Jerricho Cotchery's Updated Fantasy Value After Week 9

Jesse ReedCorrespondent INovember 3, 2013

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 03:  Jerricho Cotchery #89 of the Pittsburgh Steelers catches a touchdown pass in the second half in front of Kyle Arrington #25 of the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Jerricho Cotchery had himself a monster game in Week 9 against the New England Patriots, shocking his dead fantasy football stock into life for the first time in weeks. 

Cotchery caught seven passes for 96 yards and three touchdowns to lead Pittsburgh's offensive attack in a losing cause, as the Patriots ripped the Steelers to the tune of 55-31.

A player most fantasy owners have long discarded or simply overlooked, Cotchery is currently owned in just 1.7 percent of ESPN.com fantasy leagues heading into Week 10, making him an intriguing waiver-wire target. 

Fantasy football owners would be smart to avoid jumping at the chance to land Cotchery on the waiver wire, however. 

Heading into this contest against the Patriots, Cotchery had been nothing more than a role player for the Steelers, catching 22 passes for 328 yards and two touchdowns in the team's first seven games. 

That's not likely to change heading into Week 10 and beyond, either. 

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 4: Wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery #89 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks to get past Prince Amukamara #20 the New York Giants as he runs for a first down in the fourth quarter during an NFL game at MetLife Stadium on November
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Cotchery is a wily veteran who has been in the NFL for 10 seasons now. In his 130 games leading up to this one, he caught just 22 touchdown passes, and Sunday's three-touchdown performance was only the second time in those 10 years in which he caught more than one touchdown in a single game.

While it's not impossible that Cotchery could break out with another big game this season, it's certainly not likely, given his history. 

Furthermore, Pittsburgh's offense isn't close to consistent these days. Heading into Week 9, the Steelers had averaged just 17.9 points of offense per game, ranking No. 28 in the NFL. The team's offensive line is atrocious, and Ben Roethlisberger is getting hit on seemingly every single passing down. 

Cotchery's huge game was a boon to those few fantasy owners who started him, but nobody should expect a repeat performance from the receiver anytime soon—if he ever matches it. 

 

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