Fantasy Football 2012: Is Cowboys' Kevin Ogletree This Year's Victor Cruz?
Kevin Ogletree, receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, entered their Week 1 matchup against the New York Giants as a relatively unknown player and almost certainly undrafted in all but the deepest fantasy football leagues.
But catching two touchdowns on eight receptions for 114 yards will certainly draw attention to you, especially if those touchdowns are the first of your career and if those yards would be good for almost half of your previous career total.
Ogletree certainly had a great game, and that will lead some fantasy football owners to see him as a high-priority waiver target this week. They'll be hoping this breakout game is a sign of things to come, that he can continue to dominate defenses every week from here on out.
The best case scenario has him ending up like two of the high-profile receivers in the Cowboys visit to the Giants—Miles Austin and Victor Cruz.
Breakout games are a good sign of things to come; after all, you can't reach star status without a few great games, but they can also just be a flash of greatness that never consistently resurfaces.
Ogletree doesn't seem like the type of receiver who could still dominate if matched up against a top corner, but he doesn't have to worry about that.
He'll have the same advantages Laurent Robinson had last year when he had a breakout year, mainly having Tony Romo throwing you the ball while all the other playmakers on offense draw the defense away from you.
Even if Kevin Ogletree is torching defenses week after week, most teams would still rather double-team Miles Austin or Dez Bryant. Jason Witten is one of the best tight ends in the NFL when healthy, and DeMarco Murray is one of the most promising young running backs in the league.
Ogletree looks like a distant fifth option on that offense, but if he's open, Tony Romo will throw it his way, as long as he doesn't develop a problem dropping passes.
It's important to take this game with a grain of salt and remember that Jason Witten was hurt, as was Miles Austin to a lesser extent; not to mention that the Giants secondary is pretty suspect.
Although it seems unlikely that Kevin Ogletree is destined for stardom this year, it's entirely within the realm of possibility that he turns in a season identical to what Laurent Robinson did last year.
Eleven touchdowns and almost 900 yards receiving for a waiver-wire pickup is a ton of value, so if you're looking for a new receiver this week, Kevin Ogletree should be on your radar.
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