While overshadowed by the eye-catching stat line of Miami Dolphins receiver Brian Hartline in Sunday's 24-21 win, Arizona Cardinals receiver Andre Roberts has slowly turned into a relevant fantasy option as the Cardinals clear No. 2 passing option.
Roberts caught six passes for 118 yards and two scores against the Dolphins; including a late touchdown on fourth down that sent the game to overtime.
For the season, Roberts now has three games of over 50 yards receiving and four touchdowns.
His 2012 season totals include 15 catches for 229 yards and the aforementioned four touchdowns.
Below, we break down Roberts' fantasy outlooking for the remainder of the 2012 season.
With four games in the books, it's clear Roberts has gained hold of the Cardinals second receiver slot.
Larry Fitzgerald leads the team in targets with 39, but Roberts is second with 25—10 more than the next receiver, Early Doucet.
Considering the production Arizona has received from Roberts over those 25 targets, there's no reason to think the passing distribution will change any time soon.
One must also consider that Roberts is frequently lined up with the team's second corner, and safety help is almost always given to Fitzgerald's side. One-on-one matchups should continue to be there for the taking if Roberts is up to the task.
One final thing to consider might be quarterback Kevin Kolb, who has shown signs of fantasy life over the last two weeks (546 yards, five touchdowns). Whether or not he can keep two receivers fantasy-relevant over 16 games is worth a thought here.
Roberts is currently owned in just 1.9 percent of ESPN leagues and that number shouldn't rise above 30 or 40 percent by the time Week 5 begins. He's going to be available in most formats.
Only in deeper leagues will Roberts be worth a fantasy roster spot right now, as you just don't know enough about him or the Cardinals offense to get a good grasp moving forward.
Besides, there's always that two-yard performance in Week 2 to keep you skeptical about giving yourself the green light on a roster move.
Keep him on the watch list, monitor his targets and then pull the trigger in a few weeks if he's continuing to average almost 60 yards and a touchdown every week. He'll be a potential starting flex option if that kind of production continues.
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