The Robert Griffin III effect has created expectations that Leonard Hankerson can be a viable fantasy football contributor.
I'm not sold yet.
The former Miami Hurricane was grabbed by the Washington Redskins in the third round of the 2011 NFL draft. He has decent size (6'2", 211 pounds) and used his body well in college to outjump defensive backs for jump balls.
Hankerson posted quality numbers at Miami, with 134 catches for 2,160 yards and 22 touchdowns. He has a problem with consistency and isn't a "burst guy," meaning he generally won't take short passes for long gains.
His rookie season was nothing to get excited about. He didn't make his debut until Week 7, but did earn a starting job. Unfortunately, his year was cut short due to injuries, and he finished with 13 catches for 163 yards.
Pierre Garcon's injury opened up an opportunity for another Redskins wide receiver to make a splash. No one did.
Hankerson led the team with 68 receiving yards on two catches. While that gave him a 34-yard average, he actually tallied every yard on one long bomb on which he beat the coverage and waltzed into the end zone untouched.
Obviously, his other catch went for zero yards. He finished the day with three targets, which tied him with four other players for third on the team.
Mike Shanahan has mostly tried to keep Griffin within the system with short passes and designed runs. The dink-and-dump offense does not suit Hankerson's skill set.
Even if you're absolutely desperate, I'd look elsewhere for a fantasy fill-in. Garcon will be back soon, which will eviscerate any chance that Hankerson has of making an impact this year.
Garcon's absence hasn't led to much production from Hankerson, save for his one highlight. Unless multiple Washington receivers go down, leave him on the waiver wire.
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