Devin Hester: A Solid Fantasy Wide Receiver?

T.Contributor IJuly 20, 2009

CHICAGO - AUGUST 7:  Devin Hester #23 of the Chicago Bears lines up for a play against the Kansas City Chiefs during a preseason game on August 7, 2008 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Devin Hester is in his third year with the Chicago Bears and is expected to be the No. 1 wide receiver for the first time in his NFL career.
Hester is one of the the fastest players in the NFL and fantasy owners everywhere want to know whether or not he can be a solid fantasy option. 
As a return man, Hester has shown that he can find his way to the end zone and if the Bears can get the ball in his hands in the open field, anything is possible.
The new quarterback for the Bears, Jay Cutler, greatly increases Devin Hester's fantasy value. Last year with the Broncos, Cutler threw for 4,526 yards with a ridiculous 616 pass attempts.
Cutler likes to target his No. 1 receiver as evidenced by Brandon Marshall's catch totals of 102 and 104 in the last two seasons.
Hester's fellow speedster, Eddie Royal, had a monster season last year chasing down Cutler's passes, and Chicago fans hope for Hester to do the same.
With Cutler's cannon arm and Hester's lightning speed, there is sure to be some long touchdown passes. And all fantasy owners know that a 70-yard TD catch turns into solid points.
Last year, Hester led the Bears' weak receivers with 51 catches for 665 yards and three touchdowns. With more looks coming his way, Hester hopes to increase these numbers.
Other Bears' receivers, Earl Bennet and Rasheid Davis, may be forgotten by Cutler as his top three options are Hester, Greg Olsen, and Matt Forte.
Tight ends, Olsen and Desmond Clark, might steal some catches from Hester with the Bears possibly running a lot of two tight end sets.
Forte is a skilled receiver out of the backfield, which will help balance the passing offense and allow Hester to get bigger openings from his man.
With an increase in pass attempts, Hester could easily have 80 catches, over 1,000 yards, and eight touchdowns.
This would make Hester a solid two or three fantasy receiver. I wouldn't recommend  drafting Hester too high, make sure when you draft, he's your best receiver available at that time.
Also, draft another receiver that will score a good amount every week; who could take Hester's place in case he doesn't pan out.