Kevin Ogletree: Breaking Down Cowboys WR's Fantasy Worth After Huge Game

Tim KeeneyContributor ISeptember 5, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 05:  wide receiver Kevin Ogletree #85 of the Dallas Cowboys drags strong safety Kenny Phillips #21 of the New York Giants into the endzone to score a touchdown in the third quarter during the 2012 NFL season opener at MetLife Stadium on September 5, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Touchdowns don't grow on Ogletrees.

Unless, of course, that Ogletree is one of the Kevin Ogletree variety. 

The Dallas Cowboys wide receiver exploded to the tune of eight catches, 116 yards and two touchdowns against the New York Giants during Wednesday night's NFL opener.

More than anyone else (even Cowboys fans), fantasy owners want to know everything there possibly is to know about this guy. Now. 

The 25-year-old wideout has never made this type of impact before. An undrafted rookie out of Virginia in 2009, he had seven catches all year for 96 yards his rookie year. The next season, he had three catches for 34. The next year (last year), 15 for 164. 

So, yeah, quite the breakout performance. Via ESPN's Numbers Never Lie Twitter account:

2* Kevin Ogletree's first 2 career touchdowns come in his 32nd game.He's also set career-highs with 6 catches and 87 yards.

— Numbers Never Lie (@ESPN_Numbers) September 6, 2012

Let me make this clear: buy, buy, buy. 

Ogletree has never registered even a blip on the fantasy radar, but his talent and ability to find open spaces are undeniable. There's a reason the Dallas Cowboys have kept him around for four years despite such a lack of production. 

They clearly saw this type of potential all along. Or, you know, they were lucky. You make the call.

The amount of weapons around Ogletree makes him hard to judge as a fantasy option, but I think that actually works in his favor. 

He won't have 100-yard, two-touchdown performances every week with Dez Bryant, Miles Austin and Jason Witten around him, but the presence of those talented pass-catching studs also means he'll pretty much always have a mismatch and will always be open.

Tony Romo's propensity to spread the ball and Dallas' ability to spread the field make Ogletree useful (not to mention that huge amount of trust Romo showed in Ogletree throughout the entire game), despite his position on the depth chart.

While I don't see him suddenly becoming a WR1 or WR2 in fantasy leagues, he's going to have a more-than-serviceable year.

If you are lacking at the position, snatch him up on your waiver wire. If you're in a deep league, go after him. If you are stacked and in a shallow league, it's probably best to play the wait-and-see game for another week, but know that this Ogletree will only continue to grow.

Yeah, I went there.