Jeremy Kerley: Jets WR Is Now Top Fantasy Target in New York

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVOctober 17, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 08:  Jeremy Kerley #11 of the New York Jets makes a catch against Johnathan Joseph #24 of the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Because of a plethora of injury problems and lack of production from some wideouts, New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley has emerged as the top WR fantasy option on this Jets team.

The injury bug struck early on in the season as star wideout Santonio Holmes went down for the year with the complicated Lisfranc foot surgery. 

The Holmes injury made the already depleted Jets receiving corps even weaker, and it showed as quarterback Mark Sanchez has had his share of struggles passing the ball this season.

Receivers have come and gone with great games, but it seems to be a different wide receiver each week that breaks out for New York. Kerley is the only solid option and his consistency will prove to make him a solid flex option that could turn into an every-week starter.

Kerley has only notched one touchdown on the season, but it came in a tight overtime contest, which shows Kerley's clutch gene and that he can make the big plays. If any offense needs big playmakers, it is Rex Ryan's squad. 

In three of Kerley's five games this season, he has notched 67 or more receiving yards. This level of production may not be elite, but it's very solid for being a Jets receiver this year as it's obvious that their corps doesn't exactly involve many fantasy studs. 

Kerley was limited in practice last week, but he recovered in time to play in the Jets' win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. He didn't exactly light up the stat sheet with only 24 yards, but he was targeted six times and showed much promise against the Colts defense.

The Jets' receiving situation already looks horrid, and we're barely more than a quarter of the way through the season.

But since there is so much time left, it's apparent that a receiver will break out and become a solid fantasy option.

In this Jets' receiving corps, there's nobody more trusty than Jeremy Kerley.

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