5 Reasons to Draft Malcom Floyd in Your Fantasy Football League
Malcom Floyd has battled injuries during his career with the San Diego Chargers, but when he's been healthy, he's been an underrated deep threat and fantasy producer.
With Vincent Jackson gone, and a handful of new pass-catching targets looking to find their niche within Philip Rivers' offense, Floyd is poised to experience a true breakout season in 2012.
Here are the five reasons why you must draft him in your fantasy league.
Vincent Jackson Is Gone
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This one's easy.
Gone is the 6'5'', 230-pound Jackson and his 60 catches, 1,106 yards and nine touchdowns in 2011. More importantly from a fantasy perspective, gone are the 115 targets he received last season.
Yes, the team added Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal in free agency, and they're waiting on the emergence of Vincent Brown, but there is plenty of receiving production to be made up for in San Diego this season.
He's Averaged over 19 Yards Per Catch in Each of the Last Two Seasons
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With Floyd, you know you're getting the most out of each and every reception.
In 2010, appearing in 11 games, he caught 37 passes for 717 yards—good for a dynamic 19.4 yards per grab. He followed with 43 catches for 856 yards in 12 games last season, which averaged out to 19.9 yards per catch.
The relatively lanky 6'5'' wideout has the numbers to back up his distinction as a legitimate downfield threat.
So, even if he's not catching seven or eight passes, recent history shows he'll still rack up major fantasy points.
He Experienced a Torrid End to the 2011 Season
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Building on momentum from one season to the next can be instrumental for NFL players.
In his last two games of 2010, Calvin Johnson had 14 catches and over 200 yards receiving before establishing himself as the game's best wideout in 2011.
Rob Gronkowski recorded 10 catches with over 150 yards receiving and two touchdowns in his final two games of 2010 before breaking countless tight end records in 2011.
Is Malcom Floyd the next in line?
In the last three games of 2011, Floyd hauled in 18 passes for 318 yards with three scores.
Philip Rivers' Attempts Have Gone Up in Each of the Last Three Years
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The thought is that Ryan Mathews will take on a more prominent role in 2012, but that doesn't mean Philip Rivers is going to be relegated to a game-managing role.
In fact, his total attempts have increased in each of the last three seasons.
He threw the football 586 times in 2011, so even if he's handing the ball off more frequently, chances are he'll still be above the 500-attempt mark.
More passes, more potential opportunities and targets for Floyd.
He's the Most Established Receiver on San Diego's Roster
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Newly-acquired Eddie Royal has nearly 40 more career catches than Floyd, but Floyd has nearly 1,000 more career receiving yards and more than double the amount of touchdowns.
Moreover, he already has established a rapport with Philip Rivers, something Royal and fellow newcomer Robert Meachem will have to work on in training camp, the preseason and the start of the regular season.
If Rivers is most comfortable with any wideout on the San Diego roster right now, it has to be Malcom Floyd.
Will that lead to the most targets of his career?
It very well could.