Fantasy Football Dark Horse Sleeper: Da’Rick Rogers

By Dustin Manko
Da’Rick Rogers
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In dynasty and keeper leagues, getting in early on a player in some instances is the difference between winning your league and finishing in the cellar. Depending on who owners have to cut, rolling the dice on an unknown is typically a good idea. If owners can cut someone with limited value to roll the dice on that prospect and said prospect pans out, that owner looks like a genius. If it doesn’t pan out, then you essentially traded one low value player for another, no loss there.

Fantasy football owners in keeper leagues need to consider adding Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers (owned in one percent of Yahoo! leagues). The Colts have finally come to realize that while Darrius Heyward-Bey has flat out speed, he also comes with hands of stone. In light of that, Heyward-Bey is getting passed up on the depth chart by LaVon Brazil and now Rogers.

In week 14, Rogers led the team with nine targets from Andrew Luck, catching six for 107 yards and two touchdowns. He checks in at six feet, three inches, 206 pounds and he ran a 4.52 during the 40 yard dash at the combine. The undrafted rookie has strength to match his size, and uses his big frame to shield off the defenders well. Like a Demaryius Thomas starter kit, Rogers is hard to tackle and has the potential to grab up gobs of yardage after the catch. He has the ability to go up and make a catch, evidenced by a 39.5 inch vertical jump.

Oppositions are aware that the primary receiver for the Colts is now T.Y. Hilton due to the Reggie Wayne injury, and are consequentially giving Hilton more attention for fear of getting beat by Hilton’s deep speed. Playing in the number two role in the five games since Wayne went down, Brazil has put up only 150 yards, an average of 30 per game, while scoring twice. It would make sense for the Colts to give Rogers some looks to see if he can contribute to this team on a consistent basis. After Rogers’ performance today, owners can safely bet that he will see an increase in snaps going forward. While he might not yet be a reliable fantasy starter, he is definitely worth a roster spot.

As always, I welcome your comments. If you think I’m wrong, I’m willing to listen. Just back it up with some facts and solid evidence. Thanks for reading and good luck this season.

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