Kevin Ogletree: Complete Fantasy Profile Breakdown and Outlook for Cowboys WR

Chris Trapasso@ChrisTrapassoAnalyst ISeptember 6, 2012

Sep 5, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;  Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Kevin Ogletree (85) prior to the game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

Get to your fantasy league's waiver wire. Now. Kevin Ogletree is available, but he won't be for much longer after an eight-catch, 114-yard, two-touchdown performance in the Dallas Cowboys' upset win over the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants on Wednesday. 

Actually, before you add him and drop the your team's fifth receiver you drafted in Round 14, read this breakdown of the Cowboys' No. 3 receiver, who flat out stole the show in the NFL's 2012 opener. 

Complete Fantasy Profile 

Ogletree is in his fourth year with the Cowboys and went undrafted out of Virginia in 2009. He reeled in 58 catches for 723 yards and five touchdowns in his last season with the Cavaliers, but teams ultimately decided other areas of his game were lacking, leading to his name not being called in that year's draft.  

However, his speed and athleticism are unquestionably NFL caliber. He ran a blistering 4.36 in the 40-yard dash and had a 36" vertical leap.

In 2011, he played in 14 games, catching 15 passes for 164 yards, both the highest totals of his career. 

Playing in an offense with legitimate No. 1 Dez Bryant and a sneaky good Miles Austin as the No. 2, the Cowboys' No. 3, by default, is placed in a situation conducive to success by matching up against weaker cornerbacks. 

We all remember Laurent Robinson's breakout 2011, when he scored 11 touchdowns and caught 54 passes for 858 yards as the team's "No. 3" wideout. 

Though Ogletree clearly has the quickness to get off the line and speed down the field to stretch the defense, he's not a diminutive speedster. 

At 6'1'' and 200 pounds, he possesses ideal size to physically outmatch most of the aforementioned cornerbacks—something that's vital in him being able to sustain success.

As was the case on his first touchdown catch, he and Tony Romo seem to have formulated a cerebral rapport, especially when the Cowboys' quarterback is improvising out of the pocket. That connection is absolutely invaluable for Dallas and a total wild card from a fantasy perspective. 

Many big plays come from initially broken ones.

Fantasy Outlook

After Ogletree's showing against the Giants, the Cowboys' coaching staff could potentially look to feature him more in the offense, but opposing secondaries won't be able to zone in on him with Bryant and Austin on the field. 

An encouraging look forward for a waiver-wire addition who can play as a WR No. 3 or PPR flex option. 

No fantasy owner is expecting eight grabs, 114 yards and two touchdowns from this guy every week, but Ogletree flashed what he's capable of when Romo is on top of his game, even if he's not given ample time to throw the football on every drop back. 

Because he'll be shadowed by most teams' third-best corner, it's hard to peg which secondaries will have a better chance of limiting Ogletree, but it's imperative to highlight the games in which his production could regress. 

Next week's matchup with the Seattle Seahawks isn't a favorable one, as the Seahawks have one of the best overall secondaries in football. 

On the surface, a Week 4 matchup with the Baltimore Ravens isn't necessarily advantageous, and a trip to Philadelphia to face the Eagles in Week 10 doesn't appear to be overly promising. 

A big interconference showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 15 is far from comforting, but the rest of the schedule seems to give Ogletree a legitimate chance to blossom into a fine fantasy star. 

With Bryant and Austin ahead of him, the set of circumstances on this Cowboys team are great for Ogletree, and his size, speed and understanding of Romo's ad-lib tendencies make No. 85 a wideout you most certainly should at least consider adding to your fantasy roster, someone who'll be a steady producer all season.


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