that skipped away. He was flagged for two penalties, although a call for an illegal block was questionable.”
Britt is also banged up again, missing practice early this week, but does it really matter? A free agent at season’s end, fantasy owners can only hope that a wide receiver starved team (like the Patriots or Lions) are willing to offer a late round pick in hopes of resurrecting Britt and his ability.
It’s crystal clear that, if he stays in Tennessee, he just isn’t going to hold fantasy appeal. Could he post a big day or two? Maybe, but counting on them is difficult.
So how should fantasy owners proceed? If you are in a shallower league, holding onto him doesn’t make sense. In deeper leagues it could, depending on what else is available, at least until the trade deadline gets a little bit closer. The truth, though? If you are in need of the roster spot, cut bait and don’t look back. The chances of him gaining value in 2013 appear minimal.