Fantasy Football: Receivers update

A few name receivers have landed with new teams this week, and so we thought we’d give some fantasy analysis on them. For other fantasy players who have moved this offseason, check out this post. And you can of course find all of our fantasy football articles through the fantasy football category on our blog.

Chiefs add WR Amani Toomer – Toomer, the long-time Giant, no longer has any kind of breakaway speed, but he catches the ball when it’s thrown to him. It seems a little strange to have both Toomer and Bobby Engram on the same roster, which could even lead to one of them being released down the line. But if Mark Bradley doesn’t continue to emerge, then Toomer is a solid insurance policy. Probably the best-case scenario for the Chiefs is to have Toomer as their No. 4 receiver who can fill in outside if Bradley or Dwayne Bowe has to miss time. Relying on Toomer in fantasy football could prove to be a mistake, but he should be on your radar if Bradley or Bowe gets hurt. Toomer’s presence also limits Engram’s sleeper potential.

Redskins add WR D.J. Hackett – Hackett, who showed potential in Seattle but busted out as a big free-agent addition in Carolina last year, hooked on with the Redskins after offseason import Roydell Williams was released. Hackett is big and has shown the ability to get downfield regularly, but his lack of consistency hampers him from being a regular rotation player. Hackett is the kind of veteran who can make an NFL roster, but he’s not a fantasy option this year. You’d be much better off casting your lot with one of the Redskins’ younger receivers, Malcolm Kelly or Devin Thomas, instead of selecting Hackett in your draft, because even if Hackett makes the Redskins, he’ll probably be a game-day inactive until an injury or demotion opens the door for him.

Jets add WR Aundrae Allison – Allison, a former fifth-round pick, had just 18 catches in two seasons, and he was passed by youngsters Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin. So the Vikings cut Allison, and then the Jets quickly grabbed him off waivers. He has average size but above-average speed, and that’s the reason he’s work a look. Allison could also figure in as a return specialist at a cheap price, but he doesn’t look to be a fantasy option, despite the Jets’ lack of receiver depth.

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