Situational deep threat wide receiver Aldrick Robinson recently signed a one-year deal to stay with the Washington Redskins. Over the past two seasons, Robinson hasn’t been used that much. However, he has a chance to establish himself in a niche role within the offensive scheme of new head coach Jay Gruden. Gruden likes to employ a heavy amount of rotations in his scheme.
In two years with the Redskins, Robinson hasn’t amassed more than 20 receptions per season, but he did see his total targets rise from 19 in 2012 to 46 in 2013. The one statistic that has been consistent over his first two seasons are his average yards per catch. In 2012, he had 21.5 yards per catch and in 2013, he had 20.3 yards per catch.
If Robinson can find himself a role behind Pierre Garcon and Leonard Hankerson, he may have a chance to hold some low-end value in fantasy football leagues. Robinson has always possessed elite speed and seemed to become more confident in his route-running abilities, especially running more underneath routes towards the end of the 2013 NFL season. He has issues with holding onto the football, but that is a problem that can certainly be fixed. Gruden may just be the right guy to help the young receiver turn a corner and develop into a consistent play maker for Robert Griffin III.
In terms of fantasy value, owners simply cannot afford to gamble a draft pick on Robinson, but he could hold value as the season wears on. Robinson is the type of player who can provide owners with a cheap 5-15 fantasy points with his deep threat ability, so he will certainly be a player to watch early on in the season. If he is available on the waiver wire after a few weeks, then he would definitely be worth the risk.