Dexter McCluster: Injury Makes Chiefs WR Droppable in Most Leagues

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor ISeptember 26, 2012

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 01:  Running back Dexter McCluster #22 of the Kansas City Chiefs rushes with the ball against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 1, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Well, Dexter McCluster owners, it was good while it lasted.

Kind of.

The dynamic running-back-wide-receiver-kick-returner-punt-returner extraordinaire has always been on the brink of fantasy relevance, and after 10 catches for 114 yards through the first two games of the season, it appeared he was ready to take the next step into PPR relevance. 

That's over now.

McCluster suffered an ugly elbow injury on Sunday, and according to The Kansas City Star's Randy Covitz and Adam Teicher, the outlook isn't good:

Wide receiver Dexter McCluster injured an elbow while taking a fall during a pass reception, and his arm was in a sling.

It was uncertain whether Hudson and McCluster would be long term injuries.

This sounds like a multiple-week injury.

To be fair, players have returned to fantasy dominance after missing a couple of Sundays before. It is possible.

But in most of those cases, the player was already a fantasy superstar before succumbing to injury. He wasn't teetering on the brink of being relevant like McCluster.

The enormous talent in the little 5'8" frame of McCluster is undeniable. He's quick, slippery and has pretty much all the other characteristics of an eel. Playing mostly out of the slot position, he looks primed to make a Darren Sproles-like impact at some point in his career. 

Still, the third-year player needs time to develop his unique skill set. An injury only derails that process and frustrates fantasy owners everywhere. 

Unless you're in a 20-team league or you get bonuses for having guys named Dexter, this is a safe drop for now.

Keep your eye on him when he returns, though. While this injury certainly delays his run to glory, McCluster has the skills to be a late-season sleeper once everyone forgets about him.