Brice Butler isn't exactly a name thrown around often—especially in fantasy football circles. After being selected in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL draft, he had a relatively quiet rookie season, accumulating nine receptions for 103 yards. Well, that's changed, and he's begun to turn heads during the 2014 preseason.
The Oakland Raiders wide receiver began the preseason strong, leading the team with 44 yards on four receptions against the Minnesota Vikings. He followed that performance with another solid showing, via the team's official Twitter account:
He didn't stop there.
In Week 3 of the preseason, Butler recorded three more receptions for 60 yards and two scores against the Green Bay Packers. Scott Bair of CSNCalifornia tweeted his reaction to the receiver's performance:
Brice Butler scores again. He and McGloin are buddies. I know competition is worse late in games, but that Butler kid doesn’t drop passes.— Scott Bair (@BairCSN) August 23, 2014
Before the preseason began, Butler was no lock to make the final 53-man roster in Oakland. After all, he's still buried on the team's official depth chart. But, after three solid performances, he just may have earned a spot.
That doesn't mean much yet for fantasy football purposes. After all, Butler's receptions are coming from backup quarterback Matt McGloin, not starter Matt Schaub. However, that's not to say he isn't making his way up the ranks.
Currently, Butler isn't being drafted in most fantasy leagues. He may not be worth a late-round flier just yet, but he should certainly be monitored as the regular season approaches. Should he earn some playing time with the first-team offense, a trip to the waiver wire could be warranted for many fantasy owners looking for wide receivers with nice upside.