Dexter McCluster: Dynamic Slot WR Is Quality Fantasy Start vs. Buffalo Bills
Kansas City Chiefs' speed merchant Dexter McCluster was the 11th most-added fantasy football player this week, according to ESPN.com, and for good reason. He's an electric option out of the slot, and the Bills defense was shredded by the New York Jets last week.
No one will ever mistake McCluster for Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald or Andre Johnson, but that doesn't diminish his value. If you're looking for a No. 2 receiver, or quality "flex" option, he's an excellent choice.
There's nothing bad about that. You'd like to see him catch the four targets that he couldn't haul in, but it's encouraging to see Cassel looking his way that much. The Chiefs offense has multiple weapons, but Cassel seems to realize the former Ole Miss Rebels' value.
McCluster has the same capabilities of a Percy Harvin or Darren Sproles. Now that he's establishing himself, look for the Chiefs to get him the ball in space as many times as possible.
Who is a more valuable pickup?
That plays to his strengths and exponentially increases his value to fantasy owners. He can take a swing pass and turn it into a big gain in a heartbeat, and those types of players are becoming more necessary in today's NFL.
It's not like the Chiefs don't have other options, but he's unique. Dwayne Bowe and Jon Baldwin are used on the outside. Steve Breaston is fast, but not as fast as McCluster.
The Bills gave up 230 passing yards to Mark Sanchez and the Jets last week. In terms of pure offensive talent, the Chiefs are better off than the Jets at this point. Ralph Wilson Stadium can be a tough environment to play in, but Cassel should at least duplicate Sanchez's performance.
Don't put your entire team's fate on McCluster's shoulders, but his stock is rising. Get him in your lineup now, while he's hot, and enjoy his production on Sunday.
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