Da'Rick Rogers' Updated Outlook for 2013 Fantasy Playoffs

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistDecember 8, 2013

Dec 8, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers (16) looks towards the crowd after scoring a touchdown during the second half of the game at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati Bengals beat Indianapolis Colts 42-28 Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports
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The first round of fantasy playoffs may have birthed a new fantasy superstar.

Maybe. Indianapolis Colts rookie receiver Da'Rick Rogers finally saw playing time in Week 14 against the Cincinnati Bengals and made the most of his opportunity with six receptions for 107 yards and two touchdowns.

Not only did Rogers lead the team in receptions, he tied for the team lead with nine targets—the first nine of his career since going undrafted this year out of Tennessee Tech.

Rogers broke into the game in three-wide sets with T.Y. Hilton and LaVon Brazill, replacing the drop-happy Darrius Heyward-Bey.

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 08:  Da'Rick Rogers #16 of the Indianapolis Colts goes up for the pass against the pressure of Adam Jones #24 of the Cincinnati Bengals during their game at Paul Brown Stadium on December 8, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by J
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After his impressive performance against a top-10 pass defense, the coaching staff will surely look to use Rogers consistently the rest of the season.

Rogers' 22 fantasy points are encouraging, but the remainder of his schedule that lines most fantasy playoffs is not. Rogers has a date with Houston in Week 15 (allows an average of just 16.3 points to the position) before a trip to Kansas City in Week 16 (22.9).

While it is obvious Rogers will play a big part in the playoff push for the Colts, the sample size is simply too small to classify him as a must-add player. Obviously, Rogers must be owned in all dynasty leagues for the future.

In standard leagues, it cannot hurt to throw in a waiver claim (he is owned in 0.1 of leagues), but the resources may be better spent elsewhere during the playoffs. For now.


Note: All fantasy scoring info courtesy of ESPN standard leagues. Points against info courtesy of ESPN.