Jeremy Kerley: Updated Fantasy Profile, Outlook and Analysis
Contrary to popular belief, not every member of the New York Jets offense is toxic from a fantasy perspective.
No, I wouldn't advocate the acquisition of Mark Sanchez or Shonn Greene—but wideout Jeremy Kerley is worth your fantasy consideration.
The second-year pro out of TCU hasn't set the world on fire to star the year, heck, no one on Gang Green's roster has, but he has a favorable outlook based on the bleak circumstances troubling Rex Ryan's group.
Kerley wasn't an integral part of the Jets' 2011 offense, but he fit ideally into the complementary role behind higher prioritized targets Santonio Holmes and Dustin Keller.
There likely weren't too many fantasy owners who drafted Kerley in fantasy this season, though he was on the fringe of fantasy viability in some of the deeper leagues across the country.
Everyone was staying away from the Mark Sanchez and potentially Tim Tebow-led offense, and frankly, I don't necessarily blame anyone for doing so.
Kerley has demonstrated a relatively surprising ability to separate and pick up YAC in the NFL, despite a rather slow 4.62 time in the 40-yard dash at the 2011 Combine, although he'll never be a consistent downfield threat or speedster.
Sure, the Jets quarterback situation is far from ideal. Mark Sanchez is completing a horrific 48.4 percent of his passes and has a 66.6 QB rating.
However, as we saw on Monday Night Football against the mighty Houston Texans, New York will move the ball on occasion and someone has to catch the passes.
With Santonio Holmes out with injury, tight end Jeff Cumberland actually leads the team with 24 targets through five games. If you're desperate in a deep PPR league, he's a guy you want to monitor in the coming weeks.
Kerley has 23 targets, and you'd have to believe it's only a matter of time before he surpasses Cumberland in the target department.
The Jets will likely seem overmatched in the majority of the remainder of the games on their schedule, but that doesn't mean Kerley will stay out of the stat book.
He has caught at least two passes in every game this season.
Against the Texans, he caught five passes for 94 yards with a long of 36.
The Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots don't boast supremely talented secondaries, but after the bye week, matchups on the road in Seattle and St. Louis won't be favorable for the Jets passing game.
If you're going solely on matchups, Kerley may not be a great option, but remember, you want your receivers getting targets, and he will be as the season progresses.
New York will likely utilize Kerley as that bubble screen, YAC wideout, a guy that'll be the first read for Sanchez on an abundance of easy throws.
Do you see yourself ever starting Kerley?
Right now, the Jets did to give Sanchez as many "easy" looks as possible.
Because Kerley is slippery with above-average lateral agility and acceleration, he should be able to accumulate a good portion of his yardage after the catch.
There will be some times when he is the target on downfield tosses when the coaching staff gets him into a mismatch with a linebacker or a weak nickel corner in the slot.
So, if you're wide receiver corps is thin, think about making Kerley a low-risk waiver-wire addition now, even if you have to store him on your bench for a few weeks before dragging him into the starting lineup.
If you already have him, good for you, he's a sleeper as we near the mid-point of the 2012 season.
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