Fantasy Football 2012: Can Chad Ochocinco Become Relevant Again?

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IJune 27, 2012

CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 21:  Chad Ochocinco #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals watches the final minute of the Bengals 49-31 loss to the Buffalo Bills at Paul Brown Stadium on November 21, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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After catching 93 passes for 1440 yards and eight touchdowns in the 2007 season, Chad Ochocinco has averaged 51.8 catches for 673.5 yards and 4.5 touchdowns.

It always seemed to be his “me first” attitude and social media exploits cited when discussing No. 85′s shortcomings.

After a failed stint in New England, Ocho’s football IQ is coming under attack. His move to Miami and their West Coast Offense has critics wondering if he will be able to grasp their system.

Meanwhile, fantasy owners are left to wonder whether or not the production will return.

Looking back at the past four years as a whole skews Ocho’s numbers. He did have a solid 2009 season in which he caught 72 passes for 1047 yards and nine scores.

During the other three years, he failed to reach 70 catches, 850 yards or five scores. He hit rock bottom last year in New England, catching a mere 15 passes for 276 yards and one touchdown. His high water mark for catches was two and yards was 65.

Unlike in New England, Ocho won’t have as much talent to compete with in South Beach. Davone Bess is locked in at the slot position, so he stands a good chance to win a starting gig.

Of course, with the Dolphins’ quarterback carousel, it will be difficult for Ocho to build a strong rapport.

Though his age could work against him at 34, I feel his dedication and ability to grasp the Dolphins’ offense will go further in determining how successful his 2012 will be.

Ocho won’t be a highly coveted receiver option on fantasy draft day, but could be worth a late look in deeper leagues.


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