Jeremy Kerley: Emerging Wide Receiver Becoming a Must-Start in Fantasy Football

Shawn BrubakerContributor IIOctober 28, 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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The New York Jets may be the most discussed team in the NFL, but their best offensive player happens to be falling completely under the radar.

Jeremy Kerley has grown into a real threat at the wide receiver position, as he continues to grow into a No. 1 receiver. 

Kerley has caught nearly 30 percent of the Jets' passing yards, firmly establishing himself as their top option.

He has excellent ability on both deep patterns and short routes alike. He has the quickness to turn a screen into a big gain, as evidenced by his 123 yards after the catch, while he also possesses the deep speed to make plays down the field. Kerley has racked up nine catches of over 20 yards this season, showing his ability to make big plays.

This was never more apparent than last week, when Kerley went off against the New England Patriots for 120 yards on seven receptions. 

He showed what he can do against a mediocre secondary, and he'll have a similar opportunity this week against the Miami Dolphins.

No Dolphins cornerback has the speed or quickness to matchup with Kerley. That should help Kerley make multiple big plays and rack up a solid amount of receptions as well.

To be fair, Kerley is not an every week starter quite yet. The Jets' poor quarterback play is a major limiting factor and they also lack a legitimate second option across from Kerley to keep defenses honest.

Further, the Jets have had trouble keeping opposing offenses off of the field. Opposing offenses have averaged 147.7 yards per game on the ground and have averaged 32:47 of possession per game.

For Kerley to reach his potential, the Jets' passing game will need to improve and their defense needs to keep opponents off the field.

Against weak secondaries, though, Kerley has the potential to go off. This, paired with the Jets' penchant to get caught in shootouts, could play to Kerley's benefit.

Ultimately, while Kerley remains a matchup based starter, he is definitely worth an add and a start this week against the Dolphins.