Originally written in late February during the NFL combine. Updated with new relevant nuggets March 22nd, 2016.
If you’re as pathetic a fantasy addict as myself, you’re well-aware the NFL Combine is on. Perhaps you’re similarly melted on your couch and spending your Saturday watching offensive linemen chug through 3 cone drills like me.
With Andre Johnson released, speedster Phillip Dorsett is primed for a bigger role catching passes from one of the top young QBs in the league. This makes him a prime high-ceiling late round sleeper.
New offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski loves the deep ball. Outside of rookie Cam Newton, Chud’s never had as accurate long ball artist even close to Andrew Luck’s level. On a day with more time I’ll be diving deep into why, as long as they get some offensive line help, the entire Colts’ offense is in for a major bounce back. TY Hilton will have a career year. Dwayne Allen is a top late-round TE2 target of mine. Hell, Gore might have a sneaky bounce back if he keeps defying Father Time.
But, relative to the cost, the weapon that has me most excited is Philip Dorsett.
Consider the details above, and then think of the recipe that’s led to Martavis Bryant being one of the most valuable fantasy WR2s last season:
–Accurate deep ball thrower
–Coach willing to sling it deep
–Premier deep threat skill set
This aligning of three key stars led to Bryant providing week-winning upside each week. If the line is fortified and Luck has time to let the deep ball develop, Dorsett will do the same.
Look at the guy’s NFL.com draft profile (don’t get thrown off by the comments in the screen shot.
Side note – pretty sad McDonald’s Monopoly money is my advertising cue right now. Gambling and fast food, my two kryptonites morphed into one horrible combo. Just in time for summer!
Update – 3/22/16
Pagano asked about Phillip Dorsett. Says the staff has to find a way to creatively get Dorsett the ball more in 2016.
— Kevin Bowen (@KBowen1070) March 22, 2016
Further Dorsett porn. As explained in our Fantasy Stock System, opportunity is the major factor in fantasy success. He was already owning a higher share of the target pie when Andre got the axe, but more designed looks certainly won’t hurt.
I’ve been avoiding Fantasy Pros Consensus Rankings and ADP, so I’m not sure what the price actually is. However, I have suspicion I’ll be heavily invested in Dorsett as a WR4 / upside flex option, potentially even WR3 if these glowing reports continue surfacing. I’d be willing to take the plunge in 5/6, and my guess is he’s going well past that.
Just to reiterate — we’ve got an incredibly explosive talent, pairing up with one of the best deep ball throwers in Luck, getting more creative & frequent looks in the WR3 role.
Sounds pretty damn sexy to me.