Aaron Dobson's Updated Fantasy Value After Week 9

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVNovember 3, 2013

The New England Patriots have desperately needed an under-the-radar wide receiver to break out, and Aaron Dobson did just that on Sunday.

In the Patriots' Week 9 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dobson notched 130 yards and two touchdowns on five catches.

B/R's own Matt Miller summed up the youngster's emergence:

Although usual targets Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola both surpassed the century mark and caught touchdowns, Dobson stole the show with his coming-out party.   

However, his stat line didn't completely take off until an 81-yard touchdown bomb midway through the fourth quarter that gave the Pats a 48-31 lead and further secured the victory.

Dobson was already in the midst of a productive season, but hadn't surpassed 63 receiving yards in a game before the matchup with Pittsburgh. He also only had notched one touchdown on the year.

A second-round pick in last year's draft, Dobson has consistently risen up the pecking order at a once-thin receiver position. What's even more encouraging is he had his biggest game when the Pats were their healthiest at wideout.

Brady also targeted the rookie nine times on the night—second on the team behind Gronkowski's 10 targets. 

Dobson is only owned in 4.8 percent of ESPN leagues and started in less than two percent, so now is a perfect time to pick him up as the fantasy season enters a crucial stretch. 

He's squarely on the WR3 radar but has potential to be a WR2 play if Brady keeps targeting him in the passing game.