So T.O. Signed with Seattle; Does He Have Fantasy Football Appeal?

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IAugust 10, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 04: NFL player Terrell Owens and actor Mehcad Brooks participate in DIRECTV's Sixth Annual Celebrity Beach Bowl Game at Victory Field on February 4, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for DirecTV)
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Given the quarterback landscape in Seattle, it wasn’t an ideal landing spot for Terrell Owens. However, given he couldn’t find a home last year and the suitors didn’t appear to be lining up, beggars can’t be choosers. Now that’s he’s back in the league, does T.O. have fantasy appeal?

Owens will turn 39 in December, but he has always been a physical marvel. There aren’t many players his age, or younger for that matter, that take care of their body like T.O., and given his sub-4.5 speed shown in his Seattle tryout, he still is in great shape.

While he hasn’t been the same dominant force since 2008 when he finished with 1,052 yards and 10 scores, he has averaged 63.5 catches for 906 yards and seven touchdowns in his last two spots in Buffalo and Cincinnati. T.O. has the reputation of being a locker room cancer and clashing with quarterbacks, but his last two stops were pretty uneventful.

The preseason will be a good indicator of where T.O. is at, but many may not have the luxury of getting a feel for what he’ll bring before their fantasy draft. Those of you in PPR leagues should probably discount Owens a little more. He hasn’t had 80 catches in a season since 2007.

He is a touchdown machine though, with 153 touchdown grabs in his 15 seasons. He has 52 in his past five. When the Seahawks get in the red zone, his number will likely be a popular one.

I wouldn’t consider adding T.O. as a starting fantasy wide receiver, but I would take a chance on him for WR depth.


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