Fantasy Football: Should You Add Kevin Ogletree?

Ryan LesterSenior Writer ISeptember 6, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 05:  wide receiver Kevin Ogletree #85 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates with teammate tight end Jason Witten #82 after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter against the New York Giants during the 2012 NFL season opener at MetLife Stadium on September 5, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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In a game that featured Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, Dez Bryant, Miles Austin and a rugged Jason Witten playing through a spleen injury, the biggest standout in the passing game was Kevin Ogletree.

He came out of nowhere to catch eight passes for 114 yards and a pair of touchdowns. I know it's not wise to make rash judgements based on one game, but it's hard to ignore a game like that. Should you add him?

In a word...yes. Forget about the fact that he had just 25 receptions entering last night's season opener. Or the fact that he had managed just 294 yards in three seasons and had never crossed the goal line. He had his coming out party and you have to get on that train.

Even if he never has another big game again this season, it's too risky not to add him. Odds are your fifth wide receiver that you drafted doesn't have his upside. If you have to cut him in a few weeks, so be it, but you don't want to miss out on this year's Victor Cruz or Laurent Robinson.

Speaking of Laurent Robinson, it was his departure that led to the big game. Even though Romo has a ton of weapons at his disposal, he's not afraid to throw to less-heralded guys.

Ogletree was targeted 11 times, which is just one less than Miles, Dez and Witten combined, including the key third and long that helped seal the victory.

The Cowboys have the kind of offense that can support three fantasy wide receivers, as well as tight end Jason Witten. They are a high-powered offense and when the big three command as much attention as they do, it's not unusual for Ogletree to get overlooked.

Plus, with Miles Austin's hamstring and Dez Bryant's knee, there is a chance that there will be games with less mouths for Romo to feed.

I'm not saying that Ogletree will be your lottery ticket to a fantasy championship, but he's worth at least paying the dollar to play.


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