Oakland Raiders wide receiver Andre Holmes could be a valuable deep sleeper pick in 2014 Fantasy Football drafts. He is not a player who is going to be drafted by some fantasy general manager and sway the balance of power in a fantasy league, but he could be viewed as a player who can give a fantasy owner an extra 10-20 fantasy points on a given day.
Heading into the 2013 NFL season, Holmes’ resume was very short, in which he played in just two games with the Dallas Cowboys in 2012 and caught two passes. Needless to say, not much was known about Holmes heading into last season. For the first half of the year, he was buried in the Raiders depth chart and didn’t see the field at all.
However, in the final seven games of the season, Holmes averaged an impressive 17.2 yards per catch. His impressive stretch was highlighted by a seven-catch 136-yard effort against his former team, the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day. Holmes became an exciting player to watch in 2013 as he had a knack for making highlight-reel catches.
So, what is his fantasy value heading into the 2014 season?
His value will take a little bit of hit, due to the fact that he is in the Oakland Raiders offense, who may have some stability issues at the quarterback position.
Fantasy owners who would be interested in Holmes should view him as a late-round steal who will, at this point, be considered a very good WR-5. Due to his knack for spectacular plays and growing experience he could shoot all the way up to WR-3 status if he plays a full season in 2014. It may seem like that WR-3 status might be a little too high for Holmes, but he has the physical gifts and the skill set to make it a reality.
Having a player like Holmes as a bye week or injury replacement at the WR or Flex position could be imperative for any fantasy owner looking to gain an edge in 2014.