Fantasy Value: Jerricho Cotchery

Daniel MaderContributor IJune 11, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 28:  Jerricho Cotchery #89 of The New York Jets runs after a catch against The Miami Dolphins chase during their game on December 28, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

There is always that hidden gem that you are trying to find late into the fantasy draft. Most of the time though those gems are not clear cut sleepers.

Many questions swarm into your head for those two minutes that you have to choose a player, wondering what the realistic production from them might be.

One player that you may not be sure about this season is Jerricho Cotchery.

Coles was signed by the Bengals this off season leaving Cotchery as the clear cut number one option. Their numbers were very close last season for the two wideouts. Cotchery had 71 receptions, 858 yards, and five touchdowns. Coles was also able to acrew 70 receptions, 850 yards, and seven touchdowns.

Cotchery now doesn't have that competition and will be the favorite target no matter who the quarterback for the Jets making him a great value pick later in the draft.

There are questions though about just how much value he even really has. The fact that no matter who the quarterback is (Sanchez or Clemons) neither have extensive experience starting in the NFL.

Brett Favre, even being on the downslide of his career would have been more beneficial for Cotchery's fantasy status.

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A new question about Cotchery's value is the new rumor of the Jets wanting to sign Plaxico Burress after hearing how his legal issues go. If this is to happen though, I'm sure Plax would wind up serving a suspension still leaving Cotchery as the No. 1 target for awhile.

Then there is the obvious of the Jets being a run-first team. However they were run first last year and Cotchery managed to produce solid numbers, on top of sharing the load with Coles.

End result for this writer is Cotchery does have late-round draft value as a third receiver on your team.

Young quarterbacks lock on to their first targets creating more opportunities for Cotchery. The Plax rumor is nothing to be concerned about as of right now, and the run game will only help give Cotchery better matchups.


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