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Ryan talks up Keller: "fantasy steal"
Posted Jun. 04 at 09:59 PM
Rex Ryan says a lot of things, some of which are true. He said the team was happy with its quarterbacks before trading up for Mark Sanchez, and said they were set at wideout before trading for Braylon Edwards. So his words should be taken with a grain of salt.
So we won't overrate the fact that Ryan thinks tight end Dustin Keller will be a fantasy football steal this year. Ryan thinks the team's wide receiver depth, enhanced by trading for Santonio Holmes, will lead to "more touchdowns" for Keller.
"Just like with Dallas Clark in Indianapolis," Ryan told the New York Daily News. "You have to pay so much attention to those three receivers that sometimes you have to isolate a safety or a linebacker on him and that’s to his advantage. I think Dustin can give us the same kind of mismatch."
Keller certainly finished last season on a roll, scoring in each of the team's three playoff games. Still, we're a little cool on his prospects. He's not much of a blocker, so he won't be on the field full-time; the team will use Ben Hartsock in that role. And of course, there are other targets: Edwards, Holmes, and Jerricho Cotchery.
Still, it's something that bears watching in the preseason, as Keller certainly has the talent to make a big impact as a receiver. New York will be without Holmes in the first four games, and his hands are much more reliable than Edwards (which probably played an impact in his strong postseason). We think Keller will be overdrafted in most leagues, but if he falls into the later rounds, he might have decent upside as a No. 2 at the position.
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