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Does size matter with wideouts?
Posted Aug. 29 at 04:55 AM
The Titans have activated Kenny Britt (knee) from the PUP list, and should soon find out about a suspension. When he's available, he should be the team's best touchdown producer, perhaps because he's the biggest.
A story in the Nashville Tennessean points out how the rest of the team's wide receivers are smaller players (6-1 or less and sub-200 pounds). Tight end Jared Cook is plenty big, but hasn't been a big touchdown scorer.
We're not sizeist here, having long been happy to endorse players like Steve Smith and Percy Harvin. And as the article notes, the Titans were 11th in the NFL with 22 TD receptions last year, despite not having Britt around.
But an interesting point in the article is that 17 NFL receivers caught 8 or more TDs last season, and 11 of those players were a minimum of 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds.
Should fantasy coaches in TD-heavy scoring systems target bigger receivers? Maybe. That said, it's easy to get excited about drafting a guy like Calvin Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald. But size alone is not enough reason to draft someone like Vincent Jackson.
It's interesting, though, to see how many bigger wideouts top the receiving charts. There aren't quite as many Victor Cruz types.
That said, I'll take Kendall Wright over Michael Floyd in a dynasty league and take my chances.
Posted by CRAIG SMITH | Aug. 29 at 06:09 AM
Andy, I took Britt with the last pick of last year's draft (18th round) in a yards plus td league. I can hold one keeper for this year. Would Britt be worth holding this year? I think he'd be a better value than E Manning (8th), AHernandez (12th), or a kicker or defense. What do you think?
Posted by ANDY RICHARDSON | Aug. 29 at 06:28 AM
Britt went in the 18th round last year? Regardless, I think Hernandez will have better overall numbers this year...He's the guy I'd rather keep.
Posted by CRAIG SMITH | Aug. 29 at 07:58 AM
Britt was out most of preseason with a hamstring injury last year (the kiss of death for a receiver), and I think most folks thought he was one off-field mistake away from ending his season early. I appreciate your response.
Posted by IAN ALLAN | Aug. 29 at 03:38 PM
I think a lot of NFL teams would prefer to draft and start receivers who are tall. Just like they want quarterbacks who are tall and have strong arms. But if you were to compare the production numbers of tall receivers against short receivers (among starters), I would bet that the shorter guys are more productive. The short guys, they don't get on the field because of measurables or untapped potential. They get out there because they can play.
Posted by John Evans | Aug. 30 at 01:43 PM
Kendall Wright looks like a guy who was born to play the position. He just gets it. He reminds much lots of both Steve Smith and Hakeem Nicks. You can't put your finger on why they look so good...but they are excellent receivers. Same can be said of Blackmon. He is only 6'1" but the guy is legit. He has extremely strong hands and attacks the ball. I see him as a much more talented young Anquan Boldin.
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