Fantasy Football: Assessing Dennis Northcutt's Fantasy Value in Detroit

Taylor RummelSenior Analyst IJuly 1, 2009

JACKSONVILLE, FL - MAY 1:  Wide receiver Dennis Northcutt #86 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs with a pass May 1, 2009 at a team minicamp near Jacksonville Municipal Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Earlier this week, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Detroit Lions made an offensive-defensive player swap.

Safety Gerald Alexander of the Lions became a Jaguar, but the most fantasy-relevant side was, without a doubt, Dennis Northcutt heading to Detroit.

In 14 games last year with the Jaguars, the 31-year-old Northcutt collected 44 passes to the tune of 545 yards and two touchdowns.

While the numbers aren't sexy, consider that he totaled 265 yards and both touchdowns within the last three games of the regular season.

Over the course of his career, Northcutt has never eclipsed more than 806 receiving yards or five touchdowns in any given season. He also has never been in much of a role to shine, either.

With Detroit, Northcutt has the potential to emerge as the No. 2 wide receiver on the team behind third-year man Calvin Johnson. It will not be without a fight though, as the Lions have already brought in receivers Bryant Johnson and Ronald Curry this offseason in attempts to take some of the burden off of Johnson.

But a quick look at the stats of the players' careers shows that Northcutt has the upper-hand. Of the three, Northcutt is the most seasoned (being in the league for the most years) and boasts the most impressive stats.

On average, in 12-team mock drafts being held on fantasyfootballcalculator, Northcutt is going undrafted. This is a mistake as he holds within him the potential to be a viable flex-option on any given Sunday.

Draft him as a late-round flyer and know that he's all potential and no risk.