Jerricho Cotchery, WR, Panthers
2014 Outlook: Deep-league OnlyLast updated on Jun-28-2014 by Mark Morales-Smith
Last year as a third option in Pittsburgh, Cotchery put together a very solid year. Cotchery caught 46 passes for 602 yards and 10 TDs. It's still early, but reports out of Panthers camp are that Cotchery is expected to win a starting spot at receiver along with rookie Kelvin Benjamin. Former Eagles receiver Jason Avant is Cotchery's only stiff competition and that's not saying much. Now in his 11th season, Cotchery is a serviceable weapon and a viable red zone target. We are not yet sure exactly what his role will be in the Panthers offense, but it has a chance to be his biggest opportunity since leaving the Jets in 2010. Cotchery is a guy to keep an eye on this preseason; he may have a lot more fantasy value than he's currently getting credit for in all formats. It is always possible he develops great chemistry with Newton. Let Cotchery prove that first before investing a pick on this former North Carolina State alumnus.
Editor's note: The receivers to own on this team are either tight end Greg Olsen or the aforementioned rookie Benjamin. Cotchery's 10 TDs last season were as many as he had over his last four seasons. Add to that the fact that he is 32 years old and if you see an opportunity here instead of a series of red flags, you must really re-evaluate your fantasy preferences.
2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
|14.01||DraftTV.com - @ShanePHallam - Carolina's top WR heading into the season, Cotchery showed solid hands and red zone ability with the Steelers. He should be relied on early and is an EXCELLENT late round depth WR in case my risks don't work out.|
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