2014 Fantasy Football Deep Sleeper: Buffalo Bills WR Marquise Goodwin

By Alexander Muir
Marquise Goodwin
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The Buffalo Bills selected Marquise Goodwin in the third round of the 2013 NFL draft. The former University of Texas wide receiver represented the United States in track and field at the 2012 Summer Olympics. At the NFL scouting combine, Goodwin impressed everybody with a 4.27 40-yard dash time. Needless to say, the Bills knew what they were getting into when they drafted the former Texas speed demon.

He finished the 2013 season with 17 receptions for 283 yards and three touchdowns. This is a very small sample size to judge Goodwin on, but it can give Fantasy Football general managers an idea of what type of player he is heading into the 2014 NFL season. The only real knock on his game is that he is 5-foot-9 and 183 pounds, which is very small for an NFL receiver. He dealt with a few minor injuries that held him out of four games during the season.

So moving forward, what should fantasy owners expect from Goodwin in 2014?

I fully expect the Bills to utilize his game-breaking speed and use him on a lot of sweeps and reverse plays, in the same fashion the Chicago Bears do with Alshon Jeffery. The added element of the running game will only increase Goodwin’s fantasy value.

He is nowhere near any fantasy owners’ draft boards heading into this season, but he should still be considered valuable. He is without a doubt a must-own in Dynasty leagues. He should be viewed as a low-end WR-5 at the moment. By the end of 2014, Goodwin could be flirting with WR-4 status if he is able to incorporate the running game into his performances. One thing is for sure. The future is looking bright for the Buffalo Bills’ young speedster.

Alexander Muir is a writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @AmuirAlex, “Like” him on Facebook or add him on your network on Google.

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