Ryan Broyles: Fantasy Owners Shouldn't Add Lions WR Despite Nate Burleson Injury

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistOctober 23, 2012

Oct 22, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Ryan Broyles (84) catches a pass over Chicago Bears cornerback Kelvin Hayden (24) during the second half at Soldier Field. The Bears won 13-7. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE
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Ryan Broyles of the Detroit Lions is likely to become a somewhat popular player among fantasy owners, namely those in deeper leagues in need of wide receiver help. 

I would recommend avoiding that trend.

The perceived bump in value for Broyles stems from the season-ending broken leg Nate Burleson suffered against the Chicago Bears on Monday night (per ESPNChicago.com), leaving Broyles to fill in as the team's third receiver.

Broyles finished the game against the Bears with three receptions for 51 yards and a late touchdown.

Now, I'm not telling you to avoid Broyles because I don't think the rookie wide receiver is talented. In fact, I think he's a very nice player and is a great fit for the Lions passing attack.

Well, at least for what the Lions passing attack is supposed to be.

The thing is, Matthew Stafford and the Lions wide receivers don't have a ton of fantasy value these days. Stafford hasn't thrown a touchdown pass in the first half this year and only has five touchdown throws on the season.

Calvin Johnson hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 3.

Burleson was giving fantasy owners inconsistent value as the third receiver.

Brandon Pettigrew's biggest week was a 7.8-point effort in Week 2.

And Titus Young...you know what? Don't get me started on Titus Young.

Given how uninspiring the Lions have become in the passing game—after being so good to fantasy owners a year ago—I'm not sure why Broyles would suddenly be a valuable pickup. I'm more inclined to think he'll simply be another Detroit disappointment for fantasy owners.

Besides, if you add him this week, you probably can't play him against a Seattle Seahawks defense that ranks third in fantasy points allowed to opposing wide receivers. And with the Minnesota Vikings and Houston Texans also coming up in the next five weeks, the matchups don't add up for Broyles.

Broyles is purely a speculative pickup at this point, and probably an optimistic one as well. If you're adding him, you're doing so because you believe this Lions passing attack will regain some of its bite, not because he's stepping into an automatically productive role in this offense.

I hope I'm wrong. I hope the Lions pick it up (mostly because I have Megatron in one league and Stafford in another). I hope Broyles tears it up, if only so I can add him to my team and rename the squad "To the Victor Go the Broyles."

But I don't see it happening, and I can't recommend adding him just yet. He's worth keeping a close eye on, but there are better players out there for now.


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