The Dallas Cowboys downed the New York Giants 24-17 in the NFL's season opener Wednesday night, and among the biggest storylines that came from that Cowboys' win was the huge game turned in by Dallas wide receiver Kevin Ogletree.
Ogletree led all Dallas receivers with eight receptions for 114 yards, including touchdown receptions of 10 and 40 yards, the first two scores of the fourth-year pro's NFL career.
This explosion was all the more surprising given that the battle for the third wide receiver spot in Dallas came right down to the wire, and it wouldn't have been surprising in the least if Dwayne Harris had lined up in that spot Wednesday night.
Remember, Ogletree is a player that Dallas didn't bother to offer a restricted free agent tender to in the offseason according to Pro Football Talk, and none of the other 31 teams in the NFL were interested in his services either.
So the Cowboys brought Ogletree back at a discount, and after Ogletree posted an eye-popping 31 fantasy points in fantasy football leagues that award a point for receptions, the 25-year-old has not surprisingly skyrocketed to the top of most fantasy owners' wish lists when they submit their claims for Week 2.
However, there are a couple of reasons to tamper enthusiasm where Ogletree is considered, at least a tad.
First, the annals of fantasy football are littered with with wide receivers who had one huge game, were picked up by hundreds of teams, and then proceeded to fade back into obscurity just as quickly. I'm not saying that will happen with Ogletree, but it has happened. A lot.
Second, the Cowboys went up against an injury-ravaged secondary Wednesday night, and Ogletree took full advantage of coverage from Giants cornerback Michael Coe that was so soft that even pillows threw their hands up in frustration.
Well, they would, if pillows had hands.
Lastly, tight end Jason Witten was obviously a shell of his usual shelf Wednesday after missing most of the preseason with a lacerated spleen, and once he's back to 100 percent he's going to be targeted far more frequently than he was against the Giants.
With all that said, however, this is the same Dallas offense that produced an 11 touchdown, Top 20 fantasy season from third wideout Laurent Robinson in 2011, due in no small part to the fact that starters Miles Austin and Dez Bryant had trouble staying on the field.
It's well within the realm of possibility that injuries could keep Ogletree very much a part of the Dallas offense this year much like Robinson a season ago. And while upcoming opponents will be significantly more prepared for Kevin Ogletree than the Giants were, he's very much worth an add for fantasy teams looking to bolster their wideouts.
Just don't expect many repeats of Week 1's blowup.
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