Kevin Ogletree Breakout Game: Fluke Or Potential?
What a wild night for football. Even if you aren’t a fan of the Giants or Cowboys, the NFC East always seems to provide us with great entertainment. One of the highlights of the evening was obviously third-receiver Kevin Ogletree blowing up against the Giants secondary with eight catches off eleven targets for for 114 yards and two scores. Big game, but was it a mere fluke?
I think you can go either way on this one.
First lets point out the GOOD:
Ogletree has been a player I have been keeping an eye on for awhile. Ray Tannock said in the past that Tony Romo has wanted him to be in the offense. Cowboys fans have been wanting this kid to be in the offense for years now as well, but he could never put everything together to make it happen. The Cowboys knew this when they brought in Laurent Robinson last year. In fourteen games (four starts), Robinson put up 54 catches for 858 yards and eleven touchdowns. All career highs after being a dud in Atlanta and St. Louis. Can Ogletree be the next Robinson? I don’t see why not. With defenses paying more attention to Miles Austin and Dez Bryant, this will give Ogletree some wiggle room to make more plays. And with both Austin and Bryant having injury history’s, Ogletree could easily start 4-5 games this year.
Now the BAD:
I’ll put it bluntly: The Giants secondary sucks. They ranked 29th against the pass last year, giving up 255 yards a game through the air. It doesn’t look like it has gotten any better after Romo passed for three scores and only one interception. The matchup for Ogletree couldn’t have been more perfect. But matchups like these won’t come easy once the Cowboys face stiffer secondaries like Philly and Baltimore. Ogletree’s numbers represent just how much the Giants will have to rely on their front seven once again.
So as a fantasy owner, what would I do? I’d pick Ogletree up. Why not? With the success that No. 3 receivers have had throughout the years (Robinson, Steve Breaston, etc) Ogletree could find himself racking up career highs across the board. His two score last night were his first in 38 games. However, temper your expectations. Ogletree won’t go over 100 receiving yards every week, so I won’t annoint him as my new starter until after I see what he does next week against the Seahawks. Kurt Turner said it best on our Google+ page:
Only pick him up if you have a slot to burn.